Media advisory
Thursday, November 1, 2012

Waterloo, Canada – November1, 2012 – Does the world really have a monetary system – or not? “The Global Monetary Non-system” is the provocative title of a public keynote address to be delivered in Waterloo by José Antonio Ocampo, former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs and formerly Colombia’s Minister of Finance and Public Credit.

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) invites media to cover this address at its annual conference, CIGI ’12 — Five Years After the Fall: The Governance Legacies of the Global Financial Crisis. The conference runs Nov. 9-11, at the CIGI Campus in Waterloo, and will convene some of the world’s top thinkers on the global economy and the challenges related to the continued fallout from the global financial crisis.

Mr. Ocampo will deliver his address on Friday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m. His remarks will be followed by a discussion with Steve Paikin, anchor and senior editor of TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin.

While participation at the CIGI ’12 conference is by invitation only, all sessions and the keynote address will be broadcast for free viewing via www.cigionline.org/webcasts. Members of the public wishing to attend the keynote address on Friday, November 9, are asked to register in advance at http://cigi12public.eventbrite.ca/#.

For the full CIGI ’12 agenda and list of conference participants, visit www.cigionline.org/cigi12.

Media interested in covering any portion of CIGI ’12 are invited to formally register by contacting Communications Specialist Declan Kelly at 519-885-2444, ext. 7356, or [email protected].

WHAT: Public keynote address entitled “The Global Monetary Non-system”

WHEN: Friday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m.

WHO: José Antonio Ocampo is the director of the Economic and Political Development Concentration in the School of International and Public Affairs, and former United Nations’ Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs. Prof. Ocampo is a fellow of the Committee on Global Thought and co-president of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University. In March 2012, Mr. Ocampo was nominated by Brazil as a candidate to lead the World Bank.

Steve Paikin is the anchor and senior editor of TVO's flagship current affairs program The Agenda with Steve Paikin.

MEDIA CONTACT:                                                              
Declan Kelly, Communications Specialist, CIGI
Tel: 519.885.2444, ext. 7356, Email: [email protected]

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an independent, non-partisan think tank on international governance. Led by experienced practitioners and distinguished academics, CIGI supports research, forms networks, advances policy debate and generates ideas for multilateral governance improvements. Conducting an active agenda of research, events and publications, CIGI’s interdisciplinary work includes collaboration with policy, business and academic communities around the world. CIGI was founded in 2001 by Jim Balsillie, then co-CEO of Research In Motion (RIM), and collaborates with and gratefully acknowledges support from a number of strategic partners, in particular the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. For more information, please visit www.cigionline.org.

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About the Author

Declan Kelly is a communications specialist at CIGI, focused on the Global Economy research program.