NGO Alliance to Convene 33rd Annual Forum, June 20-22

InterAction 2017 Forum to feature special keynote address from President Bill Clinton
Release Date: 
May 25, 2017
Press Contact: 
Caleb Zimmerman
202.552.6564 (office), 786.531.9770 (cell)

WHEN:  Tuesday, June 20 – Thursday, June 22

WHAT:  InterAction -- the largest alliance in the U.S. of international NGOs working to make the world a more peaceful, just and prosperous place -- will host its 33rd annual Forum in Washington, D.C. from June 20-22. The gathering assembles the leadership and diversity of U.S. NGOs and their partners. More than 100 member organizations will join hundreds of representatives from the development and humanitarian community from the U.S. and around the world.

June 20 Special Event: A Keynote Address by President Bill Clinton

Drawing on his philanthropic work that has helped millions of people around the world and across the U.S., President Bill Clinton, the Founder of the Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States, will open InterAction’s Forum 2017.

Forum Plenary Sessions

Forum 2017 will also feature four plenary sessions open to the press. The sessions will cover a wide range of timely topics: standing united in the face of global changes, addressing the dynamics of international migration, utilizing new technology to address community needs and respect human dignity and navigating transitions in policy to advance shared goals.

Forum Plenary Speakers

  • Joyce Banda, President, Republic of Malawi, 2012-2014
  • Kristalina Georgieva, Chief Executive Officer, World Bank
  • Mary Robinson, President, Mary Robinson Foundation-Climate Justice

WHERE: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW, Washington, D.C. 20001 (Metro: Yellow-Green Line/ Mt. Vernon Sq/7th St. - Convention Center).

Press RSVPs are required by Thursday, June 15 at 5:00 p.m. ET: For any television, radio, multimedia or other credentialed members of the press with special coverage or set-up needs, please be sure to add any logistical questions or needs in your RSVP. Please note: press RSVPs do not guarantee admission to InterAction Forum 2017.


Tuesday, June 20 - Opening Plenary: United We Stand

10:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Political leaders around the world are questioning the values of institutions, norms of governance and standards of economics. In this uncertainty, we must remember and renew our core values and mission. InterAction, our members and partners are internationalists, committed to improving the world with a deep belief that staying connected is the only way to advance human welfare and will make each of us stronger. Read more

Opening Keynote: President Bill Clinton

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June 20 - Afternoon Plenary: The Changing Dynamics of Migration

3:15 p.m.-4:45 p.m.
In 2015, the number of international migrants worldwide, or people residing in a country other than their country of birth, reached its highest ever recorded level, 244 million people. Sixty million of these people were forced from their homes by war or natural hazards, the greatest forced population displacement since World War II. The movements of these populations have been met with the growing rhetoric of populism, nationalism and xenophobia across the world. Read more

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Wednesday, June 21 - Plenary Session: The Human Side of Technology

10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Innovation and breakthrough technologies are often cited as a key solution for more effective and more efficient ways to provide humanitarian relief or development outcomes. In some contexts, new technologies allow programs to reach farther, serve more people and deliver cost saving outcomes. However, for every successful prototype that reaches scale, there are dozens of others designed to solve the wrong problem and ultimately fail. Read more

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Thursday, June 22 - Closing Plenary: Navigating the New Washington

10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
The 2016 U.S presidential election sparked a major political transition in Washington, D.C., signaling changes in foreign and budgetary policy that deeply impact how the U.S. engages around the world. These developments mark a clear departure from the two previous presidential administrations which developed deep collaborations with the international community, including the role of civil society and NGOs. Read more

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