A number of people from different backgrounds and cultures have already been campaigning for a "World in Balance" ...

Kofi Annan, UN-General Secretary

"We do not need new promises. We have to begin to keep the promises we already made."

Harry Belafonte, Singer and UNICEF-Ambassador

"The collective and concentrated power of the world's civil society holds the potential to reach incredible things - without the use of weapons and military strenght."

Frank Bsirke, Chairman Ver.di (German trade union)

"A Global Marshall Plan, to be developed in an open process of civil society, is a democratic counterdraft to the current way in which the rules of global economy are negotiated behind closed doors. The trade unions see a chance in such a process to make progress in the fields of social human rights and labour rights."

Benita Ferrero-Waldner, EU Foreign Affairs Commissioner

"The successful European Model for regional integration and an eco-social market economy sets an important example. It is up to us, as 'civil power' in Europe, to develop a clear conception of our role as global players and make constructive use of the weight and authority that our ideas hold. A commitment to openness and global equity - while at the same time demanding good governance in the countries concerned - this is what I see as the task and the responsibility of the European Foreign Policy in the 21st century.

The original Marshall plan, which was financed by the US after the end of the Second World War, set the financial basis for Europe's economic uprising and peaceful integration. With a Global Marshall Plan we can achieve the same success on an international level."

Hans-Dietrich Genscher, Former Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany

"May we succeed with the Global Marshall Plan to create a whole sea of solidarity throughout the whole world. For a humane world, in which the number of successful battles are no longer counted, but in all regions of the world this new order can justly be realised, where dignity will be respected equally, and where it is not the survival of the fittest, but the obligation to solidarity."

Susan George, Transnational Institute, ATTAC France

"On an international level, there is no democracy and the gap between North and South, and rich and poor grows wider every day. We must intensify our efforts to reverse the current developments that are leading us to a truly inhospitable world – we must implement a Global Marshall Plan."

Al Gore, Former US Vice-President

“What is needed today is a 'global Marshall Plan' to save the world's environment and give billions of dispossessed people the tools needed to participate in the marketplace in a rational way.”

Oscar Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga, Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras

"Today an equally daunting situation exists in third world countries. More than two billion people live on less than two dollars per day. Today a second Marshall Plan funded by the US, the European Community, Japan, and other rich countries [including oil producers] could eliminate poverty as a source of conflict and terrorism while extending justice, human dignity and human rights to the down-trodden of the world."

Horst Köhler, Former Federal President of Germany

"My wish is for a Europe, that promotes the development goals of the United Nations not only with words but with exemplary actions - Namely by further opening the market for poor countries and also offering more public development aid. Through my work for the International Monetary Fund I have seen great hunger and great hardship, especially for women and children. I have, however, also seen that targeted development assistance can also be highly positive."

Dr. Angela Merkel, Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany

"We need to coordinate environmental protection and social measures with the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. We have to pull together. Just as in the context of the social market economy, social and economic justice was always part of a worthwhile society - at least, that is our experience - I believe this should also be the case in any future world order."

Chancellor Merkel's Opening Address at the WEF 2006 (German)