Bill Clinton to make keynote speech on 14th October in Dubai

Dubai, 1 October 2001. The Government of Dubai and the STARS Foundation today announced its decision to remodel and extend The Science, Technology & Arts Royal Summit (STARS 2001) charity event in Dubai into a series of children's charity initiatives that will be implemented over the next four months. The STARS Foundation is a non-profit making organisation that aims to harness technological breakthroughs to make a better life for the underprivileged children of the world.

The event, which was due to take place on October 13 and 14 2001, will now kick-off on October 14 with a keynote address from former US President Bill Clinton and will continue through to January 2002, culminating in a major event between January 16th and 19th.

Amr Dabbagh, Chairman of the STARS Foundation, said: "The decision to adopt this new approach to STARS 2001 has been taken in the light of the recent tragic events in the United States. Today, more than ever before, we feel that the world needs mutual cooperation, understanding and dialogue between various cultures. We all need what the STARS Foundation was set up to do; to help improve the world we live in and use the achievements of mankind in Science, Technology and the Arts over the last two centuries to create a better world for underprivileged children."

"Bill Clinton will therefore open a very 'different' international Royal Summit later this month with a very important keynote address, coming as it does at a time when the STARS theme of 'East meets West' seems even more appropriate and urgent. A series of charity initiatives to 'make a difference' and raise funds for children worldwide will be announced at this event."

At January's Royal Summit, with Bill Clinton returning as the special guest of honour, the world will gather in Dubai to mark the first achievements of STARS in creating a better life for underprivileged children and announce a ten-point plan addressing how the world can better deliver on the hopes, aspirations and human rights of its young people.

The Royal Summit will be held under the auspices of the Dubai government, the Prince of Wales Business Leaders Forum, Nelson Mandela Children's Fund, UNICEF, The Global Movement for Children, The Queen Rania Jordan River Foundation and the Small Faces Children's Charitable Trust.

"We strongly believe, as do all of those who have been committed to STARS from the outset, that this course of action is a deeply humanitarian way forward. Dubai, the Arab World and the international community will join together on October 14th to achieve something humane at a time of deep moral cynicism to begin a program helping children worldwide," said Al-Dabbagh.