The initiative, supported by the European Commission, will be presented next September 28th in a kick-off event in Brussels witth the participation of CdM Members, Jerzy Buzek, Zlatko Lagumdzija and Mehdi Jomaa, former Prime Ministers of Poland, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Tunisia respectively along with the EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator, Gilles de Kerchove
Club de Madrid Member, António Manuel Mascarenhas Monteiro, has passed away, aged 72. He was the first democratically elected President of Cape Verde in 1991 and was re-elected for a second time in 1996.He was one of the most respected figures in Africa and worldwide. Shall hs example inspire a next generation of democratic
15th of September is the International Day of Democracy, a landmark for an organitazion like the Club de Madrid, whose mandate is to foster democratic values. For this occasion, our President, Vaira Vike-Freiberga, and both our Vice-Presidents, Tuto Quiroga and Cassam Uteem, have signed this article, entittled 'Does Democracy Need a reset?' which is their personal reflection on the present and future challenges of Democracy worlwide.
'A new social contract for a next generation democracy' is the name of the article published today by several Latinamerican newspapers across the region. It's been signed by former leaders and current Club de Madrid Members Arias, Cardoso, Chinchilla, Fox, Frei, Lacalle, Lagos, Sanguinetti y Zedillo. They specifically address the need to fight against inequalties and recover the citizen's confindence in democracy. (Article available only in Spanish)
With the completion of the 21 Century Panglong Conference and the appointment of the members of the Rakine State Advisory Commission, which will be chaired by our honorary member, Kofi Annan, Club de Madrid is pleased to see the progress that is being made on the process of reconciliation and peace building in Myanmar.
The Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, stressed the necessity of collective action to counter terrorism and violent extremism during a two-day meeting at UN Headquarters in New York. “Taking collective preventive action against terrorism, in the spirit of our United Nations Charter, is the only way to secure peace and prosperity for succeeding generations,” Mr. Ban added.
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