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Former President Clinton Announces Sponsors for 2008 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

September 23, 2008

New York – Former President Bill Clinton today announced sponsors for the 2008 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, which will be held from September 23-26 in New York City.

Tom Golisano is the major underwriter of the CGI Annual Meeting for the fourth consecutive year. Victor Pinchuk is the convening partner of CGI International, a series of regional meetings which will commence with CGI Asia in Hong Kong in December. Vinod Sekhar is the CGI Asia meeting underwriter.

"Our sponsors are crucial to the Clinton Global Initiative’s mission of bringing together the most effective, knowledgeable leaders to take action on the pressing challenges that face our generation," President Clinton said. "Thanks to the support of our sponsors, CGI is able to convene members who have made nearly 1,000 Commitments to Action valued at upwards of $30 billion to improve more than 200 million lives in over 150 countries around the world."

Annual Meeting Sponsors

As a non-profit organization, CGI depends upon sponsorship assistance to fund its operations and Annual Meeting. CGI thanks the following sponsors: the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, Citi, the Doris and Donald Fisher Fund, Green Rubber, Procter & Gamble (P&G), Cisco, the Sultanate of Oman, Calyon, CLSA, CNBC, Deutsche Bank, Duke Energy, The Economist, Energy Developments and Investments Corporation, GSD&M’s Idea City, the Howard Gilman Foundation, HP, Knoll, Microsoft, the Rockefeller Foundation, Suzlon, Swiss Re, and Thomson Reuters.

Media Partners

For the 2008 Annual Meeting, CNBC is the official broadcast media partner and The Economist is the official print media partner. CNBC will tape for broadcast the second annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards ceremony hosted by Maria Bartiromo, during which President Clinton will recognize five citizens who have displayed extraordinary leadership and effectiveness in making positive, lasting global change.

Track Sponsors

Track sponsors are strategic partners for each of CGI’s four focus areas: education, energy & climate change, global health, and poverty alleviation. Below are this year’s track sponsors:

  • Education: The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation and the Doris and Donald Fisher Fund
  • Energy and Climate Change: Green Rubber
  • Global Health: Procter & Gamble (P&G)
  • Poverty Alleviation: Citi

Environment

The Clinton Global Initiative takes extra steps to ensure that eco-friendly standards are integrated into every facet of the Annual Meeting. CGI is able to conduct a carbon neutral Annual Meeting through a commitment by Swiss Re to offset emissions generated by CGI operations. Swiss Re is the first major financial services company to introduce a voluntary initiative to become greenhouse gas neutral.


About the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)
Established in 2005 as a project of the non-partisan William J. Clinton Foundation, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Since 2005, CGI members have made nearly 1,000 Commitments to Action valued at upwards of $30 billion to improve more than 200 million lives in over 150 countries around the world. Through past Annual Meetings, CGI has brought together more than 80 current and former heads of state, hundreds of top CEOs and non-profit leaders, major philanthropists, and 10 of the last 16 Nobel Peace Laureates.

The CGI community also includes: CGI University (CGI U), a forum to engage college students in global citizenship; CGI Asia, the first in a series of regional CGI meetings; and, MyCommitment.org, an online portal where anybody can make their own Commitment to Action.

For more details on CGI and the 2008 Annual Meeting, please visit www.clintonglobalinitiative.org or contact press@clintonglobalinitiative.org.

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