Saturday, April 16th, 6:30pm-9:00pm, The Equality Center, 1640 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington DC
“A ‘shared society’ is a socially cohesive society. It is stable, safe. It is where all those living there feel at home. It respects everyone’s dignity and human rights while providing every individual with equal opportunity. It is tolerant. It respects diversity. A shared society is constructed and nurtured through strong political leadership.“ –Club de Madrid Shared Societies Project
As more countries are embracing austerity policies, which have profoundly negative social impacts, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Club de Madrid and Center of Concern present a free, public event highlighting the need instead to pursue equitable development and shared societies.
The program features Kim Campbell, former Prime Minister of Canada, who introduces concept of “Shared Societies,” P.J. Patterson, Jamaican Prime Minister from 1992-2006, whose recent work in Haiti—combined with his long experience in Jamaica—has shaped his views on how the international community can help to create more equitable development, and Samir Radwan, the Finance Minister for Egypt’s new transitional government, who draws upon his long experience working in the International Labour Organization (ILO) to close the evening with thoughts on how the Arab World can rise to the challenge to create democratic and equitable societies.