Policy Network, the Instituto Iguladad and the Government of Chile organized the 2009 Progressive Governance Conference on Friday, March 27th. Preceding a government summit of heads of state and government from around the world, the Progressive Governance Conference brought together over 300 leading politicians, senior policymakers, government advisers, and experts to debate the future of progressive politics in the light of current political and economic developments.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, Argentinean President Cristina Fernandez, the President of the Socialist International, George Papandreou, are among those who attended the event. Loukas Tsoukalis, President of ELIAMEP and member of the Board of Policy Network, took part in the Conference.
The Conference took place at a crucial moment, just days before the G20 London Summit, providing governments and political parties with a platform to shape their own ideas on the reforms needed to respond to the major economic and political challenges thrown up by the financial crisis.