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Clinton Global Initiative Lures Leaders from UN Flagship to Manhattan's West Side

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

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International politics become local this week as world leaders take over midtown Manhattan, with the United Nations General Assembly on the east side of Manhattan and the Clinton Global Initiative on the west.

President Bill Clinton's annual get-together of world leaders, business CEOs and do-gooders begins Tuesday. The aim is to meld money, ideas and power to solve big problems with guests ranging from the Dow Chemical Company's chief executive to Rwandan President Paul Kagame and celebrities Geena Davis and Ben Stiller.

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar, formerly Burma, will address the crowd through a remote video feed in a plenary session on humanitarian leadership.

Areas of focus this year are worldwide job creation, the role of women and girls and a new theme for this conference: how to reduce consumption while ensuring economic growth.

President Barack Obama will address that issue Wednesday afternoon, after his appearance at the United Nations Wednesday morning.

World leaders make their annual speeches at the UN Wednesday through early next week.

Click here to look at the Clinton Global Initiative's three-day agenda.

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