Democracy That Delivers
Uteem, Cassam

Uteem, Cassam

President of the Republic of Mauritius (1992-1997, 1997- 2002) and Vice-President of the Club de Madrid


Acting President of Nigeria, Yemi Obisanjo: “There is no question that we need to develop counter-narratives"

Following-up on the National Workshop on Alternative Narratives to Violent Extremism, organized in Abuja on May 23-24, the CdM conducted a High-Level Mission to Nigeria (July 17-18), led by Club de Madrid Members, President Cassam Uteem (Mauritius) and President Festus Mogae (Bostwana). They were were received by the Acting President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Obisanjo

Members Mogae and Uteem discuss about PVE in Nigeria with country's key stakeholders

Club de Madrid Members, President Cassam Uteem (Mauritius) and President Festus Mogae (Bostwana) are leading a two days high level mission to Nigeria in which they have been received by the acting President of the country, Professor Yemi Osinbajo. During the meeting, held in Abuja this Monday, the former Presidents presented to Mr Osinabjo a report summarizing the conclusions from the National Workshop held last May in Nigeria.

UN Secretary General discusses global democracy challenges with Club de Madrid

A 12 Member Club de Madrid delegation led by its President, Vaira Vike-Freiberga, met with United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, founding Member of the Club de Madrid, at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.

"You were ahead of time", J. Sachs at the Shared Societies Project X Anniversary

The Shared Societies Project celebrated its tenth anniversary with a commemoration dinner attended by 35 invitees. Amongst them, 10 Club de Madrid Members, all of them former Presidents and Prime Ministers from America, Europe and Oceania and the economist Jeffrey Sachs, director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

Cassam Uteem leads a SSP Mission to Nepal  to help in the democratic process

During his visit he will meet the President and PM of the country. A Shared Societies approach would be very relevant, and the Club de Madrid is delighted to support Nepal’s quest for institutionalizing democracy and development as part of its SSP in-country missions. Teresita “Ging” Deles, NetPluss member and expert on Peace and Negotiations and former presidential adviser in the Philippines will also participate in the mission.

Club de Madrid supports the #InspiringTunisia campaign for a democracy that delivers

Thirteen Club de Madrid Members, all of them democractically elected former Presidents and Prime Ministers from all over the world, have signed the manifesto "Inspiring Tunisia; Translating Words Into Actions" to endorse a positive narrative about the country, and help the Tunisia2020 conference succeed.

'Does Democracy need a reset?' Freiberga, Quiroga & Uteem reflect on Democracy Day

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.

Promoting Democracy Promotes Peace

The Club de Madrid congratulates Tunisia, the National Dialogue Quarter, and also all Tunisian citizens, as the symbolic recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize awarded today. The successful adoption of the new Tunisian Constitution, the peaceful elections and the country’s efforts to build an inclusive future through democracy, the rule of law and respect for human and civil rights through dialogue is a beacon of hope for the MENA region but also for the world as a whole. The Nobel Peace Prize is a well deserved recognition of it.

'Sharing the burden-Sharing the benefits', Club de Madrid call to the Addis Ababa Financing for Development Summit

The three co-chairs of the Club de Madrid's Shared Societies Project, Cassam Uteem (Mauritius), Chandrika Kumaratunga (Sri Lanka) and Valdis Brikavs have signed an open letter about the biggest challenge facing the Post 2015 Development Process: the issue of funding. In this document they call all parties to seek inclusive, multi level solutions in the final discussions on funding for development. Download the open letter here.

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. 

Ten Club de Madrid leaders join the Global Education & Skills Forum

The President and the Vicepresidents of the Club de Madrid, Vaira Vike-Freiberga, Jennifer Mary Shipley and Jorge Quiroga respectively, will lead a ten Members delegation to Dubai to join the education-focused GESF meeting that will be held in Dubai the 15th-16th of march. 

The Shared Societies principles & the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The Co-Chairs of the Shared Societies Project and Club de Madrid Members: Valdis Birkavs, Prime Minister of Latvia (1993-1994), Chandrika Kumaratunga, President of Sri Lanka (1994-2005), Cassam Uteem, President of the Republic of Mauritius (1992-1997, 1997- 2002) signed a public Response from the Shared Societies Project to the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals Outcome Document.

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