The former President of Colombia, Andrés Pastrana (1988-2002) participated in the Strasbourg World Forum for Democracy (18-20 November) entitled 'Freedom vs Control: for a democratic response' and highlighted Club de Madrid's work on tackling terrorism. Pastrana, one of the most active members of the organization explained, that 'it will not be possible to win the war against extremists without a soft power strategy' and urged political and social leaders to signed the Global Consensus, a set of principles to counter and prevent violent extremism joined by 40 former Presidents and Primer Ministers during the recent Club de Madrid/ICSR policy dialogue 'Madrid+10, preventing and countering violent extremism'. Join here the Global Consensus
The Club de Madrid Shared Societies Project participated at the Migration and Public Administration Seminar organized by the National Institute of Migration (INM) of the Dominican Republic held in Santo Domingo from 18 to 20 November 2015.
On the occasion of the 'Madrid+10 Policy Dialogue on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism' the heads of both organizing institutions, Vaira Vike-Freiberga, President of the Club de Madrid, and Peter Neumann, Director of the ICSR, co-authored this Op-Ed, published in the spanish leading newspaper, El País, in which they reflect about how the entire world with the aim of creating a new “Global Consensus” on how to fight extremism and create more peaceful, cohesive societies. The terrorist attacks that have strucked the world in Tunis, Lebanon and more recently in Paris prove this aim is now more imperative than ever
LONDON, 17 November 2015 – The number of lives lost to terrorism increased by 80% in 2014, reaching the highest level ever recorded at 32,658. This compares to 18,111 in 2013. According to the third edition of the Global Terrorism Index (GTI), out today, this increase represents the largest yearly increase in deaths ever recorded. The report also highlights the dramatic rise in terrorism over time, with deaths increasing by nine-fold since the year 2000.
It is with profound sorrow and pain that we, the Members of the Club de Madrid, strongly condemn yesterday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, as well as those in Lebanon last thursday, Tunis in March and June and other places where barbaric insanity has left so many innocent victims.
Democracy has just lost one of its most formidable champions and the Club de Madrid one of its most committed and admired Members: Abdul-Kareem Al-Eryani, former Prime Minister of Yemen (1980-1983; 1999-2011), passed away on November 8th. A key political figure for the last 40 years in Yemen, Al Eryani devoted his life to his country and to the cause of democracy not only in Yemen but throughout the Middle East and elsewere.
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