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IV Astana Economic Forum: a step toward a New Economic Decade

Club de Madrid Member Jorge Quiroga participated at the IV Economic Forum held in Astana May 3-4 to highlight the importance of the reform of the International Financial Institutions and the role of the G20. The event gathered world- renowned academics, such as Robert Mundel and John Nash, both Nobel Prize laureates in Economics.

Club de Madrid member Al Eryani and the ‘Arab Spring’

In the context of the historical events taking place in the Middle East and Northern Africa, the Club de Madrid had the honour to present the colloquium on ‘The Arab Spring’ last May 3-4 may at the French institute in Madrid. This event, co-organized with the French Embassy in Spain and several Madrid-based institutions and think tanks, is a follow-up of the colloquium organized last April 16 at the initiative of Alain Juppé, French Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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Club de Madrid supports the normal transference of power in Haiti

Just after the announcement of the final reults that declared Michael Martelly as the elected Predident for Haiti, a delegation of the Club de Madrid travelled to the country to express the organisation’s support to the normal continuity of the democratic process. The delegation, leaded by Presidents Lacalle (Uruguay) and Quiroga (Bolivia), along Club de Madrid’s General Secretary Carlos Westendorp, discussed with the new leaders of the country and the highest authorities in duty the constitutional reform and the regulation of international aid as the most inmediate challenges that the new powers will have to face.

What Americans, Nigerians, and Iraqis Have in Common?

The economic argument for socially inclusive shared societies.

On April 14, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Gallup and the Club de Madrid hosted an event at The Gallup Building in Washington, D.C. to discuss insights into the relationship between socially inclusive societies and economic wellbeing. The event focused on how leaders and policymakers can leverage the full spectrum of their countries' population to shape future economic prosperity by creating "shared societies." For more information on this event, you may access the Economic Argument for Shared Sociaties of the Club de Madrid, the presentation deck and a recent Gallup news article on the topic of minority acceptance in relation to GDP. You may also watch a video of the presentation.


The Club de Madrid moves forward along with the International sustainable development agenda

The Club de Madrid welcomes the progress achieved during the last round of international climate negotiations that took place in Bangkok, Thailand, 3-8 April, where an agreement on the agenda for the negotiations towards COP17 in Durban, South Africa, at the end of 2011, was reached. The next Climate Talks will take place in Bonn, Germany, on 6-17 June 2011, and the Club de Madrid, plans to organise a side event where the messages for an equitable and fair post-2012 climate regime are strengthened, including the support to the most vulnerable countries and the advocacy for the missing Millennium Development Goal “universal clean energy access”.

The economic benefits of Shared Societies

During the last weeks of April 2011, the Club de Madrid presented the Economic Argument of Shared Societies to the United Nations, the World Bank, the Brookings Institution, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, the Center of Concern and Gallup.

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A Shared Societies Approach to Economic and Social Policy

April 12th, 2011, New York City - “A Shared Societies Approach to Economic and Social Policy”, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.  With the participation of: Mr. Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Assistant Secretary-General, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations and Carlos Westendorp, Secretary-General, Club de Madrid, Former Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Former High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

Changes in the Arab World: Revolutions towards Democracy?

The Club de Madrid and the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs co-organized a debate on “Changes in the Arab World: Revolutions towards Democracy?” held in the Diplomatic School of Madrid on April 5, with keynote speeches by Wim Kok (Prime Minister of the Netherlands, 1994-2002 and President of the Club de Madrid), Lionel Jospin (Prime Minister of France, 1997-2002), Sadig Al Mahdi (Prime Minister of Sudan, 1966-1967 and 1986-1989) and Abdul-Kareem Al Eryani (Prime Minister of Yemen, 1980-1983 and 1998-2001) through a video message.

Click here to watch the video message from Prime Minister Al-Eryani

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Speech by Prime Minister Sadig Al Mahdi, Sudan (1966-1967, 1986-1989)

Speech by Prime Minister Lionel Jospin, France (1997-2002)

Speech by Prime Minister Wim Kok, Netherlands (1994-2002)

Political Leadership for Democratic Transition in Kyrgyzstan

From 28-31 March 2011, a Club de Madrid mission entitled “Consolidation of new political structures and Constitutional implementation”, led by two Club de Madrid Members – Kjell Magne Bondevik, Prime Minister of Norway (1997-2000, 2001-2005) and Petre Roman, Prime Minister of Romania (1989-1991), as well as Club de Madrid’s Secretary General, Carlos Westendorp launched the Club’s project “Political Leadership for Democratic Transition in Kyrgyzstan”. This was the first mission in the framework of a twelve-months project funded by the Delegation of the European Union to the Kyrgyz Republic.

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Iranian representatives thank the Club de Madrid for the letter sent to Ali Khāmene’I

Former members of the Iranian Parliament and current opposition thanked the Club de Madrid for its March 16 letter to Ayatollah Ali Khāmene’I through which it expressed its concern about the abduction of Mr. Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mr. Mehdi Karoubi, former Prime Minister and Parliament Speaker of Iran and prominent candidates to the presidential elections, together with their respective wives. “Having received considerable echo within international and national media, this initiative was felt as a crucial support for all those fighting for freedom in Iran”, they say.   

The Club of Madrid welcomes its 80th and 81st Member, Oscar Arias and Alfred Gusenbauer.

The Club of Madrid is glad to announce that Oscar Arias (President of Costa Rica, 1986-1990 and 2006-2010) and Alfred Gusenbauer (Federal Chancellor of Austria, 2007-2008) have accepted to join the organization as full members. The General Assembly gathered in an extraordinary session ratified the full membership of both former Leaders on April 6th, 2011.


An inclusive and shared society:  key driver for well-being by 2020 and beyond

Alfred Gusenbauer, Former Chancellor of the Austrian Federation and Member of the Club de Madrid, presented yesterday, March 29th, for the first time, one of the main outcomes of the Shared Societies Project:
The Economic Rationale for Shared Societies. This research was presented during a Policy Dialogue in Brussels organized by the Club de Madrid and the European Policy Center (EPC), entitled “Shared Societies and inclusiveness: key drivers for well-being by 2020 and beyond”. 

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