November 19, 2013
Tuesday
Nov 19
2013

President Clinton to Convene International Leaders from Business, Government and Philanthropy at Clinton Global Initiative Latin America Meeting

Press Release

Otavio Marques de Azevedo, President, Andrade Gutierrez; Alessandro Carlucci, Chief Executive Officer, Natura; Sérgio Cabral Filho, Governor, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Jorge Gerdau Johannpeter, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Gerdau; Luis Alberto Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank; Alejandro García Padilla, Governor, Puerto Rico; Eduardo Paes, Mayor, Rio de Janeiro; and Mark Parker, President & CEO, NIKE, Inc. are among leaders who will convene Dec. 8-10 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to focus on carrying the region’s social and economic progress into the future.

CGI members worldwide have already made more than 250 commitments specifically designed to improve lives in Brazil and across Latin America.

NEW YORK—Today, as part of his long-standing engagement in the region, President Bill Clinton announced a roster of international leaders from the government, private and public sectors that will participate in the Clinton Global Initiative Latin America (CGI Latin America) meeting December 8-10 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This meeting reflects President Clinton's ongoing efforts through the Clinton Foundation to mobilize philanthropy and corporate social responsibility in all parts of the globe.

The agenda in Latin America will emphasize efforts to carry the region’s social and economic progress into the future with sessions focusing on Developing Human Capacity, Designing for Green Growth and Harnessing Technology and Innovation. Participants will work towards developing and scaling up “Commitments to Action,” programs designed to address issues such as revitalizing Latin American cities, creating more opportunities for women entrepreneurs, and promoting early childhood education.

“I'm excited to bring the Clinton Global Initiative to Rio de Janeiro. Many countries in Latin America have been a model for addressing critical challenges with creative cooperation between the government, business, and nonprofit sectors, and doing so in ways that have universal applications,” said President Clinton. “We'll highlight the good that has already begun to accelerate economic growth, improve education, empower women and girls, and address environmental and climate issues, and look for opportunities to build on these programs and commit to applying that experience to help throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.”

Featured participants at CGI Latin America will include Otavio Marques de Azevedo, President, Andrade Gutierrez; Candido Botelho Bracher, President & CEO, Itaú BBA; Alessandro Carlucci, Chief Executive Officer, Natura; Sylvia Coutinho, Chief Executive Officer, UBS Group Brazil; Andre Esteves, CEO, BTG Pactual; Sérgio Cabral Filho, Governor, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Angélica Fuentes, Chief Executive Officer, Grupo Omnilife/Angelissima; Eduardo Hochschild, Executive Chairman, Hochschild Mining Plc; Jorge Gerdau Johannpeter, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Gerdau; Kurt Koenigsfest, Chief Executive Officer, BancoSol; Cenaida Uribe Medina, Congresswoman, Republic of Peru; Luis Alberto Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank; José María Figueres Olsen, Former President of the Republic of Costa Rica; President, Carbon War Room; Alejandro García Padilla, Governor, Puerto Rico; Eduardo Paes, Mayor, Rio de Janeiro; Mark Parker, President & CEO, NIKE, Inc.;  Carlos Rodríguez-Pastor, Chairman, Intercorp; and Susana Villarán, Mayor of Lima.

As part of the event, Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, will host the sixth Clinton Foundation Day of Action on December 8 bringing people together for a day of volunteering giving back to the local community in Rio de Janeiro. Since she established the Day of Action program in New York City for Hurricane Sandy relief last November, Chelsea has mobilized thousands of volunteers donating more than 14,000 hours of community service across the United States. This will be the first Day of Action outside of the United States.

Since leaving office, President Clinton has made many trips to Latin America. CGI Latin America will build on President Clinton’s years of dedication to the region, from his time in government to the Clinton Foundation’s work in Latin America.

  • Since 2007, the Clinton Climate Initiative and C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group have been empowering cities in Latin America to invest in green technologies and fight climate change— including Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo’s deployment of low-carbon transportation, Bogotá, Colombia’s retrofitting of traffic lights, and Mexico City’s improvement of waste management systems.
  • Since 2007, the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (Enterprise Partnership) empowers individuals across Latin America to work themselves out of poverty. The Enterprise Partnership creates distribution, supply chain and programs training social enterprises, including the Acceso Training Center in Colombia that will place 20,000 people in jobs and the Chakipi Distribution venture that will train 3,000 women for distribution jobs in Peru.
  • The Clinton Foundation, since 2010, has raised a total of $34 million for Haiti, including relief funds and also conducts projects focused on supporting Haiti’s small and medium businesses, improving livelihoods, enhancing education and exploring the nexus of agriculture, energy and environment.

Since the Clinton Global Initiative launched in 2005, CGI members have made 616 commitments around the world that directly impact the Latin American region. More than 250 of these commitments are specifically designed to improve lives throughout Latin America exclusively, and have an estimated value of $4.6 billion dollars when fully funded and implemented. These commitments include efforts to create jobs, expand early childhood education programs, help prepare for and reduce the impact of natural disasters, and increase the full and equitable participation of girls and women in all parts of society. At CGI Latin America, attendees will make new Commitments to Action to further address these and other challenges.

Overall, CGI members have made nearly 2,500 commitments, which are improving the lives of more than 430 million people in over 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $87.9 billion.

For more information, a complete list of featured participants, and the most up-to-date schedule – available in English, Portuguese, and Spanish – visit clintonglobalinitiative.org/latinamerica or email cgilatinamerica@clintonglobalinitiative.org. Follow us on Twitter at @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative for meeting news and highlights.

ALL PRESS MUST BE CREDENTIALED BY THE CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE. Press registration is now open to the members of the media. To apply, please complete the form at http://cgilink.org/1aI9Hab.  All media must apply for credentials and must be approved by CGI to attend. The deadline to apply is Friday, December 6 at 5 PM BRST. Journalists may apply for credentials on-site, but pre-registered media will be given priority. If applying on-site, you MUST bring a press ID as well. Members of the press who have received email confirmation from CGI to attend the meeting are encouraged to pick up their credentials at the press registration desk on Monday, December 9 between 7 AM and 5 PM BRST.

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About The Clinton Global Initiative Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date, CGI members have made more than 2,500 commitments, which are already improving the lives of more than 430 million people in over 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $87.9 billion.

CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States, and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world, and, this year, CGI Latin America, which will bring together Latin American leaders to identify, harness, and strengthen ways to improve the livelihoods of people in Latin America and around the world. For more information, visit clintonglobalinitiative.org and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative.