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December

  • New Al Jazeera interview with José María Figueres 15/12/2008

    José María Figueres, former president of Costa Rica (1994-8) and trustee of FRIDE, has been interviewed again by the television channel Al Jazeera, this time for the programme One on One, by Riz Khan.

    In the interview, recently recorded during Figueres’ visit to Washington, Figueres talks about his life and shares some of his most personal impressions of his journey through the political scene in Costa Rica, as well as commenting on the difficulties inherent in combining family life with such an important public post.

    In the second part of the interview, Figueres deals with some of the topics that currently most motivate and interest him: sustainable development and the challenges of the new global society.

     

    First part of the interview

     

     

     

    Second part of the interview

     

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November

  • José María Figueres' interview on Al Jazeera 14/11/2008

    José María Figueres, former president of Costa Rica (1994-1998) and trustee of FRIDE, was interview by Riz Khan, for Al Jazeera, on the 11 of November.  During the interview, Mr. Figueres talked about the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States of America and the dimensions that this historic decision has for Latin America.


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    Part II

     

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October

  • Pierre Schori participated in the Siglo XXI Forum Debate 21/10/2008

    On 16th October, Pierre Schori, Director-General of FRIDE, participated in the forum for debate "Siglo XXI" (21st Century), organised by the "Correo de Sevilla" and the magazine Foreign Policy (Spanish Edic.) . Throughout the event, Schori, along with the PSOE minister Alfonso Guerra, reviewed the current world situation, particularly the financial scene. In his opinion, the crisis can only be overcome by means of a serious dialogue between the United States and Europe. According to the Director of FRIDE, it is time for both together to substitute the current lack in world leadership, using the UN as a guide.

     

September

  • Diego Hidalgo's interview on Al Jazeera 23/09/2008

    Recently, Diego Hidalgo, President of FRIDE, was interviewed by the television channel "Al Jazeera" on the programme "One on One", directed by the journalist Riz Khan. In the interview, Hidalgo provides an overview of the reasons why he devoted himself to philanthropy and of the proyects he has developed throughout his life.

    I Part

     

    II Part

April

  • Zimbabwe: "there's a great desire for change" 09/04/2008

     

     Las misiones de observadores de la UE en Zimbabue en las legislativas de 2000 y en las presidenciales de 2002, lideradas por Pierre Schori (actual Director General de FRIDE), han contribuido a la consolidación del deseo de cambio que vive el pueblo de este país africano.

    En 2000, la misión encabezada por Pierre Schori ha cubierto cerca del 70 por ciento de los colegios electorales, junto con observadores nacionales y, a pesar del clima de intimidación, "impresionaba ver tanta gente en la calle queriendo votar" - algo que se vio reflejado en los resultados obtenidos entonces, cuando la oposición logró un tercio de los votos.

    Anna Schori
    En las presidenciales de 2002, sin embargo, el régimen había aprendido de la experiencia anterior e hizo todo lo posible para dificultar la tarea de los observadores, cuyo episodio más sonado fue la expulsión del Jefe de la Misión.

    Según Pierre Schori, el enorme deseo de cambio es el factor que mejor explica la victoria del MDC en las elecciones del pasado 29 de marzo en Zimbabue, aun cuando en el ambiente continúa presente la intimidación: "Había policía dentro de los colegios electorales, supuestamente para mantener el orden, pero ello es algo realmente intimidatorio - y la gente fue a votar a pesar de todo".

    El papel de la Unión Africana (UA) y de Sudáfrica

    "El voto secreto es el poder del pueblo", afirma Pierre Schori. "El papel de la comunidad internacional, en particular la Unión Africana y Sudáfrica, es exigir que se respeten las normas de las elecciones libres".

    La ayuda del vecino sudafricano y de la UA serán fundamentales, además, para que Zimbabue pueda volver a la situación de estabilidad económica previa: "Si Mugabe acepta los resultados y hay una transición pacífica", alega.
    "Ha sido el abuso de poder lo que ha deteriorado la situación", concluye Pierre Schori.

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