President Clinton to Speak at Ethanol Summit in Brazil

Joanna Schroeder

080329_bill_clintonLay down the red carpet. Former President Bill Clinton will be a headliner at this year’s Ethanol Summit in Sao Paulo, Brazil June 1-3, 2009. The conference is hosted by UNICA,vthe Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA), and is touted as one of the most important gatherings focused on biofuels in the world.

After eight years in the white house, President Clinton established the William J. Clinton Foundation with a mission, “to strengthen the capacity of people in the United States and throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence.” The Foundation has grown to more than 1,400 staff and volunteers around the world.

So what’s the tie between Clinton and Biofuels? There are several: the Clinton Climate Initiative, the Clinton Hunter Development Initiative and the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative. The cross-over goals all the three campaigns are to fight worldwide climate change and develop sustainable growth, especially in Africa and Latin America.

There will be more than 90 speakers, in addition to Clinton, from every continent addressing challenges and opportunities during the summit. There will also be several panels and one will be moderated by The Economist. It’s not too late to update your passport and hop on a plane and engage in the worldwide discussion on biofuels.

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