This year World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid’s (WLA-CdM) is co-organising its flagship Policy Dialogue ‘Multilateralism that Delivers’ in collaboration with the Bertelsmann Stiftung, in a virtual format and over a four-day period: a single session on 20 October, followed by a three-day of sessions between 28 and 30 October. Thanks to live interpretation, we will offer all plenary sessions of ‘Multilateralism that Delivers’ in three languages: English, Germany and Spanish.

From COVID-19, to climate change and digital disruption, humankind is facing a complex maze of often overlapping and interdependent challenges that transcend border, putting unprecedented strain on populations worldwide. Global challenges that, as we know, require global solutions.

Our 2020 Policy Dialogue ‘Multilateralism that Delivers’ provides a unique, multi-stakeholder platform that brings together a large number of WLA-CdM’s more than 100 democratic former Presidents and Prime Ministers, from over seventy countries and sitting policymakers, representatives of international organisations, civil society and academia to identify and promote a much-needed renewal of our multilateral system, one that breathes new life into our international order and reflects new realities. Building on our continued work on challenges to multilateralism and global cooperation, specific measures and policies will be shared with the UN75 stock-taking process, the UN2020 campaign, the German EU Presidency and other major action-oriented discussions currently taking place on this most pressing topic. 

The Policy Dialogue’s Breakout Action Labs will delve deeper into three challenges that require a multilateral and cooperative approach:

  • Transforming Multilateralism for 21st Century Social Justice and Inclusion
  • Digital Cooperation for a Stronger Global Future
  • Leveraging Multilateralism to Build Back Better towards more Sustainable Societies

Featured Speakers

World Leadership Alliance
Club de Madrid

The World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid is the largest network of democratic former Heads of State and Heads of Government. With 112 Members from over 70 countries, the WLA-CdM leverages the leadership experience of its Members to foster democratic values, good governance and the wellbeing of citizens across the globe. For 17 years and through its Members, the organization has also supported the multilateral governance framework and articulated and advocated for a Shared Societies concept and approach to more effectively address the challenge of social fracture and exclusion by promoting inclusive polities, which are an essential element for the attainment of peace and security.

Bertelsmann Stiftung

Bertelsmann Stiftung was founded in 1977 by Reinhard Mohn. It engages solely and directly in nonprofit activities. It is a private operating foundation which develops and initiates all of its projects itself, providing the support required for their implementation. Bertelsmann Stiftung is active in the areas of education, democracy, Europe, health, values and the economy. It takes into consideration the three megatrends – globalization, digitization and demographic change – that are impacting social, economic and political developments.

Robert Bosch Stiftung

The Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH is one of Europe’s largest foundations associated with a private company. In its charitable work, it addresses social issues at an early stage and develops exemplary solutions. For this purpose, it plans and implements its own projects. Additionally, it supports third-party initiatives that have similar goals. The Robert Bosch Stiftung is active in the areas of health, science and research, education, active citizenship, as well as international understanding and cooperation. Since it was established in 1964, the Robert Bosch Stiftung has invested around 1.8 billion euros in charitable work.

The Robert Bosch Stiftung is active in the areas of health, science and research, education, active citizenship, as well as international understanding and cooperation.

Since it was established in 1964, the Robert Bosch Stiftung has invested around 1.8 billion euros in charitable work.

German Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt, UBA)

The German Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt, short: UBA), established in 1974 and today based in Dessau-Roßlau, is Germany’s national scientific environmental agency. Being one of the largest agencies of its kind in the world, its 1,600 employees conduct research, provide policy advice, implement environmental legislation and interact with stakeholders and the public. UBA’s activities cover a wide range of environmental issues, including climate change mitigation and adaptation, clean water, air and soil, waste management and circular economy, chemicals management or sustainable development, among many others. In its work, UBA partners with national, European and international actors to exchange knowledge, undertake research projects or disseminate good practices.”

Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is a non-profit German foundation funded by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany, and headquartered in Bonn and Berlin. It was founded in 1925 and is named after Germany’s first democratically elected President, Friedrich Ebert. FES is committed to the advancement of both socio-political and economic development in the spirit of social democracy, through civic education, research, and international cooperation. Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is the oldest political foundation in Germany.

Boston Global Forum

Boston Global Forum (BGF), based in Boston, Massachusetts, was founded to bring together thought leaders and experts from around the globe to participate in open public forums to discuss and solve the most critical issues affecting the world. BGF counts on the important engagement of political leaders, innovators, and top academics from Harvard, MIT and in the development of its work. Some of its most significant Initiatives are the Social Contract for the AI Age, the AIWS City (, and the AI Social Contract Index.

German Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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