The Club de Madrid congratulates Tunisia, the National Dialogue Quarter, and also all Tunisian citizens, as the symbolic recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize awarded today. The successful adoption of the new Tunisian Constitution, the peaceful elections and the country’s efforts to build an inclusive future through democracy, the rule of law and respect for human and civil rights through dialogue is a beacon of hope for the MENA region but also for the world as a whole. The Nobel Peace Prize is a well deserved recognition of it.
Club de Madrid and ICSR, with the support of the European Commission, the International Dialogue Centre KAICIID and the US State Department among other partners, announce a global initiative on preventing and countering violent extremism.
The President of the Club de Madrid and ex President of Latvia, Vaira Vike-Freiberga, Wim Kok, former PM of the Netherlands, and José Ramos-Horta, ex President of East Timor, have signed a joint Op-Ed that have appeared in the US edition cover of the Hufftington Post. The three leaders say that 'Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda targets beneficiaries rather than citizens'
'These elections are a test case for Haiti and for the rest of the world', said Wim Kok, former PM of the Netherlands in the media briefing that closed the sixth Club de Madrid/European Union mission to Haiti. The Club de Madrid Member also called 'all stakeholders involved in the elections to abstein from acts of violence'
Today, September 15th, we celebrate the International Day of Democracy, which was established by the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) to provide an opportunity to review the state of democracy in the world. On this date last year, the Club de Madrid launched the Next Generation Democracy (NGD) global initiative to facilitate a broad discussion on the state and future of democracy and formulate both regional and global agendas on the way to more effectively respond to signals of decline in the quality of democratic governance and advance democracy worldwide.
Photo Credit: Tunisia Elections-Freedom House
As the national election campaign started in Myanmar, the Club de Madrid co-organized two multi-stakeholder events with International-IDEA in Yangon: a Roundtable with Civil Society Organisations: Lessons Learned from Leaders and a Meeting with 23 electoral candidates running in the upcoming elections. Club de Madrid Members Alfred Gusenbauer, former Chancellor of Austria and, Jigme Thinley, former Prime Minister of Bhutan, leading this Third High-Level Mission to Myanmar within the “High Level Support for Effective Dialogue in Myanmar: Towards Democratic Transition and Shared Societies” Project funded by The Charitable Foundation, also met six Ambassadors from EU and non EU countries, President U Thein Sein, Speaker of the Parliament Thura Shwe Mann and Chairman of the UEC, U Tin Aye.
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