Upon invitation, the Club de Madrid has co-launched the OECD’s report on Perspectives on Global Development 2012: Social Cohesion in a Shifting World on November 21st in Paris.
President of the Club de Madrid, Wim Kok, initiated proceedings, delivering the summit’s opening remarks alongside Pier Carlo Padoan, Deputy Secretary-General and Chief Economist of the OECD, where both acknowledged the mutual interest of this collaboration.
Member and former President of the Club de Madrid Ricardo Lagos (Former President of Chile)
Member Ricardo Lagos was a key discussant in the first session where, Mario Pezzini, Director of the OECD Development Centre, officially presented the Perspectives on Global Development 2012. Alan Hirsch, Deputy Director General of Economic Policy at the Department of Monitoring and Evaluation (Presidency of South Africa) and François Bourguignon, Director of the Paris School of Economics participated in the panel as well.
The afternoon session dealt with experiences and good practices in overcoming resistance to public policy making towards reinforcing social cohesion and the notion of Shared Societies.
President of the Club de Madrid Wim Kok (Former Prime Minister of the Netherlands) & Member António Mascarenhas Monteiro (Former President of Cape Verde)
Discussion between members Wim Kok and António Mascarenhas Monteiro, and Sarah Cook, Director of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), centred upon policy reforms for strengthening social cohesion, in addition to evaluating the conditions for and bottlenecks to policy implementation.
The Club de Madrid members contributed insightfully to this debate, drawing upon their wealth of experience in office in The Netherlands and Cape Verde respectively, analyzing past successes and failures in managing social cohesion.