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First Club de Madrid South Caucasus Forum on Inclusion in Azerbaijan

First Club de Madrid South Caucasus Forum on Inclusion in Azerbaijan

March 19, 2013

The President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, 12 Club de Madrid Members, 12 Nizami Ganjavi International Center Members, and over 200 high level experts, stakeholders, scholars and civil society representatives will participate in the Forum to be held from 6th to 8th of May in Baku

They will address democracy-related issues like inclusion, shared societies and women’s economic, social and political empowerment. HM Queen Noor of Jordan; MP Dora Bakoyannis, Ehud Barack, former Minister of Defense of Israel will join Nizami Ganjavi International Center Members Ismail Serageldin, Director of the Library of Alexandria, Suleyman Demirel, ninth President of the Republic of Turkey, Vaira Vike Freiberga, Co-Chair of the Nizami Gangavi Internacional Center and Club de Madrid Member, M.S Swaminathan and democratic former Heads of State and Members of the Club de Madrid, Wim Kok, Jorge Quiroga, Ricardo Lagos, Cassam Uteem, Jennifer M. Shipley and others. 

The Nizami Ganjavi International Center, a cultural, non-profit, non-political organization dedicated to the memory of Azerbaijan poet, Nizami Ganjavi, with the support of the State Committee for the work with Diaspora of Azerbaijan has invited the Club de Madrid, the largest forum of democratically elected former Presidents and Prime Ministers, to co-organize this first “Club de Madrid South Caucasus Forum on Inclusion; Promoting Women’s Empowerment and Building Shared Societies in Azerbaijan” which is aimed at sharing the experience and vision of the Members of the Club de Madrid with that of authorities and stakeholders in Azerbaijan particularly on the issues of Shared Societies and women’s empowerment. This will be the first Club de Madrid forum in the Caucasus. 

The most important session of the Forum will be held in Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku, from 7th to 8th May. This gathering will allow for the presentation of key messages and commitments of the Club de Madrid’s Shared Societies Project and thus raise awareness and contribute to building a shared society in Azerbaijan.

The South Caucasus Forum on Inclusion will start with a workshop on women empowerment to be held in the second city of Azerbaijan, Ganja. The agenda to this session will cover three thematic areas: women in politics and policy making, women and peace building and women in the labour market. 

This first South Caucasus Forum on Inclusion will gather national, regional and international authorities including the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev; HM Queen Noor of Jordan; Suleyman Demirel, ninth President of the Republic of Turkey; Ehud Barack, former Minister of Defense of Israel; MP Dora Bakoyannis; the President of the Club de Madrid, Wim Kok, and Club de Madrid Members Jorge Quiroga, Ricardo Lagos, Cassam Uteem and Jennifer M. Shipley as well Nizami Ganjavi International Center Co-Chairs Ismail Serageldin, Vaira Vike-Freiberga (who is also a Club de Madrid Member), and its Members Suleyman Demirel, Federico Mayor Zaragoza, and Arnold Ruutel; representatives of the political, economic and cultural spectrum, civil society leaders and other relevant stakeholders like Susan Sher, former chief Michelle Obama staff; Mina Swaminathan, UNESCO Special representative on Child Education or Farida Allaghi, President of the Libyan Forum for Civil Society will also join the Forum. All participants will gather to provide national leadership counsel and support to the authorities of Azerbaijan in facing the challenges of democratic development, particularly inclusion of minorities and internally displaced persons.

 

All media interested in covering any or all the sessions of the Club de Madrid’s “South Caucasus Forum on Inclusion; Promoting Women’s Empowerment and Building Shared Societies in Azerbaijan” or in one on one interviews should write to southcaucasusforum@clubmadrid.org indicating: 

-        Name of the journalist

-        Name of the media

-        Passport number

-        Session/s to be covered

 

Useful Information

Conference on Shared Societies. Baku Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th. Four Seasons Hotel Baku

Full schedule and list of participants to be advised soon

Workshop on Women’s Empowerment. Ganja, Monday 6th May. Mayors House.

Full schedule and list of participants to be advised soon

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  • Ricardo LagosPresident of Chile (2000 – 2006) • Former President of the Club of Madrid
  • Jennifer Mary ShipleyPrime Minister of New Zealand (1997-1999)
  • Wim KokPrime Minister of the Netherlands (1994-2002)
  • Jorge Fernando QuirogaPresident of Bolivia (2001-2002) Vice-President of Club de Madrid
  • Cassam UteemPresident of the Republic of Mauritius (1992-1997, 1997- 2002) and Vice-President of the Club de Madrid
  • Vaira Vike-FreibergaPresident of Latvia (1999-2007) and President of the Club de Madrid

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