July 3, 2014
Jul 03

ADVISORY: President Clinton to Travel to the Asia/Pacific Region

Press Release

Visit will highlight Foundation work in global health and improved access to medicines; climate change; and economic development in five countries

President Clinton to deliver keynote remarks at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia. 

NEW YORK, NY – On July 16-23, President Bill Clinton will travel to India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Australia to visit the work of the Clinton Foundation and deliver remarks at the 20th International AIDS Conference.

The trip will highlight President Clinton’s longstanding commitment to the Asia/Pacific region, as well as the work of the Clinton Foundation on a number of issues that are critical to the region, including global health and improved access to medicines; climate change; and economic development.

President Clinton has a long commitment to the Asia/Pacific region. As President, he helped enhance global economic growth by responding quickly to the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997, and promoted economic development by elevating the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to a head-of-state event. President Clinton also encouraged inclusive, democratic governance across the region, and worked to promote peace and defuse conflict.

Since leaving office, President Clinton has focused on the Asia/Pacific region – working to improve access to life saving medication through the Clinton Health Access Initiative; supporting commitments to global philanthropy through the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI); and addressing the causes of climate change through the Clinton Climate Initiative. After the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, President Clinton was named U.N. Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery. Along with President George H.W. Bush, he headed an international effort to help countries devastated by the disaster recover, rebuild, and enjoy stronger economic opportunities. President Clinton traveled to the Asia-Pacific region fourteen times – eleven as President, and three times as U.N. Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery.

Visas for travel in the Asia/Pacific region, particularly India, must be secured soon for travel in mid-July. For more information, please e-mail [email protected].

To cover any of these stops, RSVP to [email protected]

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Jaipur, India

Ahead of the 10th CGI Annual Meeting this year, President Clinton will visit a kitchen in Jaipur that is part of a school lunch program that feeds over one million children daily across India. The program is part of a CGI Commitment to Action made by Akshaya Patra and the Deshpande Foundation. Participants in CGI’s annual meetings over the past ten years have created thousands of Commitments to Action: new, specific and measurable plans that address pressing global challenges.

Thursday, July 17, 2014
Lucknow, India

In Lucknow, President Clinton will visit a school and community center that, through the Clinton Health Access Initiative, are providing health care training and information about using zinc and oral rehydration salts to treat diarrhea, as well as educating mothers through self-help groups and school children through classes on these lifesaving treatments.

Friday, July 18, 2014
Hanoi, Vietnam

President Clinton will visit an orphanage outside of Hanoi to view a Clinton Health Access Initiative program that aims to prevent tuberculosis among children living with HIV, as TB/HIV co-infection rates remain high there and globally.

Saturday, July 19, 2014
Banda Aceh, Indonesia

President Clinton will visit sites in Banda Aceh that were affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and assess the recovery and progress that has been made, ahead of the 10th anniversary of the tragedy. More than 200,000 people lost their lives in the tsunami, and nearly 400,000 homes were destroyed or damaged. As U.N. Special Envoy, President Clinton helped coordinate the international relief response. The World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and non-governmental community raised more than $5 billion to support tsunami recovery.

Monday, July 21, 2014
Goroka, Papua New Guinea

President Clinton will visit an HIV lab and treatment center facilitated and meet with expecting parents about antenatal care and prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services by the Clinton Health Access Initiative.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Melbourne, Australia

President Clinton will deliver the Keynote Address at the International AIDS Conference.

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