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President Clinton Announces "Conversations on Courage" Featuring Aung San Suu Kyi, General Secretary of the National League for Democracy and Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative

September 17, 2011

More than fifty Heads of State to participate, including Barack Obama, President of the United States; King Abdullah, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Ollanta Humala, President, Peru; Tarja Halonen, President, Republic of Finland; Fredrik Reinfeldt, Prime Minister, Kingdom of SwedenJalal Talabani, President, Iraq; Morgan Tsvangirai, Prime Minister, Republic of Zimbabwe

Newly announced participants include Fred P. Hochberg, President, Export-Import Bank of the United States; Herman A. Van Rompuy, President, European Union; Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, European Union; Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Leader of the Danish Social Democrats, Denmark; Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO; General Wesley Clark, Chairman and CEO, General Wesley K. Clark & Associates, LLC; Rajiv Shah, Administrator, United States Agency for International Development; Andrew N. Liveris, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, the Dow Chemical Company; Peter Sands, Group Chief Executive, Standard Chartered Bank; Paul Farmer, Co-founder, Partners in Health; Lee Fisher, President and CEO, CEOS for Cities; Morgan Freeman, Actor and Co-Founder, Revelations Entertainment; Sarah Jones, Playwright/Performer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador; Van Jones, Founder, Rebuild the Dream; Musimbi Kanyoro, President and CEO, Global Fund for Women; Gary Knell, President and CEO, Sesame Workshop; Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor, State of California; Rosario Pérez, Chief Executive Officer, Pro Mujer; Judith Rodin, President, the Rockefeller Foundation; Reeta Roy, President and CEO, the MasterCard Foundation; and James Lee Witt, Chief Executive Officer, Witt Associates

New York—Today, President Bill Clinton announced new elements of the 2011 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, including a rare, live discussion with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, the General Secretary of the National League for Democracy via satellite and a discussion with Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu.

“Aung San Suu Kyi’s and Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s extraordinary leadership in addressing critical global challenges exemplifies the shared dedication of Clinton Global Initiative members, who have improved the lives of more than 300 million people in more than 180 countries since CGI began seven years ago,” said President Clinton.

Drawing upon her own struggles for human rights, democratic governance, and ethnic reconciliation, Suu Kyi will highlight a wide range of strategic actions CGI members can take on these issues. Archbishop Tutu, chairman of the Elders— an independent group of global leaders who work together for peace and human rights—will discuss the importance of a new global effort to end the practice of child marriage.

President Barack Obama will attend the CGI Annual Meeting on Wednesday and deliver closing remarks at the Sustainable Consumption Plenary. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will also participate in the Annual Meeting and hold a one-on-one “conversation” during the Closing Plenary.

More than 1,200 members will attend the seventh Annual Meeting of CGI to brainstorm creative solutions to address the three topics presented at the meeting: Jobs, Jobs Jobs: Generating Employment for the 21st Century; Sustainable Consumption: Ensuring Long-term Prosperity on a Finite Planet; and Girls and Women: Scaling What Works.

On Tuesday, September 20, CGI will host a series of four keynote lunches, with featured speakers: Valentino Achak Deng, founder and director, the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation; Madeleine K. Albright, chair, Albright Stonebridge Group; Dave Eggers, author and co-founder, the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation and Voice of Witness; Thomas Hicks, deputy assistant secretary of the navy for energy, U.S. Department of the Navy; Leymah Gbowee, executive director, Women Peace and Security Network Africa; Michael Porter, bishop william lawrence university professor, Harvard Business School; Dov Seidman, CEO, LRN; and Jonathan Wolfson, chief executive officer, Solazyme.

President Clinton also announced the event will feature a special session on innovation, titled “Game-Changing Innovation: Technologies for Building Social and Economic Value.” This session will explore how global innovation opportunities can be brought to scale to build the triple bottom line and achieve new levels of prosperity in the years ahead. The participants include John Chambers, chairman and chief executive officer, Cisco; Tarja K. Halonen, president, Republic of Finland; Andrew N. Liveris, chairman and chief executive officer, the Dow Chemical Company; and Bob McDonald, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Procter & Gamble.

Other special sessions include: “Voices for Change in the Middle East and North Africa,” “Sports as a Tool for Social Good,” “From Conflict to Creativity: Reducing Violence through the Arts,” and “From Response to Resilience: Effective Disaster Preparedness.”

The following participants were previously announced: confirmed attendees include Michelle Bachelet, former president of Chile and first under-secretary-general and executive director, UN Women; Tony Blair, founder, the Tony Blair Sports Foundation, former prime minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; Gro Harlem Brundtland, former prime minister, Kingdom of Norway; Chelsea Clinton; Hillary Rodham Clinton, secretary of state, U.S. Department of State; Geena Davis, founder, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media; Bob Diamond, chief executive, Barclays; Helene D. Gayle, president and CEO, CARE USA; Muhtar Kent, chairman and CEO, the Coca-Cola Company; Luis Alberto Moreno, president, Inter-American Development Bank; Dikembe Mutombo, chairman and president, Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, Inc.; Indra Nooyi, chairman and CEO, PepsiCo; Denis O’Brien, chairman, Digicel; Paul Polman, chief executive officer, Unilever; Jim Rogers, chairman, president, and CEO, Duke Energy; Premal Shah, president,; Vikki Spruill, chief executive officer, the Ocean Conservancy; Trudie Styler & Sting; Mark Tercek, president and CEO, the Nature Conservancy; and Muhammad Yunus, Chairman, Yunus Centre.

Newly announced participants include: Gary Barker, international director, Instituto Promundo; Yves Behar, founder and chief designer, fuseproject; Irina Bokova, director-general, UNESCO; General Wesley Clark, chairman and CEO, Wesley K. Clark & Associates, LLC; Paul Farmer, co-founder, Partners in Health; Lee Fisher, president and CEO, CEOS for Cities; Morgan Freeman, actor and co-founder, Revelations Entertainment; Angel Gavidia, student, Cisco Networking Academy; Tarja Halonen, president, Republic of Finland; Sarah Jones, playwright/performer and UNICEF Goodwill ambassador; Van Jones, founder, Rebuild the Dream; Musimbi Kanyoro, president and CEO, Global Fund for Women; Jakaya Kikwete, president, United Republic of Tanzania; Gary Knell, president and CEO, Sesame Workshop; Pat Mitchell, president and CEO, the Paley Center for Media; Toshihiro Nakamura, co-founder and CEO, the Kopernik; Gavin Newsom, lieutenant governor, state of California; Rosario Pérez, chief executive officer, Pro Mujer; Fredrik Reinfeldt, prime minister, Kingdom of Sweden; Judith Rodin, president, the Rockefeller Foundation; Kathleen Rogers, president, Earth Day Network; Reeta Roy, president and CEO, the MasterCard Foundation; Morgan Tsvangirai, prime minister, Republic of Zimbabwe; Peter Sands, group chief executive, Standard Chartered Bank; Rajiv Shah, administrator, United States Agency for International Development; and James Lee Witt, chief executive officer, Witt Associates.

View and share session webcasts from the 2011 CGI Annual Meeting by visiting: and the event hashtag is #CGI2011.

2011 CGI Annual Meeting (

Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers
811 7th Avenue at 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019

September 20-22, 2011

Applying for Credentials: To apply for press access to the 2011 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, please complete the form at


To avoid long wait times on site, CGI recommends submitting an online application in advance of the meeting. For questions about press registration, please contact Tracey Foster at [email protected].

Picking up Credentials: Members of the press who have received an email confirmation from CGI to attend the meeting are strongly encouraged to pick up their credentials in advance on Monday, September 19 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers, located at 811 7th Avenue at 52nd Street. Press entrance and registration is on 52nd Street between 6th and 7th Avenues in the Executive Conference Center at the Sheraton. To pick up your credential, a valid government-issued ID is required.

Location:  Unless otherwise noted, all events will take place at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers located at 811 7th Avenue. Press entrance and registration is on 52nd Street between 6th and 7th Avenues in the Executive Conference Center at the Sheraton.

Press Conferences: There will be several press conferences at the Annual Meeting, which will be announced closer to the date.

CGI Media Center and Workspace: The Press Center is located in the Executive Conference Center in the lower lobby of the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers. Wired and wireless Internet access will be provided. Phones will not be provided. There will also be video and audio feeds of most events available in the Press Center.

Interview Locations: There will be stand-up camera locations available that broadcast outlets can reserve in advance. In addition, there will be rooms available press can reserve for interviews. To reserve a time, please contact Seth Belaff at [email protected]

Wireless Microphones: Please do NOT bring or use wireless microphones on site, as they will interfere with the wireless PA systems.

Plenary sessions and selected press conferences: Plenary sessions will be sent out via fiber, free and unrestricted, on the following loop numbers:

Ascent Media Loop #4461 (HD signal) & #4462 (SD signal)

Mult Box: Output specifics are: XLR for audio and BNC connection for video.

Sat Truck Parking: There are a limited amount of satellite and microwave truck parking spaces available. Please email Seth Bellaff at [email protected] with a request or call at 917-414-5618.

Live Webcast: All CGI sessions will be webcast at

Twitter: The event hashtag is #CGI2011.

Photos: Photos from the meeting will be available on CGI’s Flickr account at

Facebook: Highlights, news, and photos from CGI will be shared on the CGI Facebook page:


About the Clinton Global Initiative
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, 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 Annual Meetings have brought together nearly 150 current and former heads of state, 18 Nobel Prize laureates, hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations, major philanthropists, directors of the most effective nongovernmental organizations, and prominent members of the media. These CGI members have made more than 2,000 commitments, which have already improved the lives of 300 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued in excess of $63 billion. The 2011 Annual Meeting will take place Sept. 20-22 in New York City.

This year, CGI also convened CGI America, a meeting focused on developing ideas for driving economic growth in the United States. The CGI community also includes CGI U, which hosts an annual meeting for undergraduate and graduate students, and CGI Lead, which engages a select group of young CGI members for leadership development and collective commitment-making. For more information, visit


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