8:00 AM -

 9:00 PM


Special Remarks

9:00 AM -

 9:15 AM

Designing Diplomacy for the 21st Century

Plenary Session

9:00 AM -

 10:00 AM

Women and the Built Environment: Designing for Opportunity

Women play a key role in designing more productive, inclusive built environments. Studies show that involving women greatly improves outcomes across a wide variety of issues, ranging from public health to environmental conservation. Yet current urban planning efforts often overlook the value that women can bring to their communities.

• How can women be empowered with the decision-making and management responsibilities needed to design environments that work better for everyone?
• How can more inclusive design approaches unlock access to key services, expand economic opportunities, and reduce inequality?

Special Session

10:30 AM -

 11:30 AM

Business by Design: Growth and Opportunity

Broadcast Conversation

In the past decade, the role of business in global society has been profoundly transformed. No longer simply economic actors, businesses are playing an increasingly integrated role in addressing world challenges. By aligning their business interests with social outcomes, business leaders are beginning to make choices that enhance the sustainability of both their corporate objectives and the livelihoods of their communities. In this session, the world’s top business leaders will discuss how the business community is helping to heal the global economy and foster solutions to today’s most pressing issues.


Champions of Action


In a globalizing world, individuals have an unprecedented power to both affect and benefit from change. Truly transformative movements give primacy to human, economic, and environmental rights and prioritize the human experience in the process of community design. These movements also offer opportunities to create inclusive, responsible environments that advance the individual as well as the collective. In this special session, speakers will reflect on transformation in times of rapid change, and will discuss how they have applied the lessons of their personal journeys to supporting others who are seeking to enhance the environments we share.


Strategic Philanthropy: How To Think Bigger and Do Better

Philanthropic actors have historically focused on addressing problems and giving grants in line with the organization’s size. With limited resources, philanthropists usually restrict their programs by addressing large problems in defined geographic areas or focusing on small problems that can be solved globally. Only the biggest philanthropic actors—often in consortium—have strived to tackle the largest problems on a global scale. No matter their resources, philanthropists’ aim should always seek to maximize their impact. This session will explore creative ways for established and new philanthropists to think bigger and do better, be it through providing seed grants to social enterprises or building partnerships with corporations.

Plenary Session

12:00 PM -

 1:00 PM

The Early Years: An Irresistible Investment Opportunity

Starting children on the right path has one of the highest returns of any social investment, with early childhood development programs returning as much as $18 for every dollar invested. High quality early childhood education programs develop the foundation for critical workforce skills that boost economic growth and reduce long-term social costs. Furthermore, ensuring essential nutrition during the first 1,000 days of life can increase a country’s GDP by two to three percent.

• How can health, care and education programs be designed as integrated, holistic systems for early childhood development?
• What are the most effective interventions, and how can they be scaled up?
• How can corporations and governments design programs that empower parents, teachers, and community health workers to provide the care and life skills children need to thrive?

Breakout Sessions

1:30 PM -

 3:00 PM

Empowering Girls Through Education

When looking to reduce global poverty and improve long-term economic outcomes, there are very few investments better than the investment in girls’ education. Improving access to quality education provides a strong foundation for personal development and empowerment, which leads to a plethora of benefits, including improvements in health and increased national economic growth. Building upon earlier discussions on this topic, this session will discuss past progress, examine how to build productive partnerships, and facilitate cross-sectoral collaborations in order to ensure that efforts in this space result in a successful and healthy transition to an empowered and productive adulthood for all girls.


Financing for Impact and Scale

Commitment Workshop

In a world of tight capital and lending constraints, creative approaches to financing are more important than ever in transforming ideas into life-changing initiatives. New deal structures are giving life to innovative business models and scaling up successful pilot projects. This session will explore how the CGI community is harnessing the power of capital markets to maximize its impact.


How can we design healthier urban environments that help prevent chronic diseases?

Design Lab

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are chronic diseases that include cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes and account for 60 percent of worldwide deaths. Eighty percent of these deaths are in low- and middle-income countries, with an estimated economic cost of $500 billion a year for Africa alone. When compared with the use of medication and surgery, preventing common risk factors, such as unhealthy diets or alcohol, is more cost effective in limiting disease burden. NCDs are far more prevalent in urban settings and the situation will only worsen with rapid urbanization in emerging economies. Therefore, it is essential to reduce the risk factors of NCDs by designing healthier urban environments—be it through better design of buildings and outdoor spaces or through public incentive and community-based programs.

Small Group Discussions

1:30 PM -

 3:00 PM

Designing an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

In the coming years, companies, schools, and policymakers will be centrally focused on job creation for the global youth population. This population is capable of producing massive economic expansion, but their potential is at risk of being lost due to a lack of sufficient opportunity. In order to foster this job growth, learning and business environments must be created in which young entrepreneurs are able to easily start new businesses and spread their innovative thinking worldwide. In this session, participants will: discuss the essential role played by entrepreneurship education in shaping skills and attitudes, explore the elements needed to foster entrepreneurship (including financing for SMEs, the involvement of equity investors, and an entrepreneurial culture), share ways that knowledge and networks can help generate the next generation of global innovators, and contribute to maximizing CGI’s platform for supporting these objectives in 2013.


Regional Meeting: India

This session will convene CGI members with either a strong interest in India or a Commitment to Action in the country. Participants will have the opportunity to network, share information, and explore possible partnerships with others working in this region.


Regional Meeting: Latin America

This session will convene CGI members with either a strong interest in Latin America or a Commitment to Action in the region. Participants will have the opportunity to network, share information, and explore possible partnerships with others working in this part of the world.


Resilience Through the Arts

Around the world it has been proven that engagement with the arts can transform lives and address issues of violence and conflict. For instance, in at-risk communities, youth are often encouraged to participate in arts programs. In post-conflict settings, victims of war are similarly encouraged to express themselves through creative means as a coping mechanism for their traumatic experiences. Beyond this, the arts can also provide a livelihood and present the opportunity for individuals to share their culture and identity with a wider audience. This session will explore the diverse commitments in the CGI portfolio that utilize the arts as a tool for change, as well as explore the link between the arts, cultural identity, and resilience.

Breakout Sessions

3:30 PM -

 5:00 PM

Haiti: Lessons for the Future

Commitment Workshop

Since 2009, under the leadership of Denis O’Brien and CGI’s Haiti Action Network, CGI members have devoted considerable resources to Haiti, most significantly following the 2010 earthquake. The challenges members face and the lessons learned from their work can help improve ongoing projects in Haiti, as well as inform future efforts when responding to natural disasters around the globe. This session will provide a unique opportunity for the Haiti Action Network and the broader CGI community to explore commitments in various stages of success. Participants will engage in a candid discussion about the challenges of working in a complex setting such as Haiti.


How can we ensure more children benefit from early childhood education?

Design Lab

Continuing the discussion from the Plenary Session, "The Early Years: An Irresistible Investment Opportunity,” early childhood education has many benefits, yet it has often been neglected relative to primary school education. Children attending pre-school are not only more likely to complete primary and secondary schools, they will also earn more throughout their life and drive up their country’s GDP. Pre-schooling also serves to reduce inequalities and is associated with better childhood health and nutrition and a mother’s ability to earn a living. For a business, organized day care centers help ensure improved employee productivity, attendance, and satisfaction. Only 46 percent of pre-primary age children across the world are enrolled in education, a figure that drops to 13 percent for the least developed countries and varies vastly by income level.

Small Group Discussions

3:30 PM -

 5:00 PM

An Inclusive Media

The explosion of social media has created new platforms for individuals around the world to participate in the information economy. While traditional media defines the terms by which many consumers understand information, new media offers people a chance to participate in crafting their own narratives. This session will explore the ways in which CGI members can create, consume, and disseminate information to drive towards a more inclusive and participatory society.


Safe and Sustainable Transportation

Transportation systems around the world have often grown in unplanned, uncoordinated, and unsustainable ways. A critical pillar of economic development and wellbeing, mobility solutions must be designed for efficiency, resilience, and safety in both developed and developing contexts. Participants in this session will explore mobility solutions from the angles of infrastructure design, new and alternative vehicles, road safety, and accessibility.


Trafficking and Slavery

Human trafficking and slavery is one of the worst human rights abuses in history. By definition, human trafficking and slavery is a crime that involves the exploitation of a person for the purposes of compelled labor or commercial sex through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. Today, millions of people suffer under this basic denial of human rights. CGI’s diverse and dedicated community brings years of experience and a wide variety of approaches and skills to addressing this issue. This discussion will be an opportunity to review the specific resources and focus areas of each CGI member involved in this issue in an effort to identify partnership opportunities and potential areas of collaboration. Participants will also plan the agenda for 2013 as it pertains to this issue, including a discussion on how to create opportunities to include others from the CGI community in this conversation.


Waste: Global Issues, Local Perspectives

The combination of growing populations, GDP growth, and increasing consumption patterns is exacerbating the problem of global waste. Plastic waste, waste paper, and e-waste exports to developing countries have increased significantly, affecting the environment and the health and livelihoods of millions of the world’s poorest persons. By 2025, the annual amount of waste created will have raised by an estimated 44 percent from 2005 levels, increasing greenhouse gas emissions, ocean pollution, and the number of landfills worldwide. However, efforts to use waste as a resource to be recycled are also increasing. This session will examine the challenges of waste management in terms of seeing waste as a secondary raw material, and will highlight how companies, governments, and nonprofits are finding innovative solutions and opportunities in the reuse of the waste stream. Participants will focus on both global and U.S. domestic waste supply chains, and will kick-off the 2013 discussion of waste at CGI.

Special Event

6:00 PM -

 8:00 PM

At the Chef's Table: A Pre-Show Tasting Event

As a prelude to the Clinton Global Citizens Awards, guests will be invited to dine on inspired cuisine from some of New York’s best restaurants. Curated by a selection of the city’s finest chefs, this event will feature tasting menus from their own restaurants, as well as dishes prepared by recommended leading chefs who have shaped the New York culinary scene.

Clinton Global Citizen Awards

8:00 PM -

 10:00 PM

Clinton Global Citizen Awards

The Clinton Global Citizen Awards recognize extraordinary individuals who have demonstrated visionary leadership in solving pressing global challenges. The evening’s program will include special appearances by individuals who, through their work, embrace the mission of an integrated, shared world.