27 NOVEMBER 2013
The Socialist International has been closely following the Warsaw Climate Change Conference, COP19/CMP9, which concluded on 23 November in Poland. Regretfully, once again little progress has been achieved on the most vital issues. There have been some positive developments and the SI welcomes these, but on the most pressing points, in particular that of sealing a new global agreement to replace Kyoto, and on firm and sufficient financial commitments from the developed world, decisions were weak or absent...
25 NOVEMBER 2013
As President of the Socialist International, I welcome the positive outcome of the talks between the P5+1 (United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia and China) and Iran, facilitated by the European Union, concerning Iran's nuclear program. It is a major step towards increased stability in the broader region. This important deal, reached after intensive negotiations in a climate of mutual respect, paves the way towards a long term comprehensive solution. The successful implementation of this first agreement...
21 NOVEMBER 2013
The situation in Mauritania, just days before the municipal and legislative elections that are due to take place on Saturday 23 November 2013, continues to be a source of great concern for the Socialist International. The country is suffering from a profound institutional crisis as a result of a great democratic deficit. Mauritania has been deprived of a legal parliament for two years since elections that were initially due in November 2011 were twice postponed, and the November 2013 elections have been convened without due respect for the established procedures...
26 October 2013
The Socialist International has been closely following the investigation underway in Santa Fe, Argentina, looking forward to a speedy clarification of the facts surrounding the criminal attack a few weeks ago against its Governor, Antonio Bonfatti, which took place at his home in the district of Alberdi in Rosario. Bonfatti is a member of the Socialist Party of Argentina, a member party of this organisation. The violence against the Governor, whose home was the target of 14 bullets, has been condemned and firmly repudiated by leaders and representatives of member parties of the International...
11 October 2013
On 28 September 2013 Guinea held for the first time elections for a new parliament in democracy. Having endured more than 50 years of autocratic rulers since achieving independence in 1958, the country swore in its first democratically elected President, Alpha Condé, in December 2010. There was, unsurprisingly, a high level of expectation from such a significant electoral process. These elections were originally foreseen to take place six months after the new democratic government took office. However, this timeframe proved to be too short to secure the necessary agreements, including all the political forces, for the carrying out of these elections, which were eventually reached earlier this year...
04 SeptembER 2013
In March 2011 the world began to witness anti-government protestors in Syria taking to the streets calling for an end to President Bashir al-Assad’s regime and for an opening of the way for a democratic system and the enjoyment of rights and freedoms for all the Syrian people. From the outset, the Socialist International, consistent with its principles and values and its commitment to all those in the world struggling for democracy and fundamental rights, has openly supported these demands. Throughout the period since the protests began, the Syrian regime has ignored these calls from its people, as well as calls from members of the international community...
31 JULY 2013
During recent weeks the world has been witnessing a dramatic departure from the democratic agenda in Egypt. Following the removal of the Morsi government by the military, the political situation has continued to deteriorate rapidly, further diminishing the prospects for national reconciliation and democracy. The violent crackdown and extreme use of force by the army and police against demonstrators, which has resulted in scores of deaths and many more injured, is deplorable and is unequivocally condemned by the Socialist International...
04 JULY 2013
George Papandreou, President of the Socialist International
The adoption, by the European Parliament, with a large majority, of the report of MEP and Vice-President of the EP, Anni Podimata, for the implementation of a financial transactions tax (FTT) by 11 EU member states within the framework of enhanced cooperation, is an additional significant step in the right direction. Through this decision, the persistent and concerted efforts made by the Socialist International and many democratic and progressive forces in Europe and around the world, are also rewarded...
04 JULY 2013
One year on from sweeping to power with 13 million votes, President Mohamed Morsi and his Moslim Brotherhood dominated government have been forcefully removed from office by the Egyptian military. President Morsi, the first freely-elected President of Egypt, was at his lowest in terms of popularity, having failed to deliver on the democratic promises he was elected to fulfil. Last December he granted himself un-challengeable powers, which shocked both the Egyptian people and the international community...
The withdrawal of permission, after it had been granted, for the presidential plane carrying Bolivian leader Evo Morales to cross airspace, by several European countries, while he transited home from Moscow, represented a grave infringement of the immunities and rights recognised for Heads of States, and endangered the lives of all those on board the aircraft. These developments demonstrate, on the one hand, the fragility of recognised and long-established international norms, and on the other hand, the vulnerability of international actors, such as leaders of sovereign states, vis-à-vis other powers in the international political system...
25 JUNE 2013
The Socialist International joins the people of Albania celebrating in the streets today, welcoming the results of the elections that took place last Sunday, which point to a resounding victory for the coalition of the Left led by Edi Rama of the SI member Albanian Socialist Party, and a Vice-President of the International.
The strong showing of the Left coalition, Renaissance, is a signal of the desire for change in Albania, a desire to turn the page on the previous regime...
25 JUNE 2013
A peaceful demonstration planned for today by the opposition Convergence for Social Democracy, CPDS, the SI member party in Equatorial Guinea, has been forcefully repressed, and last night six members of the leadership of the party were detained for several hours by government security forces. The Socialist International wholeheartedly condemns these acts and calls on the Obiang regime to end the harassment of opposition forces and to respect the fundamental rights of the people of Equatorial Guinea…
06 December 2013
The Socialist International is deeply moved by the passing of Nelson Mandela, the man who, representing the struggle for freedom of an entire nation, became a symbol for justice, reconciliation and peace for the entire world.
Nelson Mandela’s life touched countless people across the globe...
11-12 November 2013
The Council of the Socialist International convened in the city of Istanbul on 11-12 November, hosted by the Republican People’s Party, CHP, a member of the SI. Leaders and delegates from parties and organisations from all continents attended the meeting, which had the following main themes on its agenda: "Current crises related to the struggles for democracy, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, and conflicts threatening peace and security in that part of the world" and "Reaffirming the centre-left vision for the global economy with an emphasis on growth, jobs and equality, and for a new development agenda"...
29 October 2013
A broad delegation of the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces held discussions with the SI Secretary General, on the grave situation in Syria and on their participation at the forthcoming SI Council meeting to be held in Istanbul on November 11-12
SI delegation in Mali
13 August 2013
SI delegation with Ibrahim Boubacar Keita
A Socialist International delegation is in Mali from the 8th to the 14th of August for the second round of the presidential elections that took place on Sunday the 11th. The delegation includes the SI Secretary General Luis Ayala; Emmanuel Golou, Chair of the SI Africa Committee, from PSD Benin; SI Vice-Presidents from the region Ousmane Tanor Dieng from the PS Senegal and Chantal Kambiwa from the SDF Cameroon, and Nana Cheikhna, Vice-President of the RFD of neighbouring Mauritania...
08 October 2013
In connection with the 129th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) organised in Geneva, Switzerland, from 7 to 9 October 2013, the Socialist International held its regular meeting of parliamentarians from the SI political family on 8 October...
26 September 2013
Members of the SI Presidium, Heads of State and Government from SI member parties, leaders of international organisations and a number of foreign ministers gathered at the United Nations headquarters in New York on the 26th September for the organisation's 6th annual meeting in conjunction with the UN General Assembly...
Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean
26-27 July 2013
On 26-27 July 2013, the Socialist International held a meeting of its Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean, SICLAC, in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, hosted by the People’s National Party, PNP, with the participation of Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, PNP leader and a Vice-President of the Socialist International. The meeting was convened following consultations among members of the SI Presidium from the region and included on its agenda the election of the authorities of the Committee for the current inter-congress period...
Committee on Local Governments
19-20 July 2013
The SI Committee on Local Governments, established by decision of the Council in February this year in Cascais, Portugal, held its first meeting in Santiago, Chile on 19 and 20 July. The Committee also held a meeting with the candidate of the progressive forces for the Presidency of the Republic, Michelle Bachelet, who shared her views with the representatives of the Socialist International, commenting on some of the main objectives of her government programme…
07 June 2013
The SI is deeply saddened to learn of the passing today of former SI President Pierre Mauroy, a much respected leader and former Prime Minister of France, who served in different responsibilities at the helm of the SI and as its president from 1992 – 1999...
The CIS, the Caucasus and the Black Sea
03-04 June 2013
Socialist International member parties from the CIS, Caucasus and Black Sea region gathered in Tbilisi on 3-4 June 2013, to discuss current priorities and challenges to social democracy in the region and ways to overcome conflicts, a fundamental need to achieve fair and prosperous societies. The meeting was hosted by the SI member party in Georgia, the Social Democrats for Development, SDD...
17-18 March 2013
Building on the discussions and decisions of the recent SI Council regarding the situation in the Sahel, a meeting of the Socialist International Africa Committee was held in Niamey, Niger, on 17-18 March, to focus on the crisis in Mali and its implications for the region and the continent. Hosted by the SI member party in Niger, the Party for Democracy and Socialism of Niger, PNDS, it included a broad participation of leaders and representatives of many parties from the region and beyond...
The Kurdish People
12 April 2013
The SI Committee on the Kurdish People, established by the Council following a decision by the Congress, held its first meeting in Sulaimaniya, on Friday 12 April 2013. It was hosted by the SI member Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, PUK, and brought together participants from more than twenty Kurdish political parties and organisations from Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Syria...
Resolutions and Decisions of the XXIV Congress
Report of the Secretary General
| 15 DECEMBER 2013
| 20 DECEMBER 2013
17 JUNE 2013
Developments in Turkey during the last three weeks have been followed with increasing concern by the international community. The Turkish government, which should respond to the grievances of the citizens who are protesting and act in accordance with the norms and principles of a democracy, is failing to listen and to seek a way forward to avoid the current spiral of violence, of beatings, and the victims that the world continues to witness as a consequence...
07 May 2013
The Socialist International is deeply concerned by legislation passed by the Moldovan Parliament last week, which compromises the integrity and the character of fundamental democratic institutions of the Moldovan State. Indeed, the International has been following political life in Moldova closely over recent years with a keen interest in seeing Moldova joining Europe, developing a new legitimate institutional framework, and consolidating past gains borne from the will of the Moldovan citizens for a fair and democratic society...
15 April 2013
The Socialist International, which has member parties in Venezuela and whose activities also include the participation of other like-minded organisations in that country, has followed with great attention for several years now, the evolution of political life in Venezuela. Among the international observers officially accredited for the presidential elections carried out yesterday, 14 April, were those from the Socialist International...
Tax evasion & tax havens
15 April 2013
George Papandreou, President of the Socialist International
The Socialist International (SI) has repeatedly called for international regulation to prevent tax evasion, which is robbing our economies of trillions of dollars every year. The recent media investigation of this phenomenon comes as a resounding confirmation of our position. In 2008, the SI created a Commission on the Global Financial Crisis, which highlighted the lack of effective international regulation and implementation mechanisms to stem tax avoidance and tax evasion...
27 March 2013
On the occasion of the 128th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) held in Quito, Ecuador, from 22 to 27 March 2013, the Socialist International organised its regular meeting of parliamentarians from the SI political family attending the IPU Assembly, on 24 March...
13 March 2013
To mark the 6th Anniversary of the party Un Nuevo Tiempo in Venezuela, and in their designated year for political education, the Secretary General of the Socialist International, Luis Ayala, delivered a talk on the history and ideological foundations of social democracy, and of the Socialist International as a political model, offering as well his best wishes to a Venezuela in transition...