Club de Madrid Reiterates Call to End War in Ukraine

At its Annual Policy Dialogue in Berlin on 31 October-1 November  2022, Club de Madrid concluded with five recommendations. The first of these was  to End the War in Ukraine. 

We said at the time: 

“The international community must bring all their political capital to bear in stopping  Russia’s aggression, restoring Ukraine’s territorial integrity and enabling its economic  and social reconstruction. The indivisibility of security – the principle that no country  may advance its own security at the expense of that of another– must be at the core  of an effective peace and security architecture. The 1999 OSCE Charter of European  Security, the OSCE´s Astana Commemorative Declaration of 2010 and the more recent  Global Security Initiative of China, among others, provide parameters within which this  can be achieved.” 

The government of the People’s Republic of China, in its statement of “China’s Position  on the Political Settlement of the Ukraine Crisis”, published on 24 February 2023,  argued for respect for the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of all  countries under international law, and strict adherence to the Purposes and Principles  of the United Nations Charter. The Government of China further called for ceasing  hostilities, resuming peace talks, resolving the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine; strict  adherence to international humanitarian law prohibiting attacks on civilians or civilian  facilities; the protection of civilian nuclear facilities under the auspices of the  International Atomic Energy Agency; prohibition of the threat or use of nuclear,  chemical and biological weapons; and continued implementation of the Black Sea  Grain Initiative to enhance global food security. In this context, the Government of  China proposed an end to unilateral sanctions, restoration of global supply chains;  post-conflict reconstruction; and construction of a balanced, effective and sustainable  European security architecture, providing for common, comprehensive, cooperative  and sustainable security. 

President Xi will visit President Putin in Moscow next week. Media reports note that a  conversation between Presidents Xi and Zelensky is also likely. 

In light of the Chinese Government’s reference to the centrality of the purposes and  principles of the United Nations Charter in maintaining adherence to international law,  we encourage President Xi to consult the United Nations Secretary-General on the  steps he proposes be taken to implement “China’s Position on the Political Settlement  of the Ukraine Crisis”, and to coordinate closely with the UN Secretary-General as his  initiative proceeds. We recall that Article 1 (1) of the Charter of the United Nations states:

“The Purposes of the United Nations are: To maintain international peace and security,  and to that end: to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal  of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches  of the peace, and to bring about by peaceful means, and in conformity with the  principles of justice and international law, adjustment or settlement of international  disputes or situations which might lead to a breach of the peace;” 

We welcome this opportunity to potentially End the War in Ukraine and urge all parties  to work with the Secretary-General of the United Nations to embed the proposals that  emerge from the exchanges in the weeks ahead in binding commitments in  accordance with the United National Charter.


Danilo Türk, President of Club de Madrid