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At the time of his election as Secretary-General, Mr. Ban was his country's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade. His long tenure with the Ministry included postings in New Delhi, Washington D.C. and Vienna, and responsibility for a variety of portfolios, including Foreign Policy Adviser to the President, Chief National Security Adviser to the President, Deputy Minister for Policy Planning and Director-General of American Affairs. Throughout this service, his guiding vision was that of a peaceful Korean peninsula, playing an expanding role for peace and prosperity in the region and the wider world. Mr. Ban has long-standing ties with the United Nations, dating back to 1975, when he worked for the Foreign Ministry's United Nations Division. That work expanded over the years, with assignments as First Secretary at the Republic of Korea's Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, Director of the United Nations Division at the Ministry's headquarters in Seoul and Ambassador to Vienna, during which time, in 1999, he served as Chairman of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization. In 2001-2002, as Chef de Cabinet during the Republic of Korea's presidency of the General Assembly, he facilitated the prompt adoption of the first resolution of the session, condemning the terrorist attacks of 11 September, and undertook a number of initiatives aimed at strengthening the Assembly's functioning, thereby helping to turn a session that started out in crisis and confusion into one in which a number of important reforms were adopted. Mr. Ban has also been actively involved in issues relating to inter-Korean relations. In 1992, as Special Adviser to the Foreign Minister, he served as Vice-Chair of the South-North Joint Nuclear Control Commission following the adoption of the historic Joint Declaration on the Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. In September 2005, as Foreign Minister, he played a leading role in bringing about another landmark agreement aimed at promoting peace and stability on the Korean peninsula with the adoption at the six-party talks of the Joint Statement on resolving the North Korean nuclear issue.

Mr. Ban received a bachelor's degree in international relations from Seoul National University in 1970. In 1985, he earned a master's degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In July 2008, Mr. Ban received an honorary Doctoral Degree from Seoul National University. Mr. Ban has received numerous national and international prizes, medals and honours. In 1975, 1986 and again in 2006, he was awarded the Republic of Korea's Highest Order of Service Merit for service to his country. In April 2008, he was awarded the dignity of the “Grand-Croix de L'Ordre National” (Grand Cross of the National Order) in Burkina Faso, and in the same month received the “Grand Officier de L'Ordre National” (Grand Officer of the National Order) from the Government of Côte d'Ivoire.

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William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III, August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed former United States President William J. Clinton to the position of United Nations Special Envoy for Haiti. The appointment builds on Mr. Clinton’s extensive engagement with Haiti, both while serving in the White House and most recently through his Call to Action on Haiti at the Clinton Global Initiative in September 2008. Mr. Clinton also accompanied the Secretary-General to Haiti in March, during the Secretary-General’s visit to raise global awareness of the Caribbean nation’s needs.

As Special Envoy, Mr. Clinton will help jump-start social and economic recovery efforts in Haiti. He will focus attention on the importance of new partnerships and efforts among the private sector, civil society and donors, as well as strengthen local capacity and create a more stable and prosperous future for Haiti. Building on President Clinton’s lifetime in public service, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) reflects his belief that governments need collaboration from the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and other global leaders to effectively confront the world’s most pressing problems. After attending thousands of meetings during his career in which urgent needs were discussed but no action was taken to solve them, President Clinton saw a need to establish a new kind of meeting with an emphasis on results. In 2005, President Clinton established CGI to turn ideas into action and to help our world move beyond the current state of globalization to a more integrated global community of shared benefits, responsibilities, and values. By gathering world leaders from a variety of backgrounds, CGI creates a unique opportunity to channel the capacities of individuals and organizations to realize change. To fulfill the action-oriented mission of CGI, all members devise practical solutions to global issues through the development of specific and measurable Commitments to Action. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 100 current and former heads of state, 14 Nobel Peace Prize winners, hundreds of leading global CEOs, major philanthropists and foundation heads, directors of the most effective non-governmental organizations, and prominent members of the media. These CGI members have made nearly 1,700 commitments valued at $57 billion, which have already improved more than 200 million lives in 150 countries.

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2011 Speakers and Panelists

Larry King
Don Cheadle
Rajendra Kumar Pachauri
Wangari Maathai
Christiana FigueresFigueres
Larry King
Television and Radio Pioneer, Philanthropist
Panel Moderator
Don Cheadle
Actor, UN Goodwill Ambassador
Nobel Laureate Rajendra Kumar Pachauri
2007 Nobel Peace Prize Recipient, Chair of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change)
Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai
2004 Nobel Prize Recipient, Environmental and political activist
Christiana
Figueres
Executive Secretary
of the United Nations
Framework Convention
on Climate Change
(UNFCCC)
Kandeh Yumkella
Radhika Coomaraswamy
Kumi Naidoo
Kathy Calvin
Hugh Evens
Kandeh Yumkella
Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Radhika
Coomaraswamy
United Nations
Secretary-General’s
Representative
for Children and
Armed Conflict
Kumi Naidoo
Greenpeace
Kathy Calvin
CEO United Nations Foundation
Hugh Evens
Global Poverty Project
Co-Founder & CEO
Kyio Akasaka
Robert C. Orr
Charlize Theron
Edward Norton
Ed Begley Jr.
Kyio Akasaka
Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information
Robert C. Orr
Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Planning and Policy Coordination in the
Executive Office of the Secretary-General
Charlize Theron
UN Messenger
of Peace
Edward Norton
United Nations
Goodwill
Ambassador for Biodiversity
Ed Begley Jr.
Actor,
Environmentalist,
Activist
Djimon Hounsou
Karen Kehela-Sherwood
Marshall Herskovitz
Carie Lemack
Kenna
Djimon Hounsou
Climate Activist and Humanitarian
Karen Kehela-
Sherwood
Co-Chair Imagine Films
Marshall
Herskovitz
Writer, Director, Producer
Carie Lemack
Victim of Terrorism, Oscar nomination for Killing in the Name
Kenna
Musician, founder
SUMMIT ON THE SUMMIT
Michael Franti
Performance by: Michael Franti
Platinum-selling recording artist, filmmaker, human rights worker and activist.
Founder of POWER TO THE PEACEFUL festival
For over two decades, the Bay Area born Franti has been bringing our world exceptionally powerful, deeply felt music. Franti first formed the punk band The Beatnigs while studying at the University of San Francisco, and later the far more hip hop-inflected The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy. In the mid-Nineties, Franti created Spearhead, and increasingly in recent years, he’s found his own voice musically and his own organic brand of popular success. Franti’s impressive series of recordings have vividly reflected his status as a musical citizen of the world.
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GCF VIP PARTICIPANTS

Amy Brenneman, Anne Hathaway, Armie Hammer, Bill Pullman, Demi Moore, Diane Lane, Heather Graham, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Julia Ormond, Hilary Swank, Kiefer Sutherland, Kirk Douglas, Kristin Davis, Jake Gyllenhaal, Oliver Stone, Levar Burton, Maria Bello, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Michael Douglas, Mira Sorvino, Olivia Wilde, Orlando Bloom, Rachel Bilson, Ryan Seacrest, Samuel L. Jackson, Sean Penn, Sophie Winkleman, Stevie Wonder, Andrea Wong, Ben Silverman, Betty Thomas, Bill Fay, Blake Mycoskie, Brian Gott, Bob Pittman, Carlton Cuse, Christy Haubegger, Curtis Hansen, Ed Zwick, Frederick Windsor, G. Mac Brown, Gale Ann Hurd, Ilene Chaiken, Jason Reitman, John Campisi, Jon Landau, Josh Donen, Mark Rowen, Neal Baer, Oren Peli, Paul Hanneman, Ron Howard, Ron Meyer, Suzan Bymel, Terry George, Tracey Edmonds, Trevor Neilson
 

2010 Speakers and Panelists

Ban Ki-moon
Bill Clinton
Robert C. Orr
Ray Chambers
Patricia O'Brien
Secretary General
Ban Ki-moon
President Bill Clinton
Bob Orr
Asst. Secretary General
Ray Chambers
Special Envoy on Malaria
Patricia O’Brien
UN Legal Council
Dr. Margaret Chan
Kathy Calvin
Michele Montas
Ann Veneman
Dr. Margaret Chan
DG-World Health
Kathy Calvin
CEO United Nations Foundation
Michele Montas
Special Advisor to Haiti
Ann Veneman
ED- UNICEF
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