The Clinton Global Initiative to convene September 15-17th in New York to identify global problems

NEW YORK, NY -- Leaders from around the world are greatly supporting President Clinton's first annual gathering of leaders known as the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). CGI's goal is to address global challenges in four areas: poverty, religion, climate change and governance.

The event will take place September 15-17 in New York City. This nonpartisan conference will concentrate a diverse and select group of current and former heads of state, business leaders, noteworthy members of the academic community, and representatives of key non-governmental organizations to identify immediate and pragmatic solutions to some of the world's most

pressing problems.

"Holding participants accountable for the help they pledge is the best way to ensure that real change is happening throughout the world," President Clinton said.

To date, CGI is being attended and supported by the following leaders: King Abdullah II of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, President Jacques Chirac of France, President Leonel Fernandez Reyna of the Dominican Republic, President Olusegun Obasanjo of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prime Minister Tony Blair of the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of the Republic of Turkey, U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, Vice Premier Shimon Peres of the State of Israel, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of the State of California, Dr. Hernando de Soto of the Instituto Libertad y Democracia in Lima, Peru, Sonia Gandhi, Chairperson of UPA, New Delhi, India, Rupert Murdoch, CEO of New Corporation, New York, NY, Richard Parsons, Chairman & CEO, Time Warner, Inc., New York, NY, Dr. Muhammad Yunus, Founder & Managing Director of the Grameen Bank.

President Clinton has created the CGI to address some of the most historically intractable problems affecting our world. The two-day Initiative will focus on four themes: how to reduce poverty; using religion as a force for reconciliation and conflict resolution; implementing new business strategies and technologies to combat climate change; and strengthening governance. Some members of the four advisory boards comprised of experts in the topic areas include: General Wesley Clark, Pierre Omidyar, Jeffrey Sachs, Robert Rubin, Howard Shultz, George Soros, Edgar Bronfman Sr., President Leonel Fernandez Reyna, Congressman Jim Kolbe, former President Ernesto Zedillo, Senator Barack Obama and Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

"I am thrilled that world leaders from both the public and private sectors have agreed to support me and come together to make a difference," added President Clinton. "And what we begin during three days in September will not end with the closing session of our event. My Foundation will take the ideas we develop and keep working with our Global Initiative participants and others to achieve tangible results."

The inaugural Clinton Global Initiative will take place September 15-17, 2005 coinciding with the 60th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

It will bring together innovative and accomplished people from the political, business, academic and non-governmental organization (NGO) communities. The Clinton Global Initiative is a program of the William J. Clinton Foundation, which works to strengthen the capacity of people throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence. For more information, visit:


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