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The Club de Madrid at the Leaders of Change Summit

As part of a wider international advocacy effort the President of the Club of Madrid Wim Kok, and Member of the Club of Madrid and former President of Mexico, Vicente Fox, represented the organization at the Leaders of Change Summit held in Istanbul, Turkey from the 14-15 March.  President Kok addressed the public in the Session ‘Leadership in Modern Age Why it has to Be International’ and President Fox in the Session on ‘Global Changes and New Balances’ where they shared key messages of Club de Madrid initiatives before a audience of key international figures. 

Open Letter to Ayatollah Ali Khāmene’I

Madrid, March 16th, 2011 – The Club de Madrid, concerned about the abduction of Mr. Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mr. Mehdi Karoubi, has taken action and has sent an open letter to the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Ayatollah Seyed Ali Hoseyni Khāmene’I.

We are all with Japan

The Club de Madrid expresses its deepest concern and sorrow for the devastating earthquake and tsunami that has struck Japan. We offer our condolences to the families of the victims and to those who have lost their homes and property, and convey our most sincere sympathy and admiration for the people and government of Japan who are facing it with great courage and determination.

Photograph: Mike Clarke/AFP/Getty Images

Nuestra America

Deputy Secretary General of the Club of Madrid, María Elena Agüero, participated in the ‘Nuestra America’ event of the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy held in Berlin 9-16 March, highlighting the positive links that exists between good governance and nation branding particularly reflected in the continued prerogative for many countries of Latin America to strengthen the rule of law. The importance of the relationship between good governance and nation branding has led to a tighter partnership between the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy and the Club of Madrid that look forward to collaborating in upcoming events to continue highlighting this important link.

 Haiti: Democratic process, reconstruction and development process

March 18th, 2011 - From the Club of Madrid we want to invite all Haitians to participate peacefully, and within the norms and established processes, in the second electoral round next march 20th during which they will elect the institutions that will continue the physical, economic, and institutional reconstruction process of the country.

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8th March, International Women’s Day

Today the entire world will be celebrating, women’s past, present and future achievements in the pursuit of their economic, social and political rights. The Club de Madrid would like to congratulate all women and women’s organisations for their contribution to the development of free societies and sustainable development. Their fight continues to be necessary and very much a part of the values that the Club de Madrid seeks to promote.

Public Statement on the Current Situation in Libya

Madrid, February 25, 2011 - The Club de Madrid, composed of 79 democratic former Heads of State and Government, has been following with utmost attention and interest the wave of popular movements and demands to greater freedoms and political changes in North Africa and the Middle East. These movements just appeared two months ago in Tunisia and have spread to several other countries in the region, from the Atlantic to the Persian Gulf. Youth has found and expressed its political voice and has become the driver of change and transition in their countries. The Club de Madrid, which has been active in the region strengthening dialogue and democratic discourse through freedom of association, welcomes the first steps taken in Tunisia and Egypt towards reform that will allow these countries to build and strengthen political models with higher doses of liberty and participation.

The Club de Madrid however, is also following with deep concern developments in Libya. Citizens must always have the right to speak freely and claim their legitimate rights. Nothing justifies the use of violence to silence them. We, therefore, firmly appeal to the Libyan authorities to halt the use of such violence. If it continues, the tools provided by that international law, should be used by the international community with speed and force to curb the abuse of power being exercised by Libyan leaders and to safeguard the legitimate rights of Libyan citizens.

González and Jospin support the electoral process in Haiti as a prerequisite for consensus for reconstruction

Feburary 13-18, 2011. In a key period of institutional consolidation for the country, after overcoming disputes from the first round of elections and setting March 20 as the date for the second round of the legislative and parliamentary elections, President Felipe González and Prime Minister Lionel Jospin –accompanied by Secretary General Carlos Westendorp and the international expert Juan Gabriel Valdés- have led a new Club de Madrid mission to Haiti. The main objective of the mission was to support the ongoing electoral process, which will strengthen the institutions that drive physical and institutional reconstruction.

Betancur, Pastrana, Sanguinetti and Zedillo dialogue on political stability, economic prosperity and legal security in Latin America

February 16, 2011, Madrid, Spain - El Club de Madrid, with the support of Fundación Carolina, organized in Madrid a breakfast meeting between four of its members, ulio Maria Sanguinetti, President of Uruguay (1985-1990, 1995-2000), Belisario Betancur, President of Colombia (1982-1986), Andrés Pastrana, President of Colombia (1998-2002 ) andErnesto Zedillo, President of Mexico (1994-2000), and business representatives to analyze the situation in Latin America from three key areas: political stability economic prosperity and legal security.  

The Club of Madrid among the prestigious 2011 Dutch Postcode Lottery donation program beneficiaries

The Club of Madrid was chosen as one of 83 recipient organizations of the 2011 Dutch Postcode Lottery donation program at this week’s Goed Geld Gala (Gala Good Money) held at the Singer Laren Museum in Amsterdam.

For over 20 years, the Netherlands’ largest charity lottery has distributed half of its revenues to charitable organizations working on behalf of humanity and nature in the Netherlands and abroad. This year, over €270 million were distributed to organizations such as UNICEF, Doctors without Borders, Amnesty International and the Clinton Foundation.

It is an honour for us to be granted with this contribution, which comes as a recognition to our work and efforts over the past ten years.  

In Memoriam

At the Club of Madrid we are deeply saddened by the passing away of Alan B. Slifka, philanthropist, New York investment manager and the main funder of the Shared Societies Project, last Friday, February the 4th, 2011.

Members and staff of the Club of Madrid would like to express their sincerest condolences to his family and to the entire team of the Alan B. Slifka Foundation. 

The Shared Societies Project, a Club de Madrid global initiative, has benefited greatly from the commitment and support of his foundation. His vision and passion for a better world will continue inspiring all of us.

Political leadership is critical in determining if a society is inclusive and shared

Cassam Uteem, Co-chair of the Shared Societies Project, addressed the final plenary session of the International Seminar on Social Cohesion and Development, organised by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, OECD, and the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policy (FIIAPP), Paris, 20-21 January, 2011. In his presentation Uteem addressed the issueof how to mainstream social cohesion into public policies. President Uteem emphasized the need to include political leadership as a vital component to achieve a shared society or social cohesion.

“…Political leaders are critical in determining if a society is inclusive and shared or if it excludes and marginalises people and denies them opportunity”. 


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