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The Club of Madrid calls on all parties for a constructive dialogue in Haiti

November 29th, 2010. – In light of the tensions and alleged irregularities experienced during yesterday’s elections in Haiti, the Members of the Club of Madrid - 78 democratic former heads of state and government from over 55 countries –working with Haitian leadership in an effort to achieve the institutional reconstruction of the country after the devastating earthquake of January 12th, call on all parties to urgently engage in the constructive dialogue that is fundamental to recuperate and sustain the institutional framework the country so desperately needs to effectively move forward with reconstruction in the earthquake and cholera ravaged country.

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November 25: Club de Madrid commemorates the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Club de Madrid’s Women’s Leadership for Peace and Security Project

Important progress has been made in terms of the number of women elected and appointed to office around the world. However, women continue to face significant structural disadvantages in politics and decision-making worldwide. Women continue to experience the full impact of violent conflict as civilians and combatants – and too often as targets of extreme forms of violence – they are still generally excluded from the decision-making processes that ignite wars and put an end to hostilities.


Leadership for social cohesion

Carlos Westendorp, Secretary General of the Club of Madrid, recalled during the Second Meeting on Social Cohesion and Regional Development, Cities and Immigration, that ensuring that public policy and political discourse have a positive effect on social cohesion, is a responsibility that lies under governments and political leaders. 

The Club de Madrid in the World Mayors Summit on Climate

21 November 2010, Mexico City, Mexico — The Club de Madrid Member and President of the Republica of Mauritius (1992 - 1997, 1997 - 2002), Cassam Uteem, was a key speaker in the World Majors Summit on Climate on 21 November 2010 in Mexico City.

"Global Leadership for Haiti´s Reconstruction" in the Spanish National TV (TVE)

EUROPA 2010, Spanish National TV news program, looks at the institutional reconstruction of Haiti and particularly at a Club of Madrid project, which has the financial support of the European Union. The project is titled "Global Leadership for Haiti´s reconstruction". The senior expert and former director of the UN mission in that country, Juan Gabriel Valdes, is interviewed in this program ...

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The G20 is not the UN

El País, Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

The G20 is not the UN but it can contribute to further the debate and build bridges between the institutions in charge of designing a new global economic governance system.

The Club of Madrid welcomes the release of our Honorary Member, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

The Club of Madrid joins thousands of individuals and organizations around the world to welcome the release from arbitrary detention of our Honorary Member, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. During the fifteen of the last twenty one years she has spent under house arrest or in prison, she has become a beacon of hope and inspiration to those seeking a peaceful, democratic Burma.

Bill Clinton: "The people of Haiti are genuinely committed to reimagining their future, but realizing that future will require public-private partnerships and a sustained commitment".

President Clinton called or public-private partnerships and sustained commitment to Haiti’s future. Clinton addressed the Club de Madrid members adn experts participating in the special session on Reconstruction and Democratic Development: The Case of Haiti where Haitian State Minister Delatour was keynote speaker. The session followed the Club de Madrid's IX General Assembly

Club of Madrid joins the appeal  to demand a halt to the execution of Ms. Sakineh Ashtiani.

The IX General Assembly of the Club of Madrid, meeting on November 4, 2010, is deeply concerned by reports of the imminent execution of Ms. Sakineh Ashtiani. As members of the world's largest forum of democratic, former Heads of State and Government, we, the undersigned members of the Club of Madrid, join the appeal of many governments, international organizations and citizens to demand a halt to the execution of Ms. Sakineh Ashtiani.  We urge the Iranian authorities to rescind the execution order and act in accordance with all applicable protections under international Human Rights law.

The Mexican Ambassador in Spain meets with the Club de Madrid members to exchange ideas on the next COP16

5 November 2010, Madrid — During the Club de Madrid General Assemby on 5 November 2010 in Madrid, the H.E. Mr Infante Zermeño, Mexican Ambassador in Spain, presented to the Club de Madrid members the key messages of what should be expected from Cancún during the next UN Climate Change Conference.

A new way for Europe: from Separation to Shared Societies

In the light of recent events and statements in Europe the Club de Madrid is calling for a new and different conversation on how we create societies where different groups live in harmony with each other. The current concerns can also become an opportunity for hope where barriers are being brought down and change may come from new directions, leading us together from divided to shared societies.

“What matters is not whether we can live together… is knowing how to live together"

This past weekend the French-Lebanese writer Amin Maalouf received the 2010 Prince of Asturias Award for Letters. In his acceptance speech Maalouf highlighted the need to see the diversity within our societies as a reality that will continue growing and also as an opportunity to enrich our societies.


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