On February 19th, ASAP and the New Economics Foundation organized an exciting panel discussion at King’s College London with former Prime Ministers from Club de Madrid and other panelists.
Background: We live in an era of division. Many countries around the world are suffering stark inequalities between rich and poor, young and old, metropolitan and rural, settled and newcomer. And this is driving new and potentially dangerous forms of politics to the fore. There is an urgent need for ideas and initiatives to bridge these divides and create a stronger, fairer society.
Academics Stand Against Poverty and the New Economics Foundation were pleased to welcome members of Club de Madrid, Zlatko Lagumdzija, Prime Minister of Bosnia & Herzegovina (2001-2002) and Wim Kok, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1994-2002) to lead a discussion on what different countries can learn from each other about how to build a more inclusive society. They were joined on the panel by:
- Richard Bell, Head of Policy, Public Affairs and Research at The Challenge
- Henrietta Moore, Director of the Institute for Global Prosperity at UCL, where she also holds the Chair in Culture, Philosophy and Design.
The panel was chaired by Helen Yanacopulos, Professor of International Politics and Development at the Open University.
About Club de Madrid
The Club de Madrid is an independent non-profit organization created to promote democracy and change in the international community. Composed of 95 regular members, the Club de Madrid is the world’s largest forum of former heads of state and government. Its Shared Societies Project aims to challenge social divisions and supports a holistic approach to sustainable development, integrating social, economic and environmental dimensions, with social inclusion at its core.
- Sharing Our Planet: Today and Tomorrow – Key Insights of Club de Madrid Working Group on Shared Societies and Environmental Sustainability 2017
- Sharing Our Planet: Today and Tomorrow – Policy and practice options to implement key insights from the Working Group on Environmental Sustainability and Shared Societies
- A New Paradigm for Sustainable Development? – Summary of the deliberations of the Club de Madrid Working Group on Environmental Sustainability and Shared Societies
- The Shared Societies Contribution to Agenda 2030 – A message for World Leaders and Governments from the Club de Madrid Working Group on Shared Societies and Environmental Sustainability 2017