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Clinton working to tackle world issues

I'm sure Clinton-haters will find ways to malign the former president's motives, but I applaud his effort to address some of the world's most pressing problems. From SFGate.com
Clinton Launches First Global Summit

(09-15) 11:26 PDT NEW YORK, (AP) -- An initiative led by former President Clinton to tackle poverty, climate change and other worldwide issues is launching with a gathering of political leaders and activists who are promising to pitch in — and must put those pledges in writing.

Participants who fall short can't come back next year, said Jay Carson, spokesman for the Clinton Global Initiative.

Among the 800 expected at a Manhattan hotel for the three-day event beginning Thursday are British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, and Clinton himself.

"This conference is not about talk, it's about action," Carson said. Clinton has been "very clear that if people aren't here to make a difference, then they're at the wrong conference."

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It's refreshing to see another former president taking on humanitarian issues for altruistic reasons and trying to make a real difference in making this a better world. Whatever is said about Carter's presidency, only the most cynical will not give him credit for the wonderful work he has done since after his presidency ended. I see Clinton building a similar legacy. In contrast, what legacy has Ford, Reagan and Bush 1 left after they left office?
"In my life now, I am obsessed with only two things: I don't want anybody to die before their time, and I don't want to see good people spend their energies without making a difference... You can change the reality of human history by systemic action."

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