Ricky Among Global Leaders

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Postby rinoa » Sun May 29, 2005 2:04 pm

Ricky among global leaders
Sunday, May 29, 2005

By Bibiana Ferraiuoli Suárez

TO SPEAK in behalf of the wellbeing of the children is bringing some results in the humanitarian career of Ricky Martin. On Wednesday, the Puerto Rican artists will be along with Bill Clinton, Angelina Jolie, Carole Bellamy -former executive director of UNICEF- and Bono, lead vocalist of U2, in a meeting called A call to action, organized by the worldwide network CNN.

Angel Saltos, executive director of the Ricky Martin Foundation, told to El Nuevo Dia in advance that this meeting is part of the multiple sessions that form the annual conference that CNN World Report presents.

"It's a three days event where CNN organizes all their global affiliates. They gather leaders and international journalists to talk about the status of the global happenings. This year, they're celebrating their 25th anniversary and it's a privilege that they've invited Ricky Martin. The mission of the Foundation will stay to care for children. The education and protection are main components in this battle".

In the event, there will also be the participation via satellite of, General Perves Musharraf, president of Pakistan and Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, president of Sri Lanka, among other worldwide dignataries. The Puerto Rican singer will arrive to Atlanta on Tuesday and at the same night he will be interviewed by the Colombian journalist Patricia Janiot of CNN en español and Kristie Lu Stout, of CNN International. Both interviews will air live, in between 8:00pm and 10:00pm.

The conference A call to action, with Clinton, Jolie, Bono and Bellamy, won't air live on Wednesday. But there would be some segments broadcasted, from this conference at the same afternoon through the international signal of CNN and then, they will set a date for the complete broadcast, said Saltos.

After this presentation in Atlanta, the Puerto Rican singer will travel to the federal capital, where he will be recognized by the Department of State, as one of the "international heroes" from the annual report of the division Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP).

This honor will be given due to the impact of the People for Children project and the construction of 224 houses in Thailand after the devastating tsunami of Asia, a work where he established an alliance with Habitat for Humanity, El Nuevo Dia and other Puerto Rican enterprises.

Along with his philantropic schedule, on these days Martin will release on radio and on several clubs the single I don't care, from his new album, which should be released in September, with the collaborations of Black Eyed Peas, Luny Tunes and the producer Sean Garrett.

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