InterAction Council of Former Heads of State and Government

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The InterAction Council of Former Heads of State and Government is an independent international organization designed to bring together former world leaders to mobilize their energy, experience and international contacts in an effort to develop recommendations and foster co-operation and positive action around the world.

Founded in 1983, this body meets on annually and is composed of more than 30 former world leaders. The organization and its members jointly develop recommendations on, and practical solutions for, the political, economic and social problems confronting humanity. These efforts are focused on three main priority areas: peace and security, world economic revitalization and universal ethical standards.

One of its most well-known initiatives was the development of a Universal Declaration of Human Responsibilities, which was an attempt to develop a set of responsibilities that were shared by all individuals to counterbalance the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This new "Global Ethic" would provide a foundation of freedom, justice and peace in order for Universal Rights to be meaningful. These agreed values and standards complements Universal Rights, as the maximization of personal freedom at the expense of others, without consideration of others, is as problematic as having no rights at all.

The Council's 29th Annual Plenary Meeting was held in Quebec City, Canada from 29 to 31 May 2011.


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Young Leadership Forum[edit]

The InterAction Council launched the Helmut Schmidt Young Leadership Forum on the occasion of the 26th Annual Meeting, held in Stockholm, Sweden. 20 young people from all over the world were invited to learn from and interact with former world leaders to build the leadership capacities of the young people chosen. The young leadership forum participants held their own seminars after the annual meeting, presenting papers on the themes of the annual meeting.

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