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President Bill Clinton, Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton to Host 10th Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, to be held September 21-24 in New York CityTony Blair, Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; José María Figueres Olsen, Former President of the Republic of Costa Rica and President, Carbon War Room; Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement, The White House; Ashley Judd, Actor, Author; Nnamdi Asomugha, Former All-Pro NFL Player/Chairman & Co-Founder, The Asomugha Foundation; David Leonhardt, The New York Times; Shimon Peres, The Ninth President of the State of Israel; Penny Pritzker, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, U.S. Department of Commerce; Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland; Anders F. Rasmussen, Secretary General, North Atlantic Treaty Organization; Gesare Chife, Executive Director, Dr. Aloy & Gesare Chife Foundation; Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, United Nations World Food Programme; Andre J. Gudger, Director, Office of Small Business Programs, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Acquisition, Technology & Logistics, U.S. Department of Defense; Agnes Kalibata, President, AGRA; Nadine Burke Harris, Founder and CEO, Center for Youth Wellness; Afsaneh Beschloss, CEO, Rock Creek Group; Geoffrey Canada, President, Harlem Children’s Zone; Cady Coleman, Astronaut, NASA; Lisa Jackson, Vice President Environmental Initiatives, Apple; Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs, Founding Chairman and CEO Emeritus, Qualcomm Incorporated; Alisa Miller, President and CEO, Public Radio International; Gina McCarthy, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Carter Roberts, President and Chief Executive Officer, World Wildlife Fund; Bunker Roy, Founder, The Barefoot College; Zainab Salbi, Founder, Women for Women International and Executive Producer and Co-Creator, The Trials of Spring
New York, NY – The 2014 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting will convene more than 1,000 global leaders in business, government, and civil society on September 21-24 in New York City. A schedule of activities open to the press and press logistics are available here: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.
- The 2014 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting will convene more than 1,000 global leaders in business, government, and civil society on September 21-24 in New York City
- Media accreditation is now open. To apply, please register online at https://cgi2014.iworldreg.
- More information about the Annual Meeting is available here: www.clintonglobalinitiative.
- Daily schedules and a complete breakdown of activities available for credentialed press can be found here: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Hosted by Seth Meyers, of NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” the 8th annual Clinton Global Citizen AwardsTM will open CGI on Sunday, September 21, honoring outstanding individuals in civil society, philanthropy, public service, and the private sector who exemplify global citizenship through their vision, leadership, and impact in addressing global challenges. The event will feature musical performances by Aloe Blacc, Harlem Samba, Natalie Merchant, Jason Mraz with special guests Raining Jane, and The Roots and appearances by Madeleine Albright, Eva Longoria, and Randy Jackson who serves as music director for the event.
Previously announced participants include: President Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States; His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Lubna b. K. Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development, United Arab Emirates; Michelle Bachelet, President of the Republic of Chile; Mary Barra, Chief Executive Officer, General Motors Company; Deborah Birx, Ambassador-at-Large and U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR); Cherie Blair, Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women; Lauren Bush, Founder and CEO, FEED; John Chambers, Chairman and CEO, Cisco; David Crane, President and CEO, NRG Energy, Inc.; Matt Damon, Co-founder, Water.org; Hikmet Ersek, President and CEO, The Western Union Company; Melinda French Gates, Co-chair and Trustee, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Hugh Grant, Chairman and CEO, Monsanto Company; Tony James, President and COO, Blackstone; Antony Jenkins, Group Chief Executive Officer, Barclays; Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group; Jack Ma, Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group; Tom Malinowski, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, Labor, U.S. Department of State; Cindy Hensley McCain, Founding Member, Eastern Congo Initiative; Henry M. Paulson, Jr., Chairman, The Paulson Institute, Former Secretary of the Treasury of the United States; Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President & CEO, IBM; Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation; Muhammad Yunus, Chairman, Yunus Social Business; and Fareed Zakaria, Host, Fareed Zakaria GPS, CNN.
On another very important note, this came in for immediate release.
CGI Members Airlift 100 Tons of Medical Supplies to Fight Ebola from JFK to West AfricaNEW YORK – Ahead of the 10th Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, Direct Relief and several U.S. aid organizations have made a Commitment to Action to airlift 100 tons of medical supplies to West Africa to combat the Ebola outbreak in the region. The airlift, the largest single emergency shipment from the U.S. to West Africa to date, contains personal protective equipment and medical supplies valued at $6 million wholesale.
Direct Relief, Last Mile Health Join Clinton Health Access Initiative and Other Groups to Distribute Medical Supplies and Protective Equipment
The charter left for Sierra Leone and Liberia on Saturday afternoon. Representatives from CGI and Direct Relief were joined by philanthropists and representatives from the governments of Liberia and Sierra Leone.
“This airlift, organized by several CGI members and led by Direct Relief, truly exemplifies the spirit of the Clinton Global Initiative – to see a pressing issue in the world, and work together to commit to bringing their specific resources and specialties to bear on the problem,” said Bob Harrison, CEO of the Clinton Global Initiative. “I also want to recognize the work of the Clinton Health Access Initiative and Partners in Health in coordinating our response on the ground in Africa. I’m looking forward to seeing the additional work and commitments at our 10th CGI Annual Meeting this week, that will provide immediate and long-term assistance on the ground in West Africa to fight the Ebola Outbreak.”
The airlift contains 100 tons of medical supplies and equipment, including:
Through CGI, Direct Health organized this airlift with several partners, including Last Mile Health, Wellbody Alliance, and Africare. Partners on the ground, including the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) will team up with the respective Ministries of Health to deploy an effective distribution channel to get supplies to clinics, health facilities, and hospitals in regions heavily affected by the outbreak.
- 2.8 million surgical and exam gloves
- 170,000 coverall gowns
- 120,000 masks
- 40,000 liters of pre-mixed oral rehydration solution
- 9.8 million defined daily doses of essential medications
In addition, more supplies will be secured in other locations as precautionary and emergency preparedness measures. Beyond the chartered airlift, Direct Relief will continue to mobilize medical resources into West Africa to combat the spread of Ebola.
“We must do all we can to reduce further the human tragedy caused by this deadly outbreak and help communities avoid an even deeper setback than has occurred already,” said Thomas Tighe, CEO of Direct Relief. “Direct Relief mobilized this airlift in recognition that the failure to act now will make the crisis all the more severe.”
Liberia and Sierra Leone are currently facing the worst Ebola outbreak in history and the first outbreak of its kind in West Africa. As of September 6, 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported more than 4,293 confirmed cases and 2,296 deaths throughout West Africa. WHO also stated that the outbreak could infect more than 20,000 people.
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