Tuesday, 18 December 2012 13:14
Mining billionaire Clive Palmer says he's surprised and honoured to be named one of the heads of a new alliance of world leaders which includes Bill Clinton and Aun San Suu Kyi.
The Queenslander was on Tuesday named joint secretary general of the World Leadership Alliance along with former Spanish foreign minister Carlos Westendorp.
The alliance brings together the world's largest forum of democratically elected former leaders, the Club de Madrid, and a new chapter called the World Economic Council.
The pro-democracy Club de Madrid is made up of 94 former presidents and prime ministers, including former US president Bill Clinton, Myanmar (Burma) opposition leader Aun San Suu Kyi, and former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
The aim of the World Leadership Alliance is to promote democracy around the world.
Mr Palmer was also named president of the alliance's business chapter, the World Economic Council.
The owner of Mineralogy and Waratah Coal says he'll be travelling to Europe, the US and Asia to work with other members and current governments to advise them on democracy.
"It's a great honour for me to work with all those people. I certainly don't know why they chose me to be the world secretary general," he said.
Mr Palmer said his activity on the international stage and willingness to speak out about the Queensland government probably played a part.
He said he'd met most of the club's members during his travels.
The alliance was announced at the Club de Madrid's annual conference in Arkansas by former Netherlands Prime Minister Wim Kok.
Mr Kok said it would give countries access to "the collective wisdom" of more than 90 former world leaders.
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