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Democratic governance is the answer

Today, September 15th, we celebrate the International Day of Democracy, which was established by the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) to provide an opportunity to review the state of democracy in the world. On this date last year, the Club de Madrid launched the Next Generation Democracy (NGD) global initiative to facilitate a broad discussion on the state and future of democracy and formulate both regional and global agendas on the way to more effectively respond to signals of decline in the quality of democratic governance and advance democracy worldwide.

Photo Credit: Tunisia Elections-Freedom House

Club de Madrid High Level Mission to Myanmar ahead of crucial elections

As the national election campaign started in Myanmar, the Club de Madrid co-organized two multi-stakeholder events with International-IDEA in Yangon: a Roundtable with Civil Society Organisations: Lessons Learned from Leaders and a Meeting with 23 electoral candidates running in the upcoming elections. Club de Madrid Members Alfred Gusenbauer, former Chancellor of Austria and, Jigme Thinley, former Prime Minister of Bhutan, leading this Third High-Level Mission to Myanmar within the “High Level Support for Effective Dialogue in Myanmar: Towards Democratic Transition and Shared Societies” Project funded by The Charitable Foundation, also met six Ambassadors from EU and non EU countries, President U Thein Sein, Speaker of the Parliament Thura Shwe Mann and Chairman of the UEC, U Tin Aye.

Statements from Club de Madrid Members, González and Piñera, on Leopoldo López

Sebastián Piñera and Felipe González, former Presidents of Spain and Chile, have raised their voices to condemm the sentence issued by a venezuelan court against the opposiiton leader Leopoldo López, who will now spend 13 years and 9 months in jail. Both Presidents, as well as the Club de Madrid, have been very active dennouncing the worrisome situation in Venezuela with a clear slideback in democratic values and human rights. The need for transparent and fair elections with international observation from OEA, UNASUR and the EU has also been stressed by Presidents González, Piñera and the Club de Madrid

Ten former presidents and 50 experts tackle the challegues of the Next Generation Democracy in the Americas

The fight against inequality, poverty corruption and violence plus, the ethical renovation of political parties were identified as the main challengues to be faced in the Americas in a three day forum held in Bogotá. The President of the Republic of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos and 10 former Presidents and Members of the Club de Madrid, contributed to the discussions

Juan Manuel Santos and 10 former presidents lead the NGD Roundtable about the future of democracy in the Americas

Within Next Generation Democracy’s (NGD) project, the comprehensive debate on the current state and future of democracy will –within its dynamic world process- also take a specific look to the Americas Region. Members of the Club de Madrid from the region of the Americas along with experts and relevant regional actors will discuss around the question of democracy in a new regional Roundtable in Colombia next 24-26 August. Download the program here (in Spanish)

SDGs: No one left behind

Club de Madrid members Roza Otunbayeva, former President of Kyrgyzstan,, Zlatko Lagumdzija, former Prime Minister of Bosnia & Herzegovina and Abdurrahim El-Keib, former Prime Minister of Libya, were keynote speakers at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Annual Ministerial Review of the Millennium Development Goals. The participation of the CdM members took place from 8 to 10 July, 2015 in New York within the framework of the Shared Societies Project.

Andrés Pastrana, new president of the Centrist Democrat International

Club de Madrid Member and former President of Colombia (1998-2002), Andrés Pastrana, has been elected in a summit in Ciudad de Mexico as the new President of the Centrist Democrat International. Young people participation and women empowerment, democracy transition in Cuba, the fight against inequality and drug trafficking will be among the newly elected President’s goals.

Video summary: Zapatero and the Shared Societies Project in Tunis

The Club de Madrid Shared Societies Project helped organize an international colloquium on “Decentralization and Social Cohesion” in Tunis, alongside PASC-Tunisie (Programme d’Appui à la Société Civile) and CFAD (Centre de Formation et d’Appui à la Décentralisation) on 11 June 2015. Click on the story to watch a video recap of the visit

Felipe González: "I fully support dialogue for reconciliation in Venezuela"

Club de Madrid Member, Felipe González, participated in a press conference alongside Lilian Tintori, wife of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez and Mitzy Capriles, wife of the mayor of Caracas, Antonio Ledezma. Both are part of the group of 77 political prisoners deprived of liberty in Venezuela.

Launching the Foundation Shared Societies and Values Sarajevo (SSVSA)

The Club de Madrid Shared Societies Project co-organized an international conference in Sarajevo together with the Foundation Shared Societies and Values Sarajevo (SSVSA)”. The conference launched the Foundation on June 25th 2015 whose mission is to promote the concept of Shared Societies in Bosnia-Herzegovina and in a broader context.

 

Extremism and violence hit Tunisia, France and Kuwait.

Club de Madrid condemns and deplores the terrorist attacks in which at least 27 people have died in a tourist resort in Tunisia and a man has been beheaded in a gas production plant in Saint Quentin-Fallavier, near Lyon, France. The shia community has also been stroke in Kwait during friday prayers.

Club de Madrid Member, Jorge Sampaio, Laureate of the Nelson Mandela Prize 2015

The United Nations selection Committee of the 2015 Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela announced the selection of Club de Madrid Member Jorge Fernando Branco Sampaio, former President of Portugal as one of the two inaugural laureates of the first ever United Nations Nelson Mandela Prize. Dr. Helena Ndume of Namibia, as well as Mr Sampaio, will be awarded with the Prize in the UN Headquarters in New York on July 24.

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