Democracy That Delivers
Kok, Wim

Kok, Wim

Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1994-2002)


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.

Kok and Turk, elected new Institute for Economics and Peace Advisory Council members

We are delighted to announce that Club de Madrid Members Wim Kok forme Prime Minister of The Netherlands and Danilo Turk ex President of Slovenia have elected to be part of the Advisory Council of the Institute for Economics and Peace, the world’s leading think tank dedicated to developing metrics to analyse peace and to quantify its economic value

"Where Shared Society Starts, Violent Extremism Stops"

Members Wim Kok and Zlatko Lagumdzija participated, on February 20-23th and January 29th respectively, in missions part of Club de Madrid’s collaboration in the Project “Khotwa”. This Project, led by International Institute for Nonviolent Action (Novact), aims to promote an effective, collective, constructive and structured participation of the North African civil society in the process of the regional integration of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU).

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.

Imperial Springs Forum: Inclusive, Sustainable and Resilient Cities in the Belt and Road Initiative

The President of the Club de Madrid and former President of Latvia, Vaira Vike-Freiberga, will lead a delegation of eleven Members of the organization to Guangzhou, China, to participate in this forum that will serve as a platform for discussion on ‘Inclusive, Sustainable and Resilient Cities in the Belt and Road Initiative’.

Promoting Democracy Promotes Peace

The Club de Madrid congratulates Tunisia, the National Dialogue Quarter, and also all Tunisian citizens, as the symbolic recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize awarded today. The successful adoption of the new Tunisian Constitution, the peaceful elections and the country’s efforts to build an inclusive future through democracy, the rule of law and respect for human and civil rights through dialogue is a beacon of hope for the MENA region but also for the world as a whole. The Nobel Peace Prize is a well deserved recognition of it.

'Democracy is still missing': op-ed by Freiberga, Ramos-Horta and Kok in the Hufftington Post

The President of the Club de Madrid and ex President of Latvia, Vaira Vike-Freiberga, Wim Kok, former PM of the Netherlands, and José Ramos-Horta, ex President of East Timor, have signed a joint Op-Ed that have appeared in the US edition cover of the Hufftington Post. The three leaders say that 'Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda targets beneficiaries rather than citizens' 

Wim Kok in Haiti: "Completing the electoral process with transparent, inclusive and securitized elections is of utmost importance for the country"

'These elections are a test case for Haiti‬ and for the rest of the world', said Wim Kok, former PM of the Netherlands in the media briefing that closed the sixth Club de Madrid/European Union mission to Haiti. The Club de Madrid Member also called 'all stakeholders involved in the elections to abstein from acts of violence'

Wim Kok in China: "Sister cities offer economic, cultural, environmental and social benefits"

Fomer Prime Minister of the Netherlands and also former President of the Club de Madrid, Wim Kok, participated in the 2014 China Internationa Friendship Cities Conference & Guangzhou International Urban Innovation Conference. He stressed the importance of the sister cities relationships and its role in promoting peace and understanding

Kok and Zapatero lead a INSPIRED mission to Tunisia: "This country is a success story"

Members of the Club de Madrid, Wim Kok (former PM of The Netherlands) and José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero (former President of Spain) lead a Club de Madrid mission to Tunisia under the Integrated Support Programme for Inclusive Reform and Democratic Dialogue. They expressed the Club de Madrid support to the Tunisian transition to democracy and encouraged all political parties and civil society to keep on the path of dialogue and negotiation.

Live Event: Club de Madrid and Brookings Institute join forces to Promote Shared Societies

Club de Madrid Members, Kok, Campbell and Uteem, will be joined by Santiago Levy (Inte-American Development Bank) and John Podesta, a former member of the High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, in the "Promoting Shared Societies: Inclusion in the Post-2015 Development Agenda" session that will take place on February 7. Register here to watch the event via live webcast and join the conversation on Twitter at #SharedSocieties

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