Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Ambassador Dr. Benoît Girardin's book: Ethics in Politics Why it matters more than ever and how it can make a difference

Ambassador Dr. Benoît Girardin's book: ETHICS IN POLITICS: WHY IT MATTERS MORE THAN EVER AND HOW IT CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE is the latest publication in the Focus series from, the global network on ethics, which is based in Geneva.

The launch event is on Thursday 8 March at the Ecumenical Centre, Salle 2/3
150 Route de Ferney, Grand-Saconnex, Geneva from 12:30-13:30 (with Snacks: 14:00)

Moderated by Prof. Dr. Christoph Stückelberger, Executive Director and Founder of, the launch event features speeches also by Ambassador Walter Fust, President of the Board of the Foundation (who will Present the Declaration for Ethics in Politics) and Dr Colum de Sales Murphy, President of the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relation (who will comment on the book and the declaration, as well as the challenges of “ethics in politics” in the training and development programmes for diplomats).

The author of the book, Ambassador Benoit Girardin, worked for many years at the Swiss Ministry for Foreign Affairs (for example, as Ambassador in Madagascar and Delegate of Development Cooperation in Romania, Pakistan, and Cameroon). He is a lecturer in ethics, political philosophy and international relations at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations.

Ambassador Walter Fust was Ambassador, served in many high level functions for the Swiss Government, and was for a long time the Director General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

Dr. Colum de Sales Murphy, served in the field of peace negotiations for the United Nations and the European Union and in several wars, among others in Bosnia. He founded the Geneva School of Diplomacy in 2003.

The invitation to the launch event says, among other things>

"The book and the declaration are an affirmation: Yes, ethics in politics is possible – and it pays off. It is not a naïve dream. The declaration includes “Principles of using power” and “Cardinal ethical values in politics”. The declaration and the book adopt a pragmatic approach, testing whether and how value-orientation can make a difference in politics. The book singles out four ethical values as fundamental: limitation of power, effectiveness, accountability and justice. It develops a global and inter-cultural perspective and presents practical cases, with criteria for dealing with dilemmas, based on (real life) experiences.
In a globalised, interdependent world of pluralistic societies, ethics in politics becomes a global ethics in politics which reflects the commitment of". Sphere: Related Content

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