Democracy That Delivers
Al-Eryani, Abdul-kareem

Al-Eryani, Abdul-kareem

Prime Minister of Yemen (1980-1983, 1998-2001)


Freedom fighter, Abdul-kareem Al Eryani, passes away

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.

Are you ready for 2015?

That was the question poised by the side event "Are you ready for 2015? Implications for Social Development” held on 12 February in New York. The meeting discussed  the changes in the way Social Development will have to be viewed following the creation of the new Sustainable Development Goals

Club de Madrid to promote the Shared Societies and Post 2015 Agenda with IMF, Brookings Institute and UN meetings

Six Club de Madrid Members, Wim Kok, Cassam Uteem, Kim Campbell, Danilo Turk, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and Abdul Kareem Al-Eryani will hold meetings to explore ways to foster the Post-2015 and shared societies agendas with key international institutions. Photo credit ( 

Club de Madrid Annual Conference identifies 13 sets of proposals to foster job creation and inclusive growth

Key conclusions and ideas will be presented to the Australian G20 Presidency

The Club de Madrid and the Nizami Ganjavi International Center to discuss "Democracy that Delivers" in Azerbaijan

 Some of the issues to be addressed are social and political inclusion, cohesion, and women’s empowerment during the event, from 5th to 8th of May in Ganja and Baku

The Economics of Shared Societies at the 4th Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations

The meeting of the Fourth Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, which mission is to improve understanding and cooperative relations among nations and peoples across cultures and religions, took place in Doha (Qatar) on 11-14 of December. The Alliance is a network for joint action and in the focus of this forum there was a sense that intercultural dialogue and positive inter-cultural relations can contribute to development and the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals.

The Club de Madrid on the Occassion of the World Refugee Day

The Club de Madrid Members delegation participating at the 100th International Labour Conference in Geneva, Prime Ministers Wim Kok and Abdulkarim Al-Eryani, as well as Presidents Osvaldo Hurtado and Olusegun Obasanjo, paid Club de Madrid Member and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, a courtesy visit. 

A New Era of Social Justice

15 June 2011, Geneva, Switzerland – Five Members of the Club de Madrid (Former heads of state and government from Ecuador, Ghana, Nigeria, Yemen and the Netherlands) addressed the need for a new era of social justice and sustainable and shared societies in the wake of the global financial and jobs crisis during two special events held at 100th International Labour Conference on 14 and 15 June at the Palais de Nations.

Lessons from the recent crisis for building sustainable and shared societies: Implications for the ILO” on Tuesday, 14 June

The need for a new era of social justice” on Wednesday, 15 June

Read article by Wim Kok, President of the Club de Madrid


Club de Madrid member Al Eryani and the ‘Arab Spring’

In the context of the historical events taking place in the Middle East and Northern Africa, the Club de Madrid had the honour to present the colloquium on ‘The Arab Spring’ last May 3-4 may at the French institute in Madrid. This event, co-organized with the French Embassy in Spain and several Madrid-based institutions and think tanks, is a follow-up of the colloquium organized last April 16 at the initiative of Alain Juppé, French Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Click here to see the videos and pictures of the event

Changes in the Arab World: Revolutions towards Democracy?

The Club de Madrid and the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs co-organized a debate on “Changes in the Arab World: Revolutions towards Democracy?” held in the Diplomatic School of Madrid on April 5, with keynote speeches by Wim Kok (Prime Minister of the Netherlands, 1994-2002 and President of the Club de Madrid), Lionel Jospin (Prime Minister of France, 1997-2002), Sadig Al Mahdi (Prime Minister of Sudan, 1966-1967 and 1986-1989) and Abdul-Kareem Al Eryani (Prime Minister of Yemen, 1980-1983 and 1998-2001) through a video message.

Click here to watch the video message from Prime Minister Al-Eryani

Gallery of Pictures in Flickr

Speech by Prime Minister Sadig Al Mahdi, Sudan (1966-1967, 1986-1989)

Speech by Prime Minister Lionel Jospin, France (1997-2002)

Speech by Prime Minister Wim Kok, Netherlands (1994-2002)

Iranian representatives thank the Club de Madrid for the letter sent to Ali Khāmene’I

Former members of the Iranian Parliament and current opposition thanked the Club de Madrid for its March 16 letter to Ayatollah Ali Khāmene’I through which it expressed its concern about the abduction of Mr. Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mr. Mehdi Karoubi, former Prime Minister and Parliament Speaker of Iran and prominent candidates to the presidential elections, together with their respective wives. “Having received considerable echo within international and national media, this initiative was felt as a crucial support for all those fighting for freedom in Iran”, they say.   

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