Zicklin School’s Sethi to Attend President Clinton’s Global Forum
Professor Prakash Sethi Invited to Clinton Global Initiative
New York, NY - September 1, 2005--S. Prakash Sethi, a University Distinguished Professor of Management in Baruch's Zickiln School of Business, will join global luminaries, including current and former heads of state, some of the world’s leading scholars, and business executives from both the public and private sectors, as well as religious leaders, to participate in the first Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) conference, scheduled to take place in Manhattan from Sept. 15-17. The conference is an invitation-only event.
“It is indeed a privilege and an excellent learning opportunity for me to be participating in the Clinton Global Initiative. I also hope that in some small manner I will be able to contribute to the deliberations of this gathering,” Sethi said.
CGI is the brainchild of former President Bill Clinton, whose nonprofit William J. Clinton Foundation is dedicated to developing global health, economic, political, and social reforms. CGI’s lofty goals reflect Clinton’s own brand of ambitious optimism while seeking to provide and implement realistic solutions to four of the world’s toughest problems: poverty, the role of religion in value-forming institutions, climate change, and the development and support of good governance practices and business enterprise in fledgling democracies. Attendees will participate in roundtable workshops of approximately 15 people and are expected to make a commitment to action in one of the four arenas for change.
Heralded by Clinton as an alternative to other venues for global change, like the annual Davos World Economic Forum, whose critics claim focuses too heavily on creating profits and political deal brokering, CGI stresses action.
Sethi, who is also president of the International Center for Corporate Accountability (ICCA), a nonprofit NGO based at Baruch, notes, “The mandate of the conference is on action. Naturally, it is hoped that meaningful, feasible policies and programs will be developed, which, given the economic and political resources assembled, and the commitment of the conference leadership and participants, stand a very good chance of being implemented.”
Coinciding with the September session of the United Nations’s general assembly will make it easier for political leaders to attend CGI. Dignitaries slated to attend the inaugural conference include British Prime Minister Tony Blair, United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, French President Jacques Chirac, South African President Thabo Mbeki, Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams, Israeli Vice Premier Shimon Peres, and King Abdullah II of Jordan.
Titans of industry from such companies as Sun Microsystems, DuPont, General Electric, Citigroup, Starbucks, and Goldman Sachs represent the business sector, while Google and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are sponsoring the event. News Corp. International Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch and Time Warner Chairman and CEO Dick Parsons have also signed up.
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