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Business Initiative to Eliminate Extreme Poverty
William Gates, Sr., Dan Evans, William Ruckelshaus, John Shalikashvili, and business leaders are promoting a new initiative on global poverty.

On the website of the Seattle Initiative the question is asked "How can the United States address the most urgent challenges of our time?" Terrorism, HIV/AIDS, environmental degradation, regional instability, and economic uncertaintly are listed as most urgent challenges. But the answer given to address these challenges is to "eliminate extreme poverty".

Leaders of the Seattle Initiative are meeting this week with national security advisor Condoleezza Rice and U.S. trade representative Robert Zoellick to present their view that the future of the United States is inextricably linked to the fate of the world's poor.

Members of the alliance include William Gates, Sr. who runs the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Dan Evans, former senator and governor from Washington, former EPA administrator William Ruckelshaus, retired General John Shalikashvili, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and officials of major companies.

The initiative is a project of Global Partnerships with offices in downtown Seattle.

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Date Added: 1/27/2004 Date Revised: 1/27/2004 10:45:40 AM

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