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'Does Democracy need a reset?' Freiberga, Quiroga & Uteem reflect on Democracy Day

15th of September is the International Day of Democracy, a landmark for an organitazion like the Club de Madrid, whose mandate is to foster democratic values. For this occasion, our President, Vaira Vike-Freiberga, and both our Vice-Presidents, Tuto Quiroga and Cassam Uteem, have signed this article, entittled 'Does Democracy Need a reset?' which is their personal reflection on the present and future challenges of Democracy worlwide.

Nine ex Latinamerican Presidents ask for a new social contract in International Democracy Day

'A new social contract for a next generation democracy' is the name of the article published today by several Latinamerican newspapers across the region. It's been signed by former leaders and current Club de Madrid Members Arias, Cardoso, Chinchilla, Fox, Frei, Lacalle, Lagos, Sanguinetti y Zedillo. They specifically address the need to fight against inequalties and recover the citizen's confindence in democracy. (Article available only in Spanish)


Club de Madrid hails the progress on the reconciliation process in Myanmar

With the completion of the 21 Century Panglong Conference and the appointment of the members of the Rakine State Advisory Commission, which will be chaired by our honorary member, Kofi Annan, Club de Madrid is pleased to see the progress that is being made on the process of reconciliation and peace building in Myanmar.

Ban Ki-Moon calls for a #GlobalConsensus in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism

The Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, stressed the necessity of collective action to counter terrorism and violent extremism during a two-day meeting at UN Headquarters in New York. “Taking collective preventive action against terrorism, in the spirit of our United Nations Charter, is the only way to secure peace and prosperity for succeeding generations,” Mr. Ban added. 

Kim Campbell will chair a new Advisory Board for appointing the Supreme Court of Canada

The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, announced earlier this week a new and transparent process for appointing the Supreme Court through an independent Advisory Board. Club de Madrid congratulates its Member and former Prime Minister of Canada, Kim Campbell, for her appoinment to head this new institution, a move forward in the direction of good democratic governance.

Laura Chinchilla at the ECOSOC: "We believe in societies that are not owned by one sector but belong to everyone"

Club de Madrid Member Laura Chinchilla participated as keynote speaker at the 2016 ECOSOC High-level Segment Thematic Dialogue ‘Sustainable infrastructure for all’ on Thursday, 21 July 2016. The former President of Costa Rica delivered a powerful speech in which she advocated for the Shared Societes concept, stating that We believe in societies that are not owned by any one sector of society but belong to everyone'. She also addressed the urgency of thinking in 'infraestructures that respond for people's needs and respect the minimun rules to avoid enviromental damage'. 

Club de Madrid condemns Istanbul’s rampage

One more time a carnage, a crime against humanity, an assault against peace and shared societies has been committed by those who desperately try to make us live under the rule of fear. The intensity and number of terrorist attacks need a clear and loud response from every leader, every society, every citizen: democracy and human rights will prevail Photo Credit El País / Osman Orsal, Reuters

Club de Madrid publishes the summary of the Next Generation Democracy Sub-Saharan Africa Roundtable.

Joaquim Chissano, Olusegun Obasanjo, Hamadi Jebali and Joyce Banda, Club de Madrid members and former Presidents and Prime Ministers of Mozambique, Nigeria, Tunisia and Malawi respectively, gathered in a two-day meeting to discuss existing good practices and transformative ideas to advance democracy in Africa, together with experts, civil society representatives, young leaders and other stakeholders from the region.

George Papandreu-Club de Madrid Q&A (part II): "I was also a refugee years ago"

This week started with the celebration of the World Refugee Day. has had the priviledge of having Prime Minister of Greece, George Papandreu, answering our Q&A on the migratory crisis Europe is currently facing with a huge flow of refugees coming from the Middle East and also from North Africa. Read here the second part of our Member's reflections.

Sixth High-Level Mission towards peaceful transition to Democracy in Myanmar

Kjell Magne Bondevik, former Prime Minister of Norway, and Jigmi Yoser Thinley, former Prime Minister of Bhutan, led the Sixth High-Level Mission to Myanmar from 14-17 June 2016 jointly with the Oslo Center. The mission was undertaken within the “High Level Support for Effective Dialogue in Myanmar: Towards Democratic Transition and Shared Societies” Project, funded by The Charitable Foundation.

Global Peace Index Madrid Presentation: Conflict cost the global economy $13.6 billions last year.

Camila Schippa, Director of the Institute for Economics and Peace, will present the tenth edition of the Global Peace Index tomorrow wednesday 22sd of June in an event co-organized by the City Hall of Madrid, and the Club de Madrid

Mayors from South East Europe join in a Shared Societies effort

The Shared Societies Project reached this Monday a very important milestone with the launching of a Declaration of Shared Cities in South East Europe. The declaration, based on the principles of Shared Societies, recognises the crucial role local governments play in healing divisions based on identity across the region. The document was approved by the participants of the conference, jointly organized by the Club de Madrid, City of Sarajevo, Shared Societies and Values Foundation Sarajevo, founded by Club de Madrid Member Zlatko Lagumdzija.


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