TreeHugger is reporting live from the Clinton Global Initiative 2007 Annual Meeting at the Sheraton New York in Manhattan. The three-day event rustles up about 1,000 global leaders to examine the world's most-pressing and challenging issues, and "transform that awareness into tangible commitments to action." (If members do not keep to their commitments, they're not invited back the following year. This year, five unnamed parties were persona non grata. Major burn.)
The opening session, scheduled for 10 a.m. ET, will be chaired by former president Bill Clinton and focus on the need for global action. Joining him will be our man Al; Archbishop Desmond Tutu; Robert Zoellick, president of the World Bank; President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of the Philippines; President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan; and H. Lee Scott, Wal-Mart head honcho.
This will be followed by working sessions on education for girls; business/energy and climate change; maternal and newborn health, and poverty alleviation/wealth creation.
Oh, they also have mini-croissants. And some Hollywood actress named Angelina something-or-other.