January 23, 2014
Jan 23

Clinton Foundation 2013 News Highlights


In 2013, the Clinton Foundation reached milestones across each of our programs-- improving global health and wellness, increasing opportunity for women and girls, reducing childhood obesity, creating economic opportunity and growth, and helping communities address the effects of climate change. As a result, we’ve been able to change more lives and transform even more communities around the world. Below, read the Clinton Foundation’s top stories from 2013.

Bloomberg Businessweek: Clinton Seeks Student Innovation to Address Social Issues

April 6, 2013

Chelsea Clinton, the former president’s daughter and a board member of the Clinton Foundation, said CGI-U has produced about 3,500 project commitments since the first gathering in 2007. The projects include student-initiated programs such as a vaccine awareness campaign in Nepal and the Philippines, a software project to empower girls in Kenya, and the Kansas City Free Eye Clinic to help underserved populations.

Colbert Report: President Clinton on the Colbert Report

April 8, 2013

President Bill Clinton explains why he doesn't call the Clinton Global Initiative the Clinton American Initiative.

New York Daily News: Clinton and Kelly declare war on prescription drug abuse

May 6, 2013

Overdoses from these drugs currently kill more Americans than heroin and cocaine combined. The Clinton Foundation hopes to raise the profile of the issue and work with agencies to improve drug monitoring programs and get universities to join campus initiatives. "This is insane to have the brightest of our young people dropping out under conditions of which their addiction has not been treated or their abuse is out of ignorance," Clinton said.

Huffington Post: Chelsea Clinton: What I Saw and Learned in Southeast Asia and Why I Left Inspired

June 3, 2013

Over last week, I traveled across Southeast Asia, delivering clean water as part of Procter & Gamble's Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) commitment in Myanmar, attending the Women Deliver conference in Kuala Lumpur and ending my trip in Cambodia, where I saw how the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) is working with the government to fight HIV/AIDS and improve health care delivery at the national level through better supply chain management and at the local level in different hospital and clinic settings.

CNN: Bill, Chelsea Clinton return to Africa for foundation work

July 31, 2013

Chelsea Clinton can trace her African awakening to February 11, 1990, when she sat on the kitchen counter of the governor's mansion in Arkansas and watched with her parents as Nelson Mandela walked out of prison in South Africa. Just shy of her 10th birthday, Clinton knew then that history was being made and even more, "that the future was being born," she told CNN before leaving this week on a nine-day, six-stop African trip with her father, former President Bill Clinton. Now she is part of that future she envisioned more than 23 years ago. The Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation is involved in myriad projects in Africa intended to help historically disadvantaged people get a chance to realize their human potential on a continent known mostly for squalor and conflict.

CNN: Chelsea Clinton talks to CNN’s Nima Elbagir

August 5, 2013

CNN's Nima Elbagir (@nimacnn) spoke exclusively to Chelsea Clinton Monday in Rwanda, where the daughter of former U.S. President Bill Clinton and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in the midst of a nine-day, six-stop African trip with her father. Clinton admits she's still not ruling out a future run for office.

BBC: President Bill Clinton on Newsnight

August 12, 2013

Former US President Bill Clinton has been travelling around Africa with his daughter, Chelsea, visiting Clinton Foundation projects. He spoke to the BBC's Komla Dumor about Obama's legacy in Africa and the growing influence of China.

Daily Show: Chelsea Clinton on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart

September 19, 2013

Chelsea Clinton talks about her work at the Clinton Foundation and what it was like to grow up with a father who knows everything.

Chicago Tribune: President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton: Community Service Is at the Core of our Country's National Character

September 21, 2013

Two decades ago this month, AmeriCorps was established, in a signing ceremony on the White House lawn. It was a proud moment for our family, keeping a commitment made to the American people in 1992 and sparking great hopes for the future of national service. Those hopes have been fulfilled by AmeriCorps' growth and the quality of service its members have rendered… The Clinton Foundation is committed to doing our part by helping to create smart, rich service opportunities that have a real impact in meeting urgent challenges and giving people brighter futures. To create enough of them, businesses, nonprofits, government and private citizens will also have to do their part.

Modern Farmer: Bill Clinton Talks Global Agriculture

September 24, 2013

In order to help smallholder farmers increase their income through improved yields and access to formal markets for better prices, the Clinton Development Initiative (CDI) created the Anchor Farm Project in 2008. In the project, five CDI-operated commercial farms in Malawi partner with thousands of neighboring smallholder farmers, providing them with access to quality inputs for maize and soy production as well as training and market access. Farmers in the project have access to improved soy seed and to training in advanced agronomic techniques, and they have direct access to a domestic bulk buyer of their soy. Increasing soya production is a key benefit of the project, as it allows smallholders to diversify their cash farming and move away from dependence on tobacco, which represents 70% of Malawi’s agricultural exports.

Bloomberg News: Chelsea Clinton on Bloomberg TV

September 26, 2013

Chelsea Clinton, vice chairman of the Clinton Foundation, talks about her effort to fight childhood obesity and quest to mobilize youth to make a difference in the world.

Forbes: Clinton Global Initiative: Chelsea Clinton's Feminist Imperative - The Battle For Gender Equality

September 26, 2013

Chelsea Clinton has a bunch of titles. In the universe of blended politics and philanthropy created by her parents, she is an emerging spokesperson both for the family brand and for her generation’s role in several key causes of the day... Safe to say, her name is now firmly on the door of the family business. And by all accounts, her role is only growing both in the management and direction of the Foundation, and in several key areas of its work. In a small conference room steps from the main stage at the ninth annual Clinton Global Initiative in New York, however, she’s both approachable and open – and totally on message, fielding questions from a small gathering of bloggers on a range of subjects – including her own unique role in what is a unique organization. “Role models really matter,” says Clinton, now 33, in discussing how young people come to be political or socially active. “It’s hard to imagine yourself as something you don’t see.”

New York Times: With Tastes Growing Healthier, McDonald’s Aims to Adapt Its Menu

September 26, 2013

McDonald’s announced on Thursday that it would no longer market some of its less nutritional options to children and said it also planned to include offerings of fruits and vegetables in many of its adult menu combinations… The offerings, which were announced in conjunction with the Clinton Foundation’s campaigns to reduce childhood obesity, are part of McDonald’s efforts to compete for health-conscious customers by featuring food choices that are lower in fat, salt or sugar content than its more traditional burger-and-fries options.

Time: It Takes a Village: How The World's Most Influential Change Agents Mobilize For Action

September 30, 2013

I've long believed that building networks of creative cooperation among governments, the private sector and nonprofits is the key to overcoming the challenges, both great and small, of our newly interdependent world. And it works--"We are all in this together" beats "You're on your own” every time. Through my years in public office and my work with the Clinton Foundation, I’ve seen many instances where the negative forces of our interdependent world, such as conflict and poverty, are overcome by people with good intentions, good ideas and the ability to work with others to implement them.

Yahoo News: Chelsea Clinton makes sure Sandy’s devastation is remembered

October 28, 2013

Chelsea Clinton knew from a young age how damaging severe weather could be. Growing up in Arkansas on the cusp of the nation’s tornado alley, Clinton had experienced firsthand the fury of bad storms and seen the severe damage left in their wake. But she never expected to see that kind of devastation in her new hometown of New York City, where coastal areas were wrecked by Superstorm Sandy one year ago this week... Clinton returned to the Rockaways on Saturday, as she led several hundred volunteers in a “day of action” aimed at helping parts of the area that are still struggling. The event was modeled after a volunteer effort she had organized last year with her father, former President Bill Clinton.

Glamour: Think You Know Chelsea Clinton? Think Again.

October 3, 2013

She looks happy—but what Chelsea should be is exhausted. Kigali was day six of a whirlwind tour through sub-Saharan Africa. We've been in four countries, visiting more than 20 different foundation facilities. By the end of this day, Chelsea and her father will have helped fit children with hearing aids, met young medical trainees who are learning lifesaving technologies, and rubbed elbows with dignitaries at a state dinner.