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September 20, 2010
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Former Prime Minister Tony Blair to Deliver 2010 Keynote
Lincolnwood, IL, USA—The Keynote Address at ISSA/INTERCLEAN® North America 2010 will be given by former prime minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Tony Blair at 8:30 a.m., November 11, at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL, USA
From September, ISSA/INTERCLEAN participants can submit questions for Tony Blair in advance of the keynote session, , November 11, 8:30 am. A broad range of questions will be selected to ensure a number of different policy areas are discussed during the session. Those whose questions are selected will receive special seating for two for the keynote as well as a photo opportunity with the former prime minister following his address. Access to this address is included with the standard trade show registration.
Speaker Background
Blair served as prime minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for nearly a decade—from May 1997 to June 2007. He was also the leader of Britain''s Labour Party (1994 to 2007) and the Member of Parliament for Sedgefield, England (1983 to 2007).
During his 10 years as Prime Minister, Tony Blair transformed Britain''s public services through a program of investment and reform in schools and hospitals, resulting in more children achieving better school results and more people receiving faster access to health care, with improved survival rates for cancer and coronary heart disease.
Tony Blair has always been a strong advocate of a values-based, activist, and multilateralist foreign policy—an agenda that combined tackling terrorism and intervention in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, and Sierra Leone, with action on issues like climate change, global poverty, Africa, and the Middle East peace process. Tony Blair is also widely credited for his contribution toward assisting the Northern Ireland peace process by helping jointly to negotiate the Good Friday Agreement and deliver a power-sharing government.
Since leaving Downing Street, Tony Blair has served as the Quartet Representative to the Middle East. He represents the USA, UN, Russia and the EU, working with the Palestinians to prepare for statehood as part of the international community''s effort to secure peace.
The Tony Blair Faith Foundation promotes respect and understanding between the major religions and makes the case for faith as a force for good in the modern world. Faith is vitally important to hundreds of millions of people. But religious faith can also be used to divide. The Tony Blair Faith Foundation is a response to these opportunities and challenges.
The Africa Governance Initiative delivers projects in Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Liberia, advising President Kagame, President Koroma and President Johnson-Sirleaf respectively on policy delivery and attracting investment, with a team of his staff working full time at the centre of all three governments.
As the first major head of government to bring climate change to the top of the international political agenda at the 2005 Gleneagles G8 summit, Tony Blair now leads the Breaking the Climate Deadlock initiative, working with world leaders to build consensus on a new comprehensive international climate policy framework.
In recognition of his debt to the North East of England, he has launched the Tony Blair Sports Foundation, to increase opportunities for young people to participate in sport.
ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America is The ONE SHOW you can attend to network with high-level executives as well as gather the information you need to better manage your distribution company, building services company, or facilities department. ISSA and its trade show partner, Amsterdam RAI, produce ISSA/INTERCLEAN shows around the world, with an annual event each year in the United States. Other ISSA/INTERCLEAN shows are held in the Netherlands, Poland, and Mexico. For more information, visit
About ISSA
The leading trade association for the cleaning industry worldwide, ISSA has a membership that includes more than 5,500 distributor, manufacturer, manufacturer representative, building service contractor, in-house service provider, and associated service members. ISSA offers the industry’s largest cleaning shows in conjunction with Amsterdam RAI under the brand name ISSA/INTERCLEAN®, the popular Web site, educational products, industry standards, periodicals, and legislative and regulatory services that specifically focus on the professional cleaning industry.
The association is headquartered in Lincolnwood, IL, USA, with regional offices in Amsterdam, Netherlands; Leicester, United Kingdom; Monterrey, México; and Shanghai, China. ISSA also works with more than 75 associations, alliances, and government agencies around the world to represent the cleaning industry. For more information, visit
* Press release is verbatim from the office of Tony Blair
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