From the ABC's PM - Wednesday, 22 February , 2006 18:21:00
Clinton launches HIV-AIDS partnership with Australia
Reporter: Jennifer Macey
MARK COLVIN: Only the extremely well-heeled had the chance to experience the legendary charisma of former president Bill Clinton when he spoke at a conference in Sydney today. Around 700 of them had each forked out $2,400 for the privilege, but there was a wider benefit to the appearance.
On the sidelines, Mr Clinton had time to launch a new HIV-AIDS partnership with the Australian Government.
Australia is injecting $25 million into the Clinton Foundation to provide cheaper antiretroviral drugs in the Asia-Pacific region.
It was supposed to be a partnership, but Clinton took every chance he could to backdoor us, use us for introductions, double dip on grants and behave like a cheap conman.
In 2005 the Clinton Foundation reported that it had merged the Clinton HIV/Aids Initiative Inc into the main Clinton Foundation.
This 2013 paper sets out the process under which the non-surviving entity in a merger must be dissolved and is prohibited from carrying on any further business.
United States: Combinations And Alliances Among Nonprofit Organizations
When two nonprofit entities merge, one entity legally becomes part of the surviving entity and dissolves. The surviving corporation takes title to all of the assets and assumes all of the liabilities, of the non-surviving entity.
Merger and consolidation are complex processes, which require the approval of the boards of directors and membership, if any, of each organization.
The process is more complicated for the dissolving entity.
- After the governing body of the dissolving corporation has determined that dissolution and transfer of its assets are in the best interests of the organization, it must develop and approve a "plan of dissolution" (or "plan of distribution" according to some states). The number of directors that must vote to accept the plan varies by state.
- The dissolving corporation must file "articles of dissolution" with the state in which it is incorporated. States typically accept articles of dissolution only after all remaining debts and liabilities of the dissolving entity are satisfied or provisions for satisfying such debts have been made.
- As part of the plan of dissolution, the dissolving corporation will transfer all of its remaining assets to a designated corporation.
- Once the plan of dissolution is executed, the dissolving entity is generally prohibited from carrying on any further business activity, except as is necessary to wind up its affairs or respond to civil, criminal, or administrative investigation.
By the reported effective date of the merger, 31 December 2005 Clinton HIV/Aids Initiative Inc should have been dissolved and wound up.
PNG is a very, very big recipient of aid and donations.
Clinton had agreed to partner with the Australian Government to do business in New Guinea.
But instead of going into PNG solely to deliver aid, Clinton set up an incorporated entity within PNG and sought charity status there with the intention of receiving money within PNG in addition to the payments he was receiving from Australia for his work in country.
Ms Shang came armed with this letter from CFO Andrew Kessel
Ms Shang and Mr Kessel omitted to mention that the Clinton Foundation HIV Aids Initiative Inc had been (or should have been) dissolved.
Ms Shang can't have been authorised by the Clinton Foundation to apply for the incorporation of an association in PNG in that name.
So who is Ruby Shang?
You should know her, she's been responsible for about $30M of Australian taxpayer funded "programs".
Until she hooked up with Clinton, Ruby was the boss of the Caterpillar earthmoving machinery dealer in Vietnam with her husband who calls himself Mr Vietnam.
Here's Bill, Ruby and Anthony D. "Mr Vietnam" Salzman.
Bill's pretty chummy with the Salzman/Shangs - Anthony treasures this note enough to display it prominently on the Mr Vietnam website.
And Ruby, well not only is she expert in running an earthmoving dealership, setting up incorporated associations, the minutiae of AIDS/HIV treatment in developing countries, but she's also a climate change guru.
And we've paid her millions. More soon. Read this and weep.
Managing the Clinton Climate Change Initiative in Asia and helping co-ordinate the Large Cities Climate Change Group is all part of a normal day’s work for environmental powerhouse Ruby Shang. Jeremy Torr reports.
Singapore, 2 March 2011. “When Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London, started the C40group of major cities committed to implementing climate change policies, we knew we had to be involved,” says Ruby Shang, Regional Director, Asia for the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI).
Describing her job as “simple yet difficult at the same time”, Shang says the job of the CCI is to help reduce CO2 emissions wherever they can. “We implement programmes that work on things like street lights, waste disposal, water, airports, electric cars and air quality,” she says. All these things come under her remit – and she works with schools, universities, corporations and planners to make sure they are working in the right direction.
“We don’t do anything physical ourselves,” she explains, “but our expertise is connecting people to other people who know things, or have influence in different areas. WE offer measurement facilities, technical support, and finance expertise.”
Shang says her key goal is to work on making building across the region more eco-friendly. The CCI started work on a building retrofit programmes some five years ago, working initially on schools, museums, public buildings and subways to link public and private stakeholders together in ways they could both save money and reduce emissions.
“We help people share best practices, and offer some vital links between state and national government that other organizations aren’t able to offer,” she says. This advisory role extends beyond that of simple consultants – the CCI model demands that before any work starts, the savings are precisely enumerated and stated in a contract that guarantees a return to the building owner once the retrofit has been carried out.
“Because of our high profile, we can help with contracts with really big players like Honeywell, GE and the like,” she says. “This allows us to build in much better savings and technology that just talking to the local facilities managers. We go direct to the CEOs instead.”
CCI has already completed more than 2000 projects so far across 33 cities, with Bangkok being the start player in the region, says Singapore-based Shang. The savings so far – apart from a massive reduction in CO2 emissions – amount to over US$1.4 million in reduced power and aircon bills.
Now the C40 initiative has expanded to include major cities across the world, many offering bicycle hire schemes, quieter streets, fresher air and more efficient public buildings thanks to their co-ordinated approach, along with help from the CCI.
“Our unique advantage is the way we can bring together commercial and government players, and apply our tender creation expertise,” she says. “We can help with things like LED components, Insulation, special coatings, solar panels, special sensors and more. And we are also advising on things like electric vehicle fleets too.”
Shang is not just a token greenie either. Pointing out that her work involves getting past the “environmental mumbo-jumbo” used by some consultants and academics, she says her job is to act as a sort of high-level fixer for the environmental movement in Asia; to identify gaps and listen to what people want, and what they think is practical.
To that end, she has put her own money where her official mouth is, has replaced all her light globes with LEDs, walks as much as she can, and doesn’t own a car.
“What we want to do is to help governments, to strengthen their ability in climate health and environmental awareness. It’s hard, and in many Asian countries it’s not happening yet,” she admits. “But our strength is we act as a sort of honest broker – we don’t have any financial or political agenda at all. We just want to be a catalyst.” END