Former president Bill Clinton makes surprise appearance at charity's event in Denver

DENVER - During a surprise visit to a charity's luncheon in Denver, former President Bill Clinton encouraged work to improve the lives of impoverished people around the world.

Clinton was already in Denver for a meeting regarding his foundation when former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff and others asked him to stop by International Development Enterprises' event.

iDE, which maintains a head office in Denver, was celebrating 30 years of work. The organization works to create opportunities for poor, rural households. In particular, they focus on improving water access and water technologies to assist farmers.

Clinton got a standing ovation when he appeared at the organization's luncheon Monday.

"I just want to encourage you," the former president told the crowd. "We are not going to like the world we live in if we continue to allow climate change, instability and income inequality to dominate the 21st century."

"If we flip it, so that kids everywhere can get up in the morning, get on the Internet and worry about whether the Mars rover really found signs of life, then it would a very good world indeed," he concluded.

iDE is launching an international collaborative with organizations that have similar goals.