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2014

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2014


New Shared Societies Publication: Shared Space Issue No. 18

Club de Madrid, Shared Space, John Bruton, Ireland, Shared SocietiesIn November 2013 an international seminar was held at Queen’s University, Belfast (QUB), on the theme of ‘Monitoring Change in Diverse Societies’. The event was jointly sponsored by the Northern Ireland Community Relations Council (CRC) and the Club de Madrid. The seminar was introduced by former Irish Taoiseach  (Prime Minister) John Bruton as part of Club de Madrid’s Shared Societies Project.

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Danilo Türk in Georgia to address Shared Societies

Club de Madrid, Danilo Turk, Georgia, Shared SocietiesDanilo Türk, President of Slovenia (2007-2012) and member of the Club de Madrid, lead a mission to Georgia, to discuss with Georgian political leaders and civil society representatives the Shared Societies Concept during the International Human Rights Day.

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Building a Shared Society in South East Asia? Social Cohesion Policy Review of Vietnam

Club de Madrid, Shared Societies, Vietnam, Elcano InstituteOn November 11th, 2014, the Club de Madrid along with the Real Instituto Elcano organized the presentation of the report of the Development Center of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), on the subject of Social Cohesion Policy in Vietnam.

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Tarja Halonen and Jose Ramos-Horta support the ongoing Constitution-making process and women’s participation in Nepal

Club de Madrid, Tarja Halonen, Ramos Horta, NepalClub de Madrid Members Tarja Halonen, President of the Republic of Finland (2000-2012), and José Manuel Ramos-Horta, President of Timor-Leste (2007-2012) have visited Nepal in a joint mission co-organized by Demo Finland and Club de Madrid to engage in a dialogue for democratic reform within the constitutional process, focusing on how to overcome women’s double discrimination in divided societies and ensure their effective role in building the new inclusive Nepal.

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Shared Societies Perspective in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Club de Madrid, Danilo Turk, Amina Mohamed, Shared SocietiesDevelopment 57.1 ‘Shared Societies’, a special issue of the quarterly journal of the Society for International Development, produced in partnership with the Club de Madrid, was launched in New York on October 8th, 2014 in a Policy Dialogue hosted by the Permanent Mission of Italy and the Permanent Mission of Slovenia to the United Nations. The Journal was introduced by two key Journal contributors, Danilo Turk, President of Slovenia (2007-2012) and Member of the Club de Madrid, and Amina Mohammed, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General on Post-2015 Development Planning.

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Launch of the new edition of the journal Development ‘Shared Societies’

Club de Madrid, Development, LaunchDevelopment 57.1 ‘Shared Societies’, a special issue of the quarterly journal of the Society for International Development, has been produced in partnership with the Club de Madrid. The journal will be launched at the United Nations on Wednesday October 8th, 2014, New York in a policy dialogue hosted by the Permanent Mission of Italy and the Permanent Mission of Slovenia to the United Nations: "Shared Societies Perspective in the Post-2015 Development Agenda" . Click here to download the flyer.

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Shared Societies in Georgia

Shared Societies, Georgia, Danilo TurkClem McCartney, the Policy and Content Co-ordinator of the Shared Societies Project, visited Georgia from 22 to 26 September. He met the Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality and other Ministers and Parliamentarians as well as diplomats, academics and members of NGOs.  He discussed the new Council for Religious Minorities and the situation of ethnic minorities across the country but mainly the discussions related to the breakaway entities of South Ossetia and Abkhazia and the minorities living there.

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The Shared Societies principles & the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Club de Madrid, Shared Societies, 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.

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The Shared Society Project in the Euro-Iberoamerican dialogue on diversity

Club de Madrid, SSP, Mexico, Cultural CitiesThe Shared Societies Project Content Coordinator, Clem McCartney, participated in the "Euro-Iberoamerican Dialogue on Diversity: how can cities realise the diversity advantage" that took place in Mexico City on 27-28 August 2014. Mexico city, which has been a member of the Council of Europe’s Intercultural cities network since 2010, hosted the first exchange between European Intercultural cities and cities in Latin America interested in the intercultural integration approach to managing diverse communities, and the Shared Societies approach was part of the discussion. During the meeting it was explored the potential for the setting up of a regional Intercultural cities network in Latin America.

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Americas Quarterly Spring Launch & 2014 Social Inclusion Index

Americas, Social Inclisuion Index, Shared SocietiesThe Club de Madrid's Shared Societies Project team was invited to the Americas Quarterly Spring Launch (16 july 2014): "The Perils and Promises of Consulta Previa" a public presentation of the comparative study of Consulta Previa in Chile, Colombia, Peru and Guatemala. At the meeting, Club de Madrid's joint initiative with CAAP and CAJ on "Political Leadership for the implementation of the Consulta Previa in Peru" was presented. In this context, the Club de Madrid is also planning a high-level mission to the country on "Women and Shared Societies: promoting permanent and high quality participation of indigenous women as agents of change".

Americas Quarterly  will be launching its 2014 social inclusion index, with the index going live on their website on July 29th.

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Achieving peaceful and inclusive societies in the Post 2015 Development Agenda

Kim Campbell, Shared SocietiesBetween July 16th and 18th, Club de Madrid (CdM) Member and former Prime Minister of Canada, Kim Campbell, held a round of meetings with United Nations (UN) Permanent Representatives and UN agencies and programmes to present our work on Shared Societies, and to especially support the goals on "achieving peaceful and inclusive societies, rule of law, effective and capable institutions" and "strengthening and enhancing the means of implementation and global partnership for sustainable development" advocating for these to remain in the outcome document of the Open Working Group (OWG).

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Club de Madrid calls to stop clashes between Muslims and Sinhalese in Aluthgama & Beruwala

Shared Societies, Aluthgama, BeruwalaThe Club de Madrid has been following with deep preoccupation the recent clashes between Muslims and Sinhalese in Aluthgama & Beruwala as part of what seems to be another manifestation of religious intolerance. Photo Credit: The Hindu Times/AP.

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Peace and Democracy: release of the 2014 Global Peace Index

Shared Societies, Global Peace IndexThe increasing interconnectedness of the global economy means that local actions and shocks can impact individuals, communities and businesses on an international scale. Just consider the widespread and lasting impacts of high youth unemployment in Europe, the Arab Spring, political turmoil in Thailand, Russia's annexation of Crimea and continuing violence in Syria. Although these tend to confirm the old adage of change being the only certainty, there are clear benefits to being able to better anticipate such events with anticipation and greater understanding providing us with a means to protect against, and alleviate the impact of economic and social shocks.

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Boosting Solutions: Leadership in Africa

Shared Societies, Boosting SolutionsDuring the 2014 Annual Meeting of the African Development Bank that took place in Kigali, Rwanda in May 19-23, 2014, a High Level was organized to discussed "Leadership for the Africa we Want". Many of our African Members participated at this debate.  This is a video-summary of the debate.

During the discussion, important actors speak about the opportunities and challenges of Leadership for and within Africa;  Club de Madrid Members Benjamin Mkapa, President of Tanzania (1995-2005) and Olusegun Obasanjo, President of Nigeria (1976-1979, 1999-2007), Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, William Ruto, Vice-President of Kenya, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chair of the African Union Commission and Mo-Ibrahim, founder and chair of the Mo-Ibrahim Foundation. The ideas may be familiar but they give us a lot to think about in terms of how to move forward to a Shared Society through Leadership.

 

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The Second Global Societies Forum: Enhancing a new set of development goals

Baku, Shared SoceitiesDuring the two days of the discussions in Baku (Azerbaiajn), both speakers and participants shared their perspectives, best practices and recommendations to promote Shared Societies as a pillar for development, taking into account the economic, sustainability, governance and institutional aspects of social inclusion.

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Defining the roadmap for the Post-2015 Agenda

Shared Societies, Post-2015"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.

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Are you ready for 2015?

Shared Societies, Post 2015That was the question poised by the side event "Are you ready for 2015? Implications for Social Development" held on 12 February in New York. The meeting discussed  the changes in the way Social Development will have to be viewed following the creation of the new Sustainable Development Goals.

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The Global Cost of Violence

Shared Societies, Global Peace Indez, Cost of ViolenceThe Economic Cost of Violence Containment, the latest report from the Institute for Economics and Peace, calculates the cost of violence in over 150 countries around the world.

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South to South News: How Does Social Inclusion Drive Sustainable Development?

During the 52nd Commission for Social Development, world leaders and civil society actors had a big focus: How to harness the power of people to achieve sustainable development goals? Members of the Club de Madrid, including former Slovenian President Danilo Türk, and former Yemen Prime MinisterAbdul-Kharim Al-Iryani gave their thoughts on why social development is an integral part of sustainable development worldwide. South to South newsprepared this video and interviews, don't miss it!

 

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Club de Madrid to promote the Shared Societies and Post 2015 Agenda with IMF, Brookings Institute and UN meetings

Six Club de Madrid Members, Wim Kok, Cassam Uteem, Kim Campbell, Danilo Turk, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and Abdul Kareem Al-Eryani will hold meetings to explore ways to foster the Post-2015 and shared societies agendas with key international institutions. What do we want future societies to be like? How should concepts such as inclusion, cohesion, sustainable growth and social development be included in the agendas that will shape the world in the next decades? What role should democracy and leadership play? 

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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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Kumaratunga and the Shared Societies Project address the Challenges to Pluralism in South Asia

Club de Madrid Member Kumaratunga, President of Sri Lanka (1994-2005), participated in the event as well as the Club de Madrid Shared Societies Project Content Coordinator, Clem McCartney, The colloquium, organized by the South Asia Policy and Research Institute (SAPRI) in partnership with the Club de Madrid, in Collombo, Sri Lanka, addressed the issues of religious tolerance, peaceful coexistence, secularism and pluralism in South Asia

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