Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinsion and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness will make a dramatic visit to New York to plead for immediate economic investment and to discuss the worsening political situation in Ireland.
Former President Clinton will officiate at this special session session on Northern Ireland during the fifth-annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting.
The special session will be moderated by Clinton, and panelists will include Peter Robinson, First Minister, Northern Ireland Executive; and Martin McGuinness, deputy First Minister, Northern Ireland Executive; Declan Kelly, Economic Envoy to Northern Ireland; U.S. Department of State; Shaun Woodward, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland; and Micheál Martin, Minister for
Foreign Affairs, Republic of Ireland.
"I am honored that some of the key figures who exercised political leadership to secure devolved government in Northern Ireland willjoin me at the Annual Meeting next week," President Clinton said. "I am looking forward to a stimulating and frank discussion about the region."
Panelists will discuss the factors that can make Northern Ireland even more appealing for foreign investors, how local businesses can reach their markets in the U.S., and how the talents of young people in the region can be utilized through entrepreneurship. Discussions will also focus on how Northern Ireland's successes can be an inspiration to other post-conflict economies throughout the
The session will take place Wednesday, September 23, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., in the New York West Room at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers.
The Annual Meeting convenes world leaders from government, private enterprise, and the civil sector to develop and implement solutions to major challenges around the world. The fifth Annual Meeting will take place September 22-25,
2009, at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers.