The Club de Madrid and the RFK Center, with the Bertelsmann Stiftung as knowledge partner, are organizing this policy dialogue on the quality of democracy in Florence from the 23rd to the 25th of November. The aim: finding innovative ideas to foster democracy worldwide all over the world and revert the signs of the system’s decline. The plenary sessions will be live streammed in our website, starting on Monday 24tth
Every session from the Policy dialogue will also be tweeted by the following accounts: @CLUBdeMADRID, @RFKCenter and @RFKEurope and the hashtag to follow the disccussions will be #NGD.
The webstreaming will start on Monday 24th at 13.00 CET with the plenary session ‘Setting the Scene-The State of Democracy’.
Have a look here to the list of confirmed participants (As of 18th of November) and the detailed program
General strcuture of the policy dialogue:
20.15 Journalist accraditation Robert F. Kennedy International House di Firenze, Via Ghibelina 12/A
21.00: Inaugural Dinner, “The future of democratic governance”.
Welcome remarks by:
Romano Prodi: former Prime Minister of Italy and Club de Madrid Member
Vaira Vike-Freiberga: President of the Club de Madrid and former President of Latvia
Dario Nardella: Mayor of Florence
Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Due to severe room limitations media will have to be previously accredited. Accreditations will be granted in a first to come basis with a very restricted number of journalist
12.00 Journalist accreditation
12.45 Press Conference at the European University Institute, Badia Fiesolona. Via Roccettini 9, San Domenico di Fiesole-Florence. Precise room to be confirmed
Vaira Vike Freiberga: President of the Club de Madrid and former President of Latvia
Jorge Fernando Quiroga: VP of the Club de Madrid and former President of Bolivia
Santiago Cantón: Executive Director, Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights
Joseph Weiler: President of the European University Institute
13.15-15.30 Plenary sessions: “Setting the Scene-The State of Democracy” y “Next Generation Democracy-What, Why and How” Sala Reffetorio (live streaming)
From Monday 24th at 15.30 to Tuesday 25th at 12.00, five regional working groups on five regions Sub-Saharan Africa, Americas, Asia-Oceania, Wider Europe and Post Soviet Eurasia and Broader MENA will analyze the following subjects:
– Diagnosis: Projecting 2000-2015 democratic trends into 2015-2030
– Advancing Democratic Values and Transforming Institutions
– Advancing Democratic Policies and Management
– Advancing Access and Inclusiveness in Democracy
12.00-13.30 Special Plenary Session (Live streaming)
Democracy, Human Rights and Foreign Policy, designed by the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights
15.15-17.00 Plenary Session (Live streaming)
Next Generation Democracy for a Sustainable Future. Sponsored by Partnership for Change (PfC)
18.30-19.00 Closing Remarks (Live streaming)
Club de Madrid Members, (former democratically elected Presidents and PM’s); Vaira Vike-Freiberga (Latvia), Jorge Fernando Quiroga (Bolivia) Kjell M. Bondevik (Norway); Felipe Calderón (Mexico); Kim Campbell (Canada); Ricardo Lagos (Chile); John Kufuor (Ghana); Sadiq al Mahdi (Sudan); Olesegun Obasanjo (Nigeria); George Papandreu (Greece)Roza Otunbayeva (Kyrgyzstan) or Jigme Yoser Tingley (Buthan) among others
Experts; Larry Diamond from Stanford University and Professor JHH Weiler, President of the EUI; Roelf Meyer (former South African minister under F. W. De Klerk and Nelson Mandela and key facilitator of South Africa’s transition to democracy); Beatriz Merino (former Prime Minister of Peru); entrepreneurs and philanthropists like Mo Ibrahim and Steve Killelea, President of the Institute for Economics and Peace, Giovani Grevi (FRIDE), Ismael Serageldin, Director of the Library of Alexandria
International organizations: Bertelsmann Stiftung, UN, OECD, SEGIB, Community of Democracies, Human Rights Watch, OXFAM, Partnership for Change, The Carter Center, IDEA, FLACSO, Carnegie Middle East Center, Microsoft, Acxiom, Library of Alexandria.
If you are interested in covering the 2014 Policy Dialogue or wish to request one to one interviews please visithttp://www.clubmadrid.org/en/programa/policy_dialogue_2014 and fill in the accreditation form in the Press Room Section.
Club de Madrid, Media Contacts:
Luis Pérez: +34 607 694 354 // + 34 91 154 82 38 firstname.lastname@example.org
Susana Mañueco: + 34 626 20 93 30 // + 34 154 82 36 email@example.com
RFKC Media Contacts: Europe: Valeria D’Agostino: + 39 055 5389250 // + 39 349 2210113 firstname.lastname@example.org, Jim Santel (US)