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Plenary Session

9:15 AM -

 10:30 AM


Unleashing Women's Economic Opportunities

PART I: A NO CEILINGS CONVERSATION

Marking the 20th anniversary of the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, this conversation will share data from the No Ceilings: The Full Participation Report which represents gains made for women and girls over the last two decades, as well as the gaps that remain. Priorities to advance the status of women and girls over another 20 years to promote economic growth and stability in both the developing and developed world will be examined.

PART II: WOMEN AS SUSTAINABILITY LEADERS

Women’s labor is often informal and undervalued across industries around the world—barriers such as a lack of property ownership, inheritance rights, or access to markets, capital, and financial tools hampers women’s ability to fully realize their economic potential. For example, while less than 20 percent of women globally own their land, they are responsible for more than half of food production. In sub-Saharan Africa, this rate is even higher—women and girls produce up to 80 percent of food and collect up to 90 percent of water and firewood for household use. With global food demand estimated to increase 50 percent by 2030, it is essential that women have the same access to productive resources as men to increase productivity, meet future demand sustainably, and raise family incomes.

In this session, leaders from the private, public, and civil society sectors will discuss how CGI members can:

• Expand successful models to connect women and women-owned businesses with global supply chains.
• Support women’s access to land and capital to formalize their role in their economy, increasing yields and improving livelihoods.
• Teach and scale land management, harvesting, and conservation practices in farming and fishing to enable more sustainable resource use.

Participants:

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Minister of Foreign Affairs , Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Panel Discussion:

Moderator:

Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation

Participants:

Supisra Arayaphong, Founder, FarmerDo
William Lauder, Executive Chairman, The Estée Lauder Companies
Kathleen McLaughlin, President, Walmart Foundation, Senior Vice President of Sustainability, Walmart

Opening Conversation:

Participants:

Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation
Ursula Burns, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Xerox Corporation

 
Breakout Sessions

11:00 AM -

 12:30 PM


CGI Conversation moderated by CNN's Erin Burnett

Looking to the Next Decade

Session Features:  Filmed for Broadcast  •   Panel


In 2005, President Bill Clinton’s goal was simple: convene the global community to move beyond just talking about the world’s most complex challenges to taking action. As CGI celebrates its 10th anniversary, the world looks very different today than it did a decade ago—while significant progress has been achieved, numerous challenges remain. Globally, 2015 marks a pivotal year to drive forward further advancements with the launch of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and the 20th anniversary of the Beijing World Conference on Women.

President Clinton will be joined by a panel of celebrities, business and government leaders, and philanthropists to discuss the remaining global challenges and the promising solutions that aim to achieve shared prosperity and opportunity over the next decade. The panel discussion and interview with President Clinton will be moderated by CNN anchor Erin Burnett and is scheduled for broadcast on CNN.

Moderator:

Erin Burnett, Anchor, Erin Burnett OutFront

Participants:

Edward Norton, Actor, Activist, Co-Founder, CrowdRise
Sean Parker, Chairman, The Parker Foundation
J. Craig Venter, Co-Founder, CEO, and Chairman, Human Longevity, Inc.

 

The Future of Girls' Education

Session Features:  Future Labs


When girls are empowered through education, cycles of poverty are broken and stronger, healthier societies and nations develop. Increasing the number of girls with secondary education by 10 percent boosts a country’s per-capita income by 3 percent, and each year of secondary school increases a girl’s future income by 25 percent. However, while more children around the world attend primary school than ever before, secondary school enrollment for girls has stagnated—in Africa and South Asia, boys remain 1.5 times more likely to complete this phase of schooling than girls. Addressing poverty, discrimination, violence, and other barriers will enable more girls to gain the education necessary to reach their full potential.

In this session, leaders from the public sector, private sector, and civil society will discuss how CGI members can:

• Scale exemplary models of public-private partnerships to increase financing that supports secondary education access and completion among girls.
• Create learning places that are safe and gender-sensitive.
• Recruit, train, and empower female teachers to serve as supportive role models in schools.

Participants:

Tamela Noboa, Managing Director, Discovery Learning Alliance
Freida Pinto, Actor and Producer of Girl Rising
Tisungeni, Girl Leader, Let Girls Lead

 
Small Group Discussions

11:00 AM -

 12:30 PM


Building Smarter Cities Using Design and Technology

In 2050, 70 percent of the world’s 9 billion people are expected to live in urban areas, driven largely by rapid population growth in Southeast Asia and Africa. As people of all economic backgrounds continue to gravitate toward new and existing city centers for access to jobs, basic services, and education, local leaders and real estate developers must not only stay ahead of complex infrastructure needs in a changing global climate, but also create a welcoming, healthy home for all residents. Existing cities have the opportunity to utilize new technologies to dramatically improve efficiency, but must work within historical confines. Despite facing challenges of their own, ground-up cities have the significant advantage of being able to “build it right” the first time through design thinking and by working with natural ecosystems rather than against them.

Objectives:

• Learn from leaders in the field of smart city planning and implementation about topics ranging from the critical building blocks of resiliency codes, reliable energy, clean water, and waste management, to newly recognized necessities like walkable streets, wildlife corridors, and equal access to services and opportunities.
• Share best practices for measuring how and when people consume energy, water, and public services.
• Explore the roles that technology plays in helping campuses, neighborhoods, and entire cities be “smart” in different ways.

Participants:

Joan Clos, Executive Director , UN-Habitat
Davida Herzl, Chief Executive Officer, Aclima
Sam Liccardo, Mayor, City of San José
John Peterson, Founder and President, Public Architecture

 

Eating Smart: Leveraging Food and Beverage Industry Expertise to Reduce Chronic Disease

In the United States, more than 117 million adults suffer from at least one non-communicable disease (NCD) as a result of unhealthy lifestyles, usually stemming from childhood. This challenge is not one that the global health community can solve alone—companies in the food and beverage industry are important allies in supporting smart consumer choices. Industry efforts to direct product formulation, marketing, and retail resources can be amplified by partnerships with the health community to generate powerful solutions for chronic disease prevention and nutrition. CGI members will explore this opportunity through a multi-stakeholder conversation that unites industry and health actors around shared goals.

Objectives:

• Leverage the private sector’s efforts and strengths in marketing, innovation, and distribution to increase and sustain healthy consumer choices.
• Discuss initiatives that increase access to affordable low-calorie, low-fat, low-sugar, and low-salt products.
• Explore multi-sector partnerships for systemic change to improve health.

Participants:

Lisa Gable, President, Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation
Steven Hilton, Corporate Vice President, Global Government and Public Affairs, McDonald's Corporation
Jack Maia, Vice President, Science and Regulatory Affairs, American Beverage Association

 

Elephants Action Network: Next Steps to Save Africa’s Elephants

Since the creation of the Elephants Action Network in 2013, the CGI community has come together in an extraordinary effort to stop the killing of African elephants, the trafficking of tusks, and the demand for ivory. Members of the Action Network have made more than 20 transformational Commitments to Action to protect this majestic species and mitigate associated economic, environmental, and security challenges. As the Elephants Action Network enters its third year, participants will celebrate the community’s successes, evaluate shared challenges, and identify opportunities for how nontraditional partners can leverage their unique resources and expertise to add momentum to the next phase of the global movement to save the elephants.

Objectives:

• Highlight key accomplishments made within the three pillars of the Elephants Action Network.
• Identify opportunities for nontraditional allies to propel the movement to save Africa’s elephants forward.
• Discuss how the CGI community can best position itself to support the next phase of this work and craft a framework to achieve these renewed goals.

Participants:

Iain Douglas-Hamilton, Founder and CEO, Save the Elephants
Terry Garcia, Chief Science & Exploration Officer, National Geographic Society
David Higgins, Head of Environmental Security, INTERPOL
Peyton West, Executive Director , Frankfurt Zoological Society – U.S.

 

From Access to Assets: Advancing Women’s Financial Opportunity

According to the Global Findex Report, between 2011 and 2014, the number of unbanked individuals around the world dropped by 20 percent. Despite this progress, data from No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project and the World Bank show that the gender gap has remained persistent, with seven percent fewer women accessing formal financial institutions than men globally. The gap is even greater in some regions, such as South Asia where it is 18 percent. Overall, 1 billion women are still unbanked—and many of the women who do own a bank account do not fully leverage the financial services for asset building, while a disproportionate amount of dormant accounts are held by women.

Objectives:

• Discuss how CGI members and industry leaders can mobilize community groups to expand and replicate best practices in financial literacy based on proven metrics, behavioral economics, and past Commitments to Action.
• Identify strategies to invest in and empower women to start and sustain small businesses, which can be critical to income generation.
• Discuss eliminating the gender gap by building public-private partnerships that can fuel innovative ideas in mobile technology, financial products, credit, and asset building.

Participants:

Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President and CEO, Women's World Banking

 

The Future of Disaster Response

New tools are transforming disaster response and empowering survivors, first responders, governments, and the international community by equipping them with critical information and resources. Hardware innovations—such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), robots, and mobile applications—revolutionize the accuracy and quality of real-time response. For example, immediately following the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal, UAVs were deployed to survey and map damage while robots and new medical technology, such as heartbeat sensors, enabled search and rescue teams to locate survivors buried in rubble. Moving forward, both the exploration of emerging tools and approaches and the optimization of data related to disasters and humanitarian crises will be of paramount importance.

Objectives:

• Share lessons learned from Nepal and past natural disasters.
• Explore innovative interventions that reduce communities’ vulnerability and increase their capacity to prevent or cope with such adverse events.
• Identify opportunities for increased coordination between relief organizations, the private sector, technology developers, and government agencies in order to increase the impact of innovations in disaster response.

Participants:

Andrew Schroeder, Director of Research and Analysis, Direct Relief
Amy Skeeters-Behrens, Executive Director, DocuSign Impact
Dennis Walto, Vice President - Program Innovation & Performance, International Medical Corps

 
Networking Event

12:30 PM -

 1:30 PM


Lunch

This informal networking opportunity will provide a dedicated space for members to enjoy lunch while making connections with fellow meeting attendees.


 
Breakout Sessions

1:45 PM -

 3:15 PM


CGI Conversation moderated by Al Jazeera’s Abderrahim Foukara

Refugees, Conflict, and Community

Session Features:  Filmed for Broadcast


Despite a dramatic decline in inter-state conflicts over the last 50 years, there are more refugees in the world today than since World War II. In an age of globalization and increased access to information, weapons of war have become accessible to individuals and borders are more porous. Conflicts that may at first appear local, such as the civil wars in Syria and Yemen, increasingly have global ramifications with the potential to destabilize entire regions, as well as the world. Stronger communities that provide opportunities for all are essential, both in conflict-affected countries struggling to uphold peace and prevent violent extremism, as well as in countries welcoming those fleeing violence and human rights abuses.

In this session, leaders from the private sector, public sector, and civil society will discuss how to:

• Support efforts across the world to create peaceful and stable communities that promote human rights and ensure that displaced individuals prosper.
• Provide disenfranchised communities and people, especially youth, with education and job opportunities to help combat the appeal of extremism.
• Enable refugees—and host communities—to prosper through access to essential services and enhanced livelihoods for the displaced.

Moderator:

Abderrahim Foukara, Regional Director for the Americas; Host Min Washington , Al Jazeera Media Network

Participants:

Fereshteh Forough, Founder and President , Code to Inspire
Atifete Jahjaga, President, Republic of Kosovo
Lavinia Limón, President and CEO, U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder and CEO, Chobani

 

Powering Economies and Critical Infrastructure Through Sustainable Energy

Session Features:  Calls to Action


Access to sustainable and affordable energy is crucial to poverty alleviation. It attracts local and multinational business investments; allows neighborhoods to be safer and more resilient; and lets critical infrastructure, such as hospitals and schools, effectively serve their communities. In many African countries, achieving affordable and sustainable energy access could increase GDP by at least 5 percent through job creation, increased productivity, and healthier communities. Yet, more than 2.3 billion people worldwide lack reliable access to energy, particularly in rural communities and urban slums.

In this session, leaders from the public sector, private sector, and civil society will discuss how CGI members can:

• Partner with energy service providers to improve energy access and infrastructure within rural and ultra-poor communities.
• Invest in sustainable energy solutions that unlock capital for new technologies that simultaneously address climate change, reduce buildings’ energy use, and replace expensive and unhealthy fuels.
• Scale entrepreneurship and workforce training programs to grow local marketplaces for renewable products and services.

Moderator:

Kathy Calvin, President and CEO, United Nations Foundation

Participants:

Wesley Clark, Chairman and CEO, Wesley K. Clark and Associates
Hemant Kanoria, Chairman and Managing Director, Srei Infrastructure Finance Limited

 

The Future of Accessible Medicines and Diagnostics

Session Features:  Future Labs


Two billion people in the world today lack access to medicines, particularly in low-income countries where it is estimated that one child dies every 20 seconds from a disease that could have been prevented by proper vaccination. Making medicine more accessible and affordable globally requires greater progress in enhancing delivery channels, supply chains, and research and development. Additionally, more public-private partnerships are needed to solve the challenges associated with counterfeit and substandard medicines, as well as to increase the affordability of diagnostics that are appropriate for the developing and emerging world.

In this session, leaders from the public sector, private sector, and civil society will discuss how CGI members can:

• Create health care solutions to decrease cost, improve quality, and expand delivery of medicines for low-income communities.
• Replicate and scale proven solutions that improve access to diagnostics, particularly for underserved populations.
• Expand proven financial products that allow those who are uninsured and under-financed to afford health care services.

Participants:

Charlotte Ersbøll, Corporate Vice President , Novo Nordisk A/S
Jacob Gayle, Vice President, Medtronic Philanthropy
Anita Goel, Chairman and CEO, Nanobiosym Diagnostics
Peter Hotez, Dean and President, National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and Sabin Vaccine Institute
Eduardo Martinez, President , The UPS Foundation
Deogratias Niyizonkiza, CEO and Founder, Village Health Works

 
Small Group Discussions

1:45 PM -

 3:15 PM


Beyond Shelter, Water, and Food: Prioritizing Education in Emergency Response

In 2015, the world is home to the largest refugee population since World War II due to mass displacement caused by natural disasters, war, and protracted crises. Investing in education in emergency settings provides the stability, structure, and routine that children need in order to cope with loss, fear, stress, and violence. Moreover, education in these environments significantly contributes to more peaceful, prosperous, and stable societies. Experienced practitioners in the field will provide expert insights on increasing access to relevant, quality education in emergencies and will present today’s most successful approaches to improving education service delivery in these settings.

Objectives:

• Frame the challenge that emergencies pose to achieving education development goals.
• Discuss the case for prioritizing education in emergency responses and how to incentivize new players to engage, take action, and elevate education’s role in these settings.
• Provide members an opportunity to share best practices and next steps for action.

Participants:

Valentino Achak Deng, Co-Founder and Director, VAD Foundation, Minister of Education, Northern Bahr el Ghazal, South Sudan
Jorge Fernando Branco de Sampaio, Former President, Portugal
Kate James, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Pearson
Carolyn Miles, President and CEO, Save the Children

 

Ecosystems of Prosperity: Linking Protection of Vulnerable Populations and the Environment

Environmental degradation due to disaster, conflict, or over-use leaves individuals, families, and communities increasingly vulnerable to human trafficking and other forms of exploitation. As natural resources are destroyed or depleted, a community’s food, water, shelter, and even their personal security can be compromised. Humanitarian response organizations and environmental defenders are often already working in these communities, creating a powerful opportunity to collaborate and deploy basic resources to mitigate the risk of human trafficking. Likewise, those working to prevent human trafficking can benefit from conservation efforts, which retain local natural resources that provide economic benefit. Furthermore, the development of shared resources, such as maps of affected areas or training resources on risk indicators, can equip a new army of frontline workers to both protect the most vulnerable people and conserve fragile ecosystems.

Objectives:

• Connect the CGI environmental stewardship community to anti-trafficking practitioners in order to learn about opportunities to link environmental projects — such as reforestation or resource management — to peace and security.
• Explore opportunities to share resources, goals, and collaborative efforts in the protection of the environment, megafauna, and vulnerable people.
• Raise and answer questions, share best practices, and make resources visible to a wider audience.

Participants:

Jamie Bechtel, Chief Executive Officer, New Course
Nick Grono, Chief Executive Officer, The Freedom Fund

 

Investing in Outcomes: The Future of Impact Bonds

Overcoming persistent social challenges around the globe will require more effective and cost-efficient solutions. Social and Development Impact Bonds (SIBs and DIBs) have emerged as one way to enhance the outcomes of development resources. By harnessing investment capital to fund social programs and making repayment contingent upon the achievement of desired outcomes, SIBs and DIBs have the potential to drive innovation in service delivery and add a new level of rigor and performance management in program implementation. While SIBs, DIBs, and other outcomes-based financing approaches have the potential to be transformative, their relatively limited use has not yet allowed them to demonstrate far-reaching impact across social challenges.

Objectives:

• Convene a community of members interested in building the market for SIBs, DIBs, and outcomes-based financing, including in low- and middle-income countries.
• Discuss lessons learned, emerging best practices, and shared challenges with those who have designed, financed, priced, and executed transactions.
• Define future priorities to scale and grow this market and identify how to best use the CGI platform to advance the field.

Participants:

Sherwin Charles, Trustee, Nandos Foundation
Avnish Gungadurdoss, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Instiglio
Tracy Palandjian, Co-Founder and CEO, Social Finance
Andi Phillips, Head , Goldman Sachs Social Impact Fund

 

Supporting Early Stage Social Enterprises

Social enterprise is a much-discussed framework for utilizing business models to address social problems, however, its specific definition is often disputed. The label of “social entrepreneur” is frequently applied to a range of enterprises, including both nonprofit and for-profit efforts in both the developed and developing worlds. Regardless of precise definitions, all types of social enterprises have their own challenges, including investor skepticism, talent acquisition, and navigation of novel business structures. CGI members can help mitigate these challenges by developing new funding sources for social enterprises in their early stages, establishing more sustainable talent development strategies and expanding the support network.

Objectives:

• Develop a working definition of social enterprise for members of the CGI community.
• Examine early stage challenges for social entrepreneurs and identify effective interventions.
• Develop strategies to connect promising social enterprises with individual and institutional investors.

Participants:

Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder and CEO, Acumen

 
Closing Plenary Session

3:45 PM -

 5:15 PM


The Future of Equality and Opportunity

In the 21st century, the advancement of societies will continue to be dependent on principles common throughout centuries of modern history: the strength and fairness of government institutions, the justice of political and social systems, and the equality of economic opportunities available to all people—all while managing a complex and evolving geopolitical landscape. Today, the future also relies on widening the scope of who is included in the determination of how those principles are applied in practice. Large swaths of the global population—including women, youth, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, religious and ethnic minorities, and the economically disadvantaged—are left on the sidelines as the world’s social, economic, and environmental futures are shaped.

In this session, global leaders will join CGI members and youth around the world in a special closing conversation on co-creating a future rooted in justice, human rights, equality, and opportunity for all.

Participants:

President Bill Clinton, Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative, 42nd President of the United States
Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation
Polyphony Foundation 
Elizabeth Holmes, Founder and CEO, Theranos
Jack Ma, Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group