The InterAction Council was established in 1983 as an independent international organization to mobilize the experience, energy and international contacts of a group of statesmen who have held the highest office in their own countries. Council members jointly develop recommendations and practical solutions for the political, economic and social problems confronting humanity.

The Council is unique in bringing together on a regular basis, and in an informal setting, more than thirty former heads of state or government. Serving in their individual capacities, the Council aims at fostering international co-operation and action in three priority areas:

  • Peace and security
  • World economic revitalization
  • Universal ethical standards

The InterAction Council selects specific issues and develops proposals for action from these areas and communicates these proposals directly to government leaders, other national decision-makers, heads of international organizations and influential individuals around the world.

Over the years, the Council has received support from many governments both from industrialized and developing countries and from foundations, corporations and individuals. 

Our People


Former Heads of State and Government

Associate Members

Distinguished individuals who have offered long-term, singular and/or special service to the Council.

Executive Committee

Senior members of the Council set the agenda.


Renowned experts help guide the Council's work.

In Memoriam

The Council owes its success to the great men and women who have guided it since its founding.



I. OUTREACH Over the years, the members of the InterAction Council have presented their joint proposals to Government leaders, decision-makers and opinion-leaders worldwide. This establishes regular channels of communication with

Comments from world leaders

"I believe the paragraphs distilled over the last few years by the distinguished members of the InterAction Council under the Honorary Chairmanship of Helmut Schmidt are of the utmost significance