Bill Clinton gets 194 pledges to tackle world woes

By REUTERS
September 23, 2011 03:02

 
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NEW YORK - Pledges to train 40,000 Tunisian youths to open businesses, give a million poor US students access to broadband and teach 600 Indonesians a trade were among the commitments made at former US President Bill Clinton's philanthropic summit, which ended on Thursday.

With a focus on creating jobs, programs for women and girls and sustainable consumption, heads of states, business leaders, humanitarians and celebrities at the seventh annual Clinton Global Initiative made 194 pledges valued at more than $6 billion to tackle the world's woes.

During the closing session of the three-day conference, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appealed to those with "educated opinions" to help the United States and the world deal with the economic crisis instead of blaming politicians.

"We are very worried in our own government, as you know, about Europe, we're still worried about growth in our own country, we're worried about the potential impact in the consuming countries like ours, but also in poor countries," said the secretary of state, who is Bill Clinton's wife.

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