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Michelle Bachelet meets the Club of Madrid during her visit to the capital

The Former President of Chile, in Madrid to participate in the presentation of the World Bank  study 'What opportunities do our children have? Report on human opportunity in Latin America and the Caribbean 2010',  took this opportunity to have an informal meeting with both CdM Secretary General (the outgoing, Fernando Perpiñá and the new one, Carlos Westendorp) and Deputy Secretary General, Mª Elena Agüero.

Carlos Westendorp, new Secretary General of the Club of Madrid

Ambassador Carlos Westendorp, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain, will be the new Secretary General of the Club of Madrid, effective from May on. His new position was ratified by the XXIV Board of Directors and Extraordinary General Assembly, celebrated by teleconference due to the complications after the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano.

II European Roma Summit: Calling for Political Will for Roma Inclusion

The former Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Philip Dimitrov, addressed this forum (Córdoba, 8-9 April 2010) in a round table that examined the progress and challenges of European and national policies in addressing the Roma inclusion.

The Club of Madrid, at the V International Meeting Spain-Africa "Women for a Better World"

A delegation participated at this forum, which brought together important figures from the five continents, 26-27 March in Valencia, Spain

Panel on Climate Change Forum in Brussels

March 26-28 2010, Brussels, Belgium - Gro Harlem Brundtland, member of the Club of Madrid and Prime Minister of Norway from 1986-1989 and 1990-1996, advocated the recommendations of the initiative GLCA during the Panel on Climate Change Forum in Brussels. This important high-level forum brings together annually the most influential politicians, business people and intellectuals in North America and Europe.

Seminar "The Route to Mexico: Challenges and Opportunities for a Global Agreement"

Our Member Mary Robinson spoke at this meeting (Cancun, 20 Mar) to explore climate related opportunities and challenges for the Americas vis a vis upcoming COP 16 to be held in Mexico City at the end of 2010.

What your Leaders do Matters: Demand Action in Favour of Social Inclusion

21 March is International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, within the European Year for combating Poverty and Social Exclusion. The Club of Madrid Calls to Action all Leaders to Promote Leadership for Social Cohesion. Join us!

Forum on Social Diplomacy in Transmediterranean Relations

Fikria Harrouch, Member of the Shared Societies Project's Advisory Panel and Dr. Clem McCartney, Project Content Coordinator participated in this forum (Noordwijk, The Netherlands, 10-12 March) to introduce the project and advocate to overcome the obstacles that make shared societies and diplomacy difficult and needed: lack of political will; apathy avoidance and fear, access and cultural blindness.

Program Director of the Club of Madrid to take post in the Obama Administration as USAID Chief of Staff

Sean Carroll, Club of Madrid Program Director since 2004, will be leaving the organization to take up a post in the Obama Administration as Chief of Staff at the US Agency for International Development (USAID), effective March 1.

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