Everyone loves “accountability.” But nobody likes it. Today Johnson & Johnson got press for a small pledge for development work made at the Clinton Global Initiative while an NBC news report accused the corporation of hiding info on the deadly effects of a birth control method. Accountability anyone?
UN Meetings and Clinton Global Initiative on climate change and maternal health, Gardasil’s border issue, and news from around the web.
The formal start of the Clinton Global Initiative, which begins with a plenary featuring President Obama, President Clinton, President Michelle Bachelet of Chile and others, is less than an hour away. But there have already been announcements of commitments to and calls for funding for women and girls, a key theme of this year’s meeting.
At a meeting with a small group of progressive bloggers at the Clinton Foundation headquarters in Harlem this afternoon, President Bill Clinton held forth on climate change and building retrofitting, access to AIDS medicines in the developing world, and education standards, but came alive when discussing prospects for health care reform.
At a meeting with progressive bloggers, President Bill Clinton discussed the current economic crisis, encouraging the progressive blogosphere to force questions about whether an economic recovery plan will bolster “not only Wall Street but Main Street.”