Recent Appearances

UBC In Conversation with Kim Campbell

December 30, 2010

Photo by Martin Dee

Vancouver, BC, Canada. The Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell, University of British Columbia Alumni BA'69, LLB'83, LLD'00, spoke with CBC Journalist and Adjunct Professor Kathryn Gretsinger.  Campbell spoke candidly about topics ranging from Women in Politics to the recent WikiLeaks scandal in which more than 250,000 US diplomatic cables were "dumped" into the public domain. 

FEG - What is Freedom of Speech?

December 2, 2010

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Kyiv, Ukraine.  The Foundation for Effective Governance convened a conference to examine the question of "What is Freedom of Speech?".  Kim Campbell, Chair of the International Advisory Board of FEG, moderated the discussion and participants included:

  • Ann Cahill - Vice President of the International Press Association
  • Cesar Gaviria Trujillo - Former President of Colombia
  • Joe Lockhart - former White House Press Secretary [Clinton Administration]
  • Anar Mamedkhanov - founder of Day.az portal and member of the Azerbaijan Parliament
  • Vladimir Posner - Russian journalist
  • Maciej Stasiski - Polish journalist and former editor-in-chief of Gazeta Wyborcza

What is meant by Freedom of speech, what limitations should apply to it and who should decide what those limitations are? Ukraine is yet to answer those questions for itself and decide where it fits. Therefore, in order to initiate a discussion about Freedom of Speech in Ukraine and the responsibilities of the law, the media, the state and politicians to it, FEG brought together a small group of distinguished speakers from countries with different traditions regarding the issue.

Visit the FEG website to learn more about the conference.

University of Alberta honors Campbell

November 18, 2010

Edmonton, Canada. The University of Alberta's Fall Convocation Ceremony featured a speech by Canada's first female prime minister.  In her address, Campbell explained several challenges to democracy, while extoling the virtues of Canada's system of goverment.  Referencing her work on the subject, Campbell gave examples of countries such as Armenia and Ukraine that are striving to enact reforms in order to improve their democracies.  She also warned against apathy, which can threaten mature democracies as well.  “The world needs you. Canada needs you. Canada needs your insight. Canada needs your input into democracy,” she said. “It doesn’t mean that you have to run as a candidate. It doesn’t mean that you have to go and work in the public service. But, at the very least, it means engaged citizenship.”  Campbell was also awarded an honorary degree as well.

To watch a video of the entire speech visit University of Alberta's website.

Yerevan School of Politics

October 20, 2010

Photo courtesy of YSPS

Yerevan, Armenia.  Kim Campbell visited the students of the Yerevan School of Political Studies and delivered a lecture titled "Challenges Facing Political Leaders of the 21st Century."  The Yerevan School of Political Studies was officially opened under the auspices of the Council of Europe on 29 June 2005. The aim of the School consists in helping the younger generation of Armenian politicians to broaden their outlook and to promote democratic culture in Armenia. Preparing an experienced, well-trained political stratum ready to build a new democratic state and overcoming past political regimes are main objectives of the Schools of Political Studies. YSPS is a project realizing practical political education and training.

Former Prime Minister Campbell said of her visit, "It has been a great pleasure to meet and speak with the young men and women who will be so important in creating Armenia's future."

Forum for the Future of Democracy

October 19, 2010

Photo courtesy of Pavol Demes

Yerevan, Armenia.  The Council of Europe called upon Former Prime Minister Campbell to speak at their 6th Session of the Forum for the Future of Democracy held on Oct 19 - 21st, 2010.  The forum was titled, "Perspectives 2020: Democracy in Europe - Principles and Challenges."  Ms. Campbell presented during the panel titled “The main trends in, and threats to, democratic governance” during the opening plenary session.  During her intervention, Ms. Campbell stated, "Too often, governments have operated in a vacuum, believing they could come up with some magic formula to which they have an elusive patent. In a democracy, government isn't something that a small group of people do to everybody else, it's not even something they do for everybody else, it should be something they do with everybody else."

Closing the Gender Gap Conference at Harvard

October 15, 2010

Cambridge, MA.  The Council of Women World Leaders, of which Frmr PM Campbell is a member, partnered with the Harvard Kennedy School and others to convene a conference titled Closing the Gender Gap: The Business Case for Organizations, Politics, and Society at Harvard on October 15-16, 2010.  Ms. Campbell spoke during the session on "Political Power and its Benefits." 

In order to explore the economic value of gender diversity in organizations, politics and society, the Women and Public Policy Program of Harvard Kennedy School, in collaboration with the Council of Women World Leaders and their knowledge partner, the World Economic Forum, hosted the two-day conference.  It brought together a select group of leaders from the academic, private, governmental, and non-profit sectors to explore the economic value of gender diversity in organizations, politics and society. 

Click here to visit the live blog of the conference.

ICSR Atkins Conference - Palestine in Prospect

October 8, 2010

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London, UK. The International Center for the Study of Radicalization [Campbell is a founding Trustee] hosted the Second Annual Atkin Conference at King’s College London. Over 200 participants attended the event, entitled Palestine in Prospect: Israeli Security, Palestinian Sovereignty, and the Practicalities of Peace, including leading policymakers, academics and experts on the Middle East. 

The aim of the conference was to explore the practical realities behind the establishment of a Palestinian state and to expand upon the themes raised by the research of their Atkin Fellows.  Frmr PM Campbell chaired the Young Leaders' Blueprint session as well as the closing session during which Professor Manuel Hassassian, Ambassador of the Palestinian people to the UK, made remarks.

Check out the live blogs from the First Morning Panel and the Second Morning Panel to learn more.

Dnepropetrovsk Region Economic Competitiveness Project

October 6, 2010

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Dnepropetrovsk, Ukriane. Former Prime Minister Campbell participated in the event convened to mark the signing of the agreement between the Foundation for Effective Governance [Campbell is chair of the Intl Advisory Board], the Dnepropetrovsk Regional State Administration and the Monitor Group.  The agreement is the beginning of the Dnepropetrovsk Region Economic Competitiveness Project.

“Resources of Dnepropetrovsk Region, and what is more important, the readiness and ability of local authorities to work with us, make us confident of the project success”, - stated Frmr PM Kim Campbell.

Click here to read (the English translation of) an article on the event.

FEG - FT Ukraine: Reforms, Competitiveness, Investments conference

September 28, 2010

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Kiev, Ukraine. The Financial Times, in partnership with the Ukrainian Foundation for Effective Governance, convened the Ukraine: Reforms, Competitiveness, Investments conference.  The event gathered senior public and private sector decision-makers for a half-day strategic conference.  Discussions were focused on the current economic outlook of Ukraine, the Ukrainian government's progress in realizing economic reforms, and unrivalled insight into investment opportunities in the country.

Chaired by Neil Buckley, Eastern Europe Editor, Financial Times, this high-level forum featured contributions from many leading experts on the country, prominent representatives of Ukrainian government, members of Ukrainian and international organizations, as well as public and private sector executives.

Featured topics included:

* Economic reforms to improve Ukraine's business climate
* New investment opportunities in key industries
* The investment attractiveness of Ukraine's regions

Former Prime Minister Campbell, Chair of the International Advisory Board of the Foundation for Effective Governance, wrapped up the conference by presenting closing remarks.

Economist Emerging Market Summit

September 15, 2010

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London, UK. Former Prime Minister Campbell spoke at the Emerging Markets Summit: The New Reality, which took place on September 15th - 16th 2010 at The Grand Connaught Rooms in London.  Ms. Campbell spoke during the New Markets: EIU Eastern European Briefing, "Steppe right up."  Ms. Campbell was able to draw on her experience in the region as Chair of the International Advisory Board of the Foundation for Effective Governance in Kiev, Ukraine.

The Summit provided an unrivalled opportunity for business leaders to gain authoritative analysis into the current climate for operating in high-growth markets, looking at nascent trade opportunities, evolving consumer behaviour and the competitive strategies of emerging multinationals.

Click here to go to the Economist website to view videos of some of the speakers and visit the Economist Conferences to learn more about upcoming events such as the Inside Ukraine: Understanding Investment Risks and Opportunities conference on December 7th, 2010.

Dnepropetrovsk Region Economic Competitiveness

July 6, 2010

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Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine.  Former Prime Minister Campbell participated an event to announce a regional project by the Foundation for Effective Governance.  FEG also used the event as a chance to present its Competitiveness report.

During the roundtable "Raising Dnepropetrovsk Region Economic Competitiveness", Ms Campbell, Chair of the Foundation’s International Advisory Board, presented the criteria applied to select Dnepropetrovsk Oblast for the regional economic development project.

Jakarta: Canadian Embassy Event on Democratic Development

April 15, 2010

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Jakarta, Indonesia. Right Honourable Kim Campbell was the host/featured speaker at a discussion on democratic development at the Canadian Embassy in Jakarta on April 15th, 2010.  During the discussion Ms. Campbell provided examples of democratic issues and challenges facing other countries around the world, including Canada, which are relevant to the situation in Indonesia. The participants, who represented a wide range of well-known Indonesian civil society and academic institutions, passionately shared their views and opinions on the state of democracy in Indonesia. As a result of the discussion, fresh ideas emerged on ways to overcome challenges and to ensure the continuation of democratic development in Indonesia.

Ms. Campbell was in Jakarta to attend the 6th Assembly of the World Movement for Democracy. She is currently Chair of the Steering Committee of World Movement for Democracy and is involved in a wide range of other international organizations.

6th World Movement for Democracy Assembly

April 12, 2010

Jakarta, Indonesia.  Frmr PM Campbell, Chair of the Steering Committee of the World Movement for Democracy, participated in the organization's 6th World Assembly titled, "Solidarity Across Cultures: Working Together for Democracy."  The assembly took place from April 11-14, 2010 and focused on ways to expand democracy movements within all cultures, ways to develop mutually supporting cross-cultural relationships to advance democracy in all global regions and ways to further the work already begun in previous assemblies.

Watch Frmr PM Campbell's welcoming remarks at the Sixth Assembly here.

 Watch Frmr PM Campbell as she tapes a tv interview in Jakarta.

Quality of Higher Education in Ukraine Debate

March 30, 2010

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Kyiv, Ukraine.  Kim Campbell helped kick off an event to debate the quality of higher education offered in Ukraine's current system.  Campbell chairs the International Advisory Board of the Foundation for Effective Governance, which organized the event with the partnership of British-based Intelligence Squared.  The debate “Ukrainian universities are failing their students” was the seventh in a series of public debates in Ukraine carried out in the Oxford Union style and included participants: Vitaly Butenko, Chief Strategy Officer of DTEK and Sergiy Kvyt, President of the National University “Kyiv Mohyla Academy.”

FEG's director, Natalyia Izosimova, explains, “The goal of 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.”

Learn more by visiting the FEG website's page about the debate.

See Ms. Campbell's video blog about this on BiteSizeChunks.

Campbell Opens NDI Conference

March 23, 2010

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Skopje, Republic of Macedonia.  Former Prime Minister Campbell delivered the opening address of the National Democratic Institute's academic conference

“Representation and Responsibility – Getting the Election System Right” on the advantages and disadvantages of open or closed candidate lists in Macedonia’s electoral system. The conference was aimed at:

  • Generating public discussion on specific reforms of Macedonia’s electoral code; and
  • Engaging political parties, members of parliament (MPs), academia, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and others in a wider debate about the positive and negative aspects of open and closed candidate lists.

In her keynote speech Campbell stated, “The objective is not giving a certain proposal, but making people think in the direction of improving the election system and working on finding the appropriate solution for organising the elections.”

See Ms. Campbell's video blog about her trip on BiteSizeChunks.

See video of Ms. Campbell's speech on the BiteSizeChunks Youtube Channel.

UCLA Anderson hosts Frmr PM Campbell

February 22, 2010

Dean Olian and Frmr PM Campbell

Los Angeles, USA. Judy Olian, dean of the UCLA Anderson School of Management, hosted Canada's first and only female prime minister, the Right Honourable Kim Campbell, for a talk titled "Life After Politics: Going Global." Campbell discussed her ongoing professional journey since stepping down from her position as the 19th prime minister of Canada in 1993.

A global visionary, Campbell has worked to promote democracy and the advancement of women throughout the world and is a founding member of the Club of Madrid, an independent organization of former heads of state and others that aims to strengthen global democracy. She chairs the board of international advisers of the Foundation for Effective Governance and the steering committee of the World Movement for Democracy. 

Additionally, students got the first look at Campbell's new blog, BiteSizeChunks.

Visit the UCLA Anderson School of Management to learn more about the school and how it is PREPARING GLOBAL LEADERS and click here to see the video of the entire event.