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Fostering Shared Societies

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We define a Shared Society as one in which all individuals and constituent groups hold status as equally contributing participants, free to express their differences while integrating their voices within the broader population. It respects everyone’s dignity and human rights while providing every individual with equal opportunity.

The Shared Societies Project has worked from global to local, focusing most of its recent efforts to mainstream Shared Societies within the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030 and its implementation. This is reflected in various places in the Goals and in particular in Goal 16 on “inclusive and peaceful societies”. Attention is now turning to the challenges facing Member States in developing policies and programmes to meet the SDGs, and the support they will need from 2016 onwards.

The Shared Societies Project supports a holistic approach to sustainable development, integrating social, economic and environmental dimensions, with social inclusion at its core, as it understands that all aspects of development are interrelated and interdependent: progress on one aspect of development is dependent on progress on the others. In this regard, the Project has established a Working Group to examine the link between Shared Societies and environmental sustainability.

Over the last ten years, the Project has been involved in many countries and at present several initiatives at the country level are being developed in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Israel, Nepal, Myanmar and Tunisia, among others.

Commitments for Shared Societies
The 10 Commitments for Shared Societies have been identified as key policy areas which are essential features of a Shared Society and thus, leaders are asked to make a commitment to these if they have not already done so. They also can be used as a checklist to review those areas in which a state has made progress and those areas in which more work needs to be done.

The Online Good Practice Guide lists these Ten Commitments and shows how the Project goals are already being applied in countries around the world with more than 75 examples of best practices.


Advocating for Inclusive Development

Club de Madrid calls attention to the importance of ensuring that the voices of marginalized groups are heard in post-COVID recovery and global efforts to get back on the path of the 2030 Agenda.

Inclusive Economies

Club de Madrid will advocate for a stronger focus on economic inclusion programmes specifically targeting minorities

Political Voices for Inclusion

Club de Madrid encourages up-and-coming leaders to embrace a commitment to Shared Societies. By engaging in inter-generational policy dialogues, we not only inspire young people to be inclusive, but also make them feel included.

Protecting Shared Societies in the Digital Space

We work to promote innovative practices that political leaders can use to foster a more inclusive discourse –to fill social media with powerful messages calling for inclusion and social cohesion

Shared Societies & Migration

Political leaders must be the sounding board of a comprehensive political discourse on migration. It is therefore crucial to equip them with tools and resources to understand the importance and impact of their narrative in shaping public perceptions on migration.

SSP Good Practices Guide

Examples of policies and practices which promote social inclusion of the most vulnerable groups around the World

Wyde Network of Young Decision-makers

WYDE Civic Engagement Network of Young Decision-Makers brings together a group of exceptional young leaders under 36 years old who are active in politics and in decision-making bodies and who have already reached positions of influence from which they can advocate for greater youth political participation.

Last publications

Deconstruyendo mitos y narrativas alrededor de la migración: Análisis y recomendaciones a partir de las experiencias de Colombia, México y Perú

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Shared Societies Project of the Club de Madrid in collaboration with with Ashanti Peru on legislation and policies against racism and discrimination in Latin America and the Caribbean

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There is no better or more inclusive forum than the United Nations to evoke such a commitment and to elevate social development in the international agenda

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The ‘Global Agenda on Education for Shared Societies’ is the result of our 2018 Policy Dialogue held in Lisbon (Portugal) on inclusive education.

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Summary of the deliberations of the working group on sustainability and Shared Societies

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Key insights of Club de Madrid Working Group on Shared Societies and Environmental Sustainability

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Ten commitments to achieve a Shared Society

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The issue of marginalization of many groups on grounds on identity in the new SDGs

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