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Former President Bill Clinton hit the Sunday shows and was on NBC's "Today Show" on Monday morning, all to highlight his massive Clinton Global Initiative meeting in New York this week. The CGI brings together heads of state and leaders from all walks of life around the world. It is timed to coincide with the opening of the United Nations General Assembly meeting.

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below, from CGI....

President Clinton Announces "Conversations on Courage" at 2011 Clinton Global Initiative

President Clinton Announces "Conversations on Courage" Featuring Aung San Suu Kyi, General Secretary of the National League for Democracy and Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative

September 17, 2011

More than fifty Heads of State to participate, including Barack Obama, President of the United States; King Abdullah, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Ollanta Humala, President, Peru; Tarja Halonen, President, Republic of Finland; George Papandreou, Prime Minister, Greece; Fredrik Reinfeldt, Prime Minister, Kingdom of Sweden; Jalal, Talabani, President, Iraq; Morgan Tsvangirai, Prime Minister, Republic of Zimbabwe

Newly announced participants include Fred P. Hochberg, President, Export-Import Bank of the United States; Herman A. Van Rompuy, President, European Union; Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, European Union; Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Leader of the Danish Social Democrats, Denmark; Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO; General Wesley Clark, Chairman and CEO, General Wesley K. Clark & Associates, LLC; Rajiv Shah, Administrator, United States Agency for International Development; Andrew N. Liveris, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, the Dow Chemical Company; Peter Sands, Group Chief Executive, Standard Chartered Bank; Paul Farmer, Co-founder, Partners in Health; Lee Fisher, President and CEO, CEOS for Cities; Morgan Freeman, Actor and Co-Founder, Revelations Entertainment; Sarah Jones, Playwright/Performer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador; Van Jones, Founder, Rebuild the Dream; Musimbi Kanyoro, President and CEO, Global Fund for Women; Gary Knell, President and CEO, Sesame Workshop; Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor, State of California; Rosario Pérez, Chief Executive Officer, Pro Mujer; Judith Rodin, President, the Rockefeller Foundation; Reeta Roy, President and CEO, the MasterCard Foundation; and James Lee Witt, Chief Executive Officer, Witt Associates

New York-Today, President Bill Clinton announced new elements of the 2011 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, including a rare, live discussion with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, the General Secretary of the National League for Democracy via satellite and a discussion with Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu.

"Aung San Suu Kyi's and Archbishop Desmond Tutu's extraordinary leadership in addressing critical global challenges exemplifies the shared dedication of Clinton Global Initiative members, who have improved the lives of more than 300 million people in more than 180 countries since CGI began seven years ago," said President Clinton.

Drawing upon her own struggles for human rights, democratic governance, and ethnic reconciliation, Suu Kyi will highlight a wide range of strategic actions CGI members can take on these issues. Archbishop Tutu, chairman of the Elders- an independent group of global leaders who work together for peace and human rights-will discuss the importance of a new global effort to end the practice of child marriage.

President Barack Obama will attend the CGI Annual Meeting on Wednesday and deliver closing remarks at the Sustainable Consumption Plenary. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will also participate in the Annual Meeting and hold a one-on-one "conversation" during the Closing Plenary.

More than 1,200 members will attend the seventh Annual Meeting of CGI to brainstorm creative solutions to address the three topics presented at the meeting: Jobs, Jobs Jobs: Generating Employment for the 21st Century; Sustainable Consumption: Ensuring Long-term Prosperity on a Finite Planet; and Girls and Women: Scaling What Works.

On Tuesday, September 20, CGI will host a series of four keynote lunches, with featured speakers: Valentino Achak Deng, founder and director, the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation; Madeleine K. Albright, chair, Albright Stonebridge Group; Dave Eggers, author and co-founder, the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation and Voice of Witness; Thomas Hicks, deputy assistant secretary of the navy for energy, U.S. Department of the Navy; Leymah Gbowee, executive director, Women Peace and Security Network Africa; Michael Porter, bishop william lawrence university professor, Harvard Business School; Dov Seidman, CEO, LRN; and Jonathan Wolfson, chief executive officer, Solazyme.

President Clinton also announced the event will feature a special session on innovation, titled "Game-Changing Innovation: Technologies for Building Social and Economic Value." This session will explore how global innovation opportunities can be brought to scale to build the triple bottom line and achieve new levels of prosperity in the years ahead. The participants include John Chambers, chairman and chief executive officer, Cisco; Tarja K. Halonen, president, Republic of Finland; Andrew N. Liveris, chairman and chief executive officer, the Dow Chemical Company; and Bob McDonald, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Procter & Gamble.

Other special sessions include: "Voices for Change in the Middle East and North Africa," "Sports as a Tool for Social Good," "From Conflict to Creativity: Reducing Violence through the Arts," and "From Response to Resilience: Effective Disaster Preparedness."

The following participants were previously announced: confirmed attendees include Michelle Bachelet, former president of Chile and first under-secretary-general and executive director, UN Women; Tony Blair, founder, the Tony Blair Sports Foundation, former prime minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; Gro Harlem Brundtland, former prime minister, Kingdom of Norway; Chelsea Clinton; Hillary Rodham Clinton, secretary of state, U.S. Department of State; Geena Davis, founder, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media; Bob Diamond, chief executive, Barclays; Helene D. Gayle, president and CEO, CARE USA; Muhtar Kent, chairman and CEO, the Coca-Cola Company; Luis Alberto Moreno, president, Inter-American Development Bank; Dikembe Mutombo, chairman and president, Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, Inc.; Indra Nooyi, chairman and CEO, PepsiCo; Denis O'Brien, chairman, Digicel; Paul Polman, chief executive officer, Unilever; Jim Rogers, chairman, president, and CEO, Duke Energy; Premal Shah, president,; Vikki Spruill, chief executive officer, the Ocean Conservancy; Trudie Styler & Sting; Mark Tercek, president and CEO, the Nature Conservancy; and Muhammad Yunus, Chairman, Yunus Centre.

Newly announced participants include: Gary Barker, international director, Instituto Promundo; Yves Behar, founder and chief designer, fuseproject; Irina Bokova, director-general, UNESCO; General Wesley Clark, chairman and CEO, Wesley K. Clark & Associates, LLC; Paul Farmer, co-founder, Partners in Health; Lee Fisher, president and CEO, CEOS for Cities; Morgan Freeman, actor and co-founder, Revelations Entertainment; Angel Gavidia, student, Cisco Networking Academy; Tarja Halonen, president, Republic of Finland; Sarah Jones, playwright/performer and UNICEF Goodwill ambassador; Van Jones, founder, Rebuild the Dream; Musimbi Kanyoro, president and CEO, Global Fund for Women; Jakaya Kikwete, president, United Republic of Tanzania; Gary Knell, president and CEO, Sesame Workshop; Pat Mitchell, president and CEO, the Paley Center for Media; Toshihiro Nakamura, co-founder and CEO, the Kopernik; Gavin Newsom, lieutenant governor, state of California; Rosario Pérez, chief executive officer, Pro Mujer; Fredrik Reinfeldt, prime minister, Kingdom of Sweden; Judith Rodin, president, the Rockefeller Foundation; Kathleen Rogers, president, Earth Day Network; Reeta Roy, president and CEO, the MasterCard Foundation; Morgan Tsvangirai, prime minister, Republic of Zimbabwe; Peter Sands, group chief executive, Standard Chartered Bank; Rajiv Shah, administrator, United States Agency for International Development; and James Lee Witt, chief executive officer, Witt Associates.

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