In partnership with Mouvement Populaire and Rassemblement National des Indépendants (LI full members) and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation Morocco (FNF - LI cooperating organisation), the 197th Executive Committee of Liberal International was held in Marrakech, Morocco between 11-13 November 2016.
Coinciding with the United Nations Climate Change Summit, COP22, and at the invitation of Morocco’s Minister of the Environment and LI Vice-President, Hakima El Haite, liberals from around the world were able to participate in talks on the highest level concerning global responses to one of the greatest threats facing humanity in the twenty-first century.
In partnership with the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ - LI cooperating organisation) and FDP.Die Liberalen (LI partner), the 194th Executive Committee of Liberal International and an LI co-hosted symposium - part of LI’s year-long reflection on liberalism in the twenty-first century - took place in Zurich, Switzerlandon 12-14 June 2015.
The Executive Committee–Symposium theme was entitled ‘Liberalism: visions for our future’ and brought together high-level liberals from 43 countries and every region of the world, with a keynote address from the Swiss Minister for Foreign Affairs, Didier Burkhalter.
- The situation in Catalonia was also discussed at length by the LI bureau, which expressed concern that the guidance set out in the World Today Resolution - adopted by liberals world-wide at the 59th Congress of Liberal International - is not being implemented.
In cooperation with the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD - LI full member), the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF – LI cooperating organisation), and Liberal International’s only individual member, Mr Martin Lee, the 193rd Executive Committee of Liberal International will take place in one of the most recognisable economic centres in the world, Hong Kong on 7-10 November 2014.
The theme for the Executive Committee meeting is the 'Liberalism: promoting growth, reducing inequality’ and will feature key panels on this topic, including Asia and the world', as well as reports from the LI-CALD study visit to Taiwan, and keynote addresses from prominent liberals and democrats in Hong Kong and across Asia.
- UrgencyResolution on Iraq & Syria - tabled by Folkpartiet (Sweden)
For news prior to and during the 193rd LI Executive Committee Meeting in Hong Kong, including updates of the events as they take place, please make sure you follow Liberal International on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #LIEC.
Upon invitation of VVD (LI Full Member), the 192nd Executive Committee of Liberal International took place in the port city of Rotterdam, The Netherlands on 24-27 April 2014.
The 192nd Executive Committee was held in the framework of the 59th Congress of Liberal International. Please find all documents pertaining to this Executive Committee meeting on the Congress section of the website, under Rotterdam.
Upon invitation of Partido Patriota (LI Full Member), the 191st Executive Committee of Liberal International took place in the historic town of Antigua, Guatemala on 17-19 October 2013. The theme for the Executive Committee meeting was the 'Rule of Law: Fighting Organised Crime' and included a conference hosted by LI and our Cooperating Organisations FNF, RELIAL - two key panels were held on this topic:
1. Fighting Terrorism and Organised Crime: Difficult times for the rule of law?
2. New Initiatives of the War on Drugs: Less bloodshed in the Americas?
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Upon invitation of Al-Mustaqbal/Future Movement(LI member), the 190th Executive Committee of Liberal International took place in the capital of Lebanon, Beirut on 12-14 April 2013.
Only a month ahead of the national elections in Lebanon, Liberal International assembled in 'the capital of democracy and freedom' of the Middle East, allowing liberals from the region and world to discuss perspectives on the growth of individual rights and freedoms globally in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. LI has already successfully organised two Congresses in the wider Middle East and North Africa in less then 10 years: Marrakesh (2006) and Cairo (2009), and it dedicated its last year's spring Executive Committee in Barcelona to the 1st anniversary of the Arab Spring. In this spirit the Executive Committee focused on debates that would define a winning liberal agenda in today's changed world dominated by populist tendencies.
Political discussions were organised to define common liberal strategies to further forster peace, freedom and democracy, while respecting the religious and traditional values of diverse communities.
Two Key panels dominated proceedings:
1. “How Should Liberals Deal with the Situation in Syria? Is Syria the end to R2P?”, in the framework of the Human Rights Committee
2. “'Liberalism' and ‘traditional values': how to answer populist tendencies”
Liberal International teamed up with its members and partners to provide a series of events, oppening opportunities for profound debates, exchanges of experiences and defining of common positions. Partners included: the Arab Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (AAFD), Arab Spring Youth (ASY), Friedrich Nanmann Foundation for Liberty (FNF), ALDE Party, European Liberal Forum (ELF), Liberal Democrats, International Federation of Liberal Youth (IFLRY), International Democratic Initiative of D66, VVD International and Danish Liberal Democracy Programme. Further information about the events and a comprehensive programme can be found below.
Over 150 representatives from Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, Africa and Asia gathered at the 188th meeting of the Executive Committee of Liberal International on 30-31 March 2012 inBarcelona, Catalonia. The Catalan Group of Liberal International/Foundation 'Llibertad i democracia' hosted the Executive Committee. Resolutions on Syria, Mali, Georgia and Burundi were adopted (see below), and decision was taken that the next meeting will take place in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire.
The first anniversary of the 'Arab Spring' was the general theme of the various panels and conferences that were related to the Executive Committee. Barcelona has yet again proven to be one of the best locations outside the Arab world to discuss the theme given its strategic position in the Mediterranean region, its history, the hosting of the headquarters of the 'Union for the Mediterranean'.
The President of Catalonia Artur Mas welcomed the participants and expressed personal interest in the topic. He expressed his vision about closer intergration of the Mare Nostrum area saying: 'Barcelona is to the Meditteranean, what Brussels is to Europe'.
The LI Executive Commitee was preceded by a Conference 'Arab Spring: One Year On' co-organised by the governing Convergencia Democratica de Catalunya (CDC) and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe in the European Parliament (ALDE) at the Royal Pedralbes Palace. Prominent politicians from the MENA region addressed the conference, including Mahmoud Gebril of Libya (Prime Minister in the Transitional National Council), Ahmad Hariri - Lebanon (Secretary General of the Future Movement), Fewaz Tallo - Syria (Board Member of the Syrian National Council),Essaid Amaskane - Morocco (Secretary General a.i. of MP),Yassin Brahim (former Minister in the transitionary government of Tunisia), Said Sadi - Algeria (President of RCD) and Youssef Amrani - Morocco (Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean).
The global impact of the Arab Spring was the topic of a LI special panel chaired by the LI President, giving the delegates an opportunity to reflect on the implications of the changes in the Arab World on the developments in other corners of the world. Key speakers included: Sergei Mitrokhin - Russia (Chairman of the Russian Democratic Party 'Yabloko'), Osvaldo Alfonso Valdes - Cuba (Vice President of Union Liberal Cubana and former political prisoner), Prof. Ibrahim Lipumba - Tanzania (Chairman of the Civic United Front), Ivan Doherty - Ireland/USA (Director for Political Party Programme of the National Democratic Institute) and Wael Nawara - Egypt (President for the Arab Alliance for Freedom and Democracy).
LI Human Rights Committee held its session in the fringes of the LI Executive Committee. Aparat of the important administrative session, a special panel addressed the issue of women's role during the changes in the Arab world, as well as in the transformed Arab societies. Lennart Nordfors - Sweden (Chair of the Swedish International Liberal Centre), chaired the panel 'Strong Women as a Force For Change: the Arab Spring and Beyond'. which included Dr. Hoda Badran - Egypt (President of Alliance of Arab Women and the Egyptian Feminist Union), Anne Brasseur - Luxembourg (President of Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in Europe in the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe) and Abir Al-Sahlani - Sweden/Iraq (LI Vice President and Chair of the LI Human Rights Committee).
Two special interactive debates took place just ahead of the Executive Committee:
- Situation in Syria and LI's involvement, chaired by LI Deputy PresidentDr. Juli Minoves, with personal testimony by Fewaz Tallo of the Syrian National Council (long-time opposition activist and political prisoner), and inputs by Petra Stienen (former Dutch diplomat and expert in the region) and Abir Al-Sahlani (LI Vice President and leader of the LI delegation to the 19th session of the UNHRC, addressing Syria)
- Current situation in Egypt and future perspectives, chaired by LI President Hans van Baalen, with personal testimonies by Maikel Nabil (blogger and human rights activist recently released from prison) and Wael Nawara (poet and President of the Arab Alliance for Freedom and Democracy)
The welcome reception hosted by the Catalan Group of Liberal International, was addressed by Hon. Dr. Andreu Mas-Colell, Minister of Economy, Finance and Universities in the Catalan Government, who spoke of the current economic and financial trends in Catalonia, Spain and the Euro area.
The 187th meeting of the Executive Committee of Liberal International was held on 14-15 October 2011 in London, United Kingdom.
The delegates adopted two urgency resolutions on the recent violent clashes in Egypt and on the Tymoshenko trail in Ukraine. See the bottom of this page.
At the 187th Executive Committee the following membership requests were endorsed:
- Sam Rainsy Party (Cambodia), for full membership
- Civil Will Party (Mongolia), for full membership
- Alliance for Italy (Italy), for observer membership
- Union des Forces Republicaines (Guinea), for observer membership
Colin Eglin, one of the most prominent anti-apartheid fighters, former leader of the South African liberals and one of the authors of the democratic South African Constitution was awarded the Liberal International Prize for Freedom 2012. The awarding ceremony will take place next year.
The Standing Orders for the 58th Congress were revised. The procedures for adopting resolutions now equally apply to the Executive Committee meetings. Follow the link below for the full text.
Following the administrative session of the Executive Committee on 14 October 2011, a one-day conference took place on 15 October in which delegates discussed at length various aspects of the R2P doctrine, initially launched by a number of prominent liberals. Distingushed speakers and leaders from various corners of the globe presented their perspectives on the current international developments, with focus on the need to build efficient mechanisms to protect the civilians accross the world. The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss a position paper, drafted by former LIBG Chair Jonathan Fryer. The full version of the paper is provided below.
The Conference was supported by the ALDE Group in the European Parliament and the European Liberal Democrats (ELDR).
The Secretariat had offered a conference reader containing links to various R2P articles for those interested in reading more on the subject (please see below).
From 13-14 November, over 100 LI delegates convened in South Africa for the 185th Executive Committee Meeting of Liberal International, following the Africa Liberal Network General Assembly. Hosted by LI full member, the Democratic Alliance (DA), the event took place in the Old Assembly Chamber of the Parliament of South Africa in Cape Town. The delegates were welcomed by Mrs. Helen Zille leader of the DA and Premier of the Western Cape. The Executive Committee adopted a number of resolutions on issues, such as protection of individual rights, media freedom and increased cooperation between central governments and representatives in local authorities. An urgency resolution submitted by the International Federation of Liberal Youth (IFLRY) and the International Network of Liberal Women (INLW), calling for the immediate release of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani was also adopted. All resolutions and statements are available online. Additionally, Senator Arthur Eggleton PC of the Liberal Party of Canada was co-opted into the LI Bureau to represent North America.
The 184th Liberal International Executive Committee took place in Berlin on 11-13 June. This outstanding and inspiring meeting of the international liberal family included discussions with high government officials from the German Liberal Party FDP, as well as successful sessions of the Walter Scheel Colloquium and the Human Rights Committee.
Liberal International events in Berlin were proudly hosted by the longtime German partners the Freie Demokratische Partei, the Friedrich Naumann Stiftung für die Freiheit and the Deutsche Gruppe der LI. The FDP leader Guido Westerwelle, who serves as German Vice Chancellor and Minister of Foreign Affairs, met with the LI leadership and voiced strong support for the work of Liberal International.
Over 120 delegates from LI member parties were welcomed by the Minister Dr. Philipp Rösler, the Human Rights Coordinator in the German Government Markus Löning and FDP Secretary General Christian Lindner MdB. The Walter Scheel Colloquium, named after the renowned former liberal President of the German Federal Republic and Patron of Liberal International, included number of prominent speakers from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America, focusing on 'Fragile States as Challenges to Global Foreign and Development Policies'. The Human Rights Committee debates the connection between Human Rights and Women Participation.
The Executive Committee adopted number of resolutions that will be soon available online, and welcomed the observer membership application of the Partai Demokrat from Indonesia and the Liberal Party of Moldova.
Resolutions and statements, 181st LI Executive Committee, Strasbourg
At its meeting in Strasbourg, France on the 25th of January 2009, the Executive Committee of the Liberal International adopted six resolutions. Four resolutions were tabled by the member parties: one by LI Full Member ANADER from the Democratic Republic of the Congo about the situation in the east of the DR Congo, one by the International Network of Liberal Women (INLW) about the strong interdepency between democracy and human rights, one by LI Full Member VVD from the Netherlands concerning child prostitution and sex trafficking, and one by LI Observer Member Partido Justicia Nacional from Peru about irregularities during the Managua local elections in Nicaragua.
The Bureau of the Liberal International tabled a resolution on the gas crisis in Europe, as well as an urgency resolution on the situation in Gaza.
By clicking on the following links you will find the full texts of the resolutions:
Speeches: The impact of the Global Economic Crisis on Democracy and Human Rights
Below you will find links to the full texts of some of the speeches that were held by the speakers presenting their views on the global economic crisis on democracy and human rights in the conference held about this issue in conjuntion with the Executive Committee meeting.
The Liberal International 181st Executive Committee meeting will take place in Bangkok, Thailand from 12 to 14 December 2008, in conjunction with the 15th Anniversary of LI affiliated network the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD). Participants will be offered a Conference under the theme, “Strengthening Democratic Reform and the Rule of Law: Constraints and Continuing Challenges in Asia and Beyond”. Prior to the Executive Committee meeting, on 11 December 2008, LI and CALD offer an optional “Burma Fact-Finding Mission” to the Thai-Burmese border. The mission includes a visit to the Maela Refugee Camp in Mae-Sot, and meetings with several exiled Burmese democrats and human rights advocates.
Resolutions and statements, 179th LI Executive Committee, Hamburg
At its meeting on the 16th of November, the Executive Committee adopted four resolutions. The LI Bureau proposed an urgent resolution on Pakistan calling for an end to the political crisis and demanding the safety and freedom of LI Prize for Freedom 1989 laureate Benazir Bhutto. Also, a resolution on Human Trafficking proposed by the International Network of Liberal Women (INLW) was unanimously adopted. As the upcoming human rights conference in Taipei on the 8th and 9th of December will focus on the issue of human trafficking, this resolution was particularly relevant. Resolutions were also adopted on Kosovo (as previously adopted at the ELDR Congress in Berlin in October) and on Venezuela (as proposed by Llibertat I Democracia, and supported by a statement by RELIAL).
Statements were made on the situation in Zimbabwe (by Folkpartiet Liberalerna), on the situation in Cote d'Ivoire (by Rassemblement des Republicains) and on the situation in DR Congo (by ANADER).
Liberal International family enlarges with 5 new members
The delegates at the 179th Executive Committee meeting of the Liberal International decided to welcome in the LI family five new observer member parties from Africa, Asia and Europe. Pending verification of the upcoming Congress due to take place on 15-17 May 2008 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, affiliation to the Liberal International was approved to:
Prize for Freedom laureate Milinkevich gives inspiring acceptance speech
The celebratory events were complemented by a reception in the marvelous Hamburger Senat. The highlight of the event, hosted by senator Nagel of FDP, was the most inspiring acceptance speech by Aliaksandr Milinkevich upon receiving the LI Prize for Freedom 2007. In this awarding speech, LI President Lord Alderdice addressed the necessity of bringing freedom and democracy to the suffering people of Belarus.
Liberal Matters: Special 60th anniversary edition
A special edition of the LI Magazine Liberal Matters on the 60th anniversary of the Oxford Declaration was published and presented to the participants. It will be shortly available to the member parties and on the LI website.
Liberal International will focus its Latin American Executive Meeting on: 'Migration, analyzing the challenges it poses for the 21st Century'. From the 28 — 30 April 2007, participants and keynote speakers will discuss in depth the liberal responses and actions to migration.
The event, which will be held in the charming city of Cancun, Mexico, will be hosted by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (Mexico) alongside RELIAL and the Mexican party Nueva Alianza (New Alliance), in collaboration with Liberal International.
The 176th Executive Committee of Liberal International took place on 22-24 June 2006 in Manila and Tagaytay, Philippines.
This was a joint meeting with the annual Council of Asian and Liberal Democrats — Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (CALD-ALDE). We were generously hosted by the Liberal Party of the Philippines.
The conference discussed: population, changing demographics and migration, and globalisation and rural development.
Participants: Includes parliamentarians from the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan, Cambodia, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Burma and Europe.
The 175th Executive Committee of Liberal International convened in Mallorca, November 2005
LI held a conference on the Barcelona Process at its 175th Executive Committee Meeting on the 5-6 November 2005, in Palma de Mallorca. The Meeting was very well attended by representatives from most of LI's Members and delegates enjoyed a full programme of talks on the subject of the Barcelona Process. The event was extensively covered in the local media.
The Executive approved the Application for Observer Status from the Progressive Democrats (Ireland), the Application for Cooperating Organisation Status from the Liberal Network of Latin America (RELIAL) and the Applications for Full Member Status from the Partido Solidaridad Democratica (Cuba), the Partido Liberal de Cuba (Cuba) and the Movimiento Libertario (Costa Rica).
Dates for your diaries: The next Executive will on the 23-24 June 2006 in the Philipines in conjunction with the ALDE-CALD meeting. Congress will be on the 9-11 November 2006 in Marrakesh, Morocco. It will be hosted by the Union Constitutionnelle party and the theme of the Congress will be ‘Development and Democacy'.
Please find here the adopted resolutions of the 175th Executive Committee.