Clive Palmer to strut world stage with Clinton & Suu Kyi
MINING billionaire Clive Palmer says he’s surprised and honoured to be named one of the heads of a new alliance of world leaders which includes Bill Clinton and Aung San Suu Kyi.
The Queenslander was on Tuesday named joint secretary general of the World Leadership Alliance along with former Spanish foreign minister Carlos Westendorp.
The alliance brings together the world’s largest forum of democratically elected former leaders, the Club de Madrid, and a new chapter called the World Economic Council.
The pro-democracy Club de Madrid is made up of 94 former presidents and prime ministers, including former US president Bill Clinton, Myanmar (Burma) opposition leader Aun San Suu Kyi, and former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
The aim of the World Leadership Alliance is to promote democracy around the world.
Mr Palmer was also named president of the alliance’s business chapter, the World Economic Council.
The owner of Mineralogy and Waratah Coal says he’ll be travelling to Europe, the US and Asia to work with other members and current governments to advise them on democracy.
“It’s a great honour for me to work with all those people. I certainly don’t know why they chose me to be the world secretary general,” he told AAP.
Mr Palmer said his activity on the international stage and willingness to speak out about the Queensland government probably played a part.
He said he’d met most of the club’s members during his travels.
The alliance was announced at the Club de Madrid’s annual conference in Arkansas by former Netherlands prime minister Wim Kok.
Mr Kok said it would give countries access to “the collective wisdom” of more than 90 former world leaders.
The Club de Madrid is an independent non-profit organization composed of 88 democratic former Presidents and Prime Ministers from 58 different countries, constituting the world´s largest forum of former Heads of State and Government, who have come together to respond to a growing demand for support among leaders in two key areas: democratic leadership and governance; and response to crisis and post-crisis situations. Both lines of work share the common goal of addressing the challenge of democratic governance and political conflict as well as that of building functional and inclusive societies, where the leadership experience of our Members is most valuable.
The Club of Madrid Foundation Inc. (COMFI) is a grant-making foundation that was conceived in October of 2004 and in January of 2006 received US tax exempt status, which is also known as “501(c)(3)”. The legally stated, primary purpose of the COMFI is to “raise funds to support specific charitable and educational activities” of the Club de Madrid, although it can also support other organizations.
The COMFI is an independent organization, not controlled by the Club de Madrid. The COMFI is controlled solely by its Board of Directors, each of whom resides in the US. Currently it is comprised of four members;
- Edward Shapiro (President)
- Timothy Phillips
- Sheila Graves
- Theodore Piccone
Its tax exempt status allows US based donors to benefit from tax deductions.
the heads love these groups..
“Its tax exempt status allows US based donors to benefit from tax deductions.”
“The Club of Madrid Foundation Inc. (COMFI) is a grant-making foundation that was conceived in October of 2004 and in January of 2006 received US tax exempt status”
“work with other members and current governments to advise them on democracy.”
sorry..but the cynic in me has taken over..