February 10, 2015
Feb 10

Clinton Global Initiative Marks 10th Year with Expansion of Topics and International Meetings

New York, NY
Press Release

Two new CGI Commitments to Action and progress announced today at CGI Winter Meeting

In 2015, global leaders to convene at CGI meetings in New York City, Miami, Denver, Morocco, and Greece to address pressing challenges and chart ‘the future of impact’

NEW YORK – President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton hosted the first CGI meeting of 2015 today where they announced two new commitments and the theme for the CGI Annual Meeting in September, and discussed the new international meetings that will bring CGI’s model to more regions of the world. Beginning with the 2014 Annual Meeting last year, today’s CGI Winter Meeting continues CGI’s 10th full year since its launch in 2005.

At the CGI Winter Meeting, CGI members and participants from business, government, and civil society convened to work on their commitments and strategize how to make their efforts more effective. President Clinton moderated a panel with Frank Giustra, founder of the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of UN Women, Jacqueline Novogratz, founder and CEO of Acumen, Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever; and Randi Weingarten, president of American Federation of Teachers, to explore future solutions to global challenges. President Clinton and Chelsea announced "The Future of Impact” as the theme for the 2015 Annual Meeting, to be held September 2015 in New York City. “The Future of Impact” will build on the achievements of CGI members over the past decade, highlight the necessary next steps for accelerating progress going forward and making longer term investments, and guide members in the development of their commitments as they prepare for the Annual Meeting.

Throughout 2015, CGI will host meetings across three continents and host more than 50 track convenings. To date, members of the CGI community have made more than 3,100 Commitments to Action, which have improved the lives of over 430 million people in more than 180 countries.

Upcoming CGI meetings to convene in 2015 include:

  • the 8th meeting of CGI University (CGI U), March 6-8 at the University of Miami, where college students from around the world will develop innovative solutions to some of the Millennial generation’s largest concerns;

  • the 5th meeting of CGI America, June 8-10 in Denver, where leaders from the business, philanthropic, non-profit, and government sectors will develop solutions that promote economic growth, long-term competitiveness, and social mobility in the United States;

  • CGI Middle East & Africa, May 5-7 in Marrakech, Morocco, where regional and global leaders across sectors will work together to spotlight regional successes and leverage participants’ expertise to address a range of relevant issues including: education, public health systems, youth employment, infrastructure, and natural resource management;

  •  CGI Mediterranean, in June 2015 in Athens, Greece, where participants will collaborate to develop solutions for supporting long-term economic growth and competitiveness in the region; and

  •  the 11th CGI Annual Meeting and the 9th annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards, in September 2015 in New York City, where leaders from business, government, and civil society will create and implement solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

CGI’s model has become an influential force in global development and philanthropy, driven by its members who work across sectors to create Commitments to Action: new, specific, measurable plans to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges. President Clinton announced the following new Commitments to Action and progress at the CGI Winter Meeting:

The Enhanced Livelihoods Investment Initiative

Unilever, Acumen and the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, have launched a Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action called the Enhanced Livelihoods Investment Initiative (ELII) to improve the livelihoods of as many as 300,000 smallholder farmers and their communities in Africa, South Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, Jacqueline Novogratz, founder and CEO of Acumen, and Frank Giustra, founder of the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership announced the collaboration today on a panel at the Clinton Global Initiative’s 2015 Winter Meeting in New York City. The ELII will be a three-year, minimum USD $10 million investment initiative to catalyze economic growth and alleviate poverty amongst low-income communities in the developing world, while creating more inclusive and sustainable value chains. One of the primary goals of the partnership, which leverages Acumen’s and the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership’s market-based approaches to poverty alleviation, will be to create and scale-up privately-held enterprises which will support smallholder farmers and link them to Unilever’s global supply chains and distribution networks.

The Food Security Genome

Mission Measurement, with partners from leading corporations and NGOs, announced the Food Security Genome – a CGI Commitment to Action designed to increase the impact of food security programs. Led in part by the architect of Pandora’s Music Genome Project, The Food Security Genome will systematically code data from corporate, NGO, academic, and government resources to quantify outcomes and identify the key success factors to address food security. In effect, this “genomic” model will turn decades of data into actionable insights that enable users to predict the efficacy and cost per outcome for any food security program. Joining Mission Measurement in this effort are eight initial Food Security Genome Consortium members. They include leading corporations/corporate foundations (General Mills Foundation and Tyson Foods) and leading NGOs (Capital Area Food Bank, CARE, Heifer International and Share Our Strength). 

Investment and Training for American Infrastructure

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), American Federation of Teachers, North America’s Building Trade Unions, and partners announced significant progress on a CGI America 2011 Commitment to Action to encourage the investment of $10 billion in workers' capital and skilled labor to catalyze the large-scale reconstruction of America's built environment. To date, as a result of this commitment nearly $14 billion has been allocated to U.S. Infrastructure. Of that total, over $6.5 billion has been deployed into infrastructure projects.

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