Democracy That Delivers
Birkavs, Valdis

Birkavs, Valdis

Prime Minister of Latvia (1993-1994)


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.

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.

'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.

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.

Club de Madrid Annual Conference identifies 13 sets of proposals to foster job creation and inclusive growth

Key conclusions and ideas will be presented to the Australian G20 Presidency

The Club de Madrid and the Nizami Ganjavi International Center to discuss "Democracy that Delivers" in Azerbaijan

 Some of the issues to be addressed are social and political inclusion, cohesion, and women’s empowerment during the event, from 5th to 8th of May in Ganja and Baku

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

Building a More Resilient Pacific in the 21st Century World Order

On the occasion of our Asia Pacific Forum held last July 5 and 6 on the island of Tahiti in French Polynesia, 10 Members of the Club de Madrid were joined by high level experts and policy-makers from the Pacific and beyond to discuss where the Pacific stands in the current international context and how its leaders may move forward in responding to the social, political, economic and environmental challenges they face.

Members Birkavs and Roman Promote Shared Societies during Second Mission to Kyrgyzstan

23 June 2011, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan – With the objective of offering counsel to key stakeholders within the leadership and political sectors, Club de Madrid Members Valdis Birkavs, Former Prime Minister of Latvia, and Peter Roman, Former Prime Minister of Romania, encourage acceptance of the steps taken in the newly developed Ethnic Concept initiated by the President´s Office. This Concept garnered national support during an important Kuraltai (people’s assembly) on June 18th convened by President Rosa Otunbaeva. Members emphasized that equally important is the implementation process of the Ethnic Concept in which many challenges will be faced and widespread support and consistent approaches to overcoming challenges must also be adopted.

Iranian representatives thank the Club de Madrid for the letter sent to Ali Khāmene’I

Former members of the Iranian Parliament and current opposition thanked the Club de Madrid for its March 16 letter to Ayatollah Ali Khāmene’I through which it expressed its concern about the abduction of Mr. Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mr. Mehdi Karoubi, former Prime Minister and Parliament Speaker of Iran and prominent candidates to the presidential elections, together with their respective wives. “Having received considerable echo within international and national media, this initiative was felt as a crucial support for all those fighting for freedom in Iran”, they say.   

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