Beyond Equality: Harnessing the Power of Girls & Women for Sustainable Development
As we look toward 2030, how do we move beyond talking about equality to making shared global prosperity a reality? It is proven that empowering women and promoting gender equity is crucial to accelerating global sustainable development, yet female voices continue to be excluded from critical conversations about political and economic system changes. For example, six out of ten of the world’s poorest people are women, largely due to the ongoing discrimination they face in the economic sphere. Additionally, with only 22 percent of the world’s parliamentarians being women, laws combating gender-based violence are not passed or enforced to the extent required to protect all women. In response, the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) focus on overcoming these obstacles and others in the way of achieving full gender equality worldwide—addressing women’s limited access to employment opportunities, the absence of peace and security for all women, and the lack of effective cross-sector partnerships needed to confront global poverty.
In this session, CGI members will be challenged to think critically about not just the success of SDG 5, but how girls and women can be integrated into the achievement of all of the SDGs to ensure sustainable development.
Remarks:Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation
Madeleine K. Albright, Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group
Participants:Bob Collymore, Chief Executive Officer, Safaricom Limited
David Nabarro, Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change, United Nations
Carolyn Tastad, Group President, North America, Procter & Gamble
Jane Wurwand, Founder and Chief Visionary, Dermalogica
Partnering for Global Prosperity
People today are caught up increasingly in three extremes -- extreme climate change, extreme poverty, and extreme ideology - particularly in fragile states. Instability, conflict, and natural disasters are putting tremendous pressure on the most vulnerable people, their governments, and their resources with profound knock-on effects, embedding poverty, weakening states and displacing people at unprecedented levels. Panelists in this session will discuss the critical intersection of security and development, and what the challenges of extremism, instability, and refugees can teach us about the value of investing more in equitable development.
Globally shared prosperity requires both equity and opportunity for all. This can only be realized through recognition of our interdependence and pursuit of partnership. In 2016, CGI challenges its members to consider how they are building and maintaining broadly shared prosperity through creative cooperation.
During this session, CGI members will explore new and unique partnerships that can help:
• Secure flourishing livelihoods for all.
• Enable communities to thrive.
• Promote and increase environmental sustainability.
Participants:Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation
Moderator:Madeleine K. Albright, Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group
Panelists:John R. Allen, Co-Director, Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, Brookings Institution
Bono, Lead Singer of U2, Co-Founder of ONE and (RED), ONE Campaign
Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, European Union
Amina Mohammed, Minister of Environment, Nigeria
Moderator:Bill Clinton, Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative, 42nd President of the United States
Panelists:Sadiq Khan, Mayor, London
Mauricio Macri, President, Argentina
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Chair of the Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, former Finance Minister of Nigeria, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance
Matteo Renzi, Prime Minister, Italy
Succeeding in the World’s Toughest Places
Over the last 10 years, more than 1 billion people have lifted themselves out of extreme poverty. However, progress has been uneven. From refugee camps and conflict-affected areas to the world’s most remote regions, millions of people are living in tough-to-reach places. They face extreme poverty, the effects of war, environmental threats, and underdevelopment. While these individuals have created ingenious and informal systems to survive, we must ensure that those living in the toughest places have the opportunities and services they need to thrive.
In this session, leaders from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors will discuss how CGI members can:
• Scale and replicate successful approaches for doing business in the toughest places.
• Incorporate youth and marginalized groups—especially girls and women—to help create long-lasting solutions.
• Ensure refugees have access to services that allow them to be productive members of society.
Remarks:Raj Panjabi, Chief Executive Officer, Last Mile Health
Moderator:David Miliband, President and CEO, International Rescue Committee
Panelists:Hikmet Ersek, President and CEO, Western Union
Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister, Sweden
Moderator:Lara Setrakian, Executive Editor and CEO, News Deeply
Panelists:Muzoon Almellehan, Student and Education Advocate, Malala Fund
COP21: The Time for Climate Action is Now
At the COP21 summit in December 2015, 195 nations adopted a comprehensive plan to combat climate change. The agreement outlines opportunities for governments to take urgent action and make investments to create a low-carbon, sustainable, and resilient future. Achieving the COP21 goals requires not only immediate and persistent commitment on the part of governments, but also strategic and financial partnerships with a wide range of businesses and civil society. As we approach the one-year mark of COP21, how have governments and businesses worked together toward achieving a sustainable future, where are we falling short of our ambitions, and what other partnership opportunities exist that can help further our progress in the fight against climate change?
In this session, leaders from diverse sectors will discuss how CGI members can:
• Create and build on cross-sector partnerships to combat climate change and meet the historic COP21 agreement’s goals.
• Identify areas where significant progress is needed most and coordinate prompt action.
• Spur local entrepreneurs and global businesses to innovate, finance, and deploy solutions for climate adaptation and mitigation.
Moderator:Max Schorr, Co-Founder, GOOD
Participants:Christiana Figueres, Former Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Hilda Heine, President, Republic of the Marshall Islands
Luis Alberto Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank
Martyn Parker, Chairman Global Partnerships, Swiss Re
Ségolène Royal, President of CoP21, Minister of Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs, in charge of International Climate Relations, France
Rhea Suh, President, Natural Resources Defense Council
What We Know Now: Applying Lessons Learned to Advance Haiti’s Future
In 2008, President Bill Clinton issued a call to action to the CGI community to address the pressing challenges that Haiti faced in the aftermath of four devastating hurricanes. The resulting Haiti Action Network, now in its eighth year, has galvanized more than 100 Commitments to Action focused on Haiti. To accomplish this, more than 300 companies, nonprofits, multilateral organizations, and government entities have partnered with the Action Network—illustrating that addressing challenges in the country requires a comprehensive approach. For example, to provide quality education, it is also vital to consider public health, infrastructure, and job creation during project planning and implementation.
In this session, CGI members from diverse sectors will:
• Learn about the unique structure of the Haiti Action Network and the ways that members have worked together to tackle issues.
• Share commitment stories and key takeaways from Haiti—such as shared successes and difficulties with commitment implementation—that are applicable to member projects elsewhere around the world.
Moderator:Catherine Cheney, West Coast Correspondent, Devex
Panelists:Maxime D. Charles, Country Manager / VP, Bnakers Association / EcoBio Haiti S. A.
Sasha Kramer, Co-Founder and Executive Director, SOIL
Denis O'Brien, Chairman, Digicel
Fédorah Pierre-Louis, External Affairs and Local Development Manager, Haitian Education and Leadership Program (HELP)
Panelists:Michael Carey, Co-Founder and Director, Soul of Haiti Foundation
Participants:Robert Bank, President and CEO, American Jewish World Service
Dominique Boyer, Chief Operating Officer, Sevis Finansye Fonkoze
Duquesne Fednard, Founder and CEO, D&E Green Enterprises
Timote Georges, Executive Director, Smallholder Farmers Alliance Foundation
Elizabeth Hausler, Founder and CEO, Build Change
Dominic MacSorley, Chief Executive Officer, Concern Worldwide
Atlanta McIlwraith, Senior Manager Community Engagement and Communication, Timberland