Former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek and former U.S. Representative Vin Weber, R-Minn., will lead a discussion on strengthening democracy and human rights globally at the National Press Club on Tuesday, June 29 at 2:30 pm. Maria Leissner, Sweden’s ambassador for democracy, and Ana Palacio, former foreign minister of Spain, will also participate in the discussion. Katty Kay, Washington correspondent for BBC World News America, will moderate.
The event is part of a transatlantic dialogue program involving a broad array of policymakers from the United States, Europe and Canada who are working to develop recommendations for bolstering cooperation on democracy support between the European Union, the United States and the broader transatlantic community. Participants in the dialogue will meet June 28 and 29 in Washington and again in early 2011 to develop the policy recommendations.
The dialogue is being organized by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) with primary support from the EU Delegation to the United States. Co-chairs are Albright, Buzek, Weber and Javier Solana, former EU high representative for the common foreign and security policy.
Through a series of conferences and working groups, the dialogue will engage senior U.S. and European policymakers who are knowledgeable on democracy support, including current and former members of Congress and the European Parliament, EU and U.S. administration officials, as well as experts from think tanks, academia, and the broader democracy support and transatlantic policy communities.
The dialogue receives additional support from the National Endowment for Democracy and the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Other organizations engaged in the dialogue include the Atlantic Council, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Centre for European Policy Studies, the European Network of Political Foundations, the European Partnership for Democracy and Fundación para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior (FRIDE)."
"On Monday, Jerzy Buzek, opened the conference and took part in a panel discussion on prospects for further promotion of democracy by the EU following the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon, the importance of promoting democracy by strengthening development aid and compliance with the principles of sustainable development and the integration of democracy and human rights into the broader agenda of on foreign policy.
On Tuesday will take part together with Madeleine Albright and Vin Weber of high-level panel discussion at the headquarters of the National Press Club in Washington. He will also meet with managing director of the International Monetary Fund Mr. Dominique Strauss-Kahn, and Congressman Bart Gordon, Chairman of the Committee on Science and Technology." Link
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