Democracy That Delivers
Robinson, Mary

Robinson, Mary

President of Ireland (1990-1997) • Former Vice President of the Club of Madrid


CdM Members, EU and UN leaders put the need for inclusive development at the center of PVE strategies

Six Club de Madrid Members, all of them democratically elected Presidents and Prime Ministers, along with top leaders from the European Union and the United Nations, addressed the gap between development and security in the field of preventing and countering violent extremism policies. 

The nexus between counter terrorism, development and Agenda 2030 brings together CdM Members and decision makers from the EU and the UN

Former Presidents and Prime Ministers Joyce Banda (Malawi), Hamadi Jebali (Tunisia), Olusegun Obasanjo (Nigeria) Mary Robinson (Ireland) and Danilo Turk (Slovenia) will engage next Tuesday 19th of September in New York in a debate about the critical nexus between security and development, with high level intergovernmental policy makers from both the European Union and United Nations

International Women's Day: the work towards a democracy that delivers

Women have come a long way and that's exactly what International Women's Day is all about. It all started in 1908, when 15.000 courageous women marched  through the streets of New York City. Their demands?: shorter work hours, better pay, and the right to vote. A lot of progress have been achieved but the fight is far from over. 

How can we achieve societies with inclusive, sustainable & resilient prosperity? Read here Laura Chinchilla's ideas

'A new vision for growth should be framed within broad parameters of human development, sustainability, and equality, which are non-negotiable' Laura Chinchilla has said at the first Shared Societies Project working group devoted to study the link between enviromental sustainability and inclusiveness This meeting started today at the GreenTree Foundation (New York) and will close tomorrow with the intervention, among others, of Zlakko Lagumdzja, former Prime Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

Three world leaders will lead the first meeting on Enviromental Sustainability and Shared Societies

The Club de Madrid, through its Shared Societies Project, has established a working group to examine the link between Shared Societies and environmental sustainability. Members Laura Chinchilla, ex President of Costa Rica; Zlatko Lagumdzijaex Prime Minister of Bosnia & Herzegovina and Mary Robinson, ex President of Ireland, will lead the discussion on wheter a shared society is more likely to promote sustainability and the assumption that a sustainable society is more likely to facilitate social inclusion.

Robinson, Kufuor and Freiberga call to Action on Climate Change

Two UNSG Special Envoys for Climate Change, Mary Robinson and John Kufuor, former Presidents of Ireland and Ghana respectively, and Club de Madrid President, Vaira Vike-Freiberga, former President of Latvia have signed a Club de Madrid Call to Action to all Heads of State and Governement on the occasion of the Climate Change Summit convened by the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, today in New York 

Defining the roadmap for the Post-2015 Agenda

 “Conflict prevention, post-conflict peacebuilding and promotion of durable peace, rule of law and governance” was title of the Session of the Open Working Group where our Member Uteem, former President of Mauritius, gave a keynote speech in New York on the 6th of February.

Women's Leadership for Peace and Security in the Horn of Africa

The Recommendations Booklet 2009-2012 was launched in an event hold at the Palacio de Miraflores. All these practice guidelines are focused on advancing the maintenance of peace and security, with the consideration of the principle of gender equity and also to ensure the participation of women in conflict situations and post conflict in the region

The #FutureWeWant

The central message coming from the Club de Madrid official high-level side event “Sustainable Development in an Unequal world” in Rio+20 is that environmental justice requires social justice and social justice cannot be achieved without greater equality of income and wealth between countries and within countries. The event focused on the relationship and interdependence between the economy, social justice and the environment. It addressed the high and increasing worldwide inequality between those who pollute most through wasteful use of natural resources, and those who suffer the effects of pollution. It pointed to the fact that the world´s most affluent one billion people have a lifestyle which negatively affects and pollutes the other six billion´s air, water, land, foodstuffs and undermines their right to a decent life.

Strengthening the rule of law in counter-terrorism

The Club de Madrid is pleased to announce the publication of a significant report and book (AM Salinas de Friás, KLH Samuel, and ND White (eds), Counter-Terrorism: International Law and Practice (Oxford University Press, Oxford 2012) which examine how the rule of law may be strengthened in the context of counter-terrorist responses.

See report

Club de Madrid calls for a Global Leadership on Climate Action at COP17

The Club de Madrid organized an official UNFCCC side event during the last UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa on 7 December 2011.

Three Members of the Club de Madrid, Cassam Uteem (President of Mauritius, 1992-2002), Mary Robinson, (President of Ireland, 1990-1997), and Luisa Diogo (Prime Minister of Mozambique, 2004-2010), made a strong call to achieve ambitious results in Durban.

Full text of Cassam Uteem's Speech

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