DEMOCRATIC TRANSITIONS & GLOBAL CHALLENGES
Experience, Access and Convening
power to advance Democracy
DEMOCRATIC FORMER PRESIDENTS AND PRIME MINISTERS
WITH A CONCRETE MISSION.
FREE FROM THE CONSTRAINTS OF OFFICE, AND ON A PRO BONO
BASIS, OUR MEMBERS OFFER TODAY’S LEADERS THEIR
INDEPENDENT AND NON-PARTISAN VOICES, EXPERIENCE AND
CONVENING POWER, SUPPORTING GOOD GOVERNANCE AND
FOSTERING A DEMOCRACY THAT DELIVERS VISION.
The Club of Madrid was
launched following the
Conference on Democratic
Transition and Consolidation
(CDTC), held in Madrid, Spain, in
October 2001. Thirty five Heads
of State and Government from
Europe, the Americas, Asia and
Africa met with more than
100 scholars and policy experts
to discuss the problems of
Very few people live through the experience of having been democratically elected Head of State or Government. This experience is the privilege of a small group of people worldwide who know, first-hand, the realities of political power and the pressures, challenges and constraints of leadership. When leaders face serious challenges, they have access to renowned experts and academics but rarely to others who can empathize as directly with their level of responsibility.
It is on the basis of this premise that the 35 Presidents and Prime Ministers gathered in Madrid, Spain, in October 2001 for the Conference on Democratic Transition and Consolidation (CDTC) decided to launch the Club de Madrid. The objective was to put at the service of current leaders, from the local to the global level, the experience and know-how of former ones, to promote and strength democratic values and practices.
The Heads of State and government who participated in this Conference became the founding members of the WLA-CdM. Likewise, the experts and academics who led the different thematic threads of the event were invited to become the first Advisors of the organization.
The direct exchanges with current leaders on a peer-to-peer basis and our
Member´s ability to deliver the right message at the right time is our main
added value at the core of our impact.
By doing so the CdM acts to better tackle major global challenges from a
democratic perspective and to ensure good governance at a local, regional and
national level in transition and consolidation processes.
we have fostered consensus towards positive change among key political and social stakeholders supporting democratic transitions and consolidation processes in the MENA Region, the Horn of Africa, as well as in Bolivia, Haiti, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Serbia, South Africa and Timor-Leste.
During the past sixteen years we have also engaged with numerous stakeholders in thematic programs on global challenges, such as the quality and future of democracy, social inclusion, preventing and countering violent extremism, global governance, climate change among other
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