At the Launch I am struck by just how well informed the delegates are about our UK sector. I get questions on FBE and on our links with other UK umbrella bodies and it's clear they see our sector development in the UK as a beacon. I wonder if we fully realise how valuable this is as an export? It certainly gets scant attention in the FCO. There is plenty of money spent on trade promotion but this rarely includes the trade of the third sector! There is also real interest in the concept of the sector having wider access to capital and to loans.
The declaration states, "we vow to develop a new culture of co-existence in which there will be a compassion for the life connected from the past to the present and on into the future. "