Photo: Paul Morse / Clinton Global Initiative
Sep 24
September 24, 2014

The CGI 10th Annual Meeting: Closing Highlights


Over the past four days, Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) members made hundreds of new Commitments to Action and continued working on and learning from the more than 2,900 commitments already exisiting within the CGI portfolio. Selected highlights from the final day of CGI's 10th Annual Meeting include:

Equality for Girls and Women

When women participate in the economy and politics, the positive effects ripple across entire societies. Today's morning Plenary Session addressed the many facets of this issue, beginning with a conversation between former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and His Excellency Shinzō Abe, Prime Minister of Japan; continuing with a discussion of data and No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project between Secretary Clinton and Melinda French Gates; and ending with a panel that included Chelsea Clinton, Hikmet Ersek of The Western Union Company, Leymah Gbowee of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa, and Nilofar Sakhi of the American University of Afghanistan. Watch the full session.

CHARGE: Collaborative for Harnessing Ambition and Resources for Girls’ Education

Secretary Clinton announced CHARGE: Collaborative for Harnessing Ambition and Resources for Girls’ Education. This collective effort of more than 30 companies, civil society organizations, multilaterals, and governments will contribute over $600 million dollars to reach 14 million girls over five years by:

  • Ensuring that girls can attend and complete primary and secondary school
  • Making schools safer and more secure
  • Improving the quality of learning for girls
  • Supporting girls’ transition to higher education and employment, and
  • Cultivating local country leaders to champion this work at the grassroots level

A Live Conversation with the International Space Station

During the Closing Plenary Session, President Bill Clinton and Astronaut Cady Coleman spoke with Astronauts Reid Wiseman and Alex Gerst on the International Space Station via satellite link. Listen to what they had to say about the future of space exploration:

President Clinton speaks to astronauts at the International Space Station (CGI 2014)

Announcing CGI Middle East & Africa

President Clinton, Secretary Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton announced that CGI will hold its inaugural CGI Middle East and Africa Meeting in the Spring of 2015 in Marrakech, with a focus on economic development. “The Middle East and Africa have a youthful workforce, fast-growing economies, untapped natural resources, and enormous potential to thrive in the coming years," said President Clinton. Watch the announcement, part of the Closing Plenary Session.

Honoring Graça Machel 

Founder of the Graça Machel Trust and Foundation for Community Development and widow of Nelson Mandela, Graça Machel was honored with a Clinton Global Citizen Award for her Leadership in Civil Society. Machel is a renowned international advocate for women’s and children’s rights and has been a social and political activist over many decades. Hear why she thinks that women's empowerment is key to successful and sustainable economic and social growth.

Secretary Clinton Shares Four Calls to Action for the CGI Community

As the CGI community analyzes its work and takes stock of what still needs to be done, Secretary Clinton shared four priority areas that represent gaps in the commitment portfolio. The following areas are ripe for action and need the attention of commitment-makers from across all sectors:

  1. Energy Poverty
  2. Water Scarcity
  3. Domestic Food Insecurity
  4. Ebola Outbreak in West Africa
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