Liberal Manifesto 2017 – adopted and signed!

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.

Dr Steffi Kirsper MP: Fighting the burka ban in Austria
19/04/2018
Populist politicians around the world will go a long way to win votes. To the anguish of liberals, even politicians across the European Union have endorsed legislation that exploits, rather than assuages, the collective anxieties of voters - anxieties they have been recklessly nourished in the blinkered pursuit of power.
Freedom of Belief
Vlado Mirosevic MP: The Liberal project and freedom of religion in Chile
19/04/2018
Being liberal entails a commitment to the right of each and every person to develop their life project in such a way that it allows them to achieve the greatest possible personal fulfillment, as long as in doing so one does not harm others. In contemporary Chilean society the conservative tradition is still very powerful and influential so putting our credo in to practice remains difficult – but Partido Liberal de Chile is up for that fight!
Freedom of Belief
LI joins forces with NDI at UNCSW to stamp out violence against women in politics
19/04/2018
Teaming up with Madeleine Albright's National Democratic Institute (NDI - LI cooperating organisation), LI has NDI marked the two-year anniversary of the #NotTheCost campaign to end violence against women in politics, at a side-event on the fringes of the 62nd Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) in New York, raising the profile of this global cause.
UN CSW