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'Sharing the burden-Sharing the benefits', Club de Madrid call to the Addis Ababa Financing for Development Summit

The three co-chairs of the Club de Madrid's Shared Societies Project, Cassam Uteem (Mauritius), Chandrika Kumaratunga (Sri Lanka) and Valdis Brikavs have signed an open letter about the biggest challenge facing the Post 2015 Development Process: the issue of funding. In this document they call all parties to seek inclusive, multi level solutions in the final discussions on funding for development. Download the open letter here.

2015 Global Peace Index

The Institute for Economics and Peace, through "Vision of Humanity" has recently presented their 2015 results of The Global Peace Index. This study measures the state of peace in 162 countries according to 23 indicators that gauge the absence of violence or the fear of violence and it is produced annually by the aforementioned Institute for Economics and Peace.  This year the results show that globally, levels of peace remained stable over the last year, however are still lower than in 2008.

Jorge Quiroga and Andrés Pastrana pledges Leopoldo López to halt his hunger strike

Club de Madrid Members, Jorge Quiroga and Andrés Pastrana, former Presidents of Bolivia and Colombia respectively, has sent a letter on the 13th of june, o the opposition political leader Leopoldo López. On the occasion of this 20th day of hunger strike, both latinamerican leaders pay tribute to López and ask him to stop the hunger strike that is putting his life into severe danger. Photo Credit: El Mundo/Reuters


José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, meets Habid Essid, PM of Tunisia, as part of a Shared Societies Project mission

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.

Han Seung-soo and Boris Tadic lead a mission on Decentralisation and Economic Development for Peace in Myanmar

The Club de Madrid co-organized two multi-stakeholder events on inclusive economic development and decentralization for social inclusion jointly with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the Myanmar based nongovernmental organization Ecodev/ALARM. The mission (26-30, May) was undertaken in the framework of the “High Level Support for Effective Dialogue in Myanmar: Towards Democratic Transition and Shared Societies” Project funded by The Charitable Foundation

“Crisis or Transformation?” NGD Regional Roundtable in Stockholm

Club de Madrid Members and other democracy experts participated last week in Next Generation Democracy’s Track II Regional Roundtable in Stockholm; with the European arena in the spotlight and with the late, current and, moreover, future trends of Democracy in the region as the main talking point. The event, that took part in the Swedish capital, was held on June 2-4 and had the presence of eight Club de Madrid Members.  

Nineteen Haitian political parties attend a Club de Madrid/EU workshop on electoral manifestos and political communication lead by Sebastián Piñera and Andrés Pastrana

Repeatedly, the Club de Madrid has called for fair, transparent and inclusive elections this year. In the context, the Club de Madrid organized, in collaboration with IDEA International in Haiti, a full day workshop on “Electoral Manifestos and Political Communications”. 

Club de Madrid letter to Pope Francis. For the liberation of political prisoners and the defence of democracy in Venezuela

Pope Francis will meet with the President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro on Sunday 7 June. For this reason, Club of Madrid has sent this letter to His Holiness, signed on behalf of its 107 members from over 70 countries, its President, and former head of the government of Latvia, Vaira Vike-Freiberga, asking the Pope to mediate for the release of political prisoners and ask for the restoration of full democratic guarantees in Venezuela.

Thirty Club de Madrid Members back the Varkey Foundation initiative to restore teacher respect

The Varkey Foundation and Club de Madrid have joined forces to publish this open letter from leaders around the world in which they warned that an erosion in respect for the teaching profession could lead to “profoundly damaging” effects on young people’s life chances and a rise in extremism.The Club de Madrid Members, lead by its President, Vaira Vike-Freiberga, former President of Latvia, are calling on governments around the world to protect and value teachers, and play their part in restoring the respect that teachers so richly deserve. 

Club de Madrid statement on Venezuela

The Club de Madrid, in a statement signed by its President, Vaira Vike-Freiberga, urgently calls on the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela once again to put an end to this dramatic situation and remove the barriers that are hindering the country's democratic progress


Piñera and Pastrana to share good practices on electoral campaigns and political communication in Haiti

Club de Madrid Members Andrés Pastrana and Sebastián Piñera will chair the workshop  “Electoral Manifestos and Political Communication" during the forecoming UE funded mission to Haiti (May 24-26). The agenda also includes meetings with key institutional, political and private sector representatives, including President Martelly and the President of the Provisional Electoral Committee

Club de Madrid open letter about Venezuela attracts international press attention

International press is closely following the initiatives taken by the Club de Madrid regarding the human rights and democracy situation in Venezuela. The organization's last statement, an open letter to the Government of Venezuela, was signed by 29 Members and made headlines in media outlets around the world such as BBC, Miami Herald, NTN24, El Universal or El País



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