NEW YORK (AP) — The Clinton Global Initiative has gotten under way in New York.
The annual forum brings together leaders in politics, business and philanthropy for three days of brainstorming about the most pressing global problems.
The theme of the 2012 meeting is "Designing for Impact." Its stated purpose is to consider how the Clinton Global Initiative community can utilize the abundance of global capacity "to invent better tools, build more effective interventions, and work creatively and collaboratively to design a future worth pursuing."
Clinton-mediated a high-power panel in Sunday's opening session. Participants included Wal-Mart CEO Mike Duke, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Queen Rania of Jordan and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim.
More than 50 current or former heads of state are lined up for this year's high-power gathering.
Newly elected Libyan President Mohamed Magariafis is listed among about 1,000 forum participants, as is Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is to speak on Monday morning, and President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Tuesday.