• President Obama and President Clinton to Hold Conversation on Health Care at 2013 CGI Annual Meeting

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    More than 1,000 global leaders, including 60 current and former heads of state, as well as top business, NGO, and philanthropy leaders from over 70 nations, to convene at ninth Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, Sept 23-26 in New York City under theme of ‘Mobilizing for Impact’

     

    Participants to include Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, Founder and Chairperson, BRAC; Richard C. Adkerson, Vice Chairman, President and CEO,  Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.; Madeleine K. Albright, Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group; His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani, Chairman, Ooredoo Group; Lloyd C. Blankfein, Chairman and CEO, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.; Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor, City of New York; Bono, Lead Singer, U2, Co-founder, ONE and (RED); John T. Chambers, Chairman and CEO, Cisco; Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization;  David Crane, President and CEO, NRG Energy, Inc.; Hikmet Ersek, President and CEO, The Western Union Company; Bill and Melinda Gates, Co-chairs and Trustees, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Al Gore, Former Vice President of the United States and Chairman of The Climate Reality Project; Mo Ibrahim, Founder and Chairman, Mo Ibrahim Foundation; Antony Jenkins, Group Chief Executive, Barclays PLC; Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company; Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group; Kay Krill, President and CEO, ANN INC.; Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund; Andrew Liveris, Chairman and CEO, The Dow Chemical Company; Luis Alberto Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank; Peter R. Orszag, Vice Chairman, Public Sector and Chairman, Financial Strategies and Solutions, Citi; John Podesta, Chair, Center for American Progress; Judith Rodin, President, The Rockefeller Foundation; Jim Rogers, Chairman of the Board, Duke Energy Corporation; Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer, Facebook; Carlos Slim Helú, founder, Fundación Carlos Slim; Peter Sands, Group Chief Executive, Standard Chartered Bank; Don Thompson, President and CEO, McDonald’s Corporation; Hans Vestberg, President and CEO, Ericsson Group; Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation; and Muhammad Yunus, Chairman,Yunus Centre

    NEW YORK On Tuesday, September 24, President Barack Obama and President Bill Clinton will engage in a conversation about the benefits and future of health care reform in America and access to quality health care around the globe.  This will be preceded by a session hosted by Chelsea Clinton in which key leaders and CGI commitment-makers will discuss the importance of investing in prevention to tackle the rise of non-communicable diseases, such as cancer and diabetes. This is part of the newly announced lineup of global leaders announced by President Clinton, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton.

    Along with President Obama, hundreds of high-level government leaders are confirmed to participate in this year’s Annual Meeting, where they’ll devise solutions to global challenges.  More than 60 current and former heads of state are set to convene under CGI’s 2013 theme, “Mobilizing for Impact,” which will help them effectively advance goals such as increasing entrepreneurship among women and youth and creating communities that are more resilient to climate change-related disasters.

    Participating heads of state will include Kenny Anthony,  Prime Minister of Saint Lucia; Joyce Banda, President of the Republic of Malawi; Milo Dukanovic, Prime Minister of Montenegro; Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, President of Mongolia; Ralph Everard Gonsalves; Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Armando Guebuza, President of the Republic of Mozambique; Atifete Jahjaga, President of the Republic of Kosovo; Goodluck Jonathan,  President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda; John Key, Prime Minister, New Zealand; Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania; Željko Komšić, President of Bosnia and Herzegovina; Ernest Bai Koroma, President of Republic of Sierra Leone; Laurent Lamothe, Prime Minister of the Republic of Haiti; Ricardo Martinelli Berrocal, President of the Republic of Panama; John Dramini Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana; Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of Somalia; Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta; Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda; Bujar F. Nishani, President of the Republic of Albania; Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of the Gabonese Republic; Alassne Ouattara, President of Cote D’Ivoire; Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago; Rosen Plevneliev, President of the Republic of Bulgaria; Edi Rama, Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania; Navinchandra Ramgoolam, Prime Minister of the Republic of Mauritius; Frederik Reinfeldt, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Sweden; Tommy Remengesau, President of Palau; Mikheil Saakashvili, President of the Republic of Georgia; Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal; Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia; Anote Tong, President of the Republic of Kiribati; and Viktor Yanukovych, President of Ukraine.

    Heads of state will join other global leaders from government and multi-lateral organizations, such as Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; His Royal Highness Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Saud, Chairman, Board of Directors, King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies; Madeleine K. Albright, Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group;  Nabil ElAraby, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States; Ehud Barak, Former Prime Minister of the State of Israel; Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor, City of New York;  Kjell Magne Bondevik, Former Prime Minister of Norway; President of the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights; Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization; Felipe de Jesús Calderón Hinojosa, Former President of Mexico; José María Figueres Olsen, Former President of the Republic of Costa Rica, President, Carbon War Room; Julia Gillard, Former Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia; Thorbjørn Jagland, Former Prime Minister of Norway; Secretary General of the Council of Europe; Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group;  Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund;  Tzipi Livni, Minister of Justice, State of Israel; Her Royal Highness Princess Dina Mired, Director General, King Hussein Cancer Foundation; Olusegun Obasanjo, Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Jorge Sampaio, Former President of the Portuguese Republic; and Petar Stoyanov, Former President of Bulgaria, President and Founder of the Center for Global Dialogue and Cooperation.

    Government participants will be joined by top leaders from the private sector, philanthropy, and the world’s most effective NGOs, such as Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, Founder and Chairperson,BRAC; His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani, Chairman, Ooredoo Group; Bono, Lead Singer, U2, Co-founder, ONE and (RED); John T. Chambers, Chairman and CEO, Cisco; David Crane, President and CEO, NRG Energy, Inc.; Hikmet Ersek, President and CEO, The Western Union Company;  Bill and Melinda Gates, Co-chairs and Trustees, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Mo Ibrahim, founder and chairman, Mo Ibrahim Foundation; Antony Jenkins, Group Chief Executive, Barclays PLC; Jane Goodall, Founder, Jane Goodall Institute; Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company; Kay Krill, President and CEO, ANN INC.; Andrew Liveris, Chairman and CEO, The Dow Chemical Company; Luis Alberto Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank; John Podesta, Chair, Center for American Progress; Judith Rodin, President, The Rockefeller Foundation; Jim Rogers, Chairman of the Board, Duke Energy Corporation; Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer, Facebook; Peter Sands, Group Chief Executive, Standard Chartered Bank; Carlos Slim Helú, founder, Fundación Carlos Slim;  Arne M. Sorenson, president and CEO, Marriott International, Inc.; Don Thompson, President and CEO, McDonald’s Corporation; Hans Vestberg, President and CEO, Ericsson Group; Darren Walker, President, The Ford Foundation; and Muhammad Yunus, Chairman, Yunus Centre.

    Obama Administration officials set to participate in the CGI Annual Meeting include Valerie B. Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, The White House; Gina McCarthy, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Todd Park, Special Assistant to the President and Chief Technology Officer, The White House; Susan Rice, National Security Advisor, The White House; Catherine Russell, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, U.S. Department of State; and Rajiv Shah, Administrator, USAID. Other U.S. government and public sector leaders will include Christopher Andrew Coons, U.S. Senator for Delaware, United States Senate; Alejandro García Padilla, Governor of Puerto Rico; Fred P. Hochberg, Chairman and President, Export-Import Bank of the United States; Mitch Landrieu, Mayor, City of New Orleans; Elizabeth L. Littlefield, President and CEO, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC); Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor, State of California; Jay Nixon, Governor, State of Missouri; and Gene Sperling, Director, White House National Economic Council.

    Please visit http://www.clintonglobalinitiative.org/ 2013 regularly for the latest program details and list of participants.

    Sponsors for the 2013 CGI Annual Meeting include: Ambassador Gianna Angelopoulos; APCO Worldwide; Barclays; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina; Booz Allen Hamilton; Cisco Systems, Inc; Delos Living; Deutsche Bank; Diageo; Duke Energy Corporation; ExxonMobil; Ford Foundation; Fuel Freedom Foundation; GEMS Education; Hewlett-Packard; Inter-American Development Bank; InterEnergy; Jive Software; Laureate International Universities; Microsoft Corporation; NRG Energy, Inc; Pfizer; Procter & Gamble; Shangri-La; Standard Chartered PLC; Starkey Hearing Foundation; Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd; The American Federation of Teachers; The Coca-Cola Company; The Dow Chemical Company; The Goldman Sachs Group; The Hult Prize; The Nike Foundation; The Rockefeller Foundation; Tom Golisano; Toyota; Unite4good; United Postcode Lotteries; Victor Pinchuk Foundation; and Western Union Financial Services.

    The hashtag for the Annual Meeting is #CGI2013. Follow CGI on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative for meeting news and highlights, and watch the live webcasts at live.clintonglobalinitiative.org.

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    About the Clinton Global Initiative
    Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, 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 2,300 commitments, which are already improving the lives of more than 400 million people in over 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $73.5 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, and, this year, CGI Latin America, which will bring together Latin American leaders to identify, harness, and strengthen ways to improve the livelihoods of people in Latin America and 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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