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Former President Clinton Recognizes Remarkable Individuals for Outstanding Leadership and Innovation in Solving Global Challenges with the 2nd Annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards

September 25, 2008

New York – President Clinton recognized five remarkable individuals for their leadership and impact in improving the lives of millions around the globe at the second annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards tonight. The Clinton Global Citizen Awards ceremony concluded day two of the Clinton Global Initiative's fourth Annual Meeting, which convenes world leaders from government, the private sector, and NGOs to create lasting, positive change across the world.

"The Global Citizen Awards are about honoring and inspiring service to humanity" President Clinton said. "Our award recipients were chosen from a pool of remarkable candidates. Their innovation, dedication and determination have changed lives, and their actions serve as models of what each of us can do to make a difference in the world."

Award winners were nominated by a collection of global leaders and selected for their visionary leadership and sustainable, scalable work in solving pressing global challenges. Honorees were chosen from civil society, the private sector, the philanthropic community and public service.

The 2008 Clinton Global Award Winners are:

Jennifer and Peter Buffett 
Co-chairs, NoVo Foundation 
The Buffetts have led an inspirational campaign to improve the status of women and girls across the globe. Their innovative approach to philanthropy has leveraged the capacity of existing organizations to affect real, positive change. Among various targeted investments, the NoVo Foundation has pledged US$30 million over five years to help rebuild the education systems and address violence against women and girls in post-conflict West Africa. Their fresh approach to fostering sustainable change has catalyzed action in the donor community world wide.

Xiaoyi (Sheri) Liao 
Founder and President, Global Village of Beijing 
Sheri Liao has become one of China's best-known environmental activists for her pioneering work over the last decade, including the establishment of an environmental program on Chinese public television, cooperating with the Xuan Wu municipal government to found the first Green Community in China and, most recently, was an environmental adviser to the Beijing Organising Committee for the 2008 Beijing Olympic games.

Julio Frenk 
Senior Fellow, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 
President, Carso Health Institute 

Julio Frenk has changed the way practitioners and policy makers across the world think about health. As result of Frenk's work as minister of health of Mexico, Mexican health insurance is expanding access to quality care for almost 50 million Mexicans. Frenk will assume the position as the new dean of the Harvard School of Public Heath in 2009. His ongoing work continues to deliver a greater focus on evidence-based decision making with life-saving results.

Neville Isdell 
Chairman of the Board, the Coca-Cola Company 
Neville Isdell is one of the most articulate advocates for social action in the business community. Under his leadership, Coco-Cola has built partnerships that support more than 120 community water projects in over 50 countries and his advocacy of the private sector's leadership role in combating HIV/AIDS in Africa, has further verified the capacity of the business sector to strengthen and improve the communities it serves.

Part of the fourth Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, this special ceremony hosted by Maria Bartiromo, anchor of CNBC's "Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo" and host and managing editor of the nationally syndicated "Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo." of the 2008 Clinton Global Citizen Awards were made by John T. Chambers, Chairman and CEO, Cisco; America Ferrera, Global Education Ambassador, Save the Children; Julia Ormond, Founder and President, Alliance to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking and Robert F Kennedy Jr., Senior Attorney, NRDC.

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Youssou Ndour and his band Le Super Etoile de Dakar performed at the ceremony, as well as singer/songwriter James Taylor. Clinton Global Citizen Award statues were designed and sculpted by Mozambican artist Gonçalo Mabunda.

Further information about the Clinton Global Initiative is available at

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