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González, Felipe

González, Felipe

President of the Spanish Government (1982-1996)


Cardoso, González, Sanguinetti and Lagos, participants of the XVIII Foro Iberoamérica which starts today in Buenos Aires

Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former President of Brazil and the first world leader who presided the WLA-CdM, will give the opening speech of the Forum. At the opening, the Secretary General of the OEA, Luis Almagro, will also speak. The event convenes every year former heads of State, intelectuals, business people and leaders from the region.

What should Venezuela do to become a United Nations Human Rights Council Member?

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


Statements from Club de Madrid Members, González and Piñera, on Leopoldo López

Sebastián Piñera and Felipe González, former Presidents of Spain and Chile, have raised their voices to condemm the sentence issued by a venezuelan court against the opposiiton leader Leopoldo López, who will now spend 13 years and 9 months in jail. Both Presidents, as well as the Club de Madrid, have been very active dennouncing the worrisome situation in Venezuela with a clear slideback in democratic values and human rights. The need for transparent and fair elections with international observation from OEA, UNASUR and the EU has also been stressed by Presidents González, Piñera and the Club de Madrid

Felipe González: "I fully support dialogue for reconciliation in Venezuela"

Club de Madrid Member, Felipe González, participated in a press conference alongside Lilian Tintori, wife of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez and Mitzy Capriles, wife of the mayor of Caracas, Antonio Ledezma. Both are part of the group of 77 political prisoners deprived of liberty in Venezuela.

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. 

Open Letter: from Club de Madrid to the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

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 Libya Study Tour on IHT, NYT and El País

 Club de Madrid Members Zapatero, González and Bruton shared their experience with a delegation of twelve libyan local leaders. This story raised interest from  important media outlets around the world (Photo Credit: Gorka Lejarcegi / EL PAÍS)

Felipe González: “Libya has to have an idea of country, to include awareness and to organize peace”

Member of the Club de Madrid and President of Spain (1982-1996)  Felipe González, has shared his experience as one of the architects of the Spanish Transition with a dozen local pro-democracy Libyan leaders.

Zapatero, González and  Bruton to share their experience with 12 pro democracy libyan activists

Club de Madrid, Members José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Felipe González and John Bruton, will meet from the first to the fifth of April  at the organization's officce with 12 pro democracy libyan activists from 5 cities (Darna, Benghazi, Azawia, Zelitin, y Ubary).

González and Jospin support the electoral process in Haiti as a prerequisite for consensus for reconstruction

Feburary 13-18, 2011. In a key period of institutional consolidation for the country, after overcoming disputes from the first round of elections and setting March 20 as the date for the second round of the legislative and parliamentary elections, President Felipe González and Prime Minister Lionel Jospin –accompanied by Secretary General Carlos Westendorp and the international expert Juan Gabriel Valdés- have led a new Club de Madrid mission to Haiti. The main objective of the mission was to support the ongoing electoral process, which will strengthen the institutions that drive physical and institutional reconstruction.

 Two of our Members, Bill Clinton and Felipe González met with Tony Blair and other progressive leaders in New York to launch the Global Progress Council

The meeting, held in New York on December 13th & 14th, had also the participation of other renowned progressive figures like Helle Thorning-Schmidt (Denmark), Carme Chacón (Spain), Matthias Machning (Germany), Mona Salin (Sweden), Poul Nyrup Rasmussen (Denmark), Gordon Bajnai (Hungary) and Trevor Manuel (South Africa) among others.

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