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Face-to-Face Meetings

During the LEND Network’s pilot year, the Club de Madrid organized three introductory face-to-face meetings:

  • October 2012 in Chisinau, Moldova for Moldovan LEND participants; the meeting featured a presentation for new Moldovan Network participants on use of the LEND Network platform as well as discussion panels on public administration and justice sector reform, local governance, and security sector reform.
  • January 2013 in Tunis, Tunisia for Tunisian LEND participants; the meeting featured a presentation for new Tunisian Network participants on use of the LEND Network platform as well as discussion panels on political reforms and good governance, economic reforms and socially inclusive development, and transitional justice.
  • April 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden for both Moldovan and Tunisian participants. The meeting convened the most active participants of the LEND Network, including Club of Madrid members, to discuss the usefulness of the Network from the content and technical points of view and suggest substantive areas of interest to LEND members.

Following these introductory meetings, the LEND Network has continued to organize meetings around topics of interest to Network participants:

  • In August 2013, at the request of Tunisian participants in earlier meetings, the LEND Network together with the Club de Madrid assembled in Tunis LEND participants, international experts on constitutional law, and Club de Madrid members to discuss Tunisia’s constitutional process. The group developed a series of recommendations, which was presented to the President of the National Constituent Assembly of Tunisia.
  • In November 2013, the LEND Network invited Tunisian and Moldovan political leaders to a two-day workshop on political negotiations in multiparty democracies. Attendees also met with members of the Slovakian parliament and civil society to discuss issues of government transparency, open media, and anti-corruption efforts.
  • In January 2014, the Club de Madrid organized face-to-face meetings of the LEND Network participants and Club Members in Madrid. The meetings were led by Vaira Vike-Freiberga, Club de Madrid President and former President of Latvia, and Luis Alberto Lacalle, former President of Uruguay.

In addition to the activities listed above, the LEND Network and the Permanent Secretariat of the Community of Democracies (PSCD) encourage LEND Network participants’ involvement in meetings and conferences that are organized or co-organized by the CD.

For example, LEND Network members were invited to the Ministerial Conference of the Community of Democracies in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, where they attended official panels and took part in informal meetings to discuss the ways LEND Network platform can promote democratic transitions. Members of the LEND Network also participated in two conferences co-organized by the PSCD in Warsaw in 2013: the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, organized by the OSCE; and the Warsaw Dialogue for Democracy organized by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


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