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Club de Madrid Members José Ramos-Horta and Martti Ahtisaari Talk Shared Societies

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On November 14, 2013, Club de Madrid Members José Ramos-Horta of Timor-Leste and Maarti Ahtisaari of Finland met with various UN delegates and NGO representatives at the 8th UNOG-UNITAR conference in Geneva, Switzerland, speaking about the complexities of peacemaking and need for more inclusive social policy.

Common themes of the symposium included the importance of trust and inclusionary policies for building peaceful societies, topics to which the Club de Madrid gives the highest importance in our work to build Shared Societies upon a foundation of inclusion and respect for diversity. As Ramos-Horta remarked, “In some countries, respecting diversity is perceived as undermining the state when in fact we should look at this as wealth.”

In his speech, Ahtisaari importantly identified the core upon which division and deprivation occurs, noting that “conflicts are rooted in poverty, feelings of insignificance, and the people´s experience of unfairness.” Furthermore, “if we consider conflict resolution and mediation only as a redistribution of political and economic powers…we will never succeed. Sustainable peace is not measured only by the absence of violence and violence structures, but by opportunities and functions available in a society.”

Globally respected for their peacemaking efforts, Ramos-Horta and Ahtisaari greatly embody the efforts of Club de Madrid as we work in spreading the awareness of the Shared Societies Project and its desperate need in our crisis-stricken world today.

 

Sources:

http://www.unitar.org/nobel-prize-winners-martti-ahtisaari-and-jose-ramos-horta-prerequisites-peace

http://webtv.un.org/search/8th-edition-of-the-geneva-lecture-series/2842173045001?term=Martti#full-text

SSP at the IV Alliance of Civilization Forum!

The Shared Societies Project was present at the 4th Alliance of Civilizations Forum celebrated in Doha, Qatar. take a moment to listen to Andrés Pastrana’s address, former President of Colombia (1998-2002) and Club de Madrid Member.

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Below you can also find posted the Official Closing Session of this Forum

Here you can read further information about this event.

Luisa Diogo: “We need to do it right. Otherwise, we will disappear as a planet!”

The Club de Madrid in collaboration with the Friederich Ebert Stiftung staged a debate on the issues at stake at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development at the UN’s headquarters in NY, 10 November 2011.

Four Members of the Club de Madrid, Wim Kok (Prime Minister of The Netherlands, 1994-2002), Jennifer Mary Shipley (Prime Minister of New Zealand, 1997-1999), Ricardo Lagos (President of Chile , 2000-2006), and Luisa Diogo (Prime Minister of Mozambique, 2004-2010), offered their points of view on the key issues at stake at the UNCSD negotiation process.

Find here a summary of the event!

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Please find additionally included Club de Madrid’s Recommendations, in its contribution to the Rio+20 process.

What is needed?

  • Not to renegotiate the principles of sustainable development but to find the political will to integrate the economic, social and environmental pillars already agreed to in an institutional framework putting human well-being at the center of concern, and that reinforces principles of intergenerational equity and common but differentiated responsibilities.

Great challenges:

  • Developed countries must shrink environmental footprints as fast and as far as possible while sustaining human development achievements.
  • Developing countries must continue to raise their people’s living standards while containing increases in their footprints, recognising that poverty eradication remains a priority.
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