April 17, 2010
Apr 17

Press Release: President Clinton Announces Impact of Commitments Made at Third Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) Meeting at The University of Miami

Miami, FL
Press Release

More than 1,000 new commitments made, positively affecting more than 290,000 people; commitments are concrete plans to implement solutions to major global challenges such as climate change, poverty, human rights, education, health care, and the environment.

Commitments made by universities and national youth organizations worth $42 million

Miami, FL – President Bill Clinton announced that more than 290,000 people would be positively impacted by commitments made at the third annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) meeting, taking place at the University of Miami this weekend.

"Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) members have shown that a few people can make a tremendous difference in the world," President Clinton said. "Whether they are distributing microloans, building community gardens, or teaching children about nutrition, the students here are dedicated to expanding opportunity for others. I hope that, when they return home, they will inspire others to follow their examples."

This year, students made approximately 1,000 new Commitments to Action, and universities and national youth organizations made 60 new commitments. A Commitment to Action is a concrete, measurable plan to make the world a better place.

The commitments made by universities and organizations will be worth approximately $42 million when fully funded, and will improve the lives of more than 290,000 people. In addition, commitments made this year will achieve the following results:

  • More than 230,000 students and faculty will engage in awareness raising initiatives, which range from empowering students to fight cancer to helping students to green their own campuses and communities.
  • 120,000 people with disabilities will have better access to health care.
  • An estimated 7,000 students will be engaged as advocates to support 185,000 women survivors of war.
  • 75,000 students will benefit from a better education thanks to an unprecedented number of concurrent school reform initiatives in Detroit.
  • 2,000 families in Haiti will have emergency housing thanks to the efforts of university students in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

On Saturday, attendees will participate in plenary sessions on topics including The Future of Water, Innovation for Global Health, Poverty at Home, Human Trafficking, and Sustainable Transportation. Then, students will break into smaller groups for hands-on workshops on marketing, fundraising, and community engagement.

The event will close on Saturday at with a plenary session on Moving Forward in Haiti, featuring President Clinton, author Edwidge Danticat, Indianapolis Colts Wide Receiver Pierre Garçon, and HELP Scholarship Recipient Stanley Clermont. The discussion will be moderated by Michelle Norris, host of All Things Considered on National Public Radio.

On Sunday, President Clinton will join the students and Alonzo Mourning, founder of Alonzo Mourning Charities, for a service project at the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust’s homestead homeless complex, a community of approximately 500 formerly homeless individuals and families. Press who do not already have credentials, but wish to attend the service project, should email [email protected].

The following commitments will be announced on Saturday.

CGI U is sponsored by Darden Restaurants, Inc., Dell, U.S. Global Investors, Inc., Walmart, and CGI U media partner mtvU. To learn more about CGI U, please visit www.cgiu.org.

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