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Millard Fuller to speak on global security at World Economic Forum

Habitat for Humanity founder speaks about global security
at World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland

AMERICUS, Ga., Jan. 21, 2004 – Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International, will be among the key international leaders engaged to find solutions for sustained global economic growth and security Jan. 21-25, during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

The theme of the 2004 meeting is, “Partnering for Security and Prosperity.” The program goes well beyond the discussion of terrorism, given that many people around the world are daily threatened by hunger, sickness and lack of opportunity to make better living conditions for their families.

Fuller will sit on one of the panels for Open Forum Davos 2004, titled, “Setting the 2004 Agenda: Human Security.” The opening day session Wednesday, Jan. 21, will assess critical short-term challenges in the field of human security.

“Every day, millions of people around the world wake up without the essentials of life to adequately feed and shelter themselves,” says Fuller. “It is vital that leaders of the world come together and realize that the reduction of poverty will lead to greater human security.”

In addition to Fuller, the panel includes Heinz P. Imhof, chairman of the board, Syngenta, Switzerland; Bernard Kouchner, professor of public health, Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM), France; Sadako Ogata, president of Japan International Cooperation Agency, Tokyo; and Alan W. Whiteside, director, Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD), University of Natal, South Africa. John K. Defterios, anchor and group vice president, content, for International Herald Tribune Television, Italy, will moderate.

In all, more than 2,000 leaders representing churches, non-governmental and non-profit organizations will engage in wide-ranging discussions seeking concrete, enduring and cooperative action. The goal is to highlight the crucial role business leaders must play in forging new partnerships to make the world safer and more prosperous.

As founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International, Fuller has led the organization in helping more than 150,000 low-income families realize the dream of homeownership around the world. Fuller has been awarded numerous achievement awards, including the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, and more than 40 honorary doctorate degrees for his outstanding leadership toward meeting the goal of eliminating poverty housing worldwide.

The World Economic Forum (http://www.weforum.org) is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world. The forum provides a collaborative framework for the world’s leaders to address global issues, engaging particularly its corporate members in global citizenship.

Incorporated as a foundation, and based in Geneva, Switzerland, the World Economic Forum is impartial and not-for-profit; it is tied to no political, partisan or national interests. The forum has NGO consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

Habitat for Humanity International is a Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 3,000 communities in 92 nations have built and sold more than 150,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.