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Tuesday
Sep 23
2014
September 23, 2014

The CGI 10th Annual Meeting: Tuesday Highlights

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Today at the CGI 10th Annual Meeting, members continued to "reimagine impact," guided by contributions from leaders and innovators across sectors. Key moments from today include:

VALUING WHAT MATTERS

How can governments, civil society, and businesses redefine value to address not just the economic but the social and environmental challenges of the 21st century? Chelsea Clinton explored this question with Mary Barra of the General Motors Company, Jack Ma of the Alibaba Group, Finance Minster Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria, and Darren Walker of the Ford Foundation. Watch the full session.

REMARKS BY PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

President Barack Obama announced expanded support for civil society in the U.S. and around the world.

President Obama addresses the 2014 CGI Annual Meeting

BRINGING VOICES FROM AROUND THE WORLD INTO THE ROOM

"Peeta Planet" hosts Mohammad Parham Al Awadhi and Peyman Parham Al Awadhi guided a discussion on why critical services and investments must be brought to cities to foster innovation and entrepreneurship. They were joined on-stage by CGI commitment-makers including Matt Damon and Gary White of Water.org—and brought on-the-ground voices into the room via Skype, featuring the organizations Gastromotiva in Brazil and the Dr. Aloy & Gesare Chife Foundation in Nigeria.

DESIGNING INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS TO GLOBAL CHALLENGES

In Breakout Sessions, CGI members collaborated to drive new thinking on ongoing Commitments to Action, generate new ideas, and evaluate approaches to global challenges with fellow members. Sessions formats included Designing Ideas, where members brainstormed forward-thinking solutions to help address the question of how 2.5 billion people living without toilets can gain access to sanitation. Jay Gould of American Standard and Raya—a new Sesame Street character and mascot for the “Cleaner, Happier, Healthier” sanitation campaign—guided the conversation.

EXPANDED COMMITMENTS TO SAVE THE AFRICAN ELEPHANT

Secretary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton reflected on the progress and expansion of CGI commitments to protect Africa's elephants, which includes 21 additional commitments made by 16 organizations and 58 nations. Learn more about these comprehensive strategies and dedicated  commitment-makers.

CREATING EDUCATION-TO-EMPLOYMENT PATHWAYS

How can we better connect youth and adults to a value chain stretching from education to job opportunities—essential for achieving long-term economic growth and unlocking human talent? Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times discussed this issue with John Chambers of Cisco; Minister of State Reem Al Hashimy of the United Arab Emirates; Ashish Thakkar of the Mara Group and the Mara Foundation; and Nisreen Mitwally, an alumna of the job training and placement program Education For Employment (EFE). Nisreen shares more of her personal story on the CGI blog.

SOCIAL MEDIA & MULTIMEDIA

- Watch full sessions from the 2014 Annual Meeting.
- See exclusive behind-the-scenes photos on CGI's Instagram account.
- Browse highlights from the meeting on Facebook.
- View photos from all sessions at the Annual Meeting on CGI's Flickr page.