Sep 25
September 25, 2012

2012 CGI Annual Meeting Day 2


Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton gives opening remarks during the second day of the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting.

The second day of the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting focused around the theme of “Designing Our Environments," highlighting the need to produce holistic approaches for built and natural environments in order to provide healthy sustainable settings worldwide. The day opened with remarks from Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, where she spoke about “Designing Diplomacy for the 21st Century” and continued with two plenary sessions. The morning Plenary Session focused on how women a play key role in designing more productive, inclusive built environments. The session was moderated by New York Times’ columnist Nicholas D. Kristof, with Joan Clos, Under-Secretary General and Executive Director, UN-HABITAT; Salma Samar Damluji, Chief Architect, Daw'an Mud Brick Architecture Foundation; Elizabeth Heider, Senior Vice President, Skanska USA Building Inc. and Chair, Board of Directors, U.S. Green Building Council; and,
Jonathan Reckford, Chief Executive Officer, Habitat for Humanity International. The afternoon Plenary Session focused on the importance of high-quality, early childhood education programs, and the impact these programs can have in economic growth and long-term social costs. The discussion was moderated by Geeta Rao Gupta, Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF, and panelists included Joyce Banda, President of the Republic of Malawi; Bill Goodwyn, Chief Executive Officer, Discovery Education, Discovery Communications Inc.; Carolyn S. Miles, President and CEO, Save the Children; and Jay Naidoo, Chairman, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). Watch these sessions and view photo galleries from the day.

President Clinton also announced several new commitments focusing on women’s empowerment, energy efficiency, sustainable development, and childhood nutrition. The new commitments announced are below.

Where We Learn Matters: Transforming Schools via Green Apple

The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, in partnership with United Technology Corporation, have committed to launch the Green Apple Initiative, a public awareness campaign with the goal of informing parents, teachers, students, and communities around the world the importance of physical spaces in an educational setting for student experiences. In addition, there will be an annual day of service where 2,500 volunteer-driven school improvement projects will take place across the world.

Bringing Vertical Gyms to Cities Around the World

Urban-Think Tank (U-TT) has committed to scaling the construction and deployment of their Vertical Gym prototype – a safe space for social interaction and exercise in dense urban areas – to megacities throughout the world beginning in São Paulo, Brazil, and look to identify similar partnerships in other cities.

Anam New City: An African Model For Sustainable Development

The Dr. Aloy & Gesare Chife Foundation has committed to scale up its model of sustainable development by making affordable green housing, off-grid infrastructure, health services, and skills training accessible to 1,000 Nigerians in Anambra State over four years.

Community-Based Solar Power

Solairedirect has committed to develop at least 10 megawatts of distributed solar photovoltaic projects in the southwestern United States over the next three years by identifying communities seeking access to reliable and affordable electricity, and working in conjunction with local government and community stakeholders to develop these projects.

Minutes Matter: Warning Haitians to Extreme Weather

Earth Networks committed to a two-phase commitment to improve monitoring and warning of severe weather in Haiti by deploying the Dangerous Thunderstorm Alerts, the most advanced hurricane tracking and monitoring tool, and PulseRad, a groundbreaking alternative to expensive Doppler radar. Additionally, Earth Networks will work with partners to put systems in place to disseminate information via SMS and other outlets, enabling the population to be better prepared for extreme weather.

Scaling the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2013

United Postcode Lotteries committed to scale up their green business competition, the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge, in order to spur innovation in the area of sustainability. By increasing the amount of entries, the quality and countries of origin, United Postcode Lotteries aim to speed up the development of new, innovative green businesses around the globe to tackle the challenges of climate change.

A Healthy Start for Children: Scaling Up Nutrition

The WFP-USA committed to facilitate an effort led by the government of Guatemala and supported by a group of private sector and international donors to address under-nutrition in Guatemala, which currently suffers from the highest rate of child malnutrition in Latin America. Through this commitment, Guatemala will achieve national coverage of the 13 critical interventions identified in the internationally recognized Scaling Up Nutrition framework, including behavior change, micronutrient supplementation and deworming, and complementary and therapeutic feeding programs.

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