August 15, 2005
Aug 15

Press Release: Tom Golisano Pledges a Major Contribution to the Clinton Global Initiative

New York
Press Release

Leading participants in the non-partisan Initiative include: Prime Minister Tony Blair, President Jacques Chirac, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and many others.

President Bill Clinton announced today that Tom Golisano, Founder and Chairman of Paychex Corporation, will be the principal underwriter of the Clinton Global Initiative. Golisano joins an impressive and non-partisan list of participants including King Abdullah II & Queen Rania, Prime Minister Tony Blair, President Jacques Chirac, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President Olusegun Obasanjo, President Leonel Fernandez Reyna, President Victor Yushchenko, Secretary General Kofi Annan, Vice Premier Shimon Peres, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Dr. Hernando de Soto, Sonia Gandhi, Jeff Immelt, Rupert Murdoch, Hank Paulson, Howard Stringer, Dr. Muhammad Yunus and many more global leaders from varying fields.

Taking place this September 15-17, the Clinton Global Initiative will bring together global leaders from business, politics, and non-governmental organizations, to develop concrete policies and solutions to solve the world’s most difficult problems. Guests at the non-partisan conference will participate in workshops and meetings and make specific pledges to take action before the CGI convenes again next year. As part of this results-driven approach, guests will report on their progress to President Clinton over the course of the year.

Focused on results, the Clinton Global Initiative will work towards finding solutions to problems in four main areas: poverty; religion, conflict, and resolution; climate change; and enhancing governance. On each of these topics, the non-partisan conference aims to create innovative, workable solutions that can be implemented by the participants.

“I am thrilled that Tom has made this pledge to the Clinton Global Initiative. This conference is about results and practical solutions to the major problems facing us today, and Tom’s results driven, bottom line outlook is ideally suited to it. Through commitments like this, the Clinton Global Initiative will be a success,” Clinton said.

“I am honored to make this contribution to the Clinton Global Initiative. I believe in President Clinton’s vision of bringing together this group to identify and implement programs to solve the major problems facing our world. This is a new step for me, but I think the Clinton Global Initiative’s practical approach will yield workable solutions, and I am happy to be a part of this effort,” said Golisano.

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