The future is bright for all those who choose productive cooperation over conflict, former US President Bill Clinton said in Cyprus on Saturday, addressing an audience of more than 600 people at the European University in Nicosia, a member of the Laureate International network of which he is the Honorary Chancellor.
Clinton noted in his speech that humanity is interdependent and if we all choose to invest in productive cooperation rather than in conflict, then we will all have a better future and we will all share the benefits.
He spoke about the huge inequalities in today’s world, stressing that in developed societies in particular, these inequalities have limited economic growth.
President Clinton also said that instability can lead a lot of countries to “shut down” and leaves people feeling afraid and insecure.
He also spoke about the climate changes and global warming, stressing that we can combat global warming with the use of renewable sources of energy, adding that this can be an answer to economic malice because we can create jobs and tackle unemployment as well.
Former US President also said that natural gas is a friendlier source of energy, calling on Cypriots to use the gas reserves in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone efficiently. He also spoke about the significance of education, knowledge, research and innovation.
In his welcoming remarks, the President of the European University Andreas Eleftheriades stressed that that during his term as governor of Arkansas and later as U.S. President, Clinton was committed to knowledge and education.
Eleftheriades also said that vision, education, and motivation are the driving force for the future.
After leaving office, he founded the William J. Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) to empower people around the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence.
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