Panel of the Club de Madrid: "The need for a new era of social justice"

Video Highlights of Club of Madrid Panel

>> Watch the full video recording of the panel of the Club of Madrid on "The need for a new era of social justice"
>> Read the summary report of the panel discussion

Wednesday 15 June 2011, 11:30-13:00 - Geneva, Palais des Nations, Assembly Hall

The ILO Director-General Juan Somavia has invited the Club de Madrid members to join in the ILO’s discussion on a new era of social justice and economic growth based on sustainable development to address mounting “turmoil” in the world of work.

Former heads of state and government from Ecuador, Ghana, Nigeria, Yemen and the Netherlands—members of the “Club de Madrid”—addressed the need for a new era of social justice and sustainable societies in the wake of the global financial and jobs crisis during two special events-panel discussions to be held at the 100th International Labour Conference: In response to a growing demand for reinvigorated action on countering the lingering effects of the global crises, members of the Club de Madrid provided critical insights on politically sustainable solutions to current global social and economic challenges.

The Club de Madrid is an independent non-profit organization composed of 80 democratic former Presidents and Prime Ministers from different countries, who have come together to respond to a growing demand for support among leaders in two key areas: democratic leadership and governance; and response to crisis and post-crisis situations.

In their “Call to Action for Leadership on Shared Societies,” issued in 2010, Club de Madrid Members said, “We call on all peoples, leaders and organizations to use their spheres of influence to work together to promote and ensure social inclusion and cohesion. We call on them to recognize that achieving social cohesion and creating a world safe from difference is essential for the well-being of individuals, states and the world as a whole.”

Special event by the Club de Madrid members: For more information on the Club de Madrid event and the International Labour Conference, please contact the ILO Department of Communication and Public Information: +4122/799-7912,, or Club de Madrid Contacts Agustina Briano, Insitutional Relations Officer,, + 34 607 694 475 or Carla Fernández-Durán,, + 34 608 800 502


Moderator: Ms. Ritula Shah, Journalist and News Presenter, BBC radio

High level segment of the International Labour Conference

  1. During the 100th session of the International Labour Conference (ILC), the ILO held a series of five High level Panels on:

  2. “Arab Youth: Aspiring for Social Justice”

  3. “Global Youth: Leading Change”

  4. "Employment and Social Justice in a Globalizing Economy"

  5. "The role of decent work in a fairer, greener and more sustainable globalization"

  6. "The need for a new era of social justice"