Friday, 26 September 2008

Annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative

25-26 September. NEW YORK. Global warming and poverty are intertwined because the world's poorest people are the ones hardest hit by changes in the climate, and solutions for both problems need to be found, panelists said Thursday at the second day of an annual conference spearheaded by former President Bill Clinton.

The conference opened Wednesday and included former Vice President Al Gore, Bono, Bill Gates and Lance Armstrong. Celebrities including Muhammad Ali were in the audience. Speakers Thursday included actress Drew Barrymore and musician Wyclef Jean, who announced a program to provide school food and health care programs to millions of children in more than 30 countries.

CGI, now in its fourth year, draws world leaders, celebrities, activists and scholars for three days of discussions about pressing global problems. It coincides with the General Assembly meeting taking place on the other side of town at the United Nations.