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Opening Plenary Session

Fast Forward: Accelerating Opportunity for All

The world has made tremendous advances in the past 15 years: over two billion people have gained access to drinking water, the maternal mortality rate has declined by nearly half, and enrollment in primary education for children in developing regions has reached 90 percent. However, there are over three billion people living on less than $2.50 a day, nearly 73 million young people are unemployed globally, and significant wage disparities persist between men and women around the world. There are still far too many circumstances where talent is held back by a lack of opportunity. CGI U students will one day lead the health care, finance, and education systems of tomorrow. How can they start now to ensure that the freedom to learn, to start or join businesses, and to access essential services is available to all, regardless of gender, nation, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or faith? This session will explore how students and universities, in partnership with the public, private, and civil society sectors, can:

• Help strengthen and expand access to opportunity around the world, and ensure that the benefits of technology and innovation are shared with all
• Remove barriers that hold back the hardest-to-reach populations

Remarks:

President Bill Clinton, Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative, 42nd President of the United States
Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation
Donna Shalala, President, University of Miami

Moderator:

President Bill Clinton, Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative, 42nd President of the United States

Participants:

America Ferrera, Actress, Producer, Activist
Tawakkol Karman, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Founder, Women Journalists Without Chains
Paul Lorem, Student, Yale University
Vivek Murthy, United States Surgeon General, United States Department of Health and Human Services