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Sidebar on Partners for a New Beginning

Bureau of Resource Management
November 15, 2010


Photo showing Secretary Clinton announcing Partners for a New Beginning with Former Secretary of State Albright at the U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C., April 2010.

Secretary Clinton announces Partners for a New Beginning with Former Secretary of State Albright at the U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C., April 2010. Department of State

In April 2010, the Department of State entered into a partnership with Partners for a New Beginning (PNB) — a group of eminent Americans from a variety of sectors who will reach out systematically to private sector entities at the highest level to harness private sector resources and capabilities to advance New Beginning programs and goals. This will be a flagship partnership in advancing the New Beginning effort.

Led by Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Vice-Chairs Walter Isaacson (CEO, Aspen Institute) and Muhtar Kent (Chairman and CEO, Coca-Cola Company), PNB seeks to engage Muslim communities globally on the basis of mutual interest, respect, and responsibility. The PNB Secretariat operates in close partnership with the Department, facilitated by the Office of Policy Planning, the Special Representative to Muslim Communities, and the Special Representative for Global Partnerships.

PNB inaugurated its full Steering Committee in September 2010 at the Clinton Global Initiative’s Annual Meeting. PNB announced commitments to improve the lives of up to 500,000 people by providing increased access to finance, improved business capacity and development services, greater educational opportunities for students and teachers, enhanced physical and virtual exchange programs, and new science and technology solutions across the priority geographical areas of Egypt, Indonesia, Turkey, Pakistan and West Bank/Gaza. In the coming months, PNB will reach out to U.S. companies, universities, laboratories, research centers, NGOs, foundations, philanthropists, and others to harness their resources, capabilities and expertise to complement New Beginning programs and partnerships. As such, PNB will be a vital catalyst for a new beginning in forging ties between people and institutions in the United States and in Muslim communities around the world.

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