Dec 31
December 31, 2013

13 CGI Highlights From 2013


In 2013, CGI members and meeting attendees mobilized for impact and made hundreds of new Commitments to Action that will positively affect millions of lives in all corners of the planet. As the year comes to a close, we wanted to share a small collection of highlights from 2013, thank you for your support this past year, and wish everyone a happy, healthy new year.

1. President Clinton and Stephen Colbert Join in a Conversation at CGI U

At the 2013 CGI University Meeting in April, President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton hosted more than 1,000 students from around the world at Washington University in St. Louis. Students made commitments across five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health. During the closing conversation, Stephen Colbert launched the “Clinton Galactic Initiative,” and afterwards, President Clinton and Stephen took questions from the audience. Students interested in attending the 2014 CGI U Meeting at Arizona State University can apply now.

2. CGI U Students Participate in a Service Project in St. Louis

CGI U Students Participate in a Service Project in St. Louis

On the final day of the 2013 CGI U Meeting, students joined President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton for a service project at the Gateway STEM High School in St. Louis. Students volunteered their time to support a number of restorative projects, including painting, carpeting, grounds maintenance, and more. This was one of a number of volunteer projects the CGI community participated in throughout the year, including Clinton Foundation Day of Action initiatives supporting neighborhoods affected by Hurricane Sandy in the Far Rockaways and a community day care center in Rio de Janeiro.

3. Leaders Discuss Investment in Resilient Cities

Mobilizing Investment in Resilient Cities - 2013 CGI Mid-Year Meeting Plenary Conversation

At the CGI Mid-Year Meeting in May, President Clinton led a conversation on investment in resilient cities with New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes, Ceres President and CEO Mindy S. Lubber, Morgan Stanley EVP and CFO Ruth Porat, and Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin. The meeting also announced the CGI Latin America Meeting, held in December 2013, where Mayor Paes continued the conversation on cities and the importance of urban centers across Latin America.

4. Secretary Clinton Discusses the Power of Partnerships in Addressing Global Challenges

This model of partnerships and commitments is at the heart of what we need to do to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
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At the CGI America Meeting in June in Chicago, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered remarks on the importance of partnerships in meeting the challenges of the 21st Century, and outlined her work going forward at the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation. Attendees of the meeting made 74 new Commitments to Action valued at more than $1.6 billion to positively impact the lives of more than 2 million people across America.

5. President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton Visit CGI Commitments in Africa

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In August, President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton traveled to Africa to visit several Clinton Foundation initiatives and CGI commitment sites, including Procter and Gamble’s Children’s Safe Drinking Water program, Barclays and CARE International’s Banking on Change partnership, a Starkey Hearing Foundation hearing aid fitting, City Year South Africa, and Coca-Cola’s 5by20 initiative. Learn more about ten mobilizers from within the CGI community that are advancing positive change across Africa.

6. President Clinton Reflects on Mobilizing for Action Around the World

"I've long believed that building networks of creative cooperation among governments, the private sector and nonprofits is the key to overcoming the challenges, both great and small, of our newly interdependent world.” – President Bill Clinton, TIME Magazine, September 30

The theme of the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting was Mobilizing for Action, and in a TIME Magazine piece published the week of the meeting, President Clinton reflected on examples of CGI members who are mobilizing in communities around the world.

7. Leaders Participate in a Conversation on Investing in Healthy and Educated Girls and Women

CNN's Sanjay Gupta hosts a conversation on Investing in Healthy Girls and Women - 2013

At the CGI Annual Meeting in September, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Melinda Gates and Muhammad Yunus joined a conversation on how to empower girls and women with health and education and the positive impact their full integration into society has on their communities, their countries, and the world. The meeting also featured a special strategy session on advancing girls and women and a plenary session on women decision makers in the global economy.

8. Bono, Bill Gates and Other Leaders Chat Behind-the-Scenes at CGI

Bono, Bill Gates and Other Leaders Chat Behind-the-Scenes at CGI

Hundreds of cross-sector leaders from around the world attended the CGI Annual Meeting in New York City, including Bono, who participated in the opening session with President Clinton, and Bill Gates, who discussed “big bets” philanthropy. Check out more behind-the-scenes photos and special moments from the meeting on Instagram.

9. Malala Yousafzai and Other Leaders Receive 2013 Clinton Global Citizen Awards

If you want to end war, the instead of sending guns, send books. Instead of sending tanks, send pens. Instead of sending soldiers, send teachers. -Malala YousafzaiShare on Facebook

Malala Yousafzai was honored as one of the seven 2013 Clinton Global Citizen Awards recipients for her work for the rights of girls in Pakistan and around the world. In her speech, she professed the right of every child in every nation to have access to a quality education.

10. CGI Members Share Progress of their Commitments to Action

Since 2005, CGI members have made more than 2,500 Commitments to Action, which are already improving the lives of more than 430 million people in over 180 countries, and when fully funded and implemented, will be valued at $87.9 billion. During the 2013 Annual Meeting, several CGI members shared the progress of their commitments. Their efforts ranged from empowering youth across the Middle East and North Africa with job readiness training to using text messages to educate one million people across India about diabetes prevention to supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities around the world.

11. Hope Azteca Symphony Orchestra Performs at the Closing Session of the 2013 CGI Annual Meeting

PROMESA: Hope Azteca Symphony Orchestra Performs - 2013 CGI Annual Meeting

In 2010, Fundacion Azteca committed to establishing orchestras for young people across Mexico. During the closing session of the 2013 Annual Meeting, one of those orchestras of young musicians wowed attendees with their incredible talent. Their inspiring performance was followed by a conversation between Secretary Clinton and Bishop Elias Taban and remarks from President Clinton.

12. CGI Members Support Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts

In response to the devastating impact of Typhoon Haiyan in November, more than a dozen CGI members mobilized to provide relief to communities affected in the Philippines. Many of the organizations have extensive experience in disaster relief, and they deployed their expertise to provide life-saving medical aid, food, water, shelter, technology and other key services and resources in the immediate aftermath of the storm.

13. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff Addresses the CGI Latin America Meeting

In December, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff joined President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton to deliver remarks at the CGI Latin America Meeting in Rio de Janeiro. At the meeting, cross-sector leaders from across the region and around the world participated in discussions focused on three action areas: Designing for Green Growth; Developing Human Capacity; and Harnessing Technology & Innovation. CGI Latin America attendees made 27 new commitments to action, valued at more than $222 million, which are expected to positively impact the lives of more than 500,000 people.