Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton To Attend IDB Annual Meeting in Medellín, Colombia
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton to attend IDB Annual Meeting in Medellín, Colombia
Bill Clinton will take part in the annual meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank in Medellín, Colombia in late March, the IDB announced today.
President Clinton and IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno will lead a public dialogue on the global economic crisis and development on Saturday, March 28, at 6:00 p.m., at Plaza Mayor.
The event will be held on the eve of the annual meeting of the Bank's Board of Governors, which represents the IDB’s 48 member countries.
“Bill Clinton’s blend of pragmatism and optimism has allowed him to find answers to seemingly unsolvable problems, such as bringing down the costs of drugs for AIDS victims and making them available to the poorest of the poor,” said Moreno.
“In these troubled times, his insight may be a source of inspiration for our region’s leaders, who are struggling to protect the progress achieved against poverty over the past few years,” Moreno added.
As founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation, the former president is working on a wide range of global issues that call for urgent action, creative solutions and measurable results. In addition to the IDB Annual Meeting, President Clinton will visit projects of the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative (CGSGI).
CGSGI is an innovative partnership between the Clinton Foundation, the private sector, governments, local communities, and other NGOs to increase the scope, scale, improvement, and sustainability of social and economic development efforts in areas where poverty is widespread.
The IDB, the leading source of long-term financing for economic and social development for Latin America and the Caribbean, is marking the 50th anniversary of its establishment this year.
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