Recent Appearances

Bulgarian School of Politics

December 8, 2008

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Sofia, Bulgaria. On Monday, December 8, 2008, the Bulgarian School of Politics hosted Former Prime Minister Campbell as a special guest lecturer. Ms. Campbell spoke about the challenges facing political leaders of the 21st century and specifically, what skills are essential for an effective leader.

"Kim Campbell is one of the most compelling, forceful and interesting lecturers that has ever spoken to our students at the Bulgarian School of Politics…” – Sofia, J. Dimitry Panitza, Founder and Honorary Chair of the Bulgarian School of Politics, December 8, 2009
The Bulgarian School of Politics, founded in 2001, is a non-governmental nonprofit organization with public benefit purposes. Its mission is to support the creation of a community of civic and political leaders with an active stand in the national, European and global public life, devoted to contemporary democratic values based on pluralism, tolerance and informed debate.  Through seminars, conferences and leadership development initiatives, the School seeks to promote democracy and democratization of government action in Bulgaria, the countries of the Balkans and the Black Sea region.
Founder and Honorary Chair of the Bulgarian School of Politics, Sofia, J. Dimitry Panitza says "Kim Campbell is one of the most compelling, forceful and interesting lecturers that has ever spoken to our students at the Bulgarian School of Politics. Her captivating personality, her broad political experience, her knowledge of international affairs, her extraordinary ability to field questions with alacrity and respect for her audience, her sincerity, sense of humor and warmth, brought the house down. She is truly a unique guest speaker, and a rare person to know."
Learn more at the Bulgarian School of Politics.

Campbell Honored by Churchill Society

November 20, 2008

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Toronto, Canada. The Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy honored Former Prime Minister Campbell with the Award for Excellence in the Cause of Parliamentary Democracy at their 25th Annual Dinner  on November 20, 2008. The award was given in honor of Ms. Campbell’s accomplishments throughout her career. The Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy is a non-partisan, charitable organization that honors the life of Sir Winston Churchill by facilitating education, discussion and debate about Canada’s parliamentary democracy.

Ms. Campbell was asked to speak about women in parliamentary governments and Winston Churchill. She delivered a speech titled, "Women in Power: The Good News and the Bad News." In it she poignantly stated,

“It would be wonderful if in a conversation about women’s leadership, we could claim Winston Churchill as one of our feminist champions. But he wasn’t. But like Eleanor Rathbone, I couldn’t care less. Defeating Hitler is enough in my book for any leader to be seen as an ally of women, whether he wanted to see them in Parliament or not. Churchill gave us great leadership that made the world safe for women and other excluded groups to dream, and now it is up to us to move the democratic promise forward for our world and that of our children.

It is up to us to create the structures and cultures that can meet today’s challenges by tapping all the strength and leadership potential in our societies. If we do not do this, parliamentary democracy itself is in peril. We owe it to ourselves and future generations to meet this challenge. We owe it to Winston Churchill.”

Visit the Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy to learn more and see the letter of congratulations from Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in attachment below.

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Campbell at World Leaders Forum – Seoul, Korea

October 30, 2008

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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.

Campbell speaks at Council of Europe Summer University

July 1, 2008

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Strasbourg, France. On July 1, 2008 Kim Campbell was featured speaker at the Council of Europe’s Third Annual Summer University and the key topic was “Governance, Power and Democracy'”.  Former Prime Minister Campbell spoke on the subject of “Europe and its Neighbors” in a session that also included Mr. Hans-Peter Furrer, former Director General of the Political Affairs of the Council of Europe and Ms. Claude Veron-Reville, Desk Officer for the Relations with the Belarus and Policy Officer for Justice, Freedom, and Security, European Commission’s External Relations Director General - Brussels.

Campbell speaks at Chicago Public Library

June 10, 2008

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Chicago, USA. In the past decade, climate change has come to be recognized globally as one of the most serious challenges facing our planet.  In her speech "The Social Dimensions of Climate Change,” Ms. Campbell discusses the impact of the physical changes of global warming on human societies.  She addresses the security risks to developed countries as well as the implications of what she calls "the trifecta of disadvantage" where countries most at risk from global warming are also among the world's poorest economies and weakest states.  As a member of the Global Leadership for Climate Action (GLCA), a task force of world leaders committed to addressing climate change through international negotiations, Ms. Campbell is very engaged in this issue.  GLCA, a collaboration between the UN Foundation and the Club of Madrid, has given Ms. Campbell access to the most up to date scientific information as well as the latest developments in the UNFCCC negotiations that are driving toward a global response in order to go beyond the Kyoto Protocol.  Ms. Campbell helps explain the effects of climate change on people, and offers insight into the actions that will be necessary in order to save cultures, lifestyles and lives.

Visit the Chicago Matters Program or the Chicago Public Library to learn more about their programs.

University of Alberta Prime Ministers Conversation Series

May 5, 2008

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Edmonton, Canada. Kim Campbell was featured on May 5, 2008 in the Prime Ministers Conversation Series at the University of Alberta.  The Office of the President of the university produced the series as the marquee event of their Centenary Celebration in 2008. The series featured Canada’s six former prime ministers engaged in an intimate conversation with well-known facilitator The Honourable Jim Edwards, PC. The broadly defined theme of the conversation series was “Advancing Canada—Changing the World.” The series was co-hosted by The Right Honourable Don Mazankowski, PC, OC, AOE; and The Honourable Anne McLellan, PC.

The University of Alberta intended the series as a gift to the Canadian public in honor of the University's Centenary. Visit the Prime Minister’s Conversation Series to learn more about the university and the series, and WATCH FULL EPISODES on the CBC website.


International Symposium on Public Health Security: China and the World

April 3, 2008

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Beijing, China. On April 3, 2008 former Prime Minister Campbell addressed the International Symposium on Public Health Security symposium in Beijing. The symposium was co-organized by the Michael Eric Bosman Hotung Foundation and the China Institute for International Strategic Studies. The two-day event was titled "Public Health Security - China and the World." 

The symposium welcomed Ms. Campbell along with other noted speakers on public health, including General Xiong Guangkai - the Chairman of the CIISS; Mr. Hotung, Chairman and Ms. Katie Chan, Vice Chairman of the Foundation; H. E. Mr. Chen Zhu, China's Minister of Health; Mr. Victor Zavarzin, The Chief of The State Duma Defense Committee of Russia; H. E. Mr. Takeju Ogata, President of The Nippon Foundation, Japan. Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of World Health Organization (WHO) who was in Geneva, delivered a video speech.
Visit the Michael Eric Bosman Hotung Foundation to learn more. 

Kim Campbell featured at World Bank’s Climate Change Workshop

March 5, 2008

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Washington, DC, USA. The issue of climate change has thrust itself into the forefront of global debate. However, while the natural science of climate change is increasingly certain on what will happen to earth’s climate, the debate on the likely social consequences of climate change for human society is still in its infancy.  

With this challenge in mind, the Social Development Department of the World Bank hosted a workshop on March 5-6, 2008 in order to build a greater understanding of the social implications of climate change. The technical workshop considered how climate change is likely to affect issues of Conflict, Migration, Urban Space, Rural Institutions, Drylands, Social Policy, Indigenous Peoples and Gender and addressed the following questions: 

  • How will people’s lives and livelihoods change as a result of climate change?
  • What are the likely consequences for different groups of people within society, for example, indigenous peoples or fishing communities? 
  • For those already confronting war, crime, hunger, disease or insecure livelihoods, how will they manage additional threats stemming from climate change? 
  • Will insecurity worsen and for whom?
  • What policies should be put in place to help people cope?

For further details on the workshop sessions, visit: http://www.worldbank.org/socialdevelopment

Campbell Co-chairs Breakthrough Summit

February 15, 2008

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 Washington, DC, USA. On April 13 and 14, 2008, former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell joined Madeleine Albright and other world leaders in a forum on alleviating global poverty.  Breakthrough: The Women, Faith and Development Summit to End Global Poverty served as a forum for international leaders from faith communities, governments, donors and NGOs to convene and announce new commitments to engender global poverty alleviation efforts. The Summit also served as a launching platform for the Women, Faith and Development Alliance's multi-year advocacy and action campaign for increasing investments in women's and girls' empowerment worldwide. This landmark event provided a unique opportunity for the women, faith and development communities to put their collective weight behind common cause.

Envisioned as a landmark event, the Summit featured world faith, development, political, and corporate leaders, as well individuals and representatives from local, national and international organizations.
To learn more about the Alliance visit this website.