April 19, 2007
Thursday
Apr 19
2007

Press Release: President Clinton Announces Progress of Commitments Made at the Clinton Global Initiative

New York
Press Release

President Clinton today announced the positive impact that commitments generated by the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) are having across the globe. In just two years, CGI has generated more than 570 commitments to address global health pandemics, alleviate poverty in the developing world and fight climate change, among other global challenges. President Clinton announced at CGI’s Mid-year meeting today that more than 100 commitments have been completed.

“The Clinton Global Initiative is a catalyst for action that seeks to have a measurable impact on the lives of people around the world,” said President Clinton. “The number of completed commitments so far is an indication of the power of this model of philanthropy. It is also a testament to the hard work of hundreds of people and the scope of what they’ve been able to accomplish in only two years’ time is stunning.”

President Clinton was joined at the Mid-year Meeting by Time Warner Chairman and CEO Dick Parsons. In addition, speakers included four commitment makers who have successfully completed the work they pledged to undertake at CGI:

  • Dr. Eboo Patel, who committed to help bridge the gap between cultures and religions by bringing 15 young Americans to live and work with 17 young Jordanians through his of INTERAction Youth Exchange program.
  • Jim Stengel of Procter & Gamble, which helped bring clean water to 80,000 African children and will reach more than 400,000 by the end of 2007.
  • Jacqueline Novogratz of the Acumen Fund, which launched a portfolio to increase investment in clean energy technologies.
  • Vincent Mai of AEA Investors, which made a financial commitment to expand the Ubuntu Education Fund, a South African non-profit that offers school-based psychosocial support for children orphaned by the AIDS epidemic.
  • At the Mid-year meeting, a 17 year-old beneficiary of the Ubuntu Education Fund made the first commitment of 2007. Zethu Ngceza, of South Africa, pledged to start a support group for 10 HIV-positive girls.

     

President Clinton also announced today that education will be a new focus area at CGI’s annual meeting in September, in addition to the focus areas of global health, poverty alleviation and energy and climate change.

“Education is a basic right for all people, no matter where they live,” said President Clinton. “It is one of the chief factors that contribute to the ability of our children to succeed in a global, 21st century economy and lead productive, meaningful lives, so we need to work to bridge the global education divide.”

Of the 570 commitments made to date, 215 commitments were made at the 2006 conference alone and an additional 86 additional commitments have been registered since CGI’s last annual meeting. 221 commitments have been made by non-profits (38%), 118 by corporations (21%), 108 by foundations (19%), 79 by individuals (13%), and the rest by governments, universities, think tanks and other entities (9%). President Clinton noted that CGI welcomes commitments from the general public through its website, www.clintonglobalinitiative.org.

Among the 100 commitments completed to date are:

  • A commitment made by Margaret McGlynn, President of Merck & Co., Inc., which provided 30,000 Nicaraguan children with vaccinations against rotavirus.
  • A commitment made by George Rupp, President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Rescue Committee, which helped 575,000 patients receive life-saving health services throughout Sudan.
  • A commitment made by Jefferson Seabright, Vice President of Environment & Water Resources at The Coca-Cola Company, which offset over 5,000 metric tons of CO2 through the purchase of 6,000 MWh of wind power.
  • A commitment made by John H. Bryant, Founder, Chairman & CEO of Operation HOPE, Inc., which assisted 300 low-wealth students with financial literacy training.
  • CGI is a non-partisan catalyst for action, bringing together a community of global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Participants are asked to sign a written agreement, detailing their commitment to take action in one of the focus areas discussed. The meeting is designed to stimulate practical ideas that result in direct and immediate action. Attendees who do not make or keep their commitment are not invited to attend future meetings.

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