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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.