James Bacchus, Chair, World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Governance and Sustainability spoke at the Salzburg Global Seminar's annual board of directors' meeting entitled,
"Above Us Only Sky: Finite Planet, Infinite Potential"
He draws upon his many years in the US Congress, and the WTO, to emphasize that we need to see the world as one place, and strip off the lines drawn by politics, race, class, gender, stereotypes. etc.
"All that unites us, is far more important that what divides us"
He makes the argument that we need to move beyond "short-termism" and work together globally, in order to guarantee our continued existence and prosperity on Earth.
Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg, Austria
June 28 to 30, 2013
James Bacchus is chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda
Council on Governance for Sustainability. He is also shareholder of the
Global Trade & Investment Practice Group at Greenberg Traurig, a Miami-
based international law firm and co-chair of its Global Practice
In previous positions, Dr. Bacchus was elected as a member of
the Democratic Party to represent Florida's 11th congressional district
in the 102nd Congress and Florida's 15th congressional district in the
103rd Congress from January 3, 1991 to January 3, 1995, and was not a
candidate for reelection to the 104th Congress in 1994.
From 1995 to
2003 he served on the Appellate Body of the WTO, rising to the position
of chairman in 2001. He was the first American to sit as part of the Appellate
Body. James Bacchus graduated from Vanderbilt University with
a B.A. in history, earned an M.A. from Yale University and received a
J.D. from Florida State University College of Law.