Davos, Switzerland (ots/PRNewswire) -
- Former President Bill Clinton to Host Event This September
Former President Bill Clinton said today that he is organizing a
major annual gathering of leaders to address global challenges, with
the first meeting set to take place this fall in New York City.
The inaugural Clinton Global Initiative will take place in
September, 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. Speaking at the World Economic Forum
in Davos, Switzerland today, President Clinton said that they are
"going to be asked to participate in very specific decisions ... and
then making commitments to do something about it."
"I think we'll have a lot of interest because it's around the UN.
I think it is very complementary to Davos," President Clinton said.
"I just see all these people leave here every year full of energy,
wanting to do something about wanting to know there's a place where
they can actually go and say, okay, what's my assignment?"
The first meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative will be held in
New York City, September 22-24, 2005. Participants will spend time in
high level workshops and group sessions as well as informal
gatherings, creating the ideal platform for challenging current
thought, fostering enlightened leadership and seeking tangible
solutions to a number of complex and urgent global problems.
"By identifying specific ways to address the challenges of our
time, I believe the Clinton Global Initiative will prove to be a
unique and useful forum for leaders and communities around the
world," said 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
The former President is inviting a wide range of leaders and
experts to join the Clinton Global Initiative this year, from current
and former heads of state and the chief executive officers of
businesses to noteworthy academicians and key representatives of
non-profit, charitable and other NGOs. People from a wide variety of
political, ideological, religious, ethnic and geographic backgrounds
are expected to participate.
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
For more information on the Clinton Global Initiative, go to
For information on the Clinton Foundation, go to
Web site: http://www.clintonfoundation.org
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