The Club de Madrid’s official side event in Rio+20 is an opportunity to unveil the Global Shared Societies Agenda, a joint initiative Club de Madrid, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and Center of Concern aimed at promoting long-term inclusive and sustainable growth developed during a seminar in April 2012 in the context of the Spring meetings of the IMF/World Bank, in which representatives of different international organizations took part.
There is a growing concern about current levels of overall inequality and theirnegative impact on economic performance. Equally Shared Societies are not only inherent desirable but they too offer an economic dividend. The costs of social divisions, and of missing out on the Shared Society dividend may be significant and the ultimate consequences for the sustainability of human economic and social life, devastating. The Global Shared societies Agenda is intended to guide on what policy options provide the best opportunities to encourage greater equality, inclusion and sharing and thereby facilitate the creation of a more effective, efficient and sustainable economic system.