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"Women are natural leaders", says President Banda during a visit to New York University

On Friday September 22, President Joyce Banda (Malawi 2012-2013) participated in the closing session of the International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy held at New York University, NY. She focused her speech on education, health and domestic violence.

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.


Goodbye to Alfred Stepan, a historic of Club de Madrid

Alfred Stepan, a renowned political scientist, died at the age of 81. He participated in the first Club de Madrid meeting in 2001, and was the contect coordinator of our Third General Assembly in 2004.The core materials discussed at the Assembly were gathered in a publication titled "Democracies in Danger", with a conclusion writen by our Member and former president of Brazil (1995-2003), Fernando Henrique Cardoso.

UNSG Antonio Guterres to Club de Madrid: "United Nations looks forward to your support"

The United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, acknowledged Club de Madrid's efforts to tackle the violent extremism threat and its focus on the link between security and development in a video sent to open a recent policy discussion on this matter. The event gathered six CdM Members and EU and UN leaders in the preventing and countering violent extremism field.

CdM Members, EU and UN leaders put the need for inclusive development at the center of PVE strategies

Six Club de Madrid Members, all of them democratically elected Presidents and Prime Ministers, along with top leaders from the European Union and the United Nations, addressed the gap between development and security in the field of preventing and countering violent extremism policies. 

 CdM Member, President Obasanjo, publishes its book "Making Africa Work"

Our Member and former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, publishes a book about Africa, its challenges and opportunities as a rapidly growing and changing region.The book is full of anecdotes from the authors during meetings with other world leaders and also presents success stories from other continents that serve as examples of good practices.

International Democracy Day: strengthening institutions, a key step towards democracy that delivers

Today the world celebrates the International Democracy Day. This year UN is placing the focus on the need to strengthen democratic institutions in order to promote peace and stability. Undoubtely, a crucial task that is at the core of the work that Club de Madrid Members have been undertaking for the last 15 years and that will always be a big part of our unflinching commitment towards a democracy that delivers





The nexus between counter terrorism, development and Agenda 2030 brings together CdM Members and decision makers from the EU and the UN

Former Presidents and Prime Ministers Joyce Banda (Malawi), Hamadi Jebali (Tunisia), Olusegun Obasanjo (Nigeria) Mary Robinson (Ireland) and Danilo Turk (Slovenia) will engage next Tuesday 19th of September in New York in a debate about the critical nexus between security and development, with high level intergovernmental policy makers from both the European Union and United Nations

Club de Madrid stands with Barcelona

The Members of the World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid condemn the crime against humanity perpetrated yesterday in Barcelona. This tragic terrorist attack reminds us of the need to stand united and strong in repudiating extremist violence. We offer our condolences to the families and friends of the victims, saying loud and clear that democracy and human rights must prevail.

Rui Maria De Araujo & four CdM Members to participate in the NGD roundtable on the future of Democracy in Asia-Oceania

Club de Madrid Members President Ramos - HortaPresident Yudhoyono and Prime Ministers Thinley and Shipley, along with the current Prime Minister of Timor Leste, Rui Maria De Araujo, and President Francisco Luolo Guterres will lead a two-day discussion in DIli, the country's capital, to discuss about the present and future of democracy in Asia-Oceania 


Acting President of Nigeria, Yemi Obisanjo: “There is no question that we need to develop counter-narratives"

Following-up on the National Workshop on Alternative Narratives to Violent Extremism, organized in Abuja on May 23-24, the CdM conducted a High-Level Mission to Nigeria (July 17-18), led by Club de Madrid Members, President Cassam Uteem (Mauritius) and President Festus Mogae (Bostwana). They were were received by the Acting President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Obisanjo

The Working Group on Sustainability and Shared Societies presents its output document at the UN

Shared values, Shared Leadership and Shared Responsibility for a Shared Future is what the Working Group calls for. The output documents were presented yesterday to the President of the United Nations Environmental Assembly, Edgar Gutiérrez. David Miller, former Mayor of Toronto and current President and CEO of WWF Canada, exposed the key findings and the tasks identified to achieve the Agenda 2030.


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