The 12th and final Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting has officially begun, with leaders from around the world gathering in New York City to celebrate a legacy of turning ideas into action—as well as the continued dedication of members to overcoming shared global challenges. As we highlight some special meeting moments over the three day event, we hope that you will follow along and join the conversation by using the official meeting hashtag—#CGI2016—on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
DAY 1 HIGHLIGHTS
AN OPENING CONVERSATION ON PARTNERING FOR GLOBAL PROSPERITY
President Clinton with Mayor Khan, President Macri, Prime Minister Renzi, and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala backstage before the #CGI2016 Opening Plenary Session.
HOW TO SUCCEED IN THE WORLD'S TOUGHEST PLACES
Queen Rania of Jordan focuses on today's refugee crisis and what it takes to ensure that those living in the toughest places have the opportunities and services they need to thrive.
THE #CGI2016 COMMUNITY: WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
The CGI Annual Meeting brings together dozens of speakers and hundreds of experts across sectors, ready to work together amplify the impact of their Commitments to Action. Here is what some of them are saying about their #CGI2016 experience so far:
Encuentro en la Clinton Global Initiative con el ex-presidente Clinton y el Primer Ministro italiano, Matteo Renzi pic.twitter.com/Wclv2KdQE7— Mauricio Macri (@mauriciomacri) September 19, 2016
Heading to the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting to talk about the increasing importance of cities as drivers of global change.— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) September 19, 2016
Proud to celebrate @clintonglobal partners legacy of responding - from Ebola crisis to everyday crises - around the world at Annual Meeting— Raj Panjabi (@rajpanjabi) September 18, 2016
BONO ON THE CRITICAL INTERSECTION OF SECURITY AND DEVELOPMENT
Bono and fellow panelists spoke about what the challenges of extremism, instability, and refugees can teach us about the value of investing more in equitable development.
MUZOON: "EDUCATION COMES FIRST"
Muzoon Almellehan, a young Syrian refugee, shares how she became a leading advocate for girls' education on the global stage. “We need every child in the community. Without education we are nothing.”
THE 10TH CLINTON GLOBAL CITIZEN AWARDS
At Monday's ceremony, five honorees were recognized for their actions as true global citizens. Special performances included honoree Jon Bon Jovi and Andrea Bocelli performing with the Voices of Haiti Choir. Learn more about this year's ceremony.
DAY 2 HIGHLIGHTS
NEW COMMITMENTS ANNOUNCED
A Commitment to Action—the defining feature of CGI—is a new, measurable, and specific plan for addressing a significant global challenge. To date, members of the CGI community have made more than 3,600 commitments which have improved the lives of over 435 million people in more than 180 countries.
Today, a cluster of nearly 25 new commitments were announced to advance the full participation of women and girls, with coalition partners collectively pledging over $70 million to directly impact nearly 900,000 individuals in over 60 countries across 6 continents.
TWO YOUNG LEADERS ADVOCATING FOR THE RIGHTS OF GIRLS EVERYWHERE
Chelsea Clinton spoke with two extraordinary young women who are leading voices speaking out against forced marriages—Sonita Alizadeh, an Afghan rapper and activist, and Memory Banda with Rise Up in Malawi.
SPORTS AS A CATALYST FOR DEVELOPMENT AND INTEGRATION
Members of Olympic Team USA explored how actors across sectors can work together to break down barriers and boost worldwide participation in sports to ensure that everyone can play.
HOW CAN CITIES BE DESIGNED FOR HEALTH AND PROSPERITY?
Panelists John Chambers, Clara Doe Mvogo, and Sir Andrew Witty explore how people will stay healthy, obtain a decent home and job, and move throughout the cities of the future.
RECONCILIATION AND A SHARED SOCIETY
President Clinton led a conversation with Balkan leaders on how they are reconciling their differences and nurturing more inclusive communities two decades after the Dayton Accords. See photos from this session and others on CGI's official Flickr page.
DAY 3 HIGHLIGHTS
MORE 2016 COMMITMENTS TO ACTION ANNOUNCED
Throughout the day, several new commitments were shared on-stage, including:
"MY LIFE HAS BEEN CHANGED BY THE CONGOLESE PEOPLE"
Ben Affleck and Chouchou Namegabe, founding member of the South Kivu Women's Media Association, discuss their work to advance economic and social development in the eastern Congo.
PRESIDENT CLINTON'S CLOSING REMARKS
President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton concluded the 12th and final CGI Annual Meeting and recognized the impact of the CGI community in forging partnerships that have resulted in 3,600 Commitments to Action, which have improved the lives of over 435 million people worldwide. In the Closing Plenary Session, President Clinton delivered a personal reflection on what the last 15 years of the Clinton Foundation have meant to him and discussed how CGI helped redefine philanthropy.