Liberals from all continents assembled in Andorra in May 2017 and made history! After three years of inspiring reflections, consultations, discussions and debates, the Congress marking the 70th Anniversary of Liberal International adopted a visionary Liberal Manifesto 2017, building on the founding principled laid in the Oxford Manifesto from 1947.
“There it is, we have it adopted and signed”, exclaimed at the signing ceremony in a jubilant way Dr Juli Minoves-Triquell, who initiated the process when he got elected as President of Liberal International in April 2014.
Prof. Karl-Heinz Paqué, deputy Chairman of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty, and now Vice President on the Bureau of Liberal International, who championed the drafting process between the two Congresses, presented the monumental document to the delegates praising the unprecedented efforts of liberals across the world.
The leaders of all regional liberal organisations – Hans van Baalen MEP of Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party (ALDE Party), Mahmoud el Alaily of Arab Liberal Federation (ALF), Stevens Mokgalapa MP of Africa Liberal Network (ALN), Abhisit Vejjajiva of Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats – (CALD)and Rocio Guijarro of Red Liberal de America Latina (RELIAL) – offered their unique perspective on the manifesto, underlining its universal character.
At the Manifesto signing ceremony the document was signed by all elected LI officers, leaders of LI member parties and representatives of all party delegations present at the Congress.