How can the Belt and Road Initiative develop better cities for better lives? The Imperial Springs Forum Inclusive Sustainable & Resilient Cities in the B&R Initiative just closed down with a final declaration that you can read here.
The President of the Club de Madrid and former President of Latvia, Vaira Vike-Freiberga, will lead a delegation of eleven Members of the organization to Guangzhou, China, to participate in this forum that will serve as a platform for discussion on ‘Inclusive, Sustainable and Resilient Cities in the Belt and Road Initiative’.
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
Today, the undersigned, former heads of state and government, who are members of the Club de Madrid, called on the UN General Assembly to grant Venezuela a second term as a member of the UN Human Rights Council only if Venezuela frees individuals detained for political reasons and accepts an impartial mission of electoral observers to monitor the upcoming elections. Photo credit: AP
Club de Madrid Member and former President of Colombia (1998-2002), Andrés Pastrana, has been elected in a summit in Ciudad de Mexico as the new President of the Centrist Democrat International. Young people participation and women empowerment, democracy transition in Cuba, the fight against inequality and drug trafficking will be among the newly elected President’s goals.
Club de Madrid Members, Jorge Quiroga and Andrés Pastrana, former Presidents of Bolivia and Colombia respectively, has sent a letter on the 13th of june, o the opposition political leader Leopoldo López. On the occasion of this 20th day of hunger strike, both latinamerican leaders pay tribute to López and ask him to stop the hunger strike that is putting his life into severe danger. Photo Credit: El Mundo/Reuters
Repeatedly, the Club de Madrid has called for fair, transparent and inclusive elections this year. In the context, the Club de Madrid organized, in collaboration with IDEA International in Haiti, a full day workshop on “Electoral Manifestos and Political Communications”.
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 Members Andrés Pastrana and Sebastián Piñera will chair the workshop “Electoral Manifestos and Political Communication" during the forecoming UE funded mission to Haiti (May 24-26). The agenda also includes meetings with key institutional, political and private sector representatives, including President Martelly and the President of the Provisional Electoral Committee
We, Members of Club de Madrid, an independent organization at the service of Democracy and the promotion of its values worldwide, comprising more than a hundred democratic former Heads of State and Government from over 70 countries, express our deepest concern for the difficult social, economic and political situation in Venezuela.
Club de Madrid Member Andrés Pastrana, President of Colombia (1998-2002), led a Shared Societies Project / Council of Europe Intercultural Cities mission to Guatemala City. The delegation was hosted by Guatemala City Mayor Álvaro Arzú, also a Club de Madrid Member as President of Guatemala (1995-2000).