Hope Masters And African Leaders Convene To Prepare For 2012 Leon H. Sullivan Summit Themed: Africa Rising
Leaders pledge that Summit will focus on advancing Human Rights and improving Food Security
WASHINGTON, June 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Leon H. Sullivan Summits are furthering President Obama's newly announced partnership to bring food security to the continent highlighted in his address at the recent G-8 Summit. Along with support from African, Caribbean and Latin and Asian American countries, the 9th Summit, in addition to food security, will address critical human rights issues. Masters' is determined to revitalize the human rights legacy left by her father, the Reverend Leon H. Sullivan, creator of the Sullivan Principles and the Global Sullivan Principles.
Aligned with the goals of the African Union, World Bank, United Nations, the Summit outcomes are focused on equity and access to the most basic human needs necessary to both survive and thrive in a continent flush with worlds most needed minerals and natural resources. The Late Reverend Leon H. Sullivan, for whom the Foundation is named, was globally known to face down the challenges on the continent and did not shrink in the face of great challenges as demonstrated in his heroic efforts to dismantle Apartheid by galvanizing and leveraging political, public and private support to advance the needs of Human Rights for Africans. His daughter, along with a powerful cadre of global leaders, continue Sullivan's laudable efforts to bring hope and opportunity to poor people across Africa.
The Leon H. Sullivan Summit, an initiative of the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation was the first internationally recognized Summit of world leaders, convened on African soil, by a non-governmental private foundation. Held biennially in an African nation, the Summits have hosted high-level U.S. Government officials, including former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, as well as former U.S. Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice. Since 1991, more than 20,000 people from the United States and across Africa have attended the Summits and more than $180 billion of debt relief from developed nations has been forgiven through the work of the Summits.
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