Elisa has appeared in various stages, including Carnegie Hall, and has performed extensively for The Zaraspe Foundation on behalf of UNESCO and other philanthropic organizations throughout the Americas and in Spain. Ms. Brown performed several songs from her recent CD, “New World”many of the numbers that were performed live performance for the United Nations 2012 International Day of Peace 30th Anniversary Celebration in Linzhou, China.
Elisa received her Bachelor of Music degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music, and studied with internationally distinguished voice teachers Maria Powell, Josephine Mongiardo-Cooper, Maria Farnworth and Siri Rico. www.ElisaBrownMusic.com
Father Justin Wylie (center) was one of the guest speakers. He is a Holy See diplomat from South-Africa and outlined his scholarly study of "The legacy of Pope John XXIII's encyclical Pacem in Terris after 50 years".
December 12, 2012By Jonathan Granoff
President, The Global Security Institute
866 United Nations Plaza
interventions that further this ideal. Now, to effectively address the challenges of the 21st Century an
international order based on universal values, such as the Golden Rule, is needed. Rotary has
exemplified such values in practice for over 100 years. Thank you for letting me address you on this
yet to be born. I believe that there is an ethical responsibility to future generations to ensure we are notpassing on a future of horrific wars or ecological catastrophe.
Each of us knows that our individual life is precious and fragile. Our capacity for existential planetary
destruction reminds us that our collective existence is fragile. Nuclear weapons have made the modern age a unique age. The future of all people is interconnected as never before and we face numerousissues that can bring us together and for which we must work together to succeed. To address, among other issues, ensuring bio-diversity and ending the destruction of thousands of species; reversing the depletion of fishing stocks; controlling ocean dumping; preventing ozone depletion; halting global warming; controlling and eliminating nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction; ending terrorism whether by States or non-State actors; fighting pandemic diseases; ending the tragedy of crushing poverty and lack of clean drinking water; and addressing crises arising from States in chaos we are reminded that no nation or even a small group of nations can succeed alone.Some solutions must be universal. Chlorofluorocarbon from a refrigerant in the US or China can harm the ozone in Chile, New Zealand or anywhere. If one country allows oceanic dumping, others will follow. Viruses do not recognize religions, races or borders. New levels of human unity and cooperation are needed. Governance to address these challenges cannot be ad hoc any longer.
Wise people have been instructing us for millennia to recognize our deeper human unity and even
encouraged seeing the human family as one. But, now necessity alerts us: the galvanizing power of
moral global leadership cannot be postponed in deference to short-term parochial interests. Our
collective challenges require principles that are uplifting, inspiring, affirmative of our highest potential and universal. They must be based on universal values that weave peace, human security, rather than divisiveness and violent competition.
need for collaboration with other organizations interested in a sustainable future.