Sep 24
September 24, 2012

2012 CGI Annual Meeting Day 1


Yesterday the first day of the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting featured the Opening Plenary Session discussion on “Designing for Impact,” moderated by President Clinton with Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon; Michael T. Duke, President and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; and Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group. Watch the Opening Plenary Session and view photos.

Several new commitments were also announced during the Opening Plenary Session focusing on environmental protection, women’s empowerment, sustainable energy and global health. The new commitments announced are below.

GIVE: Lights and Power for Panzi Hospital
In an effort to help the Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo transition from a reliance on diesel fuel and an undependable grid to clean, sustainable, and renewable energy, the GlobalECHO Foundation has committed to provide $150,000 over a two-year period to fund the installation of solar panels donated by another CGI member, Suntech Power Holdings Company Limited.

Health Justice for People with Intellectual Disabilities
Tom Golisano, founder of Paychex Corporation, committed $12 million to fund 12 Special Olympics (SOI) International Healthy Communities Demonstration Projects worldwide to build health care support for individuals with intellectual disabilities. This commitment will enable SOI to expand data collection and create solutions to health disparities for people with intellectual disabilities.

Empowering Palestinian Women In and Through Media
96 NISAA Broadcast Radio, a woman-owned radio station in the West Bank, committed to train and eventually hire community reporters and students in radio reporting and broadcasting. 

Bridging the Gap: Empowering Women Through Education
The Georges Malaika Foundation (GMF) committed to expand educational access and quality learning opportunities to 340 young girls in the Katanga Province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This commitment will also provide two meals a day, clean drinking water, sanitary latrines, internet access, and highly-trained teachers.

Man Up Congo: Youth Ending Violence Against Girls in Schools
The Man Up Campaign committed to support its two youth delegations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo who create community-based programs to combat gender violence. These programs include theater and workshops and plan to engage more than 300 students.

Solar Panels for Panzi Hospital
Suntech Power Holdings Co., the world’s largest producer of solar panels, has partnered with CGI member GlobalECHO Foundation, to commit to provide the Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo to run on solar power.

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