There is a growing perception that democratic governments are not delivering, people's rights and expectations are not being met. This is precisely why this year's Club de Madrid Policy Dialogues will facilitate a discussion on the state and the future of democracy, marking the launch of the two-year, multi-stakeholder Club de Madrid-led Next Generation Democracy (NGD) Project.
Democracy and Human Rights in Decline? A Call for Action, organized by Club de Madrid and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, will be held in Florence, Italy, on 24-25 November 2014. The conference will offer a unique opportunity to engage in a comprehensive analysis of regional dynamics and potential threats to democracy, by complementing expert analysis with the perspectives of a variety of political and social actors.
In the framework of the EU-funded project "Promotion of dialogue for democratic reform in Haiti", the Club of Madrid convened a two-day workshop in Port-au-Prince on 21- 22 July to discuss concrete options for taking forward key pending democratic reforms in Haiti. The successful experiences on National Dialogue and Political Agreements of South Africa, Peru, Spain and Poland were shared with key Haitian political, economic and social players.
The Club de Madrid’s Shared Societies Project team was invited to the Americas Quarterly Spring Launch (16 july 2014): “The Perils and Promises of Consulta Previa” a public presentation of the comparative study of Consulta Previa in Chile, Colombia, Peru and Guatemala. At the meeting, Club de Madrid’s joint initiative with CAAP and CAJ on “Political Leadership for the implementation of the Consulta Previa in Peru” was presented. In this context, the Club de Madrid is also planning a high-level mission to the country on “Women and Shared Societies: promoting permanent and high quality participation of indigenous women as agents of change”.
Between July 16th and 18th, Club de Madrid (CdM) Member and former Prime Minister of Canada, Kim Campbell, held a round of meetings with United Nations (UN) Permanent Representatives and UN agencies and programmes to present our work on Shared Societies, and to especially support the goals on "achieving peaceful and inclusive societies, rule of law, effective and capable institutions" and "strengthening and enhancing the means of implementation and global partnership for sustainable development" advocating for these to remain in the outcome document of the Open Working Group (OWG).
The Club de Madrid, in partnership with European Partnership for Democracy and Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy, within the framework of the EU-funded programme INSPIRED (Integrated Support Programme for Inclusive Reform and Democratic Dialogue) organized a multi-stakeholder dialogue and knowledge sharing workshop in Madrid, Spain, between 2-4 July 2014.
Democracy champion and Member of the Club de Madrid, Sadiq Al Mahdi, spent a day in the capital of Spain after his recent release from a Khartum jail. He was unfairly imprisioned under accusations of treason. During his visit, the former Prime Minister of Sudan talked to spanish newspaper El Mundo, and advocated for a moderated Islam and a shared societies approach to solve the conflicts that are harming Sudan and all the region
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