The two days meeting (27-28 October, Madrid) will be one of the biggest gatherings ever assembled in the fight against violent extremism, with more than 250 high level experts, including 40 CdM Members, former Presidents and PM’s, working together to find smart and long term solutions to the daunting challenge of radicalization, a menace that is causing more deaths than ever before in recent history
The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, will be the keynote speaker of the closing session of the Madrid+10 Policy Dialogue on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism. Ten years ago, another UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, also participated in a Club de Madrid Conference, the Madrid Summit on Democracy, Terrorism and Security. The main outcome from that meeting was the Madrid Agenda, that will be serving as starting point to this Madrid+10 Policy Dialogue. The 2005 document stated that military means alone are not enough to tackle terrorism and violent extremism.
The current Prime Minister of Tunisia, Habid Essid, will be the keynote speaker of the Welcome Session while Ban Ki-moon will highlight the closing panel along with the President of the Club de Madrid and former President of Latvia, Vaira Vike Freiberga, Danilo Turk, Club de Madrid Member and former President of Slovenia, and John Alderdice from the UK House of Lords.
During the Policy dialogue, 40 Club de Madrid Members, all of them democratically elected former Presidents and PM’s from all around the world, plus 200 high level experts from the academia, civil society and grass root organizations will produce and sign the document entitled Global Consensus a new set of principles on how to prevent and fight violent extremism and radicalization.
Besides the intervention of Ban Ki-moon, the Madrid+10 Policy Dialogue (Madrid, Palacio Municipal de Congresos, 27-28 October) will be enriched with the contributions of an impressive list of 250 political leaders and high level experts from across the world in the search of the smartest and long term political responses to radicalization and violent extremism, one of the most dangerous threats democracies around the globe are facing today.