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Tony Blair to appear at Arabian Business Awards

Former UK Prime Minister to give keynote speech at awards and conference

Tony Blair to appear at Arabian Business Awards

Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair is to attend the Arabian Business Achievement Awards in Dubai on November 11 2013, his office has confirmed.

Blair will give a keynote speech to over 500 business leaders attending the gala dinner, and will also speak at the Arabian Business Economic Forum the day after the awards.

Tony Blair served as Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 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 ten 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.

Blair also led a number of important interventions while he was Prime Minister, including the defence human rights and rule of law in Bosnia, Kosovo and Sierra Leone. His government also took action to remove brutal regimes in Afghanistan and Iraq.

He also took action on issues like climate change, global poverty and Africa. Blair is also widely credited for his contribution towards assisting the Northern Ireland Peace Process by helping jointly to negotiate the Good Friday Agreement and a power-sharing government.

Blair continues to be active in public life. He has many interests, not least his current role in the Middle East, which takes up a  large proportion of his time. As the Quartet Representative to the Middle East, he represents the United States of America, United Nations, Russia and the European Union, working with the Palestinians to prepare for statehood as part of the international community’s effort to secure peace.

The former statesman has also founded three charities since leaving office. The Tony Blair Faith Foundation promotes respect and understanding of and between the major religions, and helps prevent religious prejudice, conflict and extremism in an era of globalisation. It runs community and education projects in 24 countries around the world.  As a result of its work, the Faith Foundation has empowered faith communities to work together and train each other in malaria prevention messages to save lives – reaching more than one million people in Sierra Leone so far.

The Africa Governance Initiative helps some of Africa's most dynamic leaders deliver the change their people need to relieve poverty. By combining Tony Blair's unique experience as a leader and reformer, his personal relationships with African leaders, and in-country teams of experts, the Africa Governance Initiative is helping to build the capacity of governments to tackle poverty and attract investment sustainably.

In recognition of the 24 years he spent as a Member of Parliament in the North East of England, Tony Blair also established the Tony Blair Sports Foundation. The Foundation increases participation in sport by young people in the region, and is working to ensure a sporting legacy in the North East for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

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