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David Rockefeller's vision was that the Trilateral Commission would deliver closer co-operation and shared leadership to facilitate "keeping the peace, managing the world economy, fostering economic development and alleviating world poverty".
...threats posed by climate change, scarce energy resources and environmental degradation, or the scourges of pandemics, terrorism and drug trafficking.
Ireland is strongly committed to the goal of ever closer global co-operation, in particular under the United Nations banner.
The challenges posed by the "growing interdependence" of our world and the consequent need for a well-coordinated and well - led global response, are very well illustrated by the problem of climate change.
The decision last Sunday to activate pooled bilateral loans to Greece, in conjunction with the IMF, is both a manifestation of real solidarity among Member States and the taking of necessary action to protect our currency.
The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe is, as you know, a multilateral organisation which pioneered the concept of comprehensive security in the space from Vancouver to Vladivostok. The potential of the OSCE in the field of conflict resolution and prevention has, I believe, never been fully realised. Promising opportunities for progress arise now with the positive dynamic which is evident in some aspects of international relations, and in particular in the US/Russian relationship. Ireland will assume the Chairmanship-in-office of the OSCE in 2012.