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Lagos, Ricardo

Lagos, Ricardo

President of Chile (2000 – 2006) • Former President of the Club of Madrid


President Lagos warns that deepening social divisions are menacing democracies worldwide

Former President of Chile and Club de Madrid Member, Ricardo Lagos, has written an article in Argentina's newspaper Clarin, where he is a regular contributor, reflecting on how to tackle what he percieves as one of the biggest challenges for democracies around the world: deep social divisions that are not finding an answer from current political leaders and elites.


Nine ex Latinamerican Presidents ask for a new social contract in International Democracy Day

'A new social contract for a next generation democracy' is the name of the article published today by several Latinamerican newspapers across the region. It's been signed by former leaders and current Club de Madrid Members Arias, Cardoso, Chinchilla, Fox, Frei, Lacalle, Lagos, Sanguinetti y Zedillo. They specifically address the need to fight against inequalties and recover the citizen's confindence in democracy. (Article available only in Spanish)


Club de Madrid congratulates Htian Kya, first ever civilian to be elected President of Myanmar in 50 years

Club de Madrid Members considers this appointment a step forward to consolidate democracy in the country and hope to continue working together towards peace and reconciliation. 

Club de Madrid tackles the role of the military in Myanmar's democratic transition

Ricardo Lagos, ex President of Chile and Club de Madrid Member, led the Fifth High-Level Mission to Myanmar from 19 to 22 January 2016 jointly organized with International IDEA. This visit sought to advance a peaceful military transfer of power to the newl elected leaders, foster national reconciliation and identify next steps in the peace process and  was part of the “High Level Support for Effective Dialogue in Myanmar: Towards Democratic Transition and Shared Societies” Project, funded by The Charitable Foundation.  

Ricardo Lagos launches in Myanmar a book on democratic transitions

Former President of Chile and Club de Madrid Member, Ricardo Lagos officially launched the book Democratic Transitions: Learning from World Leaders in Yangon. This Myanmar edition of International IDEA’s book Democratic Transitions: Conversations with World Leaders has been published by the European Union, the Club de Madrid and International IDEA.

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


Ten former presidents and 50 experts tackle the challegues of the Next Generation Democracy in the Americas

The fight against inequality, poverty corruption and violence plus, the ethical renovation of political parties were identified as the main challengues to be faced in the Americas in a three day forum held in Bogotá. The President of the Republic of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos and 10 former Presidents and Members of the Club de Madrid, contributed to the discussions

Juan Manuel Santos and 10 former presidents lead the NGD Roundtable about the future of democracy in the Americas

Within Next Generation Democracy’s (NGD) project, the comprehensive debate on the current state and future of democracy will –within its dynamic world process- also take a specific look to the Americas Region. Members of the Club de Madrid from the region of the Americas along with experts and relevant regional actors will discuss around the question of democracy in a new regional Roundtable in Colombia next 24-26 August. Download the program here (in Spanish)

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 supports the holding of free, transparent and inclusive elections in 2014 and the value of dialogue for political stability

The Club de Madrid delegation, led by Ricardo Lagos, former President of Chile (2000-2006) and Mª Elena Agüero, Deputy Secretary General of the organization visited Haiti from the 27th to the 30st of April

Second Club de Madrid mission to Haiti to foster inclusive elections, dialogue and social cohesion

Ricardo Lagos, former President of Chile (2000-2006) and Member of the Club de Madrid lead the second High Level mission,which took place from the 27th to the 30th of April, in the framework of the joint European Union/Club de Madrid Project "Promotion of dialogue for democratic reform in Haiti"

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