September 25, 2015
Sep 25

MEDIA ADVISORY: Clinton Global Initiative 2015 Annual Meeting, September 26-29 in New York City

New York, NY
Press Release
  • The 2015 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting will convene more than 1,000 global leaders in philanthropy, business, government, and civil society on September 26-29 in New York City.
  • Media accreditation is now open. To apply, please register online at
  • More information about the Annual Meeting is available here:
  • Media kit with a complete breakdown of activities available for credentialed press and logistics can be found here.

New York, NY – The 2015 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting will convene more than 1,000 global leaders in philanthropy, business, government, and civil society on September 26-29 in New York City to define the next decade of commitment-making through “The Future of Impact” theme. A schedule of activities open to the press and press logistics are available here.

Announced participants and attendees include: His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President, Republic of Liberia; Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine; Matteo Renzi, Prime Minister of the Italian Republic; Sir Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group and Virgin Unite; Ursula Burns, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Xerox Corporation; John Chambers, Executive Chairman of the Board, Cisco; Bill Gates, Co-chair and Trustee, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Anita Goel, Chairman and CEO, Nanobiosym Diagnostics; Elizabeth Holmes, Founder and CEO, Theranos; Michel Liès, Group CEO, Swiss Reinsurance Company; Jack Ma, Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group; John McFarlane, Chairman, Barclays; Carolyn Miles, President and CEO, Save the Children; Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder and CEO, Acumen; Art Peck, Chief Executive Officer, Gap Inc.; Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer, Unilever; Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of Foreign Trade, United Arab Emirates; Megan Smith, Chief Technology Officer of the United States; George Soros, Founder and Chairman, Soros Fund Management and Open Society Foundations; and Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group.

Erin Burnett, anchor, “Erin Burnett OutFront”; Fareed Zakaria, host of CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” and Washington Post columnist; Becky Quick, co-anchor of CNBC’s “Squawk Box”; Shane Smith, CEO and co-founder of Vice Media; Abderrahim Foukara, Washington, DC Bureau Chief of Al Jazeera; and Gideon Rose, Editor, Foreign Affairs, will moderate special sessions for broadcast or webcast, as well as additional members of the media who will participate in sessions including Tina Brown, Founder and CEO, Tina Brown Live Media; Adam Davidson, Economics Writer, The New York Times; Rana Foroohar, Assistant Managing Editor and Economics Columnist, Global Economic Analyst, TIME, CNN; Yang Lan, Chairman, Sun Media Group and Sun Culture Foundation; Betsy McKay, Atlanta Bureau Chief, The Wall Street Journal; and Max Schorr, Co-Founder and Board Member, GOOD magazine.

On the evening of Sunday, September 27, the 9th Annual Clinton Global Citizen AwardsTM presented by Starkey Hearing Foundation will be held during a special ceremony to honor outstanding individuals for their exemplary leadership and groundbreaking work which has effected positive, lasting social change. This year's awards ceremony will be broadcast on AXS TV.

Media accreditation is now open and those planning to cover the 2015 Annual Meeting must be approved and credentialed by the Clinton Global Initiative. To apply, please complete this form: Members of the media are encouraged to submit an online application in advance of the meeting, as credentials will be processed on a rolling basis. Members of the press who have received email confirmation from CGI to attend the meeting are encouraged to pick up their credentials on Saturday, September 26 between 11:00 AM and 8:00 PM at the press registration desk located on 52nd Street between 6th and 7th Avenues in the Executive Conference Center at the Sheraton. To pick up your credential, a valid government-issued ID is required. Please send questions regarding media registration to [email protected].

Follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at for meeting news and highlights. The event hashtag is #CGI2015.



Meeting Location
Unless otherwise noted, all events will take place at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers, located at 811 7th Avenue at 52nd Street.

Press Working Room
The Press Working Room is located in Gramercy. Press must enter on 52nd Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. Wired and wireless Internet access will be provided. Phones and computers will not be provided.

Press Registration
The press entrance and registration is located on 52nd Street between 6th and 7th Avenues in the Executive Conference Center at the Sheraton.

  • Saturday, 9/26: 2:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Sunday, 9/27: 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Monday, 9/28: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Tuesday, 9/29: 8:00 AM – 3:45 PM

Press Conferences
A schedule of press conferences with commitment makers will be announced in the coming days. These will be held in Bowery.

Wireless Internet
Network Name: Press CGI
Password: connect15

CGI Mobile App
The CGI Mobile App was created to enhance the overall CGI meeting experience, as well as to move towards more sustainable practices through a reduction in print materials. Key features will allow easy access to up-to-date event information. As a credentialed member of the Press, you will have access to CGI 2015 Annual Meeting for Press and Staff event, within the CGI Mobile App.

Download Page:
Your Username: Email address used to register         
Your Password: cgi2015

Live Webcast
Many sessions will be webcast live at, including all Plenary Sessions.

Photos from the meeting will be available on CGI’s Flickr account at

Wireless Microphone
Please do NOT bring or use wireless microphones on-site, as they will interfere with the wireless PA systems.

Mult Box
Analog SD Mult Box: Output specifics are XLR for audio and BNC connection for video.
HD Mult Box: Output specifics are HDSDI with embedded audio.

Fiber Information
Plenary sessions will be sent out via fiber in HD, free and unrestricted, through an Encompass Loop # 4020. Down converted signals are available upon request. Scheduling can be made through Encompass at [email protected] or call 800-295-4198.

Sat Truck Parking
There are a limited amount of satellite and microwave truck parking spaces available. To request sat truck parking, please email Seth Bellaff at [email protected] or call (917) 414-5618.

Interview Locations
Broadcast outlets can reserve stand-up camera locations as well as rooms to conduct interviews on-site. To reserve a space in advance of the meeting, email Seth Bellaff at [email protected] or call (917) 414-5618.

Support from APCO Worldwide
Global communications consultancy APCO Worldwide is partnering with CGI to support communications at the CGI 2015 Annual Meeting. APCO staff members will be located in the Press Working Room and will be able to help with inquiries and with contacting CGI members. For assistance from the APCO team, please email [email protected]. The APCO team will be located in the Press Working Room, Gramercy.


About the Clinton Global Initiative
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together 190 sitting and former heads of state, more than 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date, members of the CGI community have made more than 3,200 Commitments to Action, which have improved the lives of over 430 million people in more than 180 countries.

In addition to the Annual Meeting, CGI convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States; and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world. This year, CGI also convened CGI Middle East & Africa, which brought together leaders across sectors to take action on pressing social, economic, and environmental challenges.

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