Col. Djordje Marinkovic
Colonel Djordje Marinković is an entrepreneur, global citizen, humanist, basically incurable optimist and believes few inventions have caused as much pain and misery in the world as landmines. War is horrific and hellish in its own right, but when hostilities end, landmines remain in the fields and silently wait for their victims; in peace time and their victims are mostly children.
Mine removal is a lengthy and expensive business. Weapons that cost as little as $3 each to manufacture can cost up to $1,000 to remove. Land-mines can be blithely spread at rates of over 1,000 per minute, but it may take a skilled expert an entire day just to clear by hand 20-50 square meters of mine-contaminated land.
Apart from his personal involvement with his cause (landmines killed or injured several friends of his), he devotes his time and effort to make the world a better, safer place for children; a world where we can all walk freely, everywhere, without fear of being killed by something left behind from some long forgotten war.
Ambassador Marinković has been involved with diplomacy since his early years. Being a son of a professional diplomat, he knew his passion would be communication and negotiation between societies of different cultures and bridging their differences and understandings of one another.
So far, the ambassador has lived in 14 different countries, which he considers to be one of his biggest assets. Everywhere he has lived, he tried to learn about the differences and specificity of the culture of that particular country, as well as, the basics of the language. He presently speaks seven languages and understand the basics of at least another five.
As a citizen of the world, a true Global Citizen, who was initially born in the multicultural country of former Yugoslavian Republic, he passionately fights against all means of violence and firmly believes that global peace and sustainability are the only solutions that can provide survival of our civilization. His present involvement as the European Chancellor (formerly President) of Globcal International is actually the active promotion and widening of ideal of borderless global citizenship as only true model for real humanitarian-oriented future.
Even in his job as a financial consultant, he has always been led by a vision of ecologically sustainable development in all of his projects, which has involved 3 continents and 8 different countries and is a passionate leader of the Hungary's Greenwill initiative for the bettering of our wonderful, green planet.
His greatest passion presently is to fight for removal of the land mines in the countries of what was formerly Yugoslavia, supporting efforts of many related organizations and serving on several NGO boards. He is very proud of the results achieved so far of being involved either as a fundraiser, merely raising awareness, or as coordinator of cleaning of app. 246 sq km of contaminated land resulting in clearance and physical destruction of approximately 23.000 pieces of explosive devices on 4 continents. His achievements are quite significant, but he also believes there is still so much to do and areas to clean up in regards to mines. He is doing his best and he will continue to work hard to give back the freedom of those who must still live in the landmine areas.
Other Notable Activities
Ambassador Marinković is a registered participant "focal point" in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda and supporter of UNESCO in Europe. He is active as a participant in conventions, trade shows and forums relative to his pursuits. He works as an independent consultant and serves as one of 13 commissioners for Globcal International. In 2020 he was nominated to become a Kentucky Colonel by his fellow commissioners of Globcal International to recognize his lifetime achievements and service to the world community.