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President Clinton Announces That Newly Elected Libyan President Mohamed Magariaf, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Will Join More Than 50 Current and Former Heads of State at 2012 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

September 20, 2012

Contact: press@clintonglobalinitiative.org

Global business, government, and civil society leaders also announced to attend include Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, prime minister, State of Kuwait; Luis Federico Franco Gómez, president of the Republic of Paraguay; Laurent Lamothe, prime minister of the Republic of Haiti; Otto Pérez Molina, president of Guatemala; Sauli Niinistö, president of the Republic of Finland; Bujar Nishani, president of Albania; Rosen Plevneliev, president of the Republic of Bulgaria; Portia Simpson-Miller, prime minister of Jamaica; Ehud Barak, minister of defense, deputy prime minister, and former prime minister, State of Israel; Benjamin W. Mkapa, former president of the United Republic of Tanzania and founder of the Benjamin William Mkapa HIV/AIDS Foundation; George Papandreou, former prime minister of the Hellenic Republic; Ray LaHood, secretary of transportation, U.S. Department of Transportation; Lloyd C. Blankfein, chairman and CEO of the Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.; Philippe Cousteau, Jr., president of GlobalECHO Foundation; Michael T. Duke, president and CEO of Wal-mart Stores, Inc.; Paul Farmer, founder of Partners in Health; Andrew Liveris, chairman and CEO of the Dow Chemical Company; and Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia

New York, NY – President Clinton announced today that newly elected president of the General National Congress of Libya Mohamed Magariaf, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt Mohamed Morsi, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will participate in the eighth Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative to be held September 23-25 in New York City. They will join world leaders in government, business, and civil society, including President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney, at the meeting dedicated to creating and implementing solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Secretary-General Ban will participate in a panel during the Opening Session on Sunday, September 23, and President Morsi will address and attend the Closing Plenary Session on Tuesday, September 25.

“I am inspired that so many world leaders are coming together at the Clinton Global Initiative as part of their efforts to find a road to a more peaceful and prosperous future for people everywhere, regardless of borders,” said President Clinton.

President Clinton also announced that Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, prime minister, State of Kuwait; Luis Federico Franco Gómez, president of the Republic of Paraguay; Laurent Lamothe, prime minister of the Republic of Haiti; Otto Pérez Molina, president of Guatemala; Sauli Niinistö, president of the Republic of Finland; Bujar Nishani, president of Albania; Rosen Plevneliev, president of the Republic of Bulgaria; Portia Simpson-Miller, prime minister of Jamaica; Benjamin W. Mkapa, former president of the United Republic of Tanzania and founder of the Benjamin William Mkapa HIV/AIDS Foundation; Ehud Barak, minister of defense, deputy prime minister, and former prime minister, State of Israel; Tarja Halonen, former president of the Republic of Finland; George Papandreou, former prime minister of the Hellenic Republic; Walter T. Gwenigale, minister of health and social welfare, Republic of Liberia; Alvin Brown, mayor of the City of Jacksonville; Ray LaHood, secretary of transportation, the U.S. Department of Transportation;  Gavin Newsom, lieutenant governor of the State of California; Christine C. Quinn, speaker of the New York City Council; Lloyd C. Blankfein, chairman and CEO of the Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.; Philippe Cousteau, Jr., president of GlobalECHO Foundation; Michael T. Duke, president and CEO of Wal-mart Stores, Inc.; Paul Farmer, founder of Partners in Health; Bill Goodwyn, chief executive officer of Discovery Education at Discovery Communications Inc.; Randall Kempner, executive director of Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs; Andrew Liveris, chairman and CEO of the Dow Chemical Company; Ross Mountain, general director at DARA; Billy Parish, president of Solar Mosaic; Jonathan Quick, president and CEO of Management Sciences for Health; Ethnie Miller Simpson, chief executive officer of Zinergy International; Richard Stengel, managing editor of TIME Magazine; Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia; and Michelle Yeoh, global ambassador, Make Roads Safe Campaign at the FIA Foundation will participate in the upcoming Annual Meeting.

For the full list of confirmed participants, visit: clintonglobalinitiative.org/ourmeetings/2012/speakers

CGI will also feature for the first time televised “Broadcast Conversations,” a series of sessions hosted by broadcast journalists with an international audience for use on their programs. Hosts will include CNN’s Piers Morgan of “Piers Morgan Tonight” and Fareed Zakaria of “Fareed Zakaria GPS” and Charlie Rose, executive editor and anchor of “Charlie Rose,” which airs on PBS and Bloomberg.

During the “Broadcast Conversations,” CGI members and commitment makers from government, business, nonprofit, and entertainment will share their experiences with addressing and designing solutions to major global challenges and discuss current affairs. Participants will include Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, president of Mexico; Salva Kiir Mayardit, president of the Republic of South Sudan; Tony Blair, former prime minister of the United Kingdom; Timothy Geithner, secretary of the treasury, United States Department of the Treasury; Lloyd C. Blankfein, chairman and CEO of the Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.; John Chambers, chairman and CEO of Cisco; and Andrew Liveris, chairman and CEO of the Dow Chemical Company.

For more information, please visit clintonglobalinitiative.org/2012. Follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative for meeting news and highlights. The event hashtag is #CGI2012.

ALL PRESS MUST BE CREDENTIALED BY THE CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE. Press registration is now open to members of the media. To apply, please complete the form at: cgilink.org/PP392s. All media must apply for credentials and must be approved by CGI in order to attend. The deadline to apply is Friday, September 21 at 5 p.m EST. Journalists may apply for credentials on-site, but pre-registered media will be given priority. For questions about press registration, contact Dana Moncrief at dana.moncrief@clintonglobalinitiative.org.

Picking up Credentials: Members of the press who have received email confirmation from CGI to attend the meeting are encouraged to pick up their credentials on Saturday, September 22 from 12 p.m to 9 p.m. EST at the press registration desk. Press must enter on 52nd Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. To pick up your credential, a valid government-issued ID is required.

Meeting Location: Unless otherwise noted, all events will take place 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.

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

CGI Press Center and Workspace: The Press Center is located in Conference Room E. Press must enter on 52nd Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. Wired and wireless Internet access will be provided. Phones and computers will not be provided.

Interview Locations: Broadcast outlets can reserve stand-up camera locations as well as rooms to conduct interviews on-site. To reserve a space in advance of the meeting, email Seth Bellaff at seth@tuckerproduction.com.

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

Mult Box: SD Mult Box output specifics are XLR for audio and BNC connection for video. HD Mult Box output specifics are HDSDI with embedded audio.

Fiber Information:Plenary sessions will be sent out via fiber in HD, free and unrestricted, on the following loop #: Encompass Loop #4015. Down converted signals are available upon request. Scheduling can be made through Encompass at NYMetrobookings@encompass-m.com or 800-295-4198.

Sat Truck Parking: There are a limited amount of satellite and microwave truck parking spaces available. To request sat truck parking, please email Seth Bellaff at seth@tuckerproduction.com.

Live Webcast: Plenary, Breakout, and Special Sessions, as well as Press Conferences will be webcast at live.clintonglobalinitiative.org.

Facebook: Highlights, news, and photos will be shared on the CGI Facebook page: facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative.

Twitter: Follow @ClintonGlobal for meeting news and highlights. The event hashtag is #CGI2012.

Photos: Photos from the meeting will be available on CGI’s Flickr account at flickr.com/photos/cgiphotos/.

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About the Clinton Global Initiative
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date CGI members have made more than 2,100 commitments, which have already improved the lives of 400 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $69.2 billion.

CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States, and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world. For more information, visit clintonglobalinitiative.org and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative.

 

 

 

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