Caux Conferences 2015: Speeches


Official Opening

On 28 June 2015,  Laurent Wehrli, mayor of Montreux, Anne Lugon-Moulin, ambassador and representative of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, joined Mohan Baghwandas, vice-president of IofC International, and Antoine Jaulmes, president of the CAUX-Initiatives of Change Foundation, to welcome participants and guests to the Official Opening of the Caux Conferences 2015.

The programme of the day included a guided tour of the former Caux-Palace, an overview of IofC’s activities around the world and a presentation of the Caux Programmes and Conferences.

You can now download the president's opening speech as a pdf (in French only).

<< Opening Speech

Trust and Integrity in the Global Economy - 30 June 2015

Ahmet Shala, Kosovo's ambassador to Japan and former Economics and Finance Minister of the Republic of Kosovo, on new peacebuilding initiative

TIGE 2015Ambassador Ahmet Shala, the Economics and Finance Minister of the Republic of Kosovo from 2008 to 2011, following the country’s declaration of independence from Serbia, lost many members of his close and wider family during the Kosovo War 1998-99. ‘For six months I didn’t know if my wife and family were alive or dead,’ he told the annual conference on Trust and Integrity in the Global Economy in Caux, Switzerland, on 30 June. On his return home, on 16 June 1999, he found that ‘my flat and my house were burned.’

Yet Ambassador Shala appealed for a spirit of apology and forgiveness. ‘We should not get angry, we should not loose trust, we should find strength and get beyond the pain. We should apologize and forgive,’ he said. Click here to read more.


Caux Dialogue on Land and Security, 13 July 2015:

Joseph Montville, Director of the Program on Healing Historical Memory, George Mason University/USA: "Building Trust for Collaboration" 

"My theme today is the uses of political psychology in dealing with relationship questions in land and security issues, but my background in diplomacy at the state and international levels is the basis for my ideas. Nevertheless the human dimensions for healing memory, building trust, and creating strong relationships holds from the most exalted political arenas down to the village.
I’ll begin with some basic theory..."  Click here to read more.




Addressing Europe's Unfinished Business, 18 July 2015:

Margaret Smith, Faculty of International Peace and Conflict Resolution, American University, Washington D.C./USA : "Integrating the Past, Engaging the Present: Leveraging History and Memory in the Task of Building a Just and Inclusive Europe"

Margaret Smith, AEUB 2015"In times of rapid social and political change, we are even more aware than in times of stasis that written history and living memory are the containers for wounds of the past, for political outlooks and national identity, for our understanding of others and for our understanding of ourselves. History and social narratives cannot be separated from politics and power structures. They also help us make meaning of events in our personal lives. Thus history and memory confirm our instinctive desire to see a connection between the personal and the political..."Click here to read more.