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Club de Madrid Welcomes Southern Sudan to the Community of Nations

The Club de Madrid welcomes Southern Sudan as the new member of the community of nations. In the referendum of January 2011 the citizens of Southern Sudan democratically expressed their aim for independence. We now call on the leadership of the new country to build on that exercise and create the institutions that will set up a democracy that delivers.

Members Birkavs and Roman Promote Shared Societies during Second Mission to Kyrgyzstan

23 June 2011, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan – With the objective of offering counsel to key stakeholders within the leadership and political sectors, Club de Madrid Members Valdis Birkavs, Former Prime Minister of Latvia, and Peter Roman, Former Prime Minister of Romania, encourage acceptance of the steps taken in the newly developed Ethnic Concept initiated by the President´s Office. This Concept garnered national support during an important Kuraltai (people’s assembly) on June 18th convened by President Rosa Otunbaeva. Members emphasized that equally important is the implementation process of the Ethnic Concept in which many challenges will be faced and widespread support and consistent approaches to overcoming challenges must also be adopted.

The Club de Madrid on the Occassion of the World Refugee Day

The Club de Madrid Members delegation participating at the 100th International Labour Conference in Geneva, Prime Ministers Wim Kok and Abdulkarim Al-Eryani, as well as Presidents Osvaldo Hurtado and Olusegun Obasanjo, paid Club de Madrid Member and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, a courtesy visit. 

A New Era of Social Justice

15 June 2011, Geneva, Switzerland – Five Members of the Club de Madrid (Former heads of state and government from Ecuador, Ghana, Nigeria, Yemen and the Netherlands) addressed the need for a new era of social justice and sustainable and shared societies in the wake of the global financial and jobs crisis during two special events held at 100th International Labour Conference on 14 and 15 June at the Palais de Nations.

Lessons from the recent crisis for building sustainable and shared societies: Implications for the ILO” on Tuesday, 14 June

The need for a new era of social justice” on Wednesday, 15 June

Read article by Wim Kok, President of the Club de Madrid


Access to Clean Energy and Green Growth Implementation: Key Answers to the Climate Change Challenge

13 June 2011, Bonn, Germany – Energy use has caused climate change; but it has also increased human welfare on this planet. This development pattern has to change. We need to reduce CO2 by more than 50% while increasing energy use by more than 50%. In order to do this, we need to make the global economy energy efficient; invest in renewable energy; we need a shift to green growth strategies. Access to clean energy and the implementation of green growth strategies are linked solutions to two key human problems, climate change and poverty.

When Procedures Fail, Political Agreements Need to Fill the Vacuum

13 June 2011, Madrid – Club de Madrid’s membership has openly advocated for the reform of Haiti’s 1987 Constitution as proposed by the 48th Haitian legislature. These amendments, though insufficient, are desirable and will strengthen a Constitution that is a source of Haitian pride. These improvements shall not be lost nor should their implementation be postponed as they add a net contribution to Haiti’s progress towards recovery, development, inclusion and freedom.

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The Club de Madrid Supports the Role of Cities in Climate Action

June 2, 2011, Sao Paolo, Brazil - Andrés Pastrana, President of Colombia (1998-2002) and Member of the Club de Madrid, moderated a high level panel during the C40 Summit in Sao Paolo (the 40 largest cities fighting climate change). The panel focused on advocacy as a key element to achieve the recognition of the important role that cities play in the fight against climate change. The panel of high level speakers included, in addition to President Pastrana, the Lord Mayor of Sydney, the Mayor of Sao Paolo, the Lord Mayor of Heidelberg, and the Secretary for the Environment of Hong Kong.

Petre Roman Meets with Tunisian Prime Minister to Support Democratic, Peaceful and Inclusive Transition

TUNISIA, 31 May 2011- Petre Roman, Former Prime Minister of Romania and Member of the Club de Madrid, met with Tunisia’s Prime Minister, Mr. Beji Caïd Essebsi, and Mr. Rafaa Ben Achour, delegate Minister to the Prime Minister, and exchanged views on Tunisia’s current transition period, the role of the press for a transparent and inclusive process, the roadmap to elections, and the constitutional process and political reform in order to build a Shared Society.

Peaceful and Shared Societies: The Challenge of Current Leaders

BRUSSELS, May 26, 2011 – Club de Madrid Secretary General Carlos Westendorp stressed in the presentation of the 2011 Global Peace Index (GPI) that “societies are most likely to be peaceful, democratic and prosperous when leaders and citizens recognize the value of diversity and actively build a shared society”.

Im Memoriam

At the Club of Madrid we are deeply saddened by the passing away of former President of Hungary (2000-2005) and member of the Club de Madrid, H. E. Mr. Ferenc Mádl. Members and staff of the Club de Madrid would like to convey our sincerest condolences to his family and to the Hungarian nation.

It is with great enthusiasm that we recall his active participation in the 2001 Conference on Democratic Transition and Consolidation which gave birth to the Club de Madrid. It was for us a true honour to count among our members such a distinguished personality and leader, who very well symbolized what we are standing and fighting for.

Former World Leaders Gather in Kuwait to Discuss Advancing Democractic Values and Human Rights

KUWAIT, May 23, 2011 – At the conclusion of an intensive, two-day forum hosted by the Center for Dialogue among Civilizations and Defense of Liberty and titled “Renewing Dialogue for Peace and Advancing Freedom and Human Rights in Today’s World,” Sheik Fahad Al Salem Al Ali Al Sabah called for reform in the Middle East region before a group of former world leaders. He told the gathering of Members of the Club de Madrid, former prime ministers and presidents, Nobel Prize winners and human rights luminaries: “We cannot have democracy on paper; it must be democracy in action and on the ground.”

The Club de Madrid before the good commencement of the democratic Processs in Haiti

The Club de Madrid welcomes the swearing in of Michel Martelly as the 56th President of Haiti as a sign of continuing democratic consolidation.

The transition of power from one elected president to the next is a sign of democratic soundness that, together with the election of the new Parliament and its approval of the constitutional reform, can be the beginning of a new era in the institutional strengthening of the country and one more step towards the socio-economic development of Haiti. 

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