( CNN) Former President Barack Obama will sit side-by-side with German Chancellor Angela Merkel Thursday in the first event of what will eventually become his worldwide program to inspire young person to generate change.

“He and Mrs. Obama have been pretty clear that the foundation will have a global reaching. They want to be really involved in programing throughout the world, ” an Obama Foundation official said.

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Obama's first post-White House public comments