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President Clinton Unveils Program and Featured Attendees for 2009 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

September 14, 2009

New York – President Bill Clinton will host the Fifth Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an event that will bring together global leaders from business, government, academia, science, religion, and non-governmental organizations, including numerous heads of state, former heads of state, CEOs of multinational corporations, and prominent philanthropists. CGI is a forum for participants to develop and then implement workable solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges.

President Barack Obama will address the opening session of the Fifth Annual Meeting on Tuesday, September 22 nd . The opening session will frame the agenda for the three days to follow at CGI. World leaders will identify critical areas for action and collaboration across a multitude of sectors, ranging from education, and energy and climate change to global health and the economic empowerment.

Since 2005, more than 100 current and former heads of state; hundreds of leading CEOs, philanthropists, and NGO leaders; and 10 of the last 16 Nobel Peace Prize laureates have attended CGI's Annual Meeting. This year, President Clinton will again be joined by leading voices from every sector to take action in CGI's four global challenge areas: education, energy & climate change, global health, and economic empowerment.

The following are among those who have confirmed their attendance at the 2009 CGI Annual Meeting: Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah (Jordan), Prime Minister Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (Kuwait), Prime Minister Shaikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al-Thani (Qatar), President John E. Atta Mills (Ghana), President Michelle Bachelet (Chile), President Bwezani R. Banda (Zambia), President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj (Mongolia), Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Turkey), President Leonel Fernández (Dominican Republic), President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson (Iceland), President Tarja Halonen (Finland), President Gjorge Ivanov (Macedonia), President Paul Kagame (Rwanda), Prime Minister John Key (New Zealand), President Václav Klaus (Czech Republic), Chairman of the Presidency Željko Komšić (Bosnia and Herzegovina), President Ernest Bai Koroma (Sierra Leone), President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (Philippines), Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili (Lesotho), President Mohamed Nasheed (Maldives), President Barack Obama (United States), Prime Minister Raila A. Odinga (Kenya), President René Préval (Haiti), Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam (Mauritius), President José Ramos-Horta (Timor-Leste), Prime Minister Kevin Rudd (Australia), President Mikheil Saakashvili (Georgia), Prime Minister Michael Thomas Somare (Papua New Guinea), President Danilo Türk (Slovenia), President Álvaro Uribe Vélez (Colombia), President Abdoulaye Wade (Senegal), President Umaru Yar'adua (Nigeria), President Viktor Yushchenko (Ukraine), President Valdis Zatlers (Latvia), Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern (Ireland), Former President Martti Ahtisaari (Finland), Former Prime Minister Tony Blair (United Kingdom), Former Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik (Norway), Former Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland (Norway), Former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien (Canada), Former Prime Minister Helen Clark (New Zealand), Former President Branko Crvenkovski (Macedonia), Former President José María Figueres Olsen (Costa Rica), Former Prime Minister António Guterres (Portugal), Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga (Sri Lanka), Former President Ricardo Lagos (Chile), Former President Festus Gontebanye Mogae (Botswana), Former President Olusegun Obasanjo (Nigeria), Former President Andrés Pastrana Arango (Colombia), Former Prime Minister Poul N. Rasmussen (Denmark), Former President Jerry John Rawlings (Ghana), Former President Mary Robinson (Ireland), Former Prime Minister Jennifer M. Shipley (New Zealand), Member of the Presidency Haris Silajdžić (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Former President Petar Stoyanov (Bulgaria), Former President Ernesto Zedillo (Mexico), Crown Prince Haakon (Norway), Crown Princess Mette-Marit (Norway), Duchess Cristina Federica de Borbón (Spain), Former Ambassador to the U.S. Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Saud (Saudi Arabia), Gerry Adams (President of Sinn Féin), Minister of Cabinet Affairs Mohammad Al Gergawi (United Arab Emirates), Minister of Foreign Affairs Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohamed Al Khalifa (Bahrain), Chairperson of Museums Authority Shaikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani (Qatar), Minister of Defense Ehud Barak (Israel), Mark Henry Durkan (SDLP), Leader Sir Reg Empey (SDLP), Minister of Employment Sir Reg Empey (Ulster Unionist Party), Secretary General Amre Moussa (League of Arab States), President George A. Papandreou (Socialist International), Secretary General Surin Pitsuwan (ASEAN), Fazle Abed (BRAC), Richard Adkerson (Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold), Madeleine Albright (Albright Stonebridge Group), Bradbury Anderson (Best Buy Co.), Nancy Birdsall (Center for Global Development), Lloyd C. Blankfein (The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.), Angela F. Braly (Wellpoint, Inc.), Eli Broad (The Eli & Edythe Broad Foundation), Peter Buffett (NoVo Foundation), Jennifer Buffett (NoVo Foundation), John T. Chambers (Cisco), Wesley Clark (Wesley K. Clark and Associates), Hillary Rodham Clinton (Secretary of State), Matt Damon, Robert E. Diamond Jr. (Barclays PLC), James Dimon (JP Morgan Chase & Co.), William Drayton (Ashoka: Innovators for the Public), Mike Duke ( Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. ), Maria Eitel (Nike Foundation), Roger Ferguson (TIAA-CREF), William Frist (Vanderbilt University), Helene Gayle (CARE USA), Carlos Ghosn (Nissan Motor; Renault), John Glenn (Ohio State University), Christina Gold (Western Union), Tom Golisano (Paychex Corporation), Al Gore (The Alliance for Climate Protection), Lew Hay (FPL Group), Carlos Slim Helu (Grupo Carso S.A. de C.V.), John B. Hess (Hess Corporation), Jeffrey Immelt (General Electric ), Valerie Jarrett (White House), Quincy Jones, Muhtar Kent (The Coca-Cola Company), Alicia Keys (Keep A Child Alive), Ashton Kutcher, Anne Lauvergeon (AREVA), Andrew N. Liveris (The Dow Chemical Company), Jack Ma (Alibaba Group), Wangari Muta Maathai (Green Belt Movement, Kenya), Charles MacCormack (Save the Children), Harold McGraw III (McGraw-Hill Companies), Demi Moore, Luis Alberto Moreno (Inter-American Development Bank), Ray Nagin (Mayor of New Orleans), Marilyn Nelson (Carlson Companies), Indra K. Nooyi (PepsiCo), Thoraya Obaid (United Nations Population Fund), Raymond Offenheiser (Oxfam America), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (World Bank Group), Pamela Omidyar (Humanity United), Pierre Omidyar (eBay), Guillaume Pépy (SNCF), John Podesta (Center for American Progress), Carl Pope (Sierra Club), Bernard J. Poussot (Wyeth), Jonathan Reckford (Habitat for Humanity International), Judith Rodin (The Rockefeller Foundation), James Rogers (Duke Energy), Zainab Salbi (Women for Women International), Peter Sands (Standard Chartered PLC), John R. Seffrin (American Cancer Society), John Sexton (New York University), Premal Shah (, Josette Sheeran (United Nations World Food Programme), Hilda Solis (Secretary of Labor), Mira Sorvino (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime), Barbra Streisand (Streisand Foundation), Larry Summers (National Economic Council), Mark R. Tercek (Nature Conservancy), Rex W. Tillerson (ExxonMobil), Jonathan Tisch (Loews Corporation), Ted Turner (Turner Enterprises), Ann Veneman (UNICEF), Timothy Wirth (United Nations Foundation), David Yarnold (Environmental Defense Fund), Muhammad Yunus (Grameen Bank), Robert B. Zoellick (World Bank Group).

Please note that unlike previous years, the Breakout Sessions and Special Sessions will be open to the press. Plenary sessions will once again be open press. Space is limited; to reserve a spot, and if you have any questions, please email [email protected] .

: 2009 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 22-25, 2009

NOTE: President Clinton will make commitment certificate presentations at each plenary session.

NOTE : There will be a MANDATORY LOGISTICS BRIEFING on Tuesday, September 22 at 2:00 PM in the press briefing room.


If you have not confirmed your attendance at CGI by midnight on September 19th you will need to register for a press credential on-site; press registration opens at 10:00AM on Monday, September 21 st . For questions about getting your credential or to request a credential, please contact Kathleen McCarthy at [email protected] .

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 52 nd Street between 6th and 7th Avenues in the Executive Conference Center at the Sheraton.


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.

PHONES : In a change from years past, CGI will not provide phones for press. If you want to reserve a workspace with a phone, please contact Kathleen McCarthy at [email protected] .

CREDENTIALS : If you have submitted all of your credentialing data to CGI prior to September 19 th and have received confirmation from CGI that you are registered, you are encouraged to pick up your credential on Monday, September 21 st from 10:00AM – 6:00PM . You will be credentialed as working press, and will have access to sessions as outlined below. If you have not been credentialed before September 19th, you are asked to come on-site on Monday, September 21st between 10 AM and 6 PM to register in person. 

NOTE : If registering onsite, you MUST bring a valid press ID. For US Press, this means a police-issued Press ID. For International Press, this means a United Nations-issued Press ID Card displaying your news organization OR foreign press credential. If you have received credentials online, you need to present a valid photo ID. If you have any questions about identification, please contact Kathleen McCarthy ( [email protected] ) prior to Tuesday, September 22nd .

POOLS : Due to space limitations, some events will be pooled press coverage. Sign-up for photo pools will be in the CGI Press Center in Conference Room E starting at 8:30AM each day for that day's events only. There will also be video and audio feeds of most events available in the Press Center.

PRESS CONFERENCES : Press conference schedule will be announced and updated daily during CGI. Press will be able to ask questions only during press conferences and not in the sessions.

PLENARY SESSIONS AND SELECTED PRESS CONFERENCES: Plenary sessions will be sent out via fiber, free and unrestricted, on the following loop #:

Ascent Media Loop # 2212

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. 

Schedule of Events


***For Planning Purposes ONLY and Subject to Change***




*** Note: Broadcast is encouraged to set up equipment on Tuesday***


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What: Credentialed Press Registration Opens

Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Location: Press Center, Conference Room K in the Executive Conference Center, Lower Level


What: Press Center and Registration Open

Time: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Location: Press Center, Conference Room K in the Executive Conference Center, Lower Level

What: CGI Press Logistics Briefing

Time: 2:00 PM

Location: Press Briefing Room

What: Opening Plenary

Time: 4:00 – 5:45 PM

Set-Time: 3:00 PM

Location: Metropolitan Ballroom

The opening plenary session will frame the agenda for the three days to follow at CGI. World leaders will identify critical areas for action and collaboration across a multitude of sectors, ranging from education, and energy and climate change to global health and the economic empowerment. Recognizing the stresses that stakeholders are feeling due to the economic downturn, CGI's four program areas will stress achievable ways to empower communities; harness innovation for development; strengthen infrastructure; develop human capital; finance a sustainable future; and invest in girls and women. Panelists will explain individual roles everyone plays as businesses, organizations, and individuals identify creative new approaches for addressing the major global challenges of our time.

President Barack Obama, 44th President, United States of America
President Bill Clinton, 42nd President, United States of America; Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative
Her Excellency Michelle Bachelet, President of the Republic of Chile
The Honorable Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia
Mike Duke, President and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Muhtar Kent, President and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company

What: Topic Dinner: Emerging Markets

Time: 7:30 – 10:00 PM

Location: Top of the Rock
30 Rockefeller Plaza

New York, NY 10112-0015


Hosted by Grupo ABC, the evening will highlight and celebrate the growing importance of emerging markets as a source of innovation and ideas.


What: Press Center and Registration Open

Time: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Location: Press Center, Conference Room K in the Executive Conference Center, Lower Level

What: Special Session: Approaches to Innovation

Time: 8:00 – 8:45 AM

Set-Time: 7:00 AM

Location: Empire East

At a time when the world finds itself on an unsustainable course, facing an increasing number of complex challenges for which traditional approaches are no longer sufficient, innovation -- the transformation of ideas into new strategies, products, and practices -- stands as a key to addressing many of the issues confronting us today, from energy and education to healthcare and the environment.  During this session, innovation experts will discuss the importance of innovation as a vehicle for building a sustainable future.  Where does innovation begin?  What should be the role of government in promoting and facilitating innovation?  Which countries are leading the charge, and how do you best position yourself and your organization to take advantage?  This panel will provide a broad introduction to innovation, various approaches to cultivate it, and implications for those who pursue it and those who don't.

William Drayton, CEO and Founder, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public
John Kao, Chairman and Founder, The Institute for Large Scale Innovation

What: Plenary Session: Investing in Girls and Women

Time: 9:00 – 10:30 AM

Set-Time: 8:00 AM

Location: Metropolitan Ballroom

Every problem in the world is exacerbated by gender inequality.  Even though women make up 50 percent of the world's population, girls and women continuously lack the same access as men to education, health care, jobs, and the political arena. Yet each year of schooling increases a woman's income by 10 to 20 percent, and closing the gender gap adds 0.5 percent to a country's per capita GNP.  Smart businesses appreciate that increased support for girls and women is integral to fostering successful markets for the future.  Innovative programs are already producing remarkable results, and far-seeing countries and organizations are finding that reaching out to girls and women deepens confidence, creates opportunity, and raises profits.  This panel will examine a few notable success stories. 

Lloyd C. Blankfein, Chairman and CEO, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
Zainab Salbi
, Founder and CEO, Women for Women International
Diane Sawyer, Co-Anchor, Good Morning America; Co-Anchor, Primetime
Rex W. Tillerson, Chief Executive Officer, ExxonMobil Corporation
Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large for Women's Issues, Office of the Secretary, U.S. State Department
Robert Zoellick, President, The World Bank Group

What: Plenary Session: Harnessing Innovation for Development

Time: 1:00 - 2:15 PM

Set-Time: 12:00 AM

Location: Metropolitan Ballroom

2008 will come to be recognized as the turning point, when a series of crises gripped the planet: the spike in oil prices, the world food shortage, and the global financial meltdown. Add these crises to the list of on-going mega-problems and it becomes clear that innovation on a massive scale is required to move us toward a more sustainable world.  This plenary session explores the innovation strategies needed to effectively address the planetary crisis we now face.  From incremental improvements within existing modes of operation to leapfrog innovations in clean technology and bottom-up business creation models to serve the poor, panelists will discuss which strategies they consider critical to effectively harness innovation for sustainable development.

Matthew Bishop, New York Bureau Chief and American Business Editor, The Economist
Al Gore, Chairman, The Alliance for Climate Protection
Jack Ma, Chairman and CEO, Alibaba Group
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Managing Director, The World Bank Group
Judith Rodin, President, The Rockefeller Foundation
Muhammad Yunus, Managing Director, Grameen Bank

Innovation Breakout Sessions

Time: 2:45 – 4:30 PM

Set-Time: 1:45 PM

Topics: Townhall: Driving Destructive Innovation from the Base of the Pyramid

In the wake of the global economic crisis, inequity continues to rise almost everywhere in the world.  More than 4 billion people at the "base" of the income pyramid (BoP) still earn less than three dollars per day.  To create more inclusive forms of enterprise, the private sector has implemented an array of disruptively innovative new technologies and commercialization strategies.

But as important as these strategies have been, they represent only partial solutions. Disruptive technologies threaten established players at the top of the pyramid in established markets, while BoP ventures focused on social development tend to overlook environmental sustainability. The crucial next step is to therefore merge these strategies in a "Great Convergence," the promise of which will be the focus of this panel.

Harish H Hande, Managing Director, SELCO Solar Light (P) Ltd
Stuart L. Hart,
Topic Leader, Innovation, Clinton Global Initiative;
Samuel C. Johnson Chair, Sustainable Global Enterprise, and Professor of Management, Johnson School of Management, Cornell University
Craig Mundie, Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Microsoft
Jacqueline Novogratz, Chief Executive Officer, Acumen Fund
Panayotopoulos, Vice Chair, Global Household Care, Procter & Gamble

Seminar: Becoming Embedded: Co-creating Business with the Community

Smart companies are trying to rethink global strategies and get beyond one-size-fits-all solutions.  Increasingly, companies viewed as "outsiders"—alien to both the cultures and the ecosystems within which they do business—are finding it difficult to realize their full economic and social potential. A key innovation challenge is for companies to become more "indigenous" in the communities they seek to serve. Doing so requires that they broaden their bandwidth by involving voices that have previously gone unheard to co-create businesses with local partners. A more inclusive form of capitalism thus requires innovation not only in technology, but also in business process and mindsets. This panel will discuss the challenges and opportunities for businesses to become more locally embedded. 

Gordon Enk, Vice President for Strategy, Enterprise for a Sustainable World
Paul Polak
, Founder, IDE, D-Rev, and Windhorse International
Simona Rocchi
, Senior Director, Sustainable Design, Philips
Erik Nikolajs Simanis
, Senior Researcher, Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise, Johnson School of Management, Cornell University
Doug Solomon
, Chief Technology Officer, IDEO

Seminar: Enterprise-Based Strategies for Health and Education

With the IT revolution and the explosion of mobile phone and internet connectivity around the world, new options for health and education are becoming possible. Enterprise-based models in health and education are rapidly emerging with profound implications for how these services are delivered. Disruptive innovations like on-line learning, and "point-of-use" health and water technologies, will revolutionize their industries in the coming decade. As the United States and other developed countries struggle to control the cost of health care, to provide universal coverage, and to educate the population for the 21st century, commercial solutions that generate local livelihoods in underserved communities may provide the innovative new models needed to achieve real reform. This panel will examine the latest innovations in enterprise-based models for health and education. 

Nancy Barry, President, NBA-Enterprise Solutions to Poverty
Angela F. Braly, President and CEO, WellPoint, Inc.
Claudia Harner-Jay, Senior Commercialization Officer, Tech Solutions, PATH
Kevin McGovern, Chairman, The Water Initiative, LLC
Antonia Villaraigosa, Mayor of Los Angeles

What: Special Session: From CEO to NGO

Time: 5:00 – 6:00 PM

Set-Time: 4:00 PM

Location: Empire East

During this session, former executives will come together to discuss the importance of philanthropy and how their background in the private sector has allowed them to effectively run non-profit organizations and foundations.  Now that their main focus is on improving the global community not their bottom line, what advice do they have for the private sector?  And, what do they know from their current work that they wish they had known when they were running multi-million dollar enterprises?  This panel will showcase not only how non-profits can learn from the business community but how the business community can learn from non-profits.  

Eli Broad
, Founder, The Eli & Edythe Broad Foundation
Chrystia Freeland, U.S. Managing Editor, The Financial Times
Ted Turner, Chairman, Turner Enterprises, Inc.
Bob Wright, Co-Founder, Autism Speaks; Senior Advisor, Lee Equity Partners

What: Opening Reception – MoMA: Museum of Modern Art

Time: 8:00 – 10:00 PM


Location: Museum of Modern Art

11 West 53 rd Street


What: Press Center and Registration Open

Time: 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location: Press Center, Conference Room K in the Executive Conference Center, Lower Level

What: Plenary Session: Strengthening Infrastructure

Time: 9:00 – 10:00 AM

Set-Time: 8:00 AM

Location: Metropolitan Ballroom

Strong and vibrant infrastructure is central to solving pressing global challenges, from improving health care delivery and reducing poverty and hunger, to fixing slums and responding to global warming.  But today we are seriously under-investing in the world's physical and institutional infrastructure. As CGI's Annual Meeting unfolds, G-20 leaders will gather in Pittsburgh to confront the economic slowdown.  Public works investments and new information technology can provide a foundation for recovery by facilitating job creation, unleashing private sector investment, and promoting an equitable transition to a lower-carbon and more prosperous global economy.  This plenary will explore how strategic public investment in smarter infrastructure can create opportunities for industry, address deep social needs, promote effective public-private collaboration, and jumpstart the world economy.

Kofi Annan
, Former Secretary General, United Nations; President, Kofi Annan Foundation
John T. Chambers, Chairman and CEO, Cisco
Carlos Ghosn, CEO, Nissan Motor; CEO and President, Renault
Jeffrey Immelt, Chairman and CEO, General Electric
Ray Suarez, Senior Correspondent, The NewsHour

What: Infrastructure Breakout Sessions

Time: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Set-Time: 9:30 AM

Topics: Townhall: The Infrastructure of Human Dignity: Protecting the Most Vulnerable

Modern delivery systems for health care, safe drinking water, sanitation, nutrition, clean energy, and education are essential for meeting basic human needs. Without proper infrastructure, many people are simply not fed, children go without reliable water or sleep in makeshift homes, and the sick and dying are denied adequate medical attention. Patterns of infrastructure development, planning, and investment determine our ability to realize the goals of reversing global poverty, increasing rural economic development, and expanding access to quality health care. This panel will look at the human consequences of physical infrastructure investments, with a special emphasis on improving health outcomes through improved sanitation, increased water supplies, expanded food availability, rebuilding slums, and training human capital. 

Paul Farmer, Founder, Partners in Health
Wangari Muta Maathai, Founder, The Green Belt Movement, Kenya
Ingrid Munro, Founder, Jamii Bora Trust; Group CEO, Jamii Bora Group
John Podesta, President and CEO, Center for American Progress

Seminar: The Infrastructure of Place: Sustainability and the Built Environment

Cities are bustling centers of economic activity, innovation, and intellectual capital – and they rely on infrastructure to function. Rethinking and reinvesting in the underpinnings of urban development, land use, and transportation can set the stage for a new wave of economic prosperity that reverses old patterns of waste and inequality. Much of tomorrow's infrastructure is already standing today, and many of our current buildings pollute and consume massive amounts of energy. Rebuilding communities to meet energy and environmental challenges, and to manage the press of urbanization in the developing world can be a source of jobs and consumer savings while improving long-term sustainability. This session will look at innovative approaches to the modern city, public transportation, financing energy efficiency, and restoring economic opportunity. 

Ritt Bjerregaard, Lord Mayor of Copenhagen
Clay Nesler, Vice President for Global Energy and Sustainability, Johnson Controls Inc
Albina Ruiz, Executive Director, Ciudad Saludable
Ron Sims, Deputy Secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran, Global Correspondent, The Economist; Co-Author, ZOOM

Seminar: The Infrastructure of Recovery: Good Jobs and Smart Growth

Global recession has slowed private sector investment and caused rampant job loss. In response, governments around the world are investing in economic recovery through forward-looking public works projects. This new generation of infrastructure investment—from broadband networks to transit systems and clean energy technology—is laying the groundwork for global deployment of advanced technology and private sector innovation. The response to the economic crisis has set the stage for a new generation of smarter infrastructure empowered by better use of information, more efficient use of resources, and leap-frogging outdated development patterns. This session provides an opportunity to reflect on progress one year into the economic crisis and to examine the interdependence of public choices and private sector decision-making. 

Reema Nanavaty, Director of Economic and Rural Development, Self-Employed Women's Association
Michele Norris, Host, All Things Considered, National Public Radio
Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland; President, Realizing Rights
James Rogers
, Chairman, President, and CEO, Duke Energy Corporation

What: Plenary Session: Creating Good Jobs and Strong Communities

Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Set-Time: 12:00 PM

Location: Metropolitan Ballroom

Access to education, health care, and work is an essential foundation for a prosperous community.  It is more important than ever in the face of the recession, which has cost 50 million jobs and pushed millions back into poverty. Yet some 180 million children work instead of attending school. Many in school fail to achieve their potential because of a lack of teachers. Even in developed countries, young people do not get the education they need to succeed in the high-tech knowledge economy that will determine future competitiveness. But there are inspiring examples of partnerships between companies, governments, and civic leaders who are building opportunity in a way that makes sound business sense. Our opening panel will identify practical ways for more partners to act.

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah
, Queen of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Marilyn Carlson Nelson
, Chairman and CEO, Carlson Companies
Nicholas D. Kristof
, Columnist, The New York Times; Co-Author, "Half the Sky"
Andrew N. Liveris, Chairman and CEO, The Dow Chemical Company
Carlos Slim Helú, Chairman of the Board, Grupo Carso S.A. de C.V.
Hilda Solis
, United States Secretary of Labor

What: Human Capital Breakout Sessions

Time: 2:30 – 4:30 PM

Set-Time: 1:30 PM

Topics: Townhall: Developing the 21 st Century Workforce

From the United States to Uganda, too many schools and communities are failing to equip young people with the education needed to succeed. In addition to vital efforts to provide basic education for all, there are opportunities for new partnerships to help young people develop skills for the knowledge-based, green economies that will determine future competitiveness - from science, technology, math, and financial literacy skills to citizenship and entrepreneurship. There are also opportunities to support after-school youth development and employability programs, initiatives to help young people prepare for and complete college, efforts to retrain people who have lost their jobs in the economic crisis, and programs to harness the power of technology to increase access to education and training.  This session will hear from existing partnerships in these areas and discuss innovative opportunities for joint action.    

Gwen Ifill, Senior Correspondent, The NewsHour, PBS
Jamie Merisotis, President and CEO, Lumina Foundation for Education, Inc.
Luis Alberto Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank
James Mwangi, Managing Director and CEO, Equity Bank Limited
Soraya Solti, Founder, INJAZ Jordan

Seminar: Leadership and Solutions to End Human Trafficking and Forced Labor

Today, human trafficking, slavery, and involuntary migration quietly ensnare the lives of more than 25 million people. These practices permeate many of the world's supply chains and are an emerging concern in the private sector. Fortunately, corporations, governments, and civil society can take specific steps to help end these practices and avoid reputational risk and liability. This panel will help educate participants on the key issues, with a focus on practical and constructive solutions. Around the world, there are inspiring examples of partnerships between companies, governments, NGOs, and the media that are raising awareness, mobilizing action and improving enforcement of policies aimed at ensuring that no person is trafficked or enslaved. Innovative partnerships also are tackling child labor, which keeps an estimated 180 million children out of school and undermines their long-term prosperity and health. Recognizing an unprecedented opportunity to build on the momentum and mobilize awareness and action among all sectors on this important issue, this session will equip participants with practical ideas and constructive next steps to help improve the lives of millions of vulnerable men, women, and children.

David Arkless, President, Global Corporate and Government Affairs, Manpower Inc.
Conny Czymoch
, Host, " Der Tag", Phoenix Television
Luis C. de Baca
, Director, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, U.S. Department of State
Sophie Gasperment, Chief Executive Officer, Body Shop Inc.
Ndioro Ndiaye
, Deputy Director-General, International Organization for Migration
Julia Ormond, Founder and President, Alliance to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking (ASSET)
Kailash Satyarthi, Chairperson, Global March Against Child Labor

Seminar: Leadership and Jobs to Overcome Humanitarian Crisis

Long after conflicts, natural disasters, and refugee crises have ended millions of people still face the long process of rebuilding their lives and communities. Given that natural disasters are likely to increase with climate change, there is enormous need for governments, foundations, humanitarian NGOs, and the business community to work together more creatively in three areas of building local leadership capacity and jobs: First, developing better approaches to disaster preparedness; second, creating local jobs and entrepreneurship; third, strengthening and rebuilding local health and education systems. Inspirational examples of such partnerships already exist in Haiti, Afghanistan, Rwanda, Indonesia, the United States, and many other once-devastated communities. This working session will focus on how existing collaborative efforts can be taken to scale and new ones implemented.

René Préval, President of the Republic of Haiti
Hany El Banna, President, Islamic Relief
Helene D. Gayle, President and CEO, CARE USA
George Rupp, President, International Rescue Committee
George Stephanopoulos, Chief Washington Correspondent, ABC News; Host, "This Week with George Stephanopoulos"
Rhonda Zygochi, Vice President of Health, Environment and Safety, ChevronTexaco

What: Clinton Global Citizen Awards

Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Set-Time 6:00 PM

Location: Metropolitan Ballroom

President Clinton recognizes extraordinary individuals who have demonstrated innovative leadership in solving pressing global challenges at the Clinton Global Citizen Awards ceremony.


What: Plenary Session: Moving from Crisis to Opportunity – Financing an Equitable Future

Time: 9:00 – 10:00 AM

Set-Time: 8:00 AM

Location: Metropolitan Ballroom

This plenary will address how to move beyond the current economic and financial crisis to tap innovative sources of financing that can provide stable, ethical, and scalable funding for organizations addressing the world's most challenging problems. The panel will bring together voices from across the financial continuum to discuss how the financial system can work for all.  It will point the way to align interests of public, private, and philanthropic capital to build solutions for a more equitable world.

Fazel Abed, Founder and Chairman, BRAC
Sheila Bair, Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
Maria Bartiromo, Anchor, CNBC
James Dimon, Chairman and CEO, JP Morgan Chase & Co.
Peter Sands, Chief Executive Officer, Standard Chartered PLC

What: Finance Breakout Sessions

Time: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Set-Time: 9:30 AM

Topics: Townhall: Harnessing Financial Markets for the Global Good

The slowing of capital flows (private, public, and philanthropic) increases the need for double (or triple) bottom line investors  and capital market solutions to raise the billions in long-term financing required to address global challenges in climate change, health care, education, poverty, and other areas. This breakout session will examine the infrastructure necessary for generating, supporting, and measuring investments to leverage more finance from a greater variety of sources, channeled to points of high impact in ways that produce clear social as well as financial returns. It will identify the roles that policymakers, regulators, investors, entrepreneurs, and financial markets can play in building an infrastructure that engenders and supports high impact, long-term investing. 

Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of the Republic of Iceland
Shamshad Akhtar, Regional Vice President, Middle East and North Africa, The World Bank
Peter Blom, Chief Executive Officer, Triodos Bank N.V.
Robert Christen, Director, Financial Services for the Poor, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Roger W. Ferguson Jr., President and CEO, TIAA-CREF
Suzanne Nora Johnson, Chair, Global Markets Institute
Christine Eibs Singer, Chief Executive Officer, E+Co

Seminar: Deepening Financial Inclusion to Reach the Underserved – The "Bottom Billion" and the "Missing Middle"

Millions of poor families have gained access to financial services through microfinance over the last 30 years. But there are two demographics currently below and above the reach of most microfinance: the extremely poor (the "bottom billion") and the small business entrepreneur (the "missing middle").  This working group panel will examine scalable innovations now underway to extend financial inclusion to these two demographics so that they too can help create equitable financial systems and become part of the answer to solving world challenges like poverty, access to health care and education, and climate change. 

Abdul Karim al-Arhabi, Minister of Planning and Deputy Prime Minister, Yemen
William Foote, Founder and CEO, Root Capital
James Gutierrez, Chief Executive Officer, Progreso Financiero
Mary Houghton, Co-Founder and President, ShoreBank Corporation
Elizabeth L. Littlefield, Director, The World Bank; CEO, CGAP: Consultative Group to Assist the Poor

Seminar: Crossing Borders Between Public, Private and Philanthropic Finance

Philanthropic, public, and profit-seeking investors have begun to find creative ways to collaborate in financing responses to some of the world's most intractable problems. This working group panel will look at creative finance tools being used to share the risks and rewards of investing in solutions to poverty, access to health care and education, and climate change. The focus will be on profiling financial innovations that can cross sectors while leveraging the comparative advantages of private, public, and philanthropic capital. By spotlighting collaborative financing models and tools, and the impact of investing metrics being used to chart their successes, these models and tools can be spread more widely throughout the public, private, and philanthropic worlds.

Fola Adeola, Founder and Chairman, Guaranty Trust Bank, PLC
Matthew Arnold, Principal, PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc.
David Bornstein, Author,
Rachel Kyte, Vice President Advisory Services, International Finance Corporation

What: Closing Plenary Session

Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Location: Metropolitan Ballroom

Set-Time: 12:00 PM

The closing plenary will highlight progress over the past five years, showcase the accomplishments of the 2009 Annual Meeting, and inspire attendees to continue their work via Commitments to Action in the year ahead with a keynote address from Hillary R. Clinton, United States Secretary of State, and closing remarks from President Clinton .

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