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From: Miriam Burgues >
Date: September 20, 2016 at 3:23:32 PM EDT
To: "Allen, Jessica L. EOP/WHO" >
Subject: Additional pool report of CEO round-table about refugees
Before Potus brief remarks in the CEO round-table about refugees, meeting in a room inside the UNGA, your pooler was there to hear the speeches of Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, senior adviser Valerie Jarrett and others.
VP Joe Biden was leading the meeting but left when your pooler entered in the room. His wife, Jill Biden, took his seat but she didn't make any comments.
White House announce today that 51 companies from across the American economy have committed to investing, donating or raising more than 650 million dollars for helping refugees.
Pritzer said the private sector is an "essential partner" in US efforts for helping refugees and "the business community is indispensable in addressing" all the challenges that refugees are facing.
Pritzer spoke about her personal story and her ancestors arriving in US, pledging to ensure "the same opportunity" for current refugees.
Later, Jarrett said that US is a "nation of immigrants".
"We are in this together", "If we work together, we can actually change the world for the better", Jarrett said.
Other of the speakers were actor George Clooney and her wife, Amal, about their project to put 10,000 children refugees in Lebanon in formal education in next school year.
"We really need that this works out", Clooney said.
These people, the refugees, "are victims of the war".
"We can't lose an entire generation of children only for being born in the wrong place and in the wrong time", Clooney noted.
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