September 11, 2014
Thursday
Sep 11
2014

President Clinton, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton Announce More Participants for 10th Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting and Honorees and Performers for the 8th Clinton Global Citizen AwardsTM

New York, NY
Press Release

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Michelle Bachelet, President of the Republic of Chile; Cherie Blair, Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women; Carlos Alves de Brito, Chief Executive Officer, Anheuser-Busch InBev; Lauren Bush, Founder and CEO, FEED; John Chambers, Chairman and CEO, Cisco; Joaquim Alberto Chissano, Former President of the Republic of Mozambique, Chairperson, Joaquim Chissano Foundation; David Crane, President and CEO, NRG Energy, Inc.; Geena Davis, Founder, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media; Peter H. Diamandis, Chairman and CEO, XPRIZE; Hikmet Ersek, President and CEO, The Western Union Company; Fadi Ghandour, Founder and Vice Chairman of the Board, Aramex; Ralph E. Gonsalves, Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Hugh Grant, Chairman, President, and CEO, Monsanto Company; Tony James, President and COO, Blackstone; Antony Jenkins, Group Chief Executive Officer, Barclays; Donna Karan, Founder, Urban Zen; Laurent Lamothe, Prime Minister of the Republic of Haiti; Cindy Hensley McCain, Advisor, McCain Institute for International Leadership; Carolyn Miles, President and CEO, Save the Children; Luis Alberto Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Finance Minister, Federal Republic of Nigeria; Vika Pota, Chief Executive Officer, Varkey GEMS Foundation; Group Director, Corporate Affairs, GEMS Education; Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO, New America Foundation

Seth Meyers to host 8th Annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards™ honoring Leonardo DiCaprio, Founder, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation; Atifete Jahjaga, President of the Republic of Kosovo; Hayat Sindi, Founder and CEO, i2 Institute; and Greg Asbed and Lucas Benitez, Co-founders, Coalition of Immokalee Workers; with appearances by Madeleine Albright, Eva Longoria, Randy Jackson and musical performances by Aloe Blacc, Natalie Merchant, Jason Mraz with special guests Raining Jane, and The Roots

New York, NY – President Bill Clinton, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton announced new participants for the 10th Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, to be held September 21-24 in New York City, including 45 current and former heads of state, and more than 1,000 of the most influential leaders from business, government, civil society and philanthropy. 

Honorees, participants, and performers for the 8th annual Clinton Global Citizen AwardsTM were also announced. CGI will open on Sunday, September 21st with the Clinton Global Citizen AwardsTM, which have honored 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 since the first Clinton Global Citizen AwardsTM in 2007.

Hosted by Seth Meyers, of NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” the 2014 ceremony will honor Greg Asbed and Lucas Benitez for their work on behalf of farm workers throughout the United States, Leonardo DiCaprio for his dedication to environmental causes and preservation efforts of the world’s oceans, Hayat Sindi for her work to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship among young people in the Middle East, and the President of the Republic of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga, for promoting reconciliation in the region and building Kosovo’s political and economic institutions to gain EU membership. The event will feature musical performances by Aloe Blacc, 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.

Newly announced participants in the Annual Meeting include the most influential from business, government, civil society and philanthropy, including: Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan;  Michelle Bachelet, President, Republic of Chile; Cherie Blair, Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women; Carlos Alves de Brito, Chief Executive Officer, Anheuser-Busch InBev; Erin Burnett, Anchor, Erin Burnett OutFront; Lauren Bush, Founder and CEO, FEED; John Chambers, Chairman and CEO, Cisco; Joaquim Alberto Chissano, Former President, Republic of Mozambique, Chairperson, Joaquim Chissano Foundation; David Crane, President and CEO, NRG Energy, Inc.; Geena Davis, Founder, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media; Peter H. Diamandis, Chairman and CEO, XPRIZE; Hikmet Ersek, President and CEO, The Western Union Company; Shelly Esque, President, Intel Foundation; Kelly Evans, Co-anchor, "Closing Bell", CNBC; Fadi Ghandour, Founder and Vice Chairman, Aramex; Ralph E. Gonsalves, Prime Minister,  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Hugh Grant, Chairman, President and CEO, Monsanto Company; Mark Gunton, Chief Executive Officer, Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership; Sanjay Gupta, Chief Medical Correspondent, CNN; Tony James, President and COO, Blackstone; Antony Jenkins, Group Chief Executive Officer, Barclays; Musimbi Kanyoro, Chief Executive Officer, Global Fund for Women; Donna Karan, Founder, Urban Zen; Laurent Lamothe, Prime Minister Republic of Haiti; Parker Liautaud, Expedition Leader, Willis Resilience Expedition; Cindy Hensley McCain, Advisor, McCain Institute for International Leadership; Molly Melching, Executive Director, Tostan; Carolyn Miles, President and CEO, Save the Children; Luis Alberto Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Finance Minister, Federal Republic of Nigeria; Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund; Vika Pota, Chief Executive Officer, Varkey GEMS Foundation; Group Director, Corporate Affairs, GEMS Education; Martin Riant, Group President, Global Baby, Feminine & Family Care, Proctor & Gamble; V. Shankar, Chief Executive Officer, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Americas, Standard Charter Bank; Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO, New American Foundation, and Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University; Uma Thurman, Founding Board Member, Room to Grow, Award-winning Actress; Xiaogang Wei, Executive Director, Beijing Gender Health Education Institute; Derek Yach Executive Director, The Vitality Institute; and, Fareed Zakaria, Host, Fareed Zakaria GPS, CNN.

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; Mary Barra, Chief Executive Officer, General Motors Company; Matt Damon, Co-founder, Water.org; Melinda French Gates, Co-chair and Trustee, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group; Jack Ma, Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group; Henry M. Paulson, Jr., Chairman, The Paulson Institute, Former Secretary of the Treasury of the United States; Becky Quick, Co-anchor, Squawk Box, CNBC; Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President & CEO, IBM; Charlie Rose, Host, “Charlie Rose Show”; Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation; and Muhammad Yunus, Chairman, Yunus Social Business.

Media accreditation is now open and those planning to cover the 2014 Annual Meeting must be approved and credentialed by the Clinton Global Initiative. To apply, please complete this form http://cgilink.org/1p6bAaD. The deadline to apply is Friday, September 19. Members of the media are encouraged to submit an online application in advance of this deadline, as credentials will be approved processed on a rolling basis. Members of the press who have received email confirmation from CGI to attend the meeting are encouraged to pick up their credentials on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at the press registration desk. To pick up your credential, a valid government-issued ID is required. Please send questions regarding media registration to [email protected].

The Annual Meeting is sponsored by Tom Golisano, Ambassador Gianna Angelopoulos, HSBC Bank USA, N.A., Hult Prize Foundation, Starkey Hearing Foundation, Victor Pinchuk Foundation,  Barclays, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Coca-Cola Company, Ford Foundation, Monsanto, P&G, Rockefeller Foundation, United Postcode Lotteries, Varkey Gems Foundation, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Cisco, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women, NRG Energy, PWC, Blackstone, Deutsche Bank, ExxonMobil, HP, Inter-American Development Bank, InterEnergy, Laureate International Universities, Microsoft, Standard Chartered Bank, Swiss Re, Western Union, APCO Worldwide, Diageo, Jive, and Knoll.

Please visit  www.clintonglobalinitiative.org/2014 regularly for the latest program details and list of participants. Follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative for meeting news and highlights. The event hashtag is #CGI2014.

About the Clinton Global Citizen AwardsTM
Established in 2007, the Clinton Global Citizen Awards embody President Bill Clinton’s call to action by honoring outstanding individuals who exemplify global citizenship through their vision and leadership. These citizens have proven that diverse sectors of society can work together successfully to devise solutions that effect positive, lasting social change. Nominated by Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) members and other global leaders, honorees are chosen based on their innovative approaches, and on the demonstrated results and sustainability of their work. Through their uncommon abilities to strengthen civil society, these visionaries inspire us all to take action and to become true global citizens.

The 2014 Clinton Global Citizen Awards will be presented during a special ceremony at the CGI Annual Meeting, on the evening of September 21. The evening’s program will include special appearances by individuals who embrace the mission of an integrated, shared world. In past years, special appearances have been made by Ben Affleck, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Barbra Streisand, Ben Stiller, President Festus Mogae, Iman, Kevin Spacey, Morgan Freeman, Prime Minister MorganTsvangirai, Salma Hayek, General Wesley Clark, and more. Musical entertainment has included: Sting, K’Naan, Alicia Keys, James Taylor, Juanes, Youssou N’Dour, The Roots, Elvis Costello, and Angelique Kidjo.

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