President Barack Obama Announces Memorandum to Support International Civil Society at the Plenary Address of the Clinton Global Initiative 2014:
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - 23 SEPTEMBER 2014 --
President Obama today announced the issuance of a memorandum to support international civil society by easing up the process of large international grants for donors in America, and by proclaiming that government organizations across the board will engage civil society organizations more frequently and to a much greater degree. The President highlighted human rights activists and civil society engineers around the world, calling them from the audience and listing their accomplishments. He also listed activists serving prison terms abroad and affirmed America's and his own personal support for their struggle for human rights. Obama's announcements were met with wide applause throughout the audience.
President Barack Obama: "The most important title is not President, or Prime Minister; it is citizen."
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - 23 SEPTEMBER 2014 - In an inspiring delivery to an audience of civil society philanthropists, activists, and journalists from across corporate, government, and nonprofit sectors, President Obama praised the citizen as the highest title of honor among all people. The citizen, Obama said, created democracy, forced the abolition of slavery, and today works to guarantee and secure human rights around the globe. This is the citizen's most important charge going forward-- to defend human rights in every place where they are threatened.
"The most important title is not President, or Prime Minister," Obama proclaimed in his opening remarks, "it is citizen."