Rockefeller Foundation President Discusses Solutions to Interconnected Challenges of Global Poverty and the Climate Crisis

Sep 25, 2008, 01:00 ET from The Rockefeller Foundation

    NEW YORK, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- During today's Clinton
 Global Initiative program, Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin
 will headline a Special Session panel discussion that explores solutions to
 the devastating impact of climate change on the world's poor.
     In 2007, the Rockefeller Foundation launched a $70 million initiative
 to help poor communities prepare for and recover from the global climate
 crisis' impacts. Today, the Foundation also supports work to strengthen
 food security against the risks of climate change, lay the groundwork for
 innovative, new carbon sequestration strategies, and promote major
 investments in America's transportation infrastructure to put underserved
 communities on the path to prosperity while driving down carbon emissions.
 All told, the Rockefeller Foundation has committed about $100 million to
 address the interconnected challenges of expanding economic opportunity
 while mitigating and adapting to global climate change.
Discussion Topic: "Climate Change and Poverty" Participants: -- Judith Rodin, President, Rockefeller Foundation -- H.E. Felipe Calderon, President, United Mexican States -- Richard Cizek, Vice President Governmental Affairs, National Association of Evangelicals -- Van Jones, Founder and President, Green for All -- Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, Director-General, TERI, The Energy and Resources Institute -- John Podesta, President and CEO, Center for American Progress Time: 4:00 - 5:00 PM Location: Empire East and Empire West, Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers The Rockefeller Foundation was established by John D. Rockefeller, Sr., in 1913. With assets of more than $4 billion, the Foundation works around the world to ensure that globalization's benefits and opportunities are spread more fully in more communities. Since 2005, the Rockefeller Foundation has launched major initiatives to strengthen global health systems, bolster resilience to climate change in poor communities around the world, mobilize an agricultural revolution in Africa, rebuild New Orleans in the wake of Katrina, strengthen the economic security of working families, and shape smarter, more sustainable transportation policies in the United States.

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