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CGI 2022 Meeting Concludes with the Launch of 144 New Commitments to Action that Address Climate Change, Health Equity, Inclusive Economic Growth, and the Global Refugee Crisis

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For Immediate Release: September 20, 2022

Contact: press@clintonfoundation.org

CGI 2022 Meeting Concludes with the Launch of 144 New Commitments to Action that Address Climate Change, Health Equity, Inclusive Economic Growth, and the Global Refugee Crisis

President Zelenskyy joined President Clinton for a conversation on the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine – watch it here.

This year’s meeting included over 2,100 leaders from across the public and private sectors, including Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; José Andrés, Founder and Chief Feeding Officer, World Central Kitchen; Xiye Bastida, Climate Justice Activist; Xavier Becerra, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services; Bono, Lead Singer of U2, Co-Founder of ONE and (RED); Matt Damon, Co-Founder, Water.org; Thasunda Brown Duckett, President and CEO, TIAA; Larry Fink, Chairman and CEO, BlackRock; Melinda French Gates, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Founder, Pivotal Ventures; Jennifer Granholm, U.S. Secretary of Energy; Dolores Huerta, President, Dolores Huerta Foundation; Laurene Powell Jobs, Founder and President, Emerson Collective; Alan Jope, CEO, Unilever; Ashley Judd, Actor and Partner at Kokolopori Bonobo Research Reserve; Cindy McCain, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Agencies for Food and Agriculture; Lin-Manuel Miranda, Award-Winning Songwriter, Actor, Director; Mia Mottley, Prime Minister, Barbados; Gina Raimondo, U.S. Secretary of Commerce; Maia Sandu, President of the Republic of Moldova; Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada; Marty Walsh, U.S. Secretary of Labor; Robin Wright, Actor, and Co-Founder, Pour Les Femmes Foundation; Malala Yousafzai, Activist; and more.

Watch all Plenary and Spotlight Sessions from this year’s meeting at clintonglobal.org/2022

NEW YORK, NY – Today, President Bill Clinton, Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton concluded the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) 2022 Meeting, announcing 144 new Commitments to Action that address climate change, health equity, inclusive economic growth, and the global refugee crisis. For the first time since 2016, CGI brought together global and emerging leaders to take action on the world’s most pressing challenges. Highlights from the CGI 2022 Meeting program include:

  • President Zelenskyy of Ukraine and President Clinton in a one-on-one conversation about the state of global affairs; the refugee crisis created by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine; and what members of the CGI community can do to help. Watch the conversation, and read the full transcript of the conversation here.
  • Secretary Clinton speaking with Malala Yousafzai about expanding education for girls worldwide, following Malala receiving the Elevate Prize Catalyst Award on stage;
  • Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton leading a tribute to Partners in Health Co-Founder Paul Farmer, announcing commitments to advance his lifelong mission of global health equity including a commitment by University of Global Health Equity to educate 3,000 new health care leaders over the next 25 years, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, CRI Foundation, Partners In Health, Tanzania Ministry of Health, and The Rockefeller Foundation;
  • Trailblazers including Ashley Judd, Actor and Partner at Kokolopori Bonobo Research Reserve; Dave Isay, Founder and President, StoryCorps; and L Morgan Lee, Tony Nominated Actress; sharing inspirational stories about new ways to address some of our greatest common challenges in the CGI Story Studio; and
  • Emerging social entrepreneurs in communities across the United States and around the world connecting with potential partners through the CGI Entrepreneurship Greenhouse.

Through the 144 Commitments to Action made at this meeting, when fully funded:

  • More than 2.7 million people will receive job training or skills development opportunities.
  • More than 27,000 physicians and health workers will receive training to improve healthcare services.
  • More than 1.6 million full-time, permanent jobs will be created.
  • More than 3.5 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent will be reduced or avoided.
  • More than 250 organizations will be supported in creating efforts to nurture diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • More than $24.5 million in funding will be deployed to support historically excluded communities and businesses.
  • More than 12.8 million individuals will receive increased access to primary care services.
  • More than $5 million will be invested in regenerative and/or climate-smart agriculture.

Find more information on all 144 Commitments to Action announced today at https://www.clintonfoundation.org/programs/leadership-public-service/clinton-global-initiative#impact/

The CGI 2022 Meeting also coincided with several major announcements, including the announcement of CGI University’s 2023 Annual Meeting at Vanderbilt University in March 2023; and CGI Data Partner Morning Consult’s “What Sustainability Means to Consumers” report on what actions corporations can take to improve sustainability and appeal to environmentally-minded consumers; and tonight Event Partner and CGI Commitment-Maker Empire State Realty Trust is shining the Empire State Building’s world-famous tower lights in CGI navy and royal blue.

Earlier this year, President Clinton called the CGI community back together to take action, expressing the urgency of this moment in time:

“While the challenges our world faces today are steep, CGI has always been about what we can do, not what we can’t do. And by bringing diverse partners together to take action and achieve real results, we can create a culture of possibility in a world hungry for hope.”

Please visit clintonglobal.org/2022 to view the Plenary and Spotlight Sessions, to see the full list of featured participants, and more. Follow CGI on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for meeting news and highlights.

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