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President Clinton Announces Program for the Clinton Global Initiative’s 2010 Annual Meeting

August 26, 2010

Jean-Max Bellerive, Prime Minister of the Republic of Haiti, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia, Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State, Cherie Blair, Richard Branson, Laura Bush, John Chambers, Paul Farmer, Melinda Gates, Jeff Gordon, Ruchira Gupta, John Holdren, Chad Hurley, Valerie Jarrett, Andrea Jung, Muhtar Kent, Klaus Kleinfeld, Wendy Kopp, Jack Ma, Shakira Mebarak, Robert McDonald, Eric Schmidt, Ratan Tata, Jerry Yang, and Muhammad Yunus Are Among Other Key Participants in Sixth Annual Meeting, Which Will Take Place September 20-23 

Meeting will Address Global Challenges in Economic Empowerment, Education, Environment & Energy, and Global Health through Four New Action Areas: Empowering Girls & Women, Strengthening Market-Based Solutions,Harnessing Human Potential, and Enhancing Access to Modern Technology  

New York – Today, President Bill Clinton announced the program for the sixth Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). CGI brings together global leaders from all sectors of society to develop and then implement workable solutions to some of the world's most pressing issues.

More than 1,000 members will attend, including current and former heads of state, chief executives of corporations, philanthropists, thought leaders, prominent members of the media, and directors of nonprofit organizations. Each member creates a Commitment to Action – a detailed plan for addressing a major global challenge in the areas of Economic Empowerment, Education, Environment & Energy, and Global Health. Throughout the event, members share successful strategies, forge partnerships, and gain practical insights that they can use to enhance their work.

This year, First Lady Michelle Obama will join President Clinton during the closing plenary session, which will take place on Thursday, September 23. 

In addition to the First Lady, prominent participants include Jean-Max Bellerive, prime minister of the Republic of Haiti; Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, president of the Republic of Liberia; Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State; Cherie Blair, patron, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women; Richard Branson, chairman and founder, Virgin Group Limited; Laura Bush, former first lady of the United States; John Chambers, chairman and CEO, Cisco; Paul Farmer, co-founder, Partners In Health; Melinda Gates, co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Jeff Gordon, NASCAR champion and founder of the Jeff Gordon Pediatric Cancer Foundation; Ruchira Gupta, founder of Apne Aap Women Worldwide; John Holdren, director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; Chad Hurley, co-founder and CEO, YouTube; Valerie B. Jarrett, senior adviser and assistant to the president for Intergovermental Affairs and Public Engagement; Andrea Jung, chairman and CEO, Avon Products, Inc.; Muhtar Kent, chairman and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company; Klaus Kleinfeld, chairman and CEO, Alcoa, Inc.; Wendy Kopp, CEO of Teach for All; Jack Ma, chairman and CEO, Alibaba Group; Shakira Mebarak, founder, the Barefoot Foundation; Robert McDonald, president and CEO, Procter & Gamble; Zainab Salbi, founder and CEO of Women for Women International; Eric Schmidt, chairman and CEO, Google; Ratan Tata, chairman, Tata Group; Jerry Yang, co-founder and chief-Yahoo, Yahoo! Inc; and Muhammad Yunus, founder and managing director, Grameen Bank.


For the complete program and list of featured attendees, please visit  

“I'm so pleased that such a distinguished group of global citizens will be coming to CGI’s sixth Annual Meeting,” President Clinton said. “The challenges we face in the world today can only be overcome if we work together to develop and implement innovative solutions. CGI members have already improved the lives of more than 220 million people around the world, and I look forward to learning more about the progress they have made and their plans for the future.” 

The 2010 Annual Meeting will be structured around four new Action Areas: Empowering Girls & Women, Strengthening Market-Based Solutions, Harnessing Human Potential and Enhancing Access to Modern Technology. Each Action Area is a strategic approach that can be used to address many global challenges.


The meeting will also include a special session on Recovery in Haiti; a special session on Cancer: Addressing Inequalities in Access and Care; and meetings of 12 CGI Action Networks. Action Networks, a feature that CGI has significantly expanded in 2010, allow members to meet throughout the year, discuss specific issues, and coordinate action. The Action Networks convening at the Annual Meeting include Post Conflict Education, Investing for Social and Environmental Impact, Helping Haiti Build Back Better, Collaborative Technologies for Social Change, The Gulf Coast: From Disaster to Prosperity, and Addressing Violence Against Women.


The meeting will also convene members of CGI Lead, President Clinton’s newest initiative, which engages a select group of accomplished young executives, nonprofit directors, scholars, and entrepreneurs for a two-year program designed to foster principled leadership.


CGI will also feature the 4th annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards and CGI Exchange, an exhibition that allows members to feature their ongoing commitments and explore new partnership opportunities. 

About CGI

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 more than 125 current and former heads of state, 15 Nobel Peace 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 1,700 commitments valued at $57 billion, which have already improved the lives of 220 million people in more than 170 countries. In 2009, the Annual Meeting was named the No. 1 conference for CEOs. The 2010 CGI Annual Meeting will take place from September 20-23, 2010, in New York City.

The CGI community also includes CGI University (CGI U), a forum to engage college students in global citizenship,, an online portal where anybody can make a Commitment to Action, and CGI Lead, which engages a select group of young leaders from business, government, and civil society.


What: 2010 Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative

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

When: September 20-23, 2010

APPLYING FOR CREDENTIALS: ALL PRESS MUST APPLY FOR CREDENTIALS AND MUST BE APPROVED BY THE CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE IN ORDER TO ATTEND THE ANNUAL MEETING. The deadline to apply for credentials is 5 p.m. on Friday, September 17. Journalists may apply for credentials on-site, but due to space limitations, pre-registered press will be given priority consideration. You must submit a photo when applying for a credential online.

To apply for press credentials, please fill out the online form at  

We will notify you when a decision has been made in regards to your application. For questions about press registration, please contact Kathryn Mahoney at [email protected].

LOCATIONUnless 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.

CREDENTIAL PICK-UP: If you receive confirmation from CGI that you are registered, you are encouraged to pick up your credential Monday, September 20 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Credential pick-up will also be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Tuesday, September 21 through Thursday, September 23. To pick up your credential, you MUST bring a valid government-issued ID. If applying on-site, please bring a press ID as well. If you have any questions about identification or pick-up, please contact Kathryn Mahoney at[email protected].

ACCESS: Plenary, breakout, keynote, and special sessions will be open press, subject to change and to space limitations.  

CGI PRESS CENTER & MEDIA WORKSPACE: The Press Center is located in the Executive Conference Center, located on the lower level of the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers. Press must enter on 52nd St. between 6th and 7th Avenues. Wired and Wireless Internet access will be provided in the Press Center. Phones will not be provided.

INTERVIEW LOCATIONS: There will be stand-up camera locations available that broadcast outlets can reserve in advance. In addition, there will be rooms available that 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 onsite, as they will interfere with onsite wireless PA systems.

MULT BOX: Output specifics are: BNC connection for video and XLR for audio.

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. 


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