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Presidential Precinct to host Prince Charles at global issues forum

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‘Magna Carta 2015: Global Empowerment through Rule of Law’ to feature engagement between Prince Charles and young leaders from 20 nations worldwide

The Presidential Precinct, comprised of two of America’s leading universities and three presidential homes in Virginia, announced today the confirmation of a one-day global issues forum, "Magna Carta 2015: Global Empowerment through Rule of Law," taking place March 18 at the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C. The event unites young leaders from more than 20 nations with dignitaries and policy experts representing business, government, academia and civil society to discuss the rule of law and its role in the evolution of democratic institutions and the global economy.

Founded in 2013, the Presidential Precinct is a consortium among two of America’s premier universities, the University of Virginia and William & Mary; William Short’s Morven, and the homes of three Founding Fathers: Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, James Madison’s Montpelier, and James Monroe’s Ash-Lawn Highland.

Magna Carta 2015 logo"Magna Carta 2015: Global Empowerment through Rule of Law" culminates in a roundtable discussion between The Prince of Wales and young leaders on a range of issues related to the rule of law in their home countries. Prior to the roundtable, Prince Charles will tour the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom, as well as the David M. Rubenstein Gallery featuring the original 1297 Magna Carta.

The full event agenda, including the list of panelists and moderators for the morning sessions – Leadership Challenges for Civil Societies, Economic Development and Transparency, Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, and Climate and Conflict – is posted online where the event will also be live-streamed.

Young leaders attending the conference under the auspices of the Department of State’s International Visitor Leaders program (IVLP) will represent the following nations: Algeria, Armenia, Brunei, Croatia, Egypt, Hungary, India, Lithuania, Malawi, Nepal, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Turkey, and Venezuela. The Precinct will also host 3 Mandela Washington Fellows who are alumni of the 2014 Young African Leaders program representing Kenya, Zambia, and Zimbabwe and reaching online members of the Presidential Precinct Network representing over 100 nations.

“The Presidential Precinct was founded to serve young leaders worldwide who aim to advance their ideas and generate positive global change,” said Neal Piper, Managing Director of the Presidential Precinct. “We are humbled and grateful for the opportunity to unite such leaders with His Royal Highness Prince Charles, and additional world-renowned experts, at 'Magna Carta 2015.' The forum will provide these young leaders, as well as thousands of peers participating online, unprecedented perspective and guidance regarding some of the most difficult challenges of our time.”

About The Presidential Precinct

As a physical gathering place for aspiring leaders from emerging democracies, the Presidential Precinct has hosted hundreds of leaders representing over 100 nations, including 25 of the inaugural class of the Mandela Washington Fellowship (Young African Leaders Initiative). In 2014, the Presidential Precinct Network was launched, providing an exclusive and secure online resource attracting members from more than 100 countries and creating over 4,000 global connections. The Network enables members to learn new skills, find expert advice, exchange ideas, access professional development resources, and solve the most pressing challenges in their communities.

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