Democracy That Delivers

McCartney, Clem

Research Consultant, Club of Madrid Shared Societies Project Policy and Content Coordinator


"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.

Promoting national reconciliation in Myanmar

Club de Madrid Member Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, former President of Sri Lanka led the Fourth 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.  

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.

SDGs: No one left behind

Club de Madrid members Roza Otunbayeva, former President of Kyrgyzstan,, Zlatko Lagumdzija, former Prime Minister of Bosnia & Herzegovina and Abdurrahim El-Keib, former Prime Minister of Libya, were keynote speakers at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Annual Ministerial Review of the Millennium Development Goals. The participation of the CdM members took place from 8 to 10 July, 2015 in New York within the framework of the Shared Societies Project.

Launching the Foundation Shared Societies and Values Sarajevo (SSVSA)

The Club de Madrid Shared Societies Project co-organized an international conference in Sarajevo together with the Foundation Shared Societies and Values Sarajevo (SSVSA)”. The conference launched the Foundation on June 25th 2015 whose mission is to promote the concept of Shared Societies in Bosnia-Herzegovina and in a broader context.


The Politics of Peacebuilding: Lessons from Promoting Shared Societies

Club de Madrid Member Tarja Halonen, former President of Finland, and Abdurrahim El-Keib, former Prime Minister of Libya and Club de Madrid nominated Member, were the keynote speakers at the World Bank Fragility, Conflict and Violence Forum 2015 opening session on: “The Politics of Peacebuilding: Lessons from Promoting Shared Societies", jointly organized with the Club de Madrid on February 11, 2015 in Washington DC. 

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#SharedSocieties at the UN Commision for Social Development

During the meetings of the UN Commision for Social Development, the Club de Madrid and the Division for Social Policy and Development of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs organized a Side Event with the theme: "The role of a Shared Society in achieving socially sustainable and inclusive development". Danilo Turk, President of Slovenia (2007-2012) and Member of the Club de Madrid, were one of the main panellists. 

Danilo Türk in Georgia to address Shared Societies

Danilo Türk, President of Slovenia (2007-2012) and member of the Club de Madrid, lead a mission to Georgia, to discuss with Georgian political leaders and civil society representatives the Shared Societies Concept during the International Human Rights Day.

New Shared Societies Publication: Shared Space Issue No. 18

In November 2013 an international seminar was held at Queen’s University, Belfast (QUB), on the theme of ‘Monitoring Change in Diverse Societies’. The event was jointly sponsored by the Northern Ireland Community Relations Council (CRC) and the Club de Madrid. The seminar was introduced by former Irish Taoiseach  (Prime Minister) John Bruton as part of Club de Madrid’s Shared Societies Project.


Shared Societies Perspective in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Development 57.1 ‘Shared Societies’, a special issue of the quarterly journal of the Society for International Development, produced in partnership with the Club de Madrid, was launched in New York on October 8th, 2014 in a Policy Dialogue hosted by the Permanent Mission of Italy and the Permanent Mission of Slovenia to the United Nations. The Journal was introduced by two key Journal contributors, Danilo Turk, President of Slovenia (2007-2012) and Member of the Club de Madrid, and Amina Mohammed, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General on Post-2015 Development Planning.

Shared Societies in Georgia

Clem McCartney, the Policy and Content Co-ordinator of the Shared Societies Project, visited Georgia from 22 to 26 September. He met the Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality and other Ministers and Parliamentarians as well as diplomats, academics and members of NGOs.  He discussed the new Council for Religious Minorities and the situation of ethnic minorities across the country but mainly the discussions related to the breakaway entities of South Ossetia and Abkhazia and the minorities living there.

Photo Credit: Georgian Orthodox church, Armenian church and a mosque seen on this view over Tbilisi’s Old Town. Photo: Guram Muradov/


The Shared Society Project in the Euro-Iberoamerican dialogue on diversity

The Shared Societies Project Content Coordinator, Clem McCartney, participated in the "Euro-Iberoamerican Dialogue on Diversity: how can cities realise the diversity advantage" that took place in Mexico City on 27-28 August 2014. Mexico city, which has been a member of the Council of Europe’s Intercultural cities network since 2010, hosted the first exchange between European Intercultural cities and cities in Latin America interested in the intercultural integration approach to managing diverse communities, and the Shared Societies approach was part of the discussion. During the meeting it was explored the potential for the setting up of a regional Intercultural cities network in Latin America.

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