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September 21, 2012

Clinton Global Initiative Milestones


President Clinton launched the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in 2005 to bring together world leaders, business executives, leaders of effective nongovernmental organizations, and philanthropists to match resources with those doing good work on the ground. CGI asks everyone who attends the annual meeting to make a Commitment to Action ­– new, measurable, and tangible – to solve a specific global challenge. Since 2005, CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 current and former heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs along with heads of foundations, major philanthropists, directors of the most effective nongovernmental organizations, and prominent members of the media. To date, CGI members have made more than 2,100 Commitments to Action, which are already improving the lives of nearly 400 million people in more than 180 countries. Once these commitments are fully funded and implemented, they will be valued in excess of $69 billion. In recognition of the 2012 CGI Annual Meeting, which will be held in New York City from September 23 – 25, here are top highlights showing how CGI has revolutionized philanthropy and impacted millions of lives and communities in the U.S. and around the world.



Inaugural Clinton Global Initiative Meeting Raises $2 Billion in Commitments

In 2005, world leaders and thought innovators converged in New York City for the first Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting. Leaders from 69 countries – including 35 current and 10 former heads of state – debated and delivered 300 innovative commitments worth $2 billion toward religious reconciliation, climate change, poverty, and governance.


Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting’s Webcast Reaches Global Audience

During the second CGI Annual Meeting in 2006, 50,000 people worldwide viewed the meeting by webcast, listening to President Clinton and more than 1,000 leaders address the world’s most pressing problems. The Annual Meeting inspired thousands of webcast viewers to make personal commitments online.  The meeting brought an increase in the yearly value of commitments to $7.3 billion.


President Clinton Presents First Clinton Global Citizen Awards

The first-ever Clinton Global Citizen Awards™ were presented by President Clinton at the 2007 Annual Meeting. CGI members nominate award recipients based on their innovative and effective approaches to making positive global change, and on their work's potential for scalable growth and sustainability. These leaders’ efforts transcend borders, change lives, and set an example for us all. Launches

In 2007, President Clinton launched, an online community committed to making a difference. Through the site, members are able to make and view commitments. is a continuation of CGI’s core values to inspire change by raising awareness of the world’s biggest challenges, to build community by connecting like-minded leaders in their quest to put plans in motion, to facilitate action by offering the tools necessary for success, and to strengthen engagement by encouraging citizen action around America and throughout the world.

Clinton Global Initiative University Launches

In September 2007, President Clinton announced the launch of the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), a program to challenge students and universities to tackle global problems with practical, innovative solutions. Prior to attending the meeting, each student and university must develop and submit a Commitment to Action – a specific plan of action that addresses a pressing challenge on his or her campus or in the wider global community. Since the inaugural meeting, more than 1,000 students have attended, representing all 50 states and more than 50 countries, and have made more than 3,000 commitments.


President Clinton’s Call To Action: Helping Haiti Build Back Better

In 2008, after Haiti was devastated by four hurricanes, President Clinton’s “Call to Action” inspired the “Helping Haiti Build Back Better” Action Network ­– which are small groups of CGI members who meet throughout the year to coordinate action on specific issues. CGI member organizations responded to the call with more than $100 million in commitments, and in 2010 grew to $224 million in commitments in education, water and shelter, health, environment, culture, energy and business development.

Clinton Global Initiative Asia Meeting

In December 2008, President Clinton traveled to Hong Kong to join several hundred Asian leaders to strengthen social and global responsibility in Asia. CGI Asia catalyzed innovative solutions and cross-sector partnerships among regionally based members in Asia and CGI’s global community to address critical challenges with global implications. The meeting focused on three primary areas: education, energy and climate change, and public health.


2009 Annual Meeting Ranked Top Conference For CEOs

Reflecting CGI’s commitment to building partnerships among the public and private sectors, the CGI Annual Meeting was ranked the number-one conference for CEOs in 2009, according to a study by an international public relations firm. CGI’s innovative partnerships often begin at its Annual Meeting, where the world’s leading authorities from the private sector and international development come together to exchange ideas.


Clinton Global Initiative Lead Launches

In 2010, President Clinton began CGI Lead, a select group of accomplished young leaders who come together for a two-year period of collective commitment, addressing the world’s most pressing challenges. The inaugural members of CGI Lead introduced Rethink Refugees, a Commitment to Action designed to break the cycle of displacement and dysfunction among the world’s 43 million forcibly displaced people by changing the discussion about them and creating sustainable communities


First Clinton Global Initiative America

In 2011, President Clinton opened CGI America, the first meeting focused solely on American job creation and new programs designed to foster economic growth in the United States. More than 700 leaders in business, nonprofits, and government attended the meeting and three major Commitments to Action were made that will expand access to microfinance, train workers, and fund infrastructure development. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will give 140,000 people job training, 1,000 information technology jobs will be created in rural America, and $3.5 million will be loaned to small businesses in the United States.


2012 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting Adds “Designing for Impact” Theme

This year marks the first time that CGI will organize its largest meeting around a single theme. The 2012 Annual Meeting’s program, “Designing for Impact,” will explore how leaders can extend design thinking, often tied to startups and market-based solutions, from the private realm to accelerate positive outcomes for individuals’ lives, their environments, and their systems of government, commerce, and consumption. This year’s meeting will bring together more than 1,000 CGI members and participants to answer the question: How can we design our world to create more opportunity and more equality? Learn more about the 2012 CGI Annual Meeting agenda and speakers.

The 2012 CGI Annual Meeting will take place from September 23 – 25. RSVP to watch live webcast.