Around 20 former world leaders will arrive at the Celtic Manor Resort next
week for a meeting to discuss a range of global issues, less
than a year after the NATO Summit was held at the same venue (pictured above).
Manor will host the 32nd Annual Plenary meeting from June 2-5 of
the InterAction Council, an independent international organisation established
in 1983 to mobilise the experience, energy and international contacts of a
group of statesmen who have held the highest office in their own countries.
meeting in Newport will see dignitaries including former Prime Minister of
Canada Jean Chrétien, former Chancellor of Austria Franz Vranitzky and former
Prime Minister of Ireland Bertie Ahern tackle issues facing the world today
such as the economy, the Middle East, global health emergencies like Ebola and
the situation in Russia and Ukraine.
Council Co-Chair Jean Chrétien said:
InterAction Council’s 32-year history we have met in cities around the world,
and yet this will be our first time meeting in the United Kingdom. One of our
Founding members, James Callaghan, represented Cardiff during his time in
office, and now his daughter, Margaret Jay, will give the keynote speech to our
group in Wales. We look forward to our time in Wales, where we will examine
some of the important issues facing Europe and the world.
Manor Resort Chief Executive Ian Edwards said:
We look forward to
welcoming the InterAction Council to the Celtic Manor Resort for its annual
plenary meeting. Following last year's successful staging of the NATO Summit,
we are delighted to act as the host venue for another prestigious gathering of
world leaders. This is another high-profile international event for Celtic
Manor and for Wales.
The opening ceremony on Wednesday morning will feature a “Future
Forum: Inspiring the Leaders of Tomorrow” session organised by youth
organisation Full Circle with support from Rogerstone Community Council and
Forum will give 100 young people from schools across south-east Wales the
opportunity to question the leaders, before taking part in Mock Councils
debating the issues of the main meeting. The students will be encouraged
to create their own solutions to pressing world issues, before considering how
they could solve problems in their own communities.
opening ceremony will also see Bassaleg School choir perform before a keynote
speech on the “Present State of the World” from Former Leader of the House of
Lords, Rt. Hon. the Baroness Margaret Jay of Paddington.
will have an opportunity to visit the Roman Fortress, Roman Baths Museum and
National Roman Legion Museum in nearby Caerleon, as well as to dine at Cardiff
Castle in a dinner hosted by the Welsh Government.
members will develop proposals for action from the key areas of discussion and
communicate these proposals directly to government leaders, other national
decision-makers, heads of international organisations and influential
individuals around the world.