8:00 AM -

 9:00 PM


Plenary Session

9:00 AM -

 10:00 AM

Enhancing Access to Modern Technology

In the past decade, transformative technologies have allowed people around the world to lead safer, healthier, and more fulfilling lives. Today new technology makes it possible to leapfrog over old models of infrastructure, wire rural villages for cell phones and clean energy, and provide unprecedented access to information. These breakthroughs are enabling smart use of limited resources, transforming business processes, and opening new opportunities for civic engagement. However, many of the world's poor have yet to feel the benefit of these new technologies. In developed countries, too, deployment of advanced technology has not kept pace with its potential. This plenary session will address how technology can play a major role in meeting our greatest global challenges, and explore how institutions must adapt to manage the opportunities and trade-offs presented by technology-driven innovation.

Press Conference

10:30 AM -

 11:14 AM

Public-Private Partnership to Charlotte, NC Energy Efficient

A public-private collaboration to make Charlotte, North Carolina more energy efficient will be unveiled during the Clinton Global Initiative’s 2010 Annual Meeting in New York this week. At a plenary session on Enhancing Access to Modern Technology, President Bill Clinton will join representatives from the corporate and government sectors as they announce the program. After, the project partners will hold a press conference about their work. The goal of the partnership is to reduce energy use by up to 20 percent and avoid approximately 220,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases by 2016.

Technology Breakout Sessions

10:30 AM -

 11:30 AM

Clean Technology and Smart Energy: Deploying the Green Economy

From smart homes, to smart cities, to a smart electricity grid, clean technology has the potential to transform the way we live and work. In developed countries that have built up an existing infrastructure around polluting energy, deployment can be difficult, even when technology is proven and the economics are right. Increasingly, developed and developing countries are engaged in "reverse innovation," in which changes at the bottom of the pyramid offer new ways of doing business for society at large. This session will look at strategies for overcoming market barriers to take projects from R&D to commercial deployment.


Democracy and Voice: Technology For Citizen Empowerment and Human Rights

All over the world, people are demanding the freedom that unfettered social media can provide. Recent news events - from the use of Twitter in Iran to Google's withdrawal from China - have demonstrated that many people now see access to information technology as a basic human right. The global information commons raises serious questions, however, about politics, governance, access, privacy, intellectual property, and cultural change. This session will look at the impact of digital information on social causes, government reforms, civil society, and the broader economy - and it will anticipate what's coming next.


Mobile Revolution: Transforming Access, Markets, and Development

Mobile information and communications technologies are quickly and cheaply transforming the world's poorest nations. Universal access to data through mobiles is helping small-holder farmers and fishermen overcome physical barriers to get their products to market, even as it helps girls and women overcome cultural barriers to staying in school or launching a business. Mobile applications are improving health, educational, and economic outcomes, but far more powerful than the devices themselves are the transformative business models that they enable. This session will address new ways that companies and nonprofits can turn mobile phones into powerful tools of social innovation.

Press Conference

11:45 AM -

 12:30 PM

Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher to Launch "Real Men" Campaign to Help End Child Sex Slavery

Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, co-founders of the DNA Foundation, announced the launch of the foundation’s "Real Men Don’t Buy Girls" campaign at the Clinton Global Initiative’s 2010 Annual Meeting. The campaign aims to raise awareness about the problem of child sex slavery and to stifle demand for child sexual exploitation and child pornography. They discussed details of the program and initiatives that they already have in place to combat this pressing issue.

Small Group Discussions

12:00 PM -

 1:30 PM

Action Network: Investing for Social and Environmental Impact

This session will be built around an Action Network, a group of CGI members who have been working together throughout the year to coordinate action on this issue.

Increasingly, investors are measuring returns not only in financial terms, but also based on social and environmental impact. This Action Network aims to grow the marketplace of impact investing. The group is intended for investors hoping to learn more about impact investing, as well as those seeking to network with others already investing for social and/or environmental returns. Discussion topics will include impact investment products, social and environmental impact measurement, and catalyzing capital as a individual investor, wealth advisor, foundation, or financial institution.


Action Network: Maternal and Infant Survival

This session will be built around an Action Network, a group of CGI members who have been working together throughout the year to coordinate action on this issue.

Healthy children need healthy mothers. Each year more than 500,000 women die from pregnancy- and childbirth-related complications. The UN estimates that in low-income countries, one out of every 12 children dies before the age of five. Despite being prioritized by the Millennium Development Goals, maternal and child health have shown little improvement in many parts of the world. CGI members are focused on various facets of the problem, including improving prenatal and obstetric care, eliminating mother to child transmission of HIV, ensuring access to pediatric drugs and care kits, and employing cross-sectoral partnerships to create change.


Action Network: Post-Conflict Education

This session will be built around an Action Network, a group of CGI members who have been working together throughout the year to coordinate action on this issue.

With over half of the worlds’ out-of-school children residing in conflict-affected environments, CGI members have joined forces to address educational needs in such settings. Young people can become an incredible advantage to developing nations if their energy and skills are harnessed and directed in productive ways. Members of this Action Network will discuss how to leverage public-private partnerships, technology, and other strategies and resources to improve education in post-conflict communities. In particular, this group will focus on youth education, entrepreneurship, and employment in such settings.


Cradle to Cradle: Green Chemistry, Supply Chains, and the End of Waste

This session will be driven by collaborative discussion among members.

Through the highly active Rethinking Waste Action Network, members are exploring new opportunities to reduce waste through producer innovation, supply chain restructuring, waste-to-energy solutions, and better product design. This session will focus on establishing goals and protocols that can be used by businesses, governments, and nongovernmental organizations to address the waste threats posed by rising use of technology. A key objective of this session is also to promote information exchange between advocates of waste reduction, green design, and clean technology.


e-Healthcare on the Front Lines

This session will be driven by collaborative discussion among members.

CGI members are strengthening health systems and transforming delivery of care by using new technologies and approaches, including mobile phones, remote telemedicine, and electronic medical records. These innovations can improve quality of care, empower front-line workers, and provide remote populations with basic services. This session will provide an opportunity for members to discuss these technological innovations, with the goal of improving health outcomes by forging effective and scalable coalitions among corporations, governments, and NGOs.


Urban Technology Exchange: Connecting Cities and Managing Global Growth

This session will be driven by collaborative discussion among members.

Unplanned growth in rapidly developing countries leads to urban slums and creeping sprawl. In many countries, infrastructure must be modernized to meet human needs and build a foundation for lasting prosperity. This session will look at the needs of developing countries as they confront growth challenges, and explore how technology can improve the functioning of communities and drive global economic opportunity. It will also focus on establishing a marketplace for exchanging best practices in global infrastructure development.


Wiring Rural Communities for Education and Development

This session will be driven by collaborative discussion among members.

Approximately 75 million children worldwide are denied their basic right to an education, and a majority live in remote, rural communities. CGI commitment makers are currently piloting innovative models to improve access to and the relevance of education in rural communities. This includes leveraging ICT solutions, curriculum-sharing, online teacher training, and teacher-less classrooms. This session will look at Cisco’s 2007 Sub-Saharan African Development commitment as a case study to focus more broadly on the unique delivery challenges of education in rural settings.


Women and the Digital Vanguard

This session will be driven by collaborative discussion among members.

With over 4 billion devices in use around the planet, mobile phones have presented an incredible opportunity to distribute life-changing services in the developing world. A recent report published by the GSMA and Cherie Blair Foundation for Women revealed that 300 million women are currently not able to access mobile phones. This session will highlight a range of commitments designed to empower women through the mobile distribution of life-changing services.

Special Session

12:00 PM -

 1:30 PM

Special Session: Investing in the World’s Forests

Investing in forests should not be seen as a luxury for the rich — in fact, forests can be a key tool for economic empowerment. Communities that sell forest products harvested in a sustainable way have access to a source of income that can last for generations. Furthermore, communities can receive payment for protecting their forests by receiving certification from UN-REDD (United Nations Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation). In this session, panelists will address the role that forests play in sequestering carbon, and the work that needs to be done to empower local populations to earn a living from forests while protecting them at the same time


2:00 PM -

 3:30 PM

Special Session: The Recovery in Haiti

The devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12 killed over 200,000 people, left millions more homeless, and destroyed much of the already-precarious national infrastructure. However, with this terrible disaster comes the opportunity rebuild Haiti in a way that addresses the long term well-being of the Haitian people. With the creation of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC), established in April 2010 by the government of Haiti, important progress is underway. The IHRC is working to coordinate the efforts of the international community including donor governments, NGOs, and private sector entities to ensure that projects are in line with the Haitian government’s priorities and initiatives, and the needs of the Haitian people. This session will convene key government and business leaders to discuss what recovery looks like today and how the international community can contribute.

Plenary Session

4:00 PM -

 5:00 PM

Closing Plenary Session

President Clinton will highlight the accomplishments of the 2010 Annual Meeting, recognize notable commitments, and deliver summary remarks with his priorities for future action.

Special Event

6:00 PM -

 7:30 PM

Cocktail Reception

Light dinner fare will be served at this pre-reception to the Clinton Global Citizens Awards.


8:00 PM -

 10:00 PM

Clinton Global Citizen Awards

President Clinton will recognize extraordinary individuals who have demonstrated visionary leadership in solving pressing global challenges. Award recipients will be leaders whose efforts transcend borders, change lives, and set an example for us all.


10:00 PM -

 11:30 PM

Closing Reception

The closing reception to the Annual Meeting, where late dinner and dessert will be served from local New York City restaurants.