His Majesty the King of Spain, to inaugurate the Policy Dialogue Madrid+10 on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism

The Policy Dialogue Madrid+10 on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism will be inaugurated by the King of Spain, Philip VI, next Tuesday 27th October. Forty Club de Madrid Members, all of them former prime ministers and presidents democratically elected from all over the world, along with 200 of the most influential high level experts in the fight against radicalism will be listening to His Majesty’s speech.  

The policy dialogue be closed with the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, as the keynote speaker. The other panelists on this session will be: José García-Margallo, Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs; Vaira Vike-Freiberga, President of the Club de Madrid; Danilo Turk, Member of the Club de Madrid and former President of Slovenia and Lord John Alderdice, former speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Madrid+10 Policy Dialogue brings together political leaders, policy makers and grassroots initiatives in the search for smart and long term solutions to prevent and counter violent extremism. The discussions will be enriched, among many others, with contributions from the Prime Minister of Tunisa Habbid Essid and 40 former world leaders and Club de Madrid Members: Kjell Magne Bondevik (Norway); John Bruton (Ireland); Wim Kok (The Netherlands); Yves Letterme (Belgium); Iveta Radicova (Slovaquia) Danilo Turk (Slovenia); (José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero (Spain); Fuad Siniora (Lebanon); Sadiq Al Mahdi (Sudan); Mehdi Jomaa and Mehdi Jebali (Tunisia); Olusegun Obasanjo (Nigeria); Cassam Uteem (Mauritius); Felipe Calderón (Mexico); Laura Chinchilla (Costa Rica); Ricardo Lagos y Sebastián Piñera (Chile); Jorge Tuto Quiroga (Bolivia); Andrés Pastrana (Colombia); Roza Otunbayeva (Kyrgystan); José Manuel Ramos-Horta (Timor Leste); Jigme Yoser Thinley (Buthan) Jennifer Mary Shipley (New Zealand).

Among our partners and participants there will also be prominent names in preventing and countering violent extremism from different sectors, such as: Fernando Frutuoso de Melo, Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development of the European Commision; Faisal Bin Abdulrahman Bin Muaammar, Secretary-General of KAICIID; Sarah Sewall, Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, U.S. State Department; Hanif Qadir, Founder of the Active Change Foundation and former extremist, discussing New Approaches towards Preventing Violent Extremism and Jean Paul Laborde, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director, Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED).

All of these high level experts and policy makers will work on what will be the main outcome of this Policy Dialogue, a document titled #GlobalConsensus, a statement spelling out the common values, assumptions, and principles that stand the best chance of achieving real, sustainable progress in the struggle against violent extremism.

Following its presentation at the conference, the #GlobalConsensus will be available in the Madrid+10 online platform where different interlocutors and partners can read and sign on to it, sustaining the commitment and engaging in a debate on how its principles can be translated into policies, strategies and measures.


All media that want to cover this must register with His Majesty Communication Press Department (tfno. 91.599.25.24). A request must be sent from the media outlet itself and a qualified official stating ID’s, names surnames and position of every member of the team BEFORE Monday 26th of October at 12.00 hours. This information must be sent to comunicacion@casareal.es or via fax at 91.599.24.16.


Schedule for Tuesday 27th of October: Madrid+10 Policy Dialogue on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism. Palacio Municipal de Congresos de Madrid (IFEMA)  


1.30-2.30 PM: press registration at the Palacio Municipal de Congresos (IFEMA). Access through Amberes Street

 3.30 PM, second floor hall: arrival of His Majesty the King of Spain and family picture with Club de Madrid Members, the PM of Tunisia, the Spanish Minister of Interior and the Mayor of Madrid  

 3.45 PM, Madrid Room: Inaugural session. Panelists:

  • -Vaira Vike-Freiberga: President of the Club de Madrid and former President of Latvia
  • Manuela Carmena: Mayor of Madrid
  • Jorge Fernández Díaz, Spanish Minister of Interior
  • His Majesty The King of Spain

Club de Madrid, Media Contacts:                                                                                                                                                                    

Luis Pérez: +34 607 694 354 // + 34 91 154 82 38 Press Officer lperez@clubmadrid.org

Susana Mañueco: + 34 626 20 93 30 // + 34 154 82 36 Press Coordinator smanueco@clubmadrid.org

KAICIID, Media Contact for interviews:                                                                                                                                                         

Mariela Hoyer Starcevic: +43 664 887 24 068 Spanish Media Officer mariela.hoyer@kaiciid.org




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