Regional Roundtable of the Americas next August in Bogotá

Within Next Generation Democracy’s (NGD) project, the comprehensive debate on the current state and future of democracy will –within its dynamic world process- also take a specific look to the Americas Region. Members of the Club de Madrid from the region of the Americas along with experts and relevant regional actors will discuss around the question of democracy in a new regional Roundtable in Colombia next 24-26 August. Beyond the outcomes already reached throughout NGD’s project development, a new debate will be held in which not only the political and social dimensions of the Americas but also the relations between democratic governance and market economy will be the center of the discussions. This NGD Roundtable of the Americas will also incorporate the results of the Forum of Santo Domingo, organized by the Funglode Foundation and International IDEA. A Forum held on the Dominican capital on January 28-30 and named “Time for Reforms”: What Should Latin America do to Become a more democratic, prosperous, equitable and safe region?

The debate, will aim to identify practical and transformative democratic ideas in the region, taking into account three main dimensions: New democratic values and institutional reforms, Progress towards equality and political, economic and social inclusion and new democratic and effective public policies. Moreover, sub-regional groups of countries facing similar political and economic situations will be considered.

The Club de Madrid Members participating in this Roundtable are: Jorge Quiroga, Ricardo Lagos, Yves Leterme, Belisario Betancur, César Gaviria, Alejandro Toledo, Osvaldo Hurtado, Luis Alberto Lacalle and Leonel Fernández.

On August 26, the President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos as well as Rebeca Grynspan, Secretary General of the Ibero-American Secretary General (Secretaria General Iberoamericana) will host participate – alongside the Club de Madrid Members – a Public Event in the Teatro Colón of the Colombian capital city where the conclusions of the forum will be revealed and a debate will follow, around the topics of “Next Generation Democracy” and “Peace, Public Security and Democracy in Latin America”.

The event is co-organized by the Club de Madrid, FLACSO, Universidad de los Andes, Fundación Buen Gobierno and International IDEA and in collaboration with the Bertelsmann Foundation as a global partner. In addition, the Rountable is organized with the support of CAF, SEGIB, GOBERNA and the Atlantic Council.