|Beginning of the third millennium
At the turn of the new century and of the new millennium we face deep
and unending worldwide changes that impact all life patterns. The
expansion of new information technologies, the growing globalization and
the development of bio-technology are some of the issues integrating a
new reality of unheard-of developments and resulting opportunities, but
at the same time of a reality that assumes threats for human beings and
therefore endangering the dignity of the individuals.
Therefore, new human experience dimensions derive from the new
scientific and technological inventions, which affect the relationship
of couples in their integration as a family source to the validity of
the nation state, which moves between the concentration in local issues
and the creation of international entities, turned into a new kind of
intermediate society between individuals and groups on the one hand, and
on the other the globalizing forces. These novelties share the stage
with old problems, which today, go beyond frontiers such as poverty,
inequality and social injustice, and with more recent problems such as
the deterioration of the environment, the institutionalisation of
corruption or acute consumerism. That explains that from this experience
emanates an aspiration to reach new equality goals and to live in a
The evolution of world politics and economy, supported by the
permanent development of the new technologies, turn what in the past
were local problems, into problems that impact the entire planet and
those that were distant problems in the past, are today introduced in
The multiplicity of cultures and beliefs developed within a framework
of freedom oppose the violent and intolerant positions that attempt to
impose their ideas by force. Not only freedom and democracy, but also
human dignity is a victim of terror and violence. It is more necessary
today than ever to defend the integrity of individuals and the right to
life as absolutely inalienable rights.
The CDI's member parties have remained united due to a series of
fundamental values that continue to support our political actions:
dignity of persons, freedom and the responsibility as an axis;
solidarity and subsidiarity, justice, the rule of law as an instrument,
and democracy as an objective. The fight against terrorism will be a top
priority in our political action to defend those values.
Our concept of a Person
We consider persons as subjects and not objects of history. We
consider all men and women as unique, irreplaceable and absolutely
irreducible human beings, free by nature and subject to transcendence.
Human beings depend upon each other in the midst of society. Because
they are free, responsible and interdependent, individuals should
participate in the construction of society. For many of us, underlying
this commitment is the belief that we have all been called to contribute
to God's creation and freedom work. It means that all individuals have
the right to be fully responsible for themselves and their actions and
to share this responsibility face to face with their fellow human beings
and Creation. In accordance with our concept of Man, we state that all
men and all women have the same dignity and are by nature equal.
New status of the CDI
Christian Democratic, Centrist, Humanist and Reformist, CDI believes
it is necessary to renew our goals and our procedures, to adapt them to
the historic circumstances in which we live, from the conviction of
universal principles and values that have inspired to this date our
project and our political actions: the manifest dignity of human beings,
and the responsibility, fundamental equality, justice and solidarity.
The CDI cannot be paralysed by fear of change, cannot be towed by
circumstances but should be, by itself, an agent of change, be at the
vanguard of circumstances and thus be the driving force of progress. We
have decided to anticipate the future, to be capable of preparing
feasible and quick policies, to benefit as much as possible from the
opportunities the new era offers us. We are not limited to adapting to
change, CDI is prepared to innovate thanks to our confidence in our own
Globalisation and "mondialisation"
Aware of this new world scenario, he CDI makes an essential
contribution by differentiating between globalization and "mondialisation".
It is necessary to promote human solutions to global problems, so that
we face them with an open, dynamic and reformist way and from a humanist
ethics of world responsibility.
Hence the importance of the aforementioned difference: the CDI
understand that there is globalization, with its decisive technical and
economic component, and that this is clearly incomplete if it does not
include the "mondialisation", which faced with the economic
issue privileges human and ethic dimension of all the process.
Globalization is not a declinable option or an inevitable destiny, but
rather the result of the steps taken to date in favour of the progress
of humanity. The "mondialisation" responds to the fact that we
individuals live in an interdependent world, in which we all share the
same responsibility and the same universal destiny.
At CDI we promote a responsible and human management of "mondialisation"
which from the foundations of democratization, the rule of law and the
respect of human rights, allows the sustainable development of open,
dynamic, prosperous and free societies founded on the respect of all
human beings dignity.
Based on the principle of subsidiarity, CDI believes a broad
international co-operation should aim to develop a strategy on how to
define the responsibility between national states and the international
society on how to strengthen the work to secure human rights.
"Mondialisation" should foster a more balance development
all the peoples of the earth, favouring primarily those that have a
lower economic development; the more or less covered protectionist
practices, that violate or openly infringe the spirit of openness,
should be abolished and substituted by other that foster exchange free
from discriminating barriers.
Migrations from poor to rich countries are a phenomenon of our times,
and therefore should be understood in that context. Migrants constitute
an asset to labour and cultural exchange that enrich both those that
contribute them as well as those that receive them. CDI shall promote
intergovernmental agreements to protect migrants' human rights, and to
implement control policies, including political and economic cooperation
with the countries of origin and the fight against illegal immigration.
It is necessary to have a transparent and planned immigration and
integration approach, taking into account the capacity of the States to
accept and integrate immigrants.
A successful society is a society that gives opportunities to its
citizens and promotes its capacities in equality. In it citizens may
think freely, work, grow and develop, practice their initiative and
their effort, giving all that not only an individual meaning but also a
meaning of service to common interest.
We want dynamic, flexible, courageous, fearless of the future,
willing to reform their social and economic structures societies that
may guarantee the participation, equality and respect of future
generations, both from the environmental point of view as well as when
dealing with the financial sustainability of the welfare models.
Societies that actively show their willingness to delve and perfect
their government's democratic system in order to increase its
representativeness and transparency.
Rule of law
The prevalence of the fair law, total independence of Judicial Power,
transparency and democratization of public activity, a greater presence
of a dynamic and well prepared civil society and the integration of
minorities, are fundamental requirements for the future prosperity of
any and all countries.
Education in the information and knowledge society
The CDI considers individuals to be the centre of its political
action, and thus we understand that it is a priority to provide all
people with the greatest amount and quality of education and training
opportunities that will allow them to improve their life standard within
the context of the society of knowledge. The right to education is the
key to progress.
Education is the only instrument capable of conveying knowledge, the
set of values that give all individuals the capacity to set their own
personal goals, values such as the meaning of effort, of responsibility
for their own actions, the desire to grow and develop or the respect for
the co-living standards. It is from these values, from this knowledge
that societies able to progress are built.
The society of information and knowledge offers new opportunities.
CDI bets on the introduction of a new society of knowledge in which
education, the formation and new technologies are the source of equal
opportunities for all, regardless of race, sex, beliefs, religion or
The CDI stresses the importance of a fair distribution of technology
to give countries the opportunity to use technology as an instrument for
sustainable development and definitively promotes the effort in learning
and development of new information technologies. Here lies an integral
democratization concept, which encompasses all levels of life beyond and
exclusively electoral sense. Access by all people to knowledge, to
information and the new technologies, is the challenge of democracy in
the threshold of the 21st century.
It is necessary to make a coordinated effort by the political,
financial, cultural and academic circles to successfully face the
challenge of new technologies.
Fight against poverty
Poverty is a scourge that affects a significant part of humankind,
which forces our conscience, which represents a serious obstacle for
development, and demands our determined commitment to change this
situation, like a top priority of our actions at all levels and scopes.
The CDI has to favour the cooperation policies for development that
will enable the access of the developing countries to greater
possibilities of social well-being and human development. A more fair
development will favour peace, security and stability in the world.
Work as a basis of social policy
CDI is convinced that the best social policy in fighting poverty and
exclusion is the one oriented to create jobs. Work is more than just a
way of assuring material existence; it is a decisive factor for personal
realization and provides the opportunity to participate in the
construction of society. However, society is the creator of jobs, not
governments, even if their policies are essential to establish the best
conditions for their creation.
A positive orientation, of openness and greater social participation,
of economic reforms that promote economic liberties with social
responsibilities, of soundness and transparency of public
administration, and economic stability are the bases to create
prosperous and stable countries with sustained economic growth
possibilities, and capable of generating jobs.
The opening of the markets through the world is a source of new
wealth. The opening of world trade provides an opportunity for
employment and greater prosperity. Our approach has to recognize that
global interdependence has human and social consequences besides the
economic ones and we should make every effort possible to assure that
the wealth generated is shared by all. The progressive opening of the
economy to a free and fair competition allows that the equitable growth
throughout the world is a reachable objective. No economy can prosper in
time if it does not share its benefits and is not surrounded by the
necessary political stability and a democratic and institutional
The CDI promotes those reforms that make countries more efficient.
They improve the supply of products, goods and services; make society
have more opportunities. Only strong economies where all social agents
assume their own responsibilities may guarantee the development of their
societies and the people integrating it.
The respect that we have for human beings is related to the defence
and care of the environment. The sustainable development that we foster
requires human development to be compatible with respect for the
environment as well as the preservation of natural resources, taking
care of present development without harming future generations that will
be in charge of the management and occupation of the planet.
We want welfare for society, supported in the following social
principles: common good, equality, liberty, solidarity, responsibility,
and subsidiarity. It is the function of the governments to create the
necessary conditions through which people may enjoy their liberty,
solidarity and responsibility based on equality. This implies respect,
not only of civil and political rights, but also the economic and social
preconditions for a worthy life. Therefore, it is necessary to develop
public health and social security policies that encompass, in the
diversity of their services and offers, the entire population. Quality
of these services and also the sustainability of the system, thus
safeguarding the opportunities for future generations.
We believe in families
We believe in families as the core of society, as a reference of
community life and basis of interpersonal relationships. Families are
the framework to educate out individual freedom in order to project it
in a fair and solidary way towards the collective environment. From this
standpoint, The Centre Humanist and Reformist should be the vanguard in
promoting conditions that may guarantee prevention and eradication of
domestic violence, and also the natural conciliation between family and
A society with gender equality
The society we want requires equality between men and women, and this
has to take place from inside the family nucleus to the public
environment. We have to acknowledge that even if it is a formal demand
of our legislations, equality between men and women unfortunately today
is far from being a reality. Therefore, we accept the commitment of
implementing the necessary actions so that men and women effectively
participate as active subjects of development under the principles of
social equality and solidarity
A society, a government in which men and women equally participate in
the decision making process, is a guarantee of a humanist vision.
Democratisation in the international and local arena
In order for globalization to be "mondialisation", it is
necessary to promote the establishment, perfection and when necessary,
delving in democracy within the international and local arena. Therefore
we foster a major democratic participation not only at local level but
also at world level, in international institutions and multilateral
organizations. In this sense, CDI positively values the regional
integration processes to the extent to which they safeguard pluralism
within "mondialisation". For peace
A better world is undoubtedly a more peaceful world. A better world
cannot be based in hegemony, in the balance or powers or in persuasion,
but it has to be based on dialogue and cooperation. Peace is based in
the respect for human dignity, democracy and justice. Today, specially
today, reality forces us to finger-point at terrorism as one of most
serious threats to world peace. We firmly support international
cooperation in the struggle against criminality that crosses borders and
condemn all kinds of violence, organized crime, mafia or terrorism and
in general terms, all activities endangering peaceful and democratic
co-living of a society, thus exterminating its possibility for
individual and collective growth and development.
The events of September 11 should assume a stimulus to generate a
definitive progress in all cooperation scenarios, and very specially in
what has to do with areas such as justice, intelligence and common
safety and fostering peace and harmony between the various peoples of
the world, by mutual respect of their beliefs, cultures and national
These regrettable events, also set the stage for a unique opportunity
so that those of us who believe in democracy and the rule of law,
coordinate policies that allow to prevent the existence of the groups or
States that tolerate or promote terrorism stemmed from any pretext, and
the detection and elimination of its financing sources. There should not
be any space for violence, terror, drug trafficking or international
crime in the world after September 11.
We believe that the time has come to start a dialogue between
civilizations in the sense established by the United Nations aiming to
the establishment of reciprocal and equitable links among civilizations
. The understanding between cultures and the peoples of the world is the
only basis for a lasting peace. Cultural programs will be fostered,
specially focussed towards the young of the world, that would
disseminate conciliation and cooperation issues between cultures. If
historical rancour still prevails, let us shed light on all of them, so
that they may be once and for all overcome through reasoning, debate and
Renewal and commitment
The CDI is fully convinced of the universality of its message. A
coherent and integrating message based on temperance, dialogue and
consensus, represent the big hope in order to find new ways of political
action. From the humanist values that have always inspired us: liberty,
solidarity, equity, responsibility and justice, CDI believes that human
beings are the main stars and the definitive axis of its political
The Christian Democrat International and Centrist Democrat
International face the 21st century with a major peace and prosperity
project. It is our commitment to practice a new style of political
action that responds to the new needs and our aspirations, promoting
efficient, competitive and solidary societies on the basis of social
dialogue. Where the notion of equality crosses all public policies and
includes both due to ethical duty as well as political imperative, the
fight against poverty, equal opportunities. Improvement in income
distribution and quality of life of the population. A new style of
political action that being founded on the humanist values that inspire
our project adapts them to the new reality of the present times in order
to therefore be able to anticipate a common encouraging future. A new
political action style that offers solutions committed so that all
individuals reach their material, intellectual and spiritual destiny.