The Common Action Forum (CAF) is pleased to announce the International Seminar, “THE PROGRESSIVE CALL TO SUSTAIN DEMOCRACY AND THE MULTIPOLAR ORDER,” which will take place at Casa de América in Madrid, Spain, on September 17th, 2018.

Participants included Felipe González (former Prime Minister of Spain), Juan Luís Cebrián (honorary President of El País), Wadah Khanfar (Chairman, Common Action Forum) and Celso Amorim (former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defense of Brazil). In partnership with Casa de América, the seminar offered two panels open to the public.

Under the leadership of Celso Amorim (also a member of CAF), a significant political dialogue was organized by Perseu Abramo Foundation in São Paulo, Brazil [LINK], to discuss the current threats to democracy and multilateralism, along with the rise of populism and isolationism. The event included the participation of Noam Chomsky, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Dominique de Villepin, Jorge Taiana, Cuauhtémoc Cardenas, Pierre Sané and Massimo D’Alema, amongst others.

In this context, CAF extended Celso Amorim’s initiative to Spain and gathered forces to organize a coordinated event immediately following the seminar in São Paulo. This event focused on similar topics, bringing together prominent and emerging actors from the progressive sphere, who were invited to share their perspectives and to contribute to the debate by building on the discussions held in Brazil.

The aim of this seminar is to strengthen progressive alliances regionally and globally. These alliances should defend and reinforce democratic values and practices, while working against the current populist and isolationist waves.

Here the full list of speakers (alphabetically):

Celso Amorim, former Brazilian Minister of Defense and Foreign Affairs.

Renata Avila, Director of Ciudadanía Inteligente Foundation.

William Bourdon, French international human rights lawyer.

Pedro Brieger, Director of NODAL.

Juan Luis Cebrián, Founder Honorary President of El País.

Gaspard Estrada, Executive Director of OPALC, Sciences Po.

Baltasar Garzón, Jurist and President of FIBGAR.

Felipe González, former Prime Minister of Spain.

Rebeca Grynspan, Secretary General of SEGIB.

Wadah Khanfar, Chairman and Co-founder Common Action Forum.

Alexander Main, Director of International Policy, CEPR-Washington.

Pierre Sané, Founder and President of Imagine Africa Institute.

Public sessions opened by:

Santiago Miralles, Director General of Casa de América.

Rafael Heiber, Executive Director, Common Action Forum.