30th Annual Plenary Meeting

Opening ceremony

The InterAction Council held its 30th Annual Plenary Meeting in Tianjin, China, from 10 to 12 May 2012.

This year's meeting was comprised of the following sessions:

  • Present State of the World
  • Global Financial Crisis
  • Global Security Imperatives, including Nuclear Disarmament
  • Global Water Crisis


InterAction Council Members

1.     The Rt. Hon. Jean Chrétien, Co-Chairman (former Prime Minister), Canada

2.     H.E. Dr. Franz Vranitzky, Co-Chairman (former Chancellor), Austria

3.     H.E. Mr. Helmut Schmidt, Honorary Chairman (former Chancellor), Germany

4.     H.E. Mr. Malcolm Fraser, Honorary Chairman (former Prime Minister), Australia

5.     H.E. Mr. Andreas van Agt (former Prime Minister), The Netherlands

6.     H.E. Mr. Bertie Ahern (former Prime Minister), Ireland

7.     H.E. Dr. Oscar Arias (former President), Costa Rica

8.     H.E. Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (former Prime Minister), Malaysia

9.     The Rt. Hon. James Bolger (former Prime Minister), New Zealand

10.  H.E. Mr. Ingvar Carlsson (former Prime Minister), Sweden

11.  H.E. Mr. Yasuo Fukuda (former Prime Minister), Japan

12.  H.E. Mr. Goh Chok Tong (former Prime Minister), Singapore

13.  H.E. Dr. Lee Hong-Koo (former Prime Minister), Korea

14.  H.E. Dr. Abdel Salam Majali (former Prime Minister), Jordan

15.  The Rt. Hon. Sir James Mitchell (former Prime Minister), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

16.  H.E. Mr. Benjamin Mkapa (former President), Tanzania

17.  H.E. Mr. Andrés Pastrana (former President), Colombia

18.  H.E. Mr. Jerry Rawlings (former President), Ghana

19.  H.E. Mr. Konstantinos Simitis (former Prime Minister), Greece

20.  The Rt. Hon. Tung Chee Hwa (former Chief Executive), Hong Kong Administration

Associate Members

21.  Mr. Mike Lazaridis, Founder, Research In Motion (Canada)

22.  H.E. Dr. Lee Seung-Yun, former Deputy Prime Minister (Korea)

23.  Mr. Seiken Sugiura, former Minister of Justice (Japan)

Special Guests

24.  H.E. Dr. Abdulrahman H. Al-Saeed, Advisor, The Royal Court (Saudi Arabia)

25.  Mr. Michael Buckley, Foreign Affairs Analyst (Canada)

26.  H.E. Amb. Richard Butler, Distinguished Scholar of International Peace and Security, School of International Affairs, Penn State University (Australia)

27.  Mr. Gholamali Khoshroo, Special Advisor to H.E. Mr. Seyed Mohammad KhātamÄ« (Iran)

28.  Dr. Lawrence Lau, Ralph and Claire Landau Professor of Economics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong, China)

29.  Mr. Liu Changle, Chairman and CEO, Phoenix Satellite Television Holdings, Ltd., (Hong Kong, China)

30.  H.E. Mr. Isamu Miyazaki, Former Minister of Economic Planning (Japan)

31.  Dr. Ahmad Moussalli, Professor of Political Science and Public Administration, American University of Beirut (Lebanon)

32.  Mr. Bob Sandford, IAC Senior Water Advisor, EPCOR Chair of the Canadian Partnership Initiative in support of the United Nations Water for Life Decade (Canada)

33.  H.E. Mr. Tang Jiaxuan, Former State Councillor (China)

34.  Dr. Henry Vaux, Jr., Chair, Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy and Professor Emeritus, University of California (U.S.A.)

35.  Mr. Hiroshi Watanabe, CEO and Executive Managing Director of Japan Bank for International Cooperation (Japan)

36.  Dr. Carmen Zechner, Economist, Financial Industry (Austria)

37.  Mr. Moneef Zou’bi, Director General, Islamic World Academy of Sciences (Jordan)

38.  Dr. Chunmiao Zheng, Chair Professor of Water Resources and Director of the Center for Water Research, Peking University (China)

39.  Mr. Zhu Tan, Former Vice Chairman, Tianjin Political Consultative Conference and Professor of Environmental Science Institute, Nankai University (China) 


40.  Dr. Thomas Axworthy, President and CEO, Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation (Canada)