Club de Madrid presents Bill Clinton with its Democratic Leadership Award

19 October 2011 – Former United States President Bill Clinton will receive the Club de Madrid’s Democratic Leadership Award this November 9th. This will happen during the Gala Diner that the Club de Madrid, sponsored by Telefónica, has organized in New York as a closing to the Club de Madrid’s X Anniversary celebrations.

The prize recognizes a leader’s firm commitment to the consolidation of democratic values, human rights and good governance, and the promotion of sustainable, socio-economic development through democratic means, all of which represent the core values of the Club de Madrid.

The President of the Club de Madrid and former Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Wim Kok, highlighted Clinton as “an example of a single life dedicated to public service. Beyond the great labour as president of the United States, it has been in past ten years when his leadership and democratic commitment to global issues such as poverty, climate change, the unequal access to health care and economic opportunity worldwide have become more evident.”

The Club de Madrid is the world’s largest forum of former Presidents and Prime Ministers, composed of 80 Members from 56 countries united to promote democratic governance and give support in situations of crisis and post-crisis. Last April 6th the Club de Madrid’s Board of Directors approved the presentation of this edition of the award to its Honorary President. Bill Clinton will be the second world leader awarded with this prize, which was presented in its inaugural edition in 2008 to the historical democratic referent Nelson Mandela.

At the Gala Dinner on November 9th, to be held in the heart of Manhattan, in the New York Public Library, leading Members of the Club de Madrid will participate, all of them former Presidents and Prime Ministers, including Kim Campbell (Prime Minister of Canada, 1993), Joaquim Chissano (President of Mozambique, 1986-2005), Vicente Fox (President of Mexico, 2000-2006), Lee Hong-Koo (Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea, 1994-1995), Lionel Jospin (Prime Minister of France, 1997-2002), John Kufuor (President of Ghana, 2001-2009), Chandrika Kumaratunga (President of Sri Lanka, 1994-2005), Ricardo Lagos (President of Chile, 2000-2006), Mary Robinson (President of Ireland, 1990-1997) and Jennifer Mary Shipley (Prime Minister of New Zealand, 1997-1999), among others.

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