Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP MLA will be leaving on Monday to attend the first two days of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York.

 Adams is a member of the CGI and has attended the event each year since it was established four years ago in 2005, by former US President Bill Clinton.

 The CGI brings together global leaders, activists, celebrities, Nobel Prize winners, business leaders and scholars for four days of discussions about some of the world's biggest challenges including energy and climate change, global health, education, and poverty alleviation.

 This year President Clinton will chair a session involving First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

 Speaking today the Sinn Féin President said:

 “The CGI is a unique event which succeeds in highlighting important global issues but it is action-orientated and seeks commitments from participants which can make a real difference in people's lives.

 The peace process in Ireland is viewed by many as an example of how conflict can be successfully ended. There will be a lot of interest in the session involving the first and deputy First Ministers.”