Tuesday, September 22, 2009

5th Annual Clinton Global Initiative Meeting Begins Today

Former President Bill Clinton, whose calling to something greater than himself has put him back on the world stage as a major player in philanthropy, inspires others to join him in his vision of the good that can be for every person, regardless of their birthplace or social standing. The fifth annual annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting kicks off today in New York with President Obama as a speaker.

Clinton Global Initiative meeting, 2008
photo by Jude Nagurney Camwell

This year’s meeting, which begins today at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers, has drawn political and business leaders such as Goldman, Sachs & Co. Chairman Lloyd Blankfein and World Bank Group President Robert Zoellick. President Barack Obama will address the opening session. The new theme added to the 2009 meeting is investing in women and girls to narrow the gender gap.

“In all the world there is only one strategy which clearly slows population growth, raises income and promotes more social stability that is supported across all religious and cultural lines,” Clinton, 63, said in an interview at Bloomberg News headquarters. “And that is putting all the girls in school and giving all the young women access to the labor market.”

The summit attracts an eclectic mix of world leaders, public-policy experts and artists. Participants this year will include more than 60 former and current heads of state; former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan; JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chairman Jamie Dimon; Grameen Bank founder and 2006 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Muhammad Yunus; musicians Alicia Keys and Quincy Jones; and actors Brad Pitt, Demi Moore and Julia Ormond.

~ Bloomberg News
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