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Desai To Promote Johannesburg Summit on Four-City Tour of US

Summit Secretary-General, Nitin Desai
Summit Secretary-General
Nitin Desai

New York, 5 August – Johannesburg Summit Secretary-General Nitin Desai today commenced a tour of America's heartland aimed at building US support for the Summit, which will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa from 26 August to 4 September.

The four-city tour, from 5-8 August, will take Desai to Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis, and Houston where he will meet with a wide range of city officials, business leaders, environmentalists, and the press.

"There has been a huge amount of work at the city and local levels in many cities across the United States," Desai said, and it's time we teamed up with these partners to make the Johannesburg Summit, and the future of sustainable development, a success."

Over 100 world leaders have indicated that they will attend the Summit, an historic opportunity to commit to actions that will promote sustainable development. The world leaders will be joined by business leaders and citizen and community activists to generate projects and programmes that will achieve measurable results.

In Chicago, Desai will appear at a roundtable sponsored by the Environmental Law and Policy Center of Chicago and the Better World Campaign, meet with the environmental staff of the Mayor's office, and attend a Town Hall Meeting at the Chicago Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Desai will then move on to Minneapolis, where he will meet with executives from Cargill, Inc., and international marketer, processor and distributor of agricultural, food, financial and industrial products and services. He will also attend a luncheon with the Mayor and key local and business leaders before attending a sustainable development conference at the University of St. Thomas in downtown Minneapolis.

In Denver, Desai will meet with various members of the press and will be the keynote speaker Public Forum on the World Summit on Sustainable Development at the King Performing Arts Center on the Auraria campus of the University of Colorado-Denver. And then, in Houston, Desai will participate in a live call-in on KTRH-AM, the highest rated talk radio station in the city, as well as participate in meetings with key civic leaders.

Desai will be accompanied Jean Claude Faby, the New York Representative of the UN Foundation and the Better World Campaign. In a distinguished career at the UN, Faby was the Director for North America for the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, where he also served as the spokesman for Conference Secretary-General Maurice Strong.

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