In Memoriam: H.E. President Janez Drnovšek

Janez Drnovsek  
H.E. President
Janez Drnovšek

The Global Security Institute mourns the loss of H.E. Mr. Janez Drnovšek, former President of Slovenia, who died in his home on February 23, 2008 in Zaplana, Slovenia, at the age of 57.

President Drnovšek was a crucial figure in Slovenia’s relatively violence-free secession from Yugoslavia. In later years, he was instrumental in Slovenia’s accession to NATO and the European Union. A leader of the Liberal Democrats, he also founded the Movement for Justice and Development as a way to “raise human consciousness and make the world a better place”.

Like many of us working for the abolition of nuclear weapons, President Drnovšek felt he had a ‘moral obligation’ to help create a safer, saner world. He had a deep sense of spirituality and was an ardent vegan. In his later years he authored several books on spiritual philosphy, including Misli o življenju in zavedanju (“Thoughts on Life and Consciousness”), Zlate misli o življenju in zavedanju (“Golden Thoughts on Life and Consciousness”), and Bistvo sveta (“The Essence of the World”), and Pogovori (“Dialogues”).

(L-R): Jeffrey Sachs, President Drnovšek and Jonathan Granoff, at a Humanitad planning meeting at the GSI Office, March 2007

GSI President Jonathan Granoff, who knew and worked with President Drnovšek, offered these words to all of those who will miss him:

Every journey is evaluated by its cargo delivery and only the Master of Measurement can know the secret of each delivery. Janez Drnovšek helped bring freedom to people without violence, made efforts to promote consciousness of love and peace, and served his country with his heart and courage. May God measure his worth with infinite compassion and grant his soul freedom, peace and love. I am honored to have been his friend.

– GSI President Jonathan Granoff

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