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Campbell at World Leaders Forum – Seoul, Korea

October 30, 2008


Photo courtesy of Gov of Korea

Seoul, Korea. On October 30, 2008, former Prime Minister Campbell delivered a keynote address at the World Leaders Forum: 60 and Beyond along with former UK Prime Minister John Major and former Australian Prime Minister Robert Hawke, former Prime Minister of Japan, Mori Yoshiro, and US Secretary of Defense William Cohen, and other notable guests such as Ms. Campbell's close colleague, former Korean Prime Minister Lee Hong Koo. The forum was convened to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Korea.

Ms. Campbell spoke on the topic of Gender and Leadership, an issue which is very relevant today in Korea. Citing a famous Korean folktale that has become an popular miniseries as well as recent statistics and social science, Campbell captured the audience and one audience member commented, "Prime Minister Campbell really knows how to speak to a Korean audience."

The forum was sponsored jointly by the Memorial Committee for the 60th Anniversary of Korea's National Liberation and the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security.  President Lee Myung-bak’s keynote address opened the event, which was aimed at shedding new light on the modern history of Korea and seeking ways to enhance national potential to make the country an advanced one. Participants included other foreign leaders, such as former Singaporean Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong and former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir bin Mohamad, as well as world-renowned academics such as Francis Fukayama and Nobel Laureate Dr. Alan Heeger. The closing address was delivered by Prime Minister Han Seung-soo.

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