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Gusenbauer, Alfred

Gusenbauer, Alfred

Chancellor of Austria (2007-2008)


Club de Madrid congratulates Htian Kya, first ever civilian to be elected President of Myanmar in 50 years

Club de Madrid Members considers this appointment a step forward to consolidate democracy in the country and hope to continue working together towards peace and reconciliation. 

Club de Madrid High Level Mission to Myanmar ahead of crucial elections

As the national election campaign started in Myanmar, the Club de Madrid co-organized two multi-stakeholder events with International-IDEA in Yangon: a Roundtable with Civil Society Organisations: Lessons Learned from Leaders and a Meeting with 23 electoral candidates running in the upcoming elections. Club de Madrid Members Alfred Gusenbauer, former Chancellor of Austria and, Jigme Thinley, former Prime Minister of Bhutan, leading this Third High-Level Mission to Myanmar within the “High Level Support for Effective Dialogue in Myanmar: Towards Democratic Transition and Shared Societies” Project funded by The Charitable Foundation, also met six Ambassadors from EU and non EU countries, President U Thein Sein, Speaker of the Parliament Thura Shwe Mann and Chairman of the UEC, U Tin Aye.

“Crisis or Transformation?” NGD Regional Roundtable in Stockholm

Club de Madrid Members and other democracy experts participated last week in Next Generation Democracy’s Track II Regional Roundtable in Stockholm; with the European arena in the spotlight and with the late, current and, moreover, future trends of Democracy in the region as the main talking point. The event, that took part in the Swedish capital, was held on June 2-4 and had the presence of eight Club de Madrid Members.  

Thirty Club de Madrid Members back the Varkey Foundation initiative to restore teacher respect

The Varkey Foundation and Club de Madrid have joined forces to publish this open letter from leaders around the world in which they warned that an erosion in respect for the teaching profession could lead to “profoundly damaging” effects on young people’s life chances and a rise in extremism.The Club de Madrid Members, lead by its President, Vaira Vike-Freiberga, former President of Latvia, are calling on governments around the world to protect and value teachers, and play their part in restoring the respect that teachers so richly deserve. 

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

Club de Madrid at the V Astana Economic Forum

For second consecutive year the Club de Madrid collaborated with the V Astana Economic Forum held in Astana on May 22 to 24 with the support of the Government of Kazakhstan.

From Rising Inequalities to Shared Societies at the IMF-World Bank annual meetings

The Club de Madrid, the Center of Concern and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, have jointly organised the second conference this year at the International Monetary and Financial Institutions: “From Rising Inequalities to Shared Societies: The need to create a sustainable International Monetary and Financial System” , held on September 25 in Washington DC during the Annual Meetings of the IMF-World Bank.

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Former World Leaders Gather in Kuwait to Discuss Advancing Democractic Values and Human Rights

KUWAIT, May 23, 2011 – At the conclusion of an intensive, two-day forum hosted by the Center for Dialogue among Civilizations and Defense of Liberty and titled “Renewing Dialogue for Peace and Advancing Freedom and Human Rights in Today’s World,” Sheik Fahad Al Salem Al Ali Al Sabah called for reform in the Middle East region before a group of former world leaders. He told the gathering of Members of the Club de Madrid, former prime ministers and presidents, Nobel Prize winners and human rights luminaries: “We cannot have democracy on paper; it must be democracy in action and on the ground.”

The Club of Madrid welcomes its 80th and 81st Member, Oscar Arias and Alfred Gusenbauer.

The Club of Madrid is glad to announce that Oscar Arias (President of Costa Rica, 1986-1990 and 2006-2010) and Alfred Gusenbauer (Federal Chancellor of Austria, 2007-2008) have accepted to join the organization as full members. The General Assembly gathered in an extraordinary session ratified the full membership of both former Leaders on April 6th, 2011.


An inclusive and shared society:  key driver for well-being by 2020 and beyond

Alfred Gusenbauer, Former Chancellor of the Austrian Federation and Member of the Club de Madrid, presented yesterday, March 29th, for the first time, one of the main outcomes of the Shared Societies Project:
The Economic Rationale for Shared Societies. This research was presented during a Policy Dialogue in Brussels organized by the Club de Madrid and the European Policy Center (EPC), entitled “Shared Societies and inclusiveness: key drivers for well-being by 2020 and beyond”. 

Download the speech by Alfred Gusenbauer

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