April 16, 2020
Apr 16

President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton to Bring Together Top Government, Public Health, and Philanthropic Leaders with College and University Students from Around the World for Virtual Convening of the 2020 Clinton Global Initiative University

New York, NY
Press Release

For Immediate Release: April 16, 2020
Contact: [email protected]

President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton to Bring Together Top Government, Public Health, and Philanthropic Leaders with College and University Students from Around the World for Virtual Convening of the 2020 Clinton Global Initiative University

The 12th annual CGI U meeting, focused on responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, includes conversations with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo; California Governor Gavin Newsom; Congresswoman Karen Bass; Congressman Joaquin Castro; Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan; 19th Surgeon General of the United States Vivek Murthy; Paul Farmer, co-founder, Partners In Health; Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.N. Special Envoy on Tuberculosis; Devi Sridhar, University of Edinburghchair in Global Public Health; and other leading public health experts

Students from around the world are working together on projects to address urgent challenges in their communities and around the world, including the COVID-19 pandemic

Event will be streamed at 12:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, April 18 at live.cgiu.org

New York, NY – On Saturday, April 18, President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will address the COVID-19 pandemic with a virtual convening of students, government leaders, and health experts from around the world for the 12th annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) meeting. Since its launch in 2007, CGI U has brought together 10,000 college students from around the globe to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges — building “Commitments to Action” that address challenges on their campuses, in their local communities, and around the world.

Originally slated to take place at the University of Edinburgh this weekend, the CGI U program quickly transitioned to a virtual program due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the University of Edinburgh will now host the next annual CGI U meeting in spring 2021.

Saturday’s program includes opportunities for students to hear from government and health leaders, have their questions answered by President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, collaborate with other students, and respond to a new challenge to build Commitments to Action that respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program, which will be broadcast on Saturday, includes:

  • Opening and closing remarks by President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton;
  • One-on-one conversations by President Clinton with California Governor Gavin Newsom and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on the response to the pandemic;
  • A conversation among President ClintonCalifornia Congresswoman Karen Bass,chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Texas Congressman Joaquin Castro, chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucusand Ambassador Eric Goosby, M.D., U.N. Special Envoy on Tuberculosis, Clinton Foundation board member, and former U.S. Global AIDS coordinator, about the effect of the pandemic on communities of color;
  • A plenary discussion among Chelsea ClintonOphelia Dahl, co-founder, Partners In Health; Vivek Murthy, 19th surgeon general of the United States; Devi Sridhar, director of the Global Health Governance Programme, University of Edinburgh; and Chen Kuan, CEO and founder, Infervision, on immediate efforts to fight the pandemic globally;
  • A plenary discussion among Chelsea ClintonPaul Farmer, co-founder, Partners In Health and Kolokotrones University Professor, Harvard Medical School; Seattle MayorJenny Durkan; Dr. Syra Madad, senior director, System-wide Special Pathogens Program, NYC Health + Hospitals; and Christelle Kwizera, founder and managing director, Water Access Rwanda, on how to build resilience globally;
  • A town hall with President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, with questions from CGI U students; and
  • Presentations of Commitments to Action from CGI U students and alumni.

Following the program, students will come together in virtual breakout sessions to discuss their Commitments to Action and response to the pandemic with peers who are in the same region. 

The CGI U Class of 2020 has already developed more than 650 Commitments to Action to address a wide range of issues. With a network of 10,000 alumni from more than 1,100 schools, 160 countries, and all 50 states, CGI U students have made more than 7,000 Commitments to Action, positively impacting their hometowns, their college campuses, and communities around the globe.

On Saturday, President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will issue a new challenge for students to respond to the pandemic that includes a COVID-19 Student Action Fund to support student projects.

CGI U and IBM are also partnering on the 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge with a new University Edition launching on April 22, 2020, to engage students in taking on COVID-19 and climate change. From its inception in 2018, Call for Code has tackled society’s most pressing issues. This year, students creating solutions for the Call for Code University Edition will compete for a grand prize of $10,000 USD and are also eligible to compete for Call for Code’s global prize of $200,000 USD.

Previous CGI U meetings have been held at the University of Chicago, Northeastern University, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Miami, Arizona State University, Washington University in St. Louis, George Washington University, the University of California, San Diego, the University of Texas at Austin, and Tulane University.

CGI U’s year-round program is made possible through the generous support of The Hunter Foundation, IBM, Peter G. Peterson Foundation, and Kevin Xu, with IBM providing additional support as CGI U’s lead technology partner for this virtual event.



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Building on a lifetime of public service, President Clinton established the Clinton Foundation on the simple belief that everyone deserves a chance to succeed, everyone has a responsibility to act, and we all do better when we work together. For nearly two decades, those values have energized the work of the Foundation in overcoming complex challenges and improving the lives of people across the United States and around the world.

As an operating foundation, we work on issues directly or with strategic partners from the business, government, and nonprofit sectors to create economic opportunity, improve public health, and inspire civic engagement and service. Our programs are designed to make a real difference today while serving as proven models for tomorrow. The goal of every effort is to use available resources to get better results faster – at the lowest possible cost.

We firmly believe that when diverse groups of people bring resources together in the spirit of true cooperation, transformative ideas will emerge to drive life-changing action.