Recent Appearances

FEG & Financial Times Event in New York

December 8, 2009

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New York, USA. Right Honourable Kim Campbell, who chairs the [Ukrainian] Foundation for Effective Governance International Advisory Board moderated sessions at the "Ukraine: Opportunities and Challenges" event. The Financial Times (FT), in partnership with FEG, gathered senior public and private sector decision-makers of the USA and Ukraine for a half-day strategic conference on Ukraine’s economic outlook, its evolving business environment, the key investment opportunities, and the challenges that need to be overcome for those opportunities to be realized.

Chaired by Chrystia Freeland, the FT’s U.S. Managing Editor, the high-level conference  featured a keynote address by William Taylor, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine and other participants included leading experts on Ukraine, including Ralph Judah, Senior Partner, Monitor Group; Elena Kuznetsova, Senior Manager, McKinsey & Company.

Campbell Lectures on Leadership During Economic Crisis

December 3, 2009

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Belgrade, Serbia. Kim Campbell delivered a lecture on the topic “Right and Wrong Lessons from the Economic Crisis” on behalf of the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence.

This lecture was a part of a series of debates about policy issues determining international relations on a global level, and was held for a selected audience of MPs and high government officials, party officials and young political leaders, academia, experts and researchers on international affairs, media representatives, BFPE alumni, members of the Core Diplomatique and representatives of international organizations accredited in Serbia.

An abstract of Ms. Campbell’s lecture:

The global economic meltdown triggered by the subprime mortgage crisis that brought down major American banks has been a source of disillusionment to many. In countries that are still undergoing post-communist political and economic transitions, it is easy to draw the wrong conclusions about the role of the market and the value of democracy and to succumb to populist appeals for a more centralized economy and government. That would be unfortunate. There are important political and economic lessons to be learned from the events of the past year and all countries (including the US) need to learn them.

Club de Madrid Annual Conference

November 13, 2009

Madrid, Spain. Club de Madrid's Annual Conference 2009, "The Political Dimensions of the World Economic Crisis," was held in Madrid on 12-13 November 2009. Former Prime Minister Campbell, a founding member of the organization, was a discussant in a session focusing on "The Citizen, the State and the Market."  Other participants in that session included...

-Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament
-Yun Han Chu, Research Fellow, Institute of Political Science, Academia Sinica
-Olusegun Obasanjo, Former President of Nigeria. Member of the Club of Madrid

...and the session was moderated by Peter Eigen, Former Chairman and Founder of Transparency International.

To learn more about the conference visit the Club de Madrid website and/or download the Final Declaration of the conference below.

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Campbell chairs GSI's 10th Anniversary Event

November 1, 2009

Photo courtesy of GSI & Micheal Collopy

Napa Valley, CA, USA  Kim Campbell chaired a public forum titled, "At the Tipping Point: Nuclear Challenges and Opportunities Facing our Global Community."  The event was part of the celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Global Security Institute, of which Ms. Campbell is a member of the Board of Advisors.  The forum also featured Ambassador Thomas Graham Jr., America's most experienced arms control negotiator, and Jonathan Granoff, President of GSI, and was followed by a concert by Bob Weir, founding member of the Grateful Dead, and special guest, Lili Haydn.

Intelligence Squared Debate features Kim Campbell

October 29, 2009

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London, UK.  Kim Campbell participated in one of the Intelligence Squared debates.  Ms. Campbell took the role of one of the speakers against the motion: "Free-market capitalism is so 20th century."  The lively debate took place at the Royal Geographical Society in front of a sold-out crowd on October 29th, 2009.  Other speakers included Ian Bremmer, Paul Mason, Jean Pisani-Ferry, Vince Cable MP, Stephen King and the debate was chaired by Rory Bremner.

Intelligence Squared debates aim to raise the level of public discourse on challenging issues and provide a forum for intelligent discussion, grounded in facts and informed by reasoned analysis.  They also engage the live audience as active participants who ask questions and decide which speakers have carried the day by voting on the motions both before and after the debate.

Here Ms. Campbell is pictured with one another of the speakers against the motion, Stephen King, Chief Economist at HSBC Group plc.

Watch Kim Campbell's participation by clicking here and then clicking on the photo of her.

Campbell in Moscow for Conference

October 22, 2009

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Moscow, Russia.  Former Prime Minister Campbell delivered the closing speech for the conference “Ukraine: Opportunities and Challenges,” which was organized by the Foundation for Effective Governance in cooperation with Russian daily newspaper Vedomosti. The purpose of the conference was to inform the stakeholders in Russia and Ukraine about the agenda of forthcoming Ukrainian economic reforms. The meeting also provided political and business circles of the two countries with a platform for a constructive discussion during which they could clarify their positions and vision, exchange experience, explore different strategies for overcoming the crisis and develop mutually beneficial ways of economic cooperation.

For more information, see the conference follow up document.

Campbell Chairs Leadership Workshop in Ethiopia

October 9, 2009

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Kim Campbell and Mary Robinson co-chaired the Regional Workshop on Women’s Leadership for Peace and Security in the Greater Horn of Africa on Oct 6-9, 2009.  This, the inaugural meeting of a 3-year initiative, was organised with the UN Economic Commission for Africa and the African Union Commission and the Club de Madrid partners (Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa, Isis-WICCE and the Institute for Security Studies).

This initiative was launched thanks to the support of the Governments of Norway and Germany and takes a strategic approach to harnessing the differences of female leadership at national, personal, professional and cultural levels –tapping a rich melting pot of ideas and activity across multiple skill sets and areas of expertise for transforming conflict.

Workshop activities included intensive training, thematic group work and high-level roundtable discussion to produce specific policy and action recommendations aimed at increasing the presence and impact of women in decision-making and peace processes in the Horn of Africa.

Visit the Club de Madrid's page about the project or download a document below that explains more.

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Women and Peacebuilding at Dalai Lama Peace Summit

September 29, 2009

Vancouver, Canada. As part of the Dalai Lama Peace Summit the Right Honourable Kim Campbell shared the stage with His Holiness the Dalai Lama along with Ela Bhatt, Peter Buffett, Swanee Hunt, Fazle Hasan Abed, and Jody Williams in a session moderated by Susan Davis.  The event was titled Women and Peacebuilding and took place at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver, Canada on September 29th, 2009.  Participants discussed how they became inspired to work on behalf of the advancement of women and Ms. Campbell explained that it was a "gift" that her mother and grandmother were "quite remarkable, even eccentric [for their time] role models" for her.  Ms. Campbell's mother served in the Women's Royal Navy Service as a signals operator during WWII and her grandmother had returned to the teaching profession after the age of 60, each defying social norms and teaching her at a young age that it was fine to dare to be ambitious. 

Click here to see the video of the Women & Peacebuilding Panel.  

Click here to see a blog entry that looks back at the panel and includes some video highlights.

Visit the Dalai Lama Center for Peace & Education to learn more about the summit.

Council of Europe Summer University Presentation

July 6, 2009

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Strasbourg, France.  Former Prime Minister Campbell was a featured presenter at the Council of Europe's Summer University on July 6, 2009, her third appearance there.  The Summer University is the annual highlight of the Council of Europe schools of political studies, which aim to train the next generation of political, economic, social and cultural leaders in transition countries.  Ms. Campbell was asked to speak along with Mr. Rainer Steckhan, Chairman of the Administrative Council, Council of Europe Development Bank.  Their session focused on the consequences of the crisis of the international financial system on the functioning of democratic political systems and was chaired by M. Bernard Boucault, Director of the National School of Administration - Strasbourg.

Visit the Council of Europe School of Politics website to learn more.

Campbell Presents at G8 Presidency Conference

June 22, 2009

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Rome, Italy. Former Prime Minister Campbell addressed the G8 and Beyond: the Economics and Politics of a Global Century on June 21-22.  As part of the Italian Presidency of the G8, the Italian Foreign Ministry convened the conference in order to stimulate innovative ideas and approaches for their term.  The conference was organized in cooperation with Brookings Institution, Aspen Italy, Club de Madrid, Link Campus University, Sage, and Centro di Eccellenza Jean Monnet – Fondazione Economia Tor Vergata. 

Former Prime Minister Campbell was asked to participate by speaking on the subject of The Challenges and the Opportunities of the Global Political System. The premise for the session was: If traditional powers seek sustainable solutions on issues from conflict to climate change and nuclear proliferation, they will need to make room for new powers at the negotiating table. If new powers are not integrated as partners in the shaping of a revitalized international security system, the enterprise has little chance for success. The global financial crisis and the G20 Leaders Summits have underscored the point. A more representative UN Security Council, Group of 8, and International Financial Institutions are critical to make these global institutions more effective.

Questions explored at the conference included:

  • How can the politics of reform and the complexity inherent in an expanded set of governing bodies be managed?
  • Given vastly different priorities across nations and regions, how can common perspectives be forged?
  • As global norms are set on issues such as climate change, nuclear security, countering terrorism and peace building, how should global multilateral bodies play complementary roles?
  • When complex technical issues require specialized mechanisms of governance, how do we create ties among transnational issues like climate change, nuclear security and terrorism that affect one another?
  • How should nongovernmental bodies and the private sector participate in such systems of governance?

The goal of The G8 and Beyond, established at the June 21-22 conference, was to gather a small but diverse group of the world’s leading thinkers, of which Kim Campbell was one, in order to stimulate bold ideas for a global economy and political system that can meet the challenges of governance in the 21st Century. In September there will be a follow up meeting to the conference that will take place at the UN General Assembly meetings in New York City.

Visit the G8 2009 Summit website to learn more about the G8 and see the attachment below to see the final document from the conference made available to the public by the Italian Foreign Ministry.

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Campbell Opens Water Security Conference in China

May 25, 2009

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Beijing, China. Former Prime Minister Campbell addressed the symposium "Water Security: China and the World", which was co-organized by the Michael Eric Bosman Hotung Foundation and the China Institute for International Strategic Studies. The two-day symposium was the latest in a series of international seminars on non-traditional security issues. In 2006, 2007 and 2008 CIISS and MHF convened international seminars on issues of energy, information and public health security. This year, their focus was on water security, an area that has aroused heightened strategic concern. The symposium aimed to bring together leading experts from China and abroad to help channel specialist views, enhance strategic understanding, and contribute to international cooperation in addressing related issues. Specifically, the symposium discussed three major subjects: 1) the water security situation and its impact, 2) water security strategy, and 3) international cooperation on water security.

Officiating at the symposium were General Xiong Guangkai - the Chairman of the CIISS; Mr. Hotung, Chairman of the Eric Bosman Hotung Foundation and Ms. Katie Chan, Vice Chairman of the Foundation.

Click here for more information about the Michael Eric Bosman Hotung Foundation.

AWF PEAK Awards Feature Kim Campbell

May 14, 2009

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Vancouver, Canada. Kim Campbell spoke at the Association of Women in Finance PEAK Awards on May 14, 2009. AWF is a non-profit in Vancouver, BC Canada that develops and supports a community of professional women in the field of finance by encouraging women to enter the field of finance through scholarship programs & mentoring for the professional advancement of women at all stages of their careers. Members are executives, CEOs, financiers, lawyers, accountants, actuaries, venture capitalists, insurers, controllers and entrepreneurs and are employed in both industry and public practice in a wide range of industries and company sizes. This year the AWF and Vancity presented the 12th Annual PEAK Awards to recognize and celebrate women for achieving excellence in their work, community and lives. Their gala and fundraising dinner funds scholarships and mentoring programs and helps promote local businesses through a silent auction. The theme of the evening was, “There’s No Place Like Home” and attendees sported red shoes in keeping with the theme. All proceeds supported the PEAK Scholarship Fund.

Kim Campbell was a featured guest and spoke of the importance of the financial industry, public service and community. Afterward, attendees were buzzing about Campbell’s speech and commented, “I didn’t realize Kim Campbell was such a good speaker, clearly passionate about the advancement of women and her arguments had me thinking all the way home.” and “She was amazing, inspiring and provocative."
After the event Raewyn Brewer the [AWF PEAK Director] said, "Kim Campbell is one of the most brilliant, engaging and passionate speakers in Canadian political history.  She is relevant, understands local, national and global community and speaks to current issues with historical knowledge.  Our 350 guests at the 2009 Association of Women in Finance PEAK Awards left our gala and fundraising dinner having learned, laughed and listened with joy and ease."

Equal Voice Honors Campbell with the EVE Award

April 30, 2009

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Toronto, Canada. On April 30, 2009, Equal Voice honored Kim Campbell with the EVE Award in recognition of her achievements in political life.  Equal Voice is a national non-profit comprised of women and men who are deeply concerned about Canadian politics and have formed a multi-partisan, non-profit organization devoted to the still-bold idea that more women must be elected to every level of government in Canada. Their mission is to promote the election of more women to all levels of government and, ultimately, change the face of Canadian politics.

“Kim Campbell has achieved what no other woman has in politics in this country," said Donna Dasko, Equal Voice National Chair. “We want to honor her achievements, to hear her words of wisdom and to introduce her to a new generation of young women who will be the future Prime Ministers of Canada."
The Eve Award is awarded by Equal Voice to recognize significant achievements by women in political life and efforts to promote women in politics in Canada. Previous Eve Award recipients include Member of Parliament Carolyn Bennett, former Member of Parliament and federal cabinet minister Flora MacDonald, Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion, and former Ontario cabinet minister Frances Lankin. 
VISIT Equal Voice to learn more about the important work they do and WATCH Ms. Campbell's speech on the Canadian Club of Toronto WEBCAST.

Campbell Participates in Governance Debate

April 15, 2009

Kiev, Ukraine. As Chair of the International Advisory Board of the Foundation for Effective Governance  (FEG), Former Prime Minister of Canada Kim Campbell was recently invited to deliver an argument for one in a series of debates on important topics such as shadow economy, administrative reform and taxation in the Ukraine. 

“The goal of the debates is to arrange an informative and efficient conversation on those issues of Ukraine’s economy development on which we don’t have a clear and simple answer. At the same time the debates are important both for the present and the future of Ukraine,” stated the Director of the FEG, Natalia Izosimova. “However, for us the process of discussion is as important as the content. We are trying to ensure that arguments in favor of opposing opinions can be expressed in a constructive manner, and that the opposing opinions can be heard." 

On Wednesday, April 15, 2009, Kim Campbell participated in the debate focused on economic reform during times of economic crisis.  Ms. Campbell argued that there were many risks associated with implementing reforms under the crisis circumstances.  The debates are televised on Ukrainian television, and the UK’s Intelligence Squared partnered with FEG to stage the debates in the Oxford Union style. 

The debates are important both for the present and the future of Ukraine." Natalia Izosimova, FEG Director, April 15, 2009

Nick Pisani of Intelligence Squared, who believes that the televised forum medium encourages public buy-in, said that these debates allow, “present, and, most importantly, future generations of decision-makers think and act in a different way."

Visit the FEG Youtube Channel to see a video clip of Ms. Campbell's participation in the debate.

Campbell Delivers Keynote on Governance in the Globalized World

March 31, 2009

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Brussels, Belgium. On Tuesday, March 31, 2009, Former Prime Minister Campbell delivered the speech “Does National Governance Matter? The Role and Relevance of the State in a Globalized World” at the Bertelsmann Foundation’s presentation of the first edition of their "Sustainable Governance Indicators" (SGI). Their foundation developed the SGI as an OECD complementary to the Bertelsmann Transformation Index focusing on the reform requirements and capabilities of consolidated democracies. 

The Sustainable Governance Indicators (SGI) analyzes and compares the need for reform in OECD member countries, as well as their ability to respond to current social and political challenges. The project is designed to create a comprehensive data pool on government-related activities in the world's developed, free-market democracies. In addition, it uses international comparisons to provide evidence-based input for reform-related public discourse taking place in these countries. 

For more information, visit the Bertelsmann Stiftung [Foundation] and the SGI website.

Canada’s Next Great Prime Minister

March 18, 2009

Photo Courtesy of Paul Couvrette. Former Canadian Prime Ministers Brian Mulroney, Kim Campbell, Paul Martin, and Joe Clark

Canada's Next Great Prime Minister is the competition of a lifetime.  Young Canadians have the ears and eyes of the nation listening to their thoughts about what would make Canada even better.  It started as a written essay contest in 1995 by Magna International Inc. and has become a nationally televised program on CBC Television and the largest online political debate in Canada.

The competition begins online. Young Canadians aged 18-25 are invited to apply for the show and campaign to be a finalist. Through debate and challenges, the candidates are narrowed down to four who appear on CBC Television, where they engage in a heated debate on the issues facing Canada today. The audience votes and the winner receives $50,000 and a paid internship at Magna International, The Dominion Institute and the Canada-US Fulbright program. Second, third and fourth place winners also receive cash and internship prizes.
The show airs once a year on CBC Television and Ms. Campbell has been honored to serve as a judge each year since it began in 2006.
To learn more about the show visit Canada’s Next Great Prime Minister and click here to see the full episode.

Kim Campbell Speaks on Diversity and Interculturality

March 17, 2009

Photo courtesy of Valerio Merino.

Cordoba, Spain. On March 17th Former Prime Minister Campbell addressed the “International Forum on Diversity and Interculturality” on behalf of the Club de Madrid. The forum took place March 17-19, 2009 in Córdoba, Spain and featured contributions from internationally recognized experts in political, scientific, diplomatic and economic fields, who were known for their commitment to the principles and values of intercultural dialogue. 

In her keynote speech addressing the session, “Interculturality, Diversity and Politics in the Face of a World in Crisis,” Campbell spoke about leaders needing to have integrity and character in order to avoid looking for easy ways out of a crisis. According to Campbell, “[Leaders] must use their power to keep their citizens united in order to face a challenge,” And "a good leader is someone who can mobilize people to do things they will never be ashamed of." 

"It is in times of crisis when true political leaders flourish.”-- Kim Campbell 3/17/09

As part of an initiative to provide a permanent space for reflection and exchange of experiences on the definition of strategies and policies appropriate to the new intercultural and mainstreaming needs, the Cordoba City Council is in the process of promoting a program entitled “Córdoba Intercultural.”  This social and civil initiative is aimed at recovering the historical role of their city in fostering dialogue between cultures and peoples.
The initial phase of the program was concluded with the First International Forum on Diversity and Interculturality, and it was held under the auspices of the European Union, the Spanish Ministry of Culture and the Spanish National Plan for the Alliance of Civilizations.
Visit "Córdoba Intercultural" to learn more about the program and see the Club de Madrid press briefing (Spanish Only) for press coverage of the forum.
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Conference on EU Policies on Democracy Support

March 9, 2009

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Prague, Czech Republic. Former Prime Minister Campbell delivered a keynote address at this conference,  which focused on issues of democratic transition on March 9 and 10, in the Czech Republic. The conference brought over one hundred democracy experts from EU institutions, Member States and non-governmental organizations to Prague.

The conference was organized in collaboration with the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD), a European platform of organizations active in democracy assistance and the Czech Association for Democracy Assistance and Human Rights (DEMAS).
Democracy promotion is among the EU’s and the Czech Republic’s foreign policy priorities and therefore the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs invited experts from the EU Member States and institutions like the European Commission, the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU and the European Parliament to discuss how the individual policies and programs can be made more effective. The conference was also attended by representatives of European non-governmental organizations who presented their recommendations on democracy assistance. The receiver countries were also represented in the panels by NGOs from countries such as Russia, Armenia, Zimbabwe and Lebanon.
Click here for more information on the conference.


In Conversation with Kim Campbell in London

March 1, 2009

Photo courtesy of UBC Alumni Assoc.

London, UK. The Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell, University of British Columbia Alumni BA'69, LLB'83, LLD'00, spoke with BBC World News reporter, Ayesha Bhatty, MJ'05, on March 1, 2009. The conversation, held at the Canada House, focused on women and leadership. 

To listen to the podcast on itunes, visit the UBC Alumni website.


Foundation for Effective Governance Breakfast - Washington, DC

February 24, 2009

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Washington, DC, USA. Kim Campbell, Chair of the International Advisory Board of the Foundation for Effective Governance (FEG) spoke at a breakfast forum on February 24, 2009. The event was convened by the FEG and the congressional newspaper, The Hill. Other speakers included Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) as well as Paula Dobrianski, former undersecretary of State for global affairs in the Bush administration. The focus of the forum was “Building a Strong Economy for the Real Ukraine.”