September 27, 2015
Sep 27

President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton Open CGI’s 2015 Annual Meeting Focused on “The Future of Impact”

New York, NY
Press Release

9th Annual Clinton Global Citizen AwardsTM, presented by Starkey Hearing Foundation, held to honor outstanding individuals for their exemplary leadership and groundbreaking work that has effected positive, lasting social change

New Commitments to Action and Progress on Existing Work to Address Global Challenges Announced at Meeting Focused on “The Future of Impact”

New York, NY – Today, President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton opened the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, bringing together more than 1,000 world leaders from the philanthropic, business, and government sectors, who have created Commitments to Action that tackle issues like education, poverty, the environment, health and girls and women’s empowerment.  

“Ten years ago, I had this idea that we might be able to create a new community—built around the realities of the modern world—where problem-solving requires government, the private sector, and civil society to work together,” said President Clinton. “Rather than bringing people together to just talk about problems, CGI has asked people to stop focusing on what we couldn’t do, and think more about what we could do to make a difference.”

“We’ve made an incredible impact through CGI over the last 10 years,” said Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation. “Through their CGI Commitments to Action, our members are turning innovative ideas into meaningful action. For example, new commitments announced today for Haiti will empower local farmers and expand educational opportunities for girls and women. And, in Egypt, CGI commitment makers are deploying a groundbreaking program to address sexual violence against girls. These are just two examples of the many ways CGI members are positively impacting the lives of millions of people worldwide, and I look forward to the projects and partnerships CGI members will announce in the days ahead.”

Highlights included:

  • A breakout session on Saturday afternoon focusing on the economic implications of gender-based violence, with participants such as Ashley Judd, Ambassador, Population Services International;Luis Alberto Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank; Beatriz Perez, Chief Sustainability Officer, The Coca-Cola Company; and moderator Margaret Greene, Chair, Promundo Board of Directors. These participants explored strategies to encourage the economic independence of girls and women—which can act as a protective factor for violence—throughout the supply chain and highlighted some of the successes and challenges encountered when implanting such programs.
  • The Hult Prize Award Dinner, in which teams of business school students presented their solutions to address global challenges related to early childhood development, and competed for $1 million in start-up capital awarded by the Hult Prize. President Clinton announced IMPCT as the winners. IMPCT builds, runs, and co-owns Playcares – small play-based daycare franchises, owned and operated by a local entrepreneur, that include a purpose-built classroom and educational training. Each one provides 20 nearby families affordable and accessible early education opportunities for their children.
  • President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton introduced the theme of the meeting, “The Future of Impact,” in an opening plenary discussion featuring Tin Ma Ma Htet, Teacher and Storyteller, Monastic Education Development Group, Myanmar Storytellers; Yang Lan, Chairman, Sun Media Group and Sun Culture Foundation; Kailash Satyarthi, 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Kenneth Frazier, Chairman and CEO, Merck & Co.; Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President, Republic of Liberia; and Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine. Participants discussed shared priorities for the next decade, including empowering girls and women, advancing youth, alleviating poverty, and supporting technology access and use.
  • Also during the opening session, President Clinton announced the premiere of “Inside Impact: East Africa,” a groundbreaking live action virtual reality film that allows people around the world to join President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton on their trip to East Africa in spring 2015 - and see first-hand how Commitments to Action made by CGI members are changing lives and empowering communities. This film will be available exclusively on the Oculus Store for Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition, powered by Oculus. A panoramic video version was also unveiled on Friday, September 25, as one of the first 360 videos on Facebook.
  • Fareed Zakaria, Host of CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS and Washington Post Columnist, moderated a conversation with President Clinton; Matteo Renzi, President, Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic; and George Soros, Chairman, Soros Fund Management about impacts of the Great Recession on the European Union with an emphasis on Europe’s young people. The session also included remarks from Gianna Angelopoulos, Ambassador at Large of the Hellenic Republic, and a conversation between Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister of The Hellenic Republic, and President Clinton on what steps Greece is taking and what others can do to restore economic stability and opportunity. The session also featured a discussion between Joseph Stiglitz, Professor, Columbia University and Louka Katseli, Chair of the National Bank of Greece, moderated by Fareed Zakaria.
  • An afternoon plenary discussion moderated by Betsy McKay, Senior Writer, Global Health, The Wall Street Journal with Michel Liès, Group CEO, Swiss Reinsurance Company; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Chair-Elect, GAVI; Former Finance Minister of Nigeria; Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer, Unilever; and Charlize Theron, Founder, Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project; United Nations Messenger of Peace, on the importance of investing in prevention and resilient health systems with a focus on the recent Ebola crisis in West Africa. Participants emphasized incentives for businesses and countries to make long-term investments in health infrastructure and human resource capacity. The session also included a one-on-one conversation between Bill Gates, Co-chair and Trustee, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Michael Gerson, Policy Fellow, The ONE Campaign.
  • And a subsequent breakout session featuring Chelsea Clinton, Eric Goosby, Director, Institute for Global Health Delivery and Diplomacy, UCSF Global Health Sciences; Bernice Dahn, Minister of Health, Republic of Liberia; Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Republic of Senegal; Kesetebirhan Admasu, Minister of Health, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia; and Patrick C. Ndimubanzi, Minister of State, Public Health and Primary Health Care, Rwanda on the encouraging public-private partnerships and innovative financing mechanisms that will ensure access to preventative and effective health services, products, and technologies.

Today, many new Commitments to Action were announced and others reported progress on existing work, including:

  • Four commitments aimed to help Nepal recover after the earthquake in April 2015 and which focus on rebuilding Nepal’s health system, reconstructing Nepalese communities with earthquake-resilient housing, and restoring Nepal’s education system.
  • New commitments to build stronger healthcare systems, and support the economic and social rehabilitation of areas affected by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. These commitments were generated out of a Call to Action at the 2014 Annual Meeting.
  • And The American Federation of Teachers which announced the “Early Childhood Expansion Infrastructure Fund,” a new, $100 million construction loan fund to renovate 350 existing classroom facilities in seven cities, and build an additional 250 new classroom facilities in three cities. The commitment addresses the need for high quality early childhood education programs with excellent curricula, well-prepared staff, engaged parents and a well-thought out and appropriate classroom space. The fund is expected to impact approximately 36,000 children in early childhood education programs over the next three years.

This evening, the 9th Annual Clinton Global Citizen AwardsTM, presented by Starkey Hearing Foundation, was held during a special ceremony to honor outstanding individuals for their exemplary leadership and groundbreaking work that has effected positive, lasting social change. This year’s awards ceremony will be broadcast on October 28 at 10PM ET on AXS TV. The program featured performances by Tony BennettBen HarperJanelle Monáe and The Roots and a special appearance by Musical Producer, Randy JacksonJulia Ormond, Trudie Styler, and Rainn Wilson. Honorees included:

  • Leadership in Public Service: Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister for International Cooperation and Development, United Arab Emirates; President, Zayed University for leading the United Arab Emirate’s global philanthropic efforts and making investments to fight hunger and poverty around the world; 
  • Leadership in the Private Sector: Aliko Dangote, President and CEO, Dangote Group for expanding economic growth in West Africa through investments in business, healthcare, and education in the next generation of West African leaders;
  • Leadership in Civil Society: Syeda Ghulam Fatima, General Secretary, Bonded Labour Liberation Front Pakistan for driving a proactive approach toward policy in Pakistan and advocating for core labor standards in Pakistan;
  • Leadership in Humanitarian Response: Alan Knight, Corporate Responsibility, General Manager, ArcelorMittal for private sector leadership in the Ebola response efforts; and
  • Leadership in Humanitarian Response: Raj Panjabi, Chief Executive Officer, Last Mile Health for bridging the gap between clinics and remote villages in Liberia and responding to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Raj Panjabi will be accepting his award on behalf of the following organizations for their Ebola Response Efforts: Africare, Afya Foundation, Airlink, American Logistics Aid Network, AmeriCares, Becton, Dickinson and Company, Brussels Airlines, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ChildFund International, Christian Aid Ministries, Direct Relief, GE Foundation, Government of Guinea, Government of Liberia, Government of Sierra Leone, Greenbaum Foundation, LIFT, Medical Research Centre- Sierra Leone, Medtronic, Inc., Merck & Co., Inc., Nippon Cargo Airlines, Open Society Foundations, Partners in Health, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, UBS Optimus Foundation, Wellbody Alliance, and Western Global Airlines.

More information on all participants and speakers can be found here.

New commitments and progress on existing commitments which announced in Plenary Sessions today include:

The Black Church & HIV: The Social Justice Imperative
Commitment by: NAACP, Gilead Sciences

In 2013, the NAACP and Gilead Sciences committed to significantly scale up an initiative, The Black Church and HIV: The Social Justice Imperative, designed to enlist faith leaders as change agents to address the disproportionately severe impact of HIV on African Americans. Today, the NAACP and Gilead announced that they have completed the pilot Black Church and HIV: the Social Justice Imperative initiative in March 2014 and began to scale the initiative as part of the Commitment to Action. To date, just over four hundred faith leaders have been engaged in education efforts about HIV as a social justice issue. Over the past year, four faith leader trainings have been conducted, educating a total of 68 faith leaders in the fight against HIV. Two mainline denominations (Progressive National Baptist and National Baptist of America) have ratified resolutions to engage in HIV as a social justice issue, and a third denomination (Disciples of Christ) is considering a resolution for ratification in summer 2015. Clergy have been reached through the denominational engagement activities, which included workshops, trainings, and presentations. Additionally, the initiative manual was integrated into three core courses at Payne Theological and Hood Theological seminaries, and the NAACP is working to develop a seminary module on HIV as a social justice issue.

Investing in Kenyan Youth
Commitment by: Equity Bank Limited, The Mastercard Foundation
Partner(s): Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, FSD Kenya, United Nations Women, Republic Of Kenya

In 2010, the MasterCard Foundation, the Equity Group Foundation, Equity Bank and the Government of Kenya committed to build financial capacity and entrepreneurship skills of 619,500 Kenyan youth and women. As of July 2015, 11,119 entrepreneurs have been trained, with an additional 20,000 beneficiaries to be trained in 2015. These trainees have grown in a number of areas critical to micro-business success: over 67 percent of trainees are keeping business records; over 87 percent have increased their profits; 73 percent now have increased access to finance for their businesses; and over 95 percent have improved business practices across the range of topics introduced in the training curriculum.

Catapult - Crowdfunding for Girls and Women
Commitment by: Women Deliver
Partner(s): Oak Foundation, International Network of Women's Funds, Association For Women's Rights In Development, Women and Girls' Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Global Fund for Women, IPPF Western Hemi, PATH, United Nations Population Fund, Afghan Institute Of Learning (Ail)

In 2012, Women Deliver committed to launch Catapult, a web-based crowdfunding platform designed to drive donations from people to projects that advance the lives of girls and women around the world. Catapult completed its commitment as of March 1, 2015. In two years, commitment partners designed, built, and launched a woman-led crowdfunding platform. Through an entirely new channel for funds and engagement, a mass participation technology was created to benefit all girls’ and women’s rights organizations. The partners also fully funded more than 400 projects for girls and women’s equality. Catapult has implemented the partnerships, due diligence, grant tracking, reporting, and donor communications across 86 countries. In addition, Women Deliver and Catapult designed and implemented a host of technical features to support major private sector partnerships and campaigns, and crowdfunded over $7 million that went directly to more than 190 NGOs in 86 countries.

Possible: Rebuilding Nepal's Healthcare System
Commitment by: Possible
Partner(s): Nepal Ministry of Health & Population, Sharon Davis Design, Cathay Pacific, Tata Trusts, Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation, Direct Relief, Nepal Special Envoy for Reconstruction, Sun Farmer

In 2015, Possible committed to expanding its unique public-private model in Nepal and rebuilding the healthcare system in Dolakha District, one of the hardest hit districts by the series of earthquakes in 2015 and where over 40% of the population now lacks access to healthcare. Possible will partner with the Nepali government to not only ensure that damaged hospitals and clinics are rebuilt with earthquake-resistant design, but also to roll out an Electronic Medical Record system, human resource and project management platforms, household data surveillance tools, medical education, and quality improvement initiatives. This commitment will immediately restore access to healthcare for 74,464 people and, in the long-term, deliver and track coordinated care across the health system and build capacity for health care providers delivering a range of services; from maternal health to chronic diseases and life-saving surgical care.

Fast Track Reconstruction of Safe Nepalese Communities
Commitment by: American Institute of Architects Foundation
Partner(s): Society for Nepalese Architects (SONA), ARCASIA, Department of Small Works, All Hands Volunteers

In 2015, The American Institute of Architects Foundation, All Hands Volunteers, and their partners, ARCASIA, SONA, and the Department of Small Works, committed to providing permanent, earthquake-resilient housing to displaced families in Nepal in response to the April 25th earthquake and subsequent aftershocks. The American Institute of Architects Foundation, All Hands Volunteers, and their partners will focus on the Sindhupalchok District of Nepal, one of the hardest-hit areas in the country, through a phased process that incorporates significant beneficiary input and participation. First, AIA and All Hands will select a pilot community and design and construct culturally appropriate earthquake-resilient housing with the community. Following the pilot, The American Institute of Architects Foundation and All Hands Volunteers will scale this community-driven approach, ultimately impacting 10-12 villages and approximately building a total of 540 homes by 2017.  

Build Back Better: Restoring Nepal’s Education System
Commitment by: Room to Read
Partner(s): UBS Optimus Foundation, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., Google Inc.

In 2015, Room to Read committed to construct and repair 700 classrooms and implement their Literacy Program in 55 schools in Nuwakot, Nepal, an area devastated by two earthquakes in the Spring of 2015. As part of this effort, Room to Read will provide training to 1,575 local school construction committee members and masons to ensure classrooms are built and maintained appropriately. Additionally, they will create designated library spaces in most schools, provide 160,000 age-appropriate books, and train 175 teachers in reading and writing instruction, library management and reading activities. Ultimately, the commitment will help to rebuild children's lives through education, an effort which will include supporting schools, teachers, and students, so they can return to their normal routines and continue learning.

Beyond Lights: Solar Energy for the Developing World
Commitment by: SunFarmer
Partner(s): Possible Health, Winrock, Alternative Energy Promotion Centre, SunEdison

In 2015, SunFarmer committed to provide 1.5 MW of reliable solar energy systems and services to under-served and off grid communities by the end of 2018, first in Nepal and expanding into a second country, likely Indonesia. To ensure the projects’ sustainability, SunFarmer will provide solar engineering, financing, and project management expertise, and facilitate local contractors and vendors by establishing local for-profit companies to handle the solar systems once initiated. These systems will directly aid community development through the electrification of hospitals and schools, as well as an agriculture program to reach smallholder farmers in need of electricity, many of whom are women. In addition to the expansion of its solar contracting services, SunFarmer is launching “Offgrid U” – a training and information portal intended to help train the next generation of off grid solar engineers and entrepreneurs. The portal will contain input from the world’s leading experts on best practices in off grid solar engineering. SunFarmer hopes to transform lives and secure solar energy as the most reliable and desired form of energy in developing regions.

Philanthropy University 200 x 2020
Commitment by: Philanthropy U
Partner(s): Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

In 2015, Philanthropy U committed to partner with the Hass School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley to provide meaningful capacity building support to hundreds of thousands of distance learners working in the social sector with a target of 200,000 online course completions by 2020. This commitment, which will be run through the Philanthropy University education initiative, offers a world-class curriculum taught by professors and practitioners from leading academic institutions, and will serve as an innovative learning platform to foster collaborative learning and a vibrant community and network. Philanthropy University’s Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have the potential to democratize access to course content in an unprecedented way, by opening courses to anyone, anywhere for free. The targeted completion rate will significantly improve on the current average which is as low as 2 %. Philanthropy U commits to addressing this by supporting learners from enrollment to completion, and by measuring skill acquisition and application through a robust monitoring framework and a variety of incentives. Learners who complete a single course will gain a statement of accomplishment while learners who complete a suite of Philanthropy University courses will receive a certificate of completion from Berkeley-Haas in social sector leadership. Philanthropy University leverages education and the MOOC revolution for social impact.

Addressing Refugee Related Healthcare Needs in Jordan
Commitment by: Masimo Corporation

In 2014, Masimo committed to assist Jordan as it responds to a heightened demand for access to health services as a result of the influx of refugees residing in the country. Masimo will provide $5 million of inpatient monitoring technologies and pulse oximetry equipment, which allows health workers to monitor a person's oxygen levels and is an essential technology to identify medical needs and deteriorating health conditions, to the Princess Bassma Teaching Hospital expansion in Irbid, as well as to existing hospitals identified by the Jordanian government with equipment and supply shortages. In addition, Masimo will provide on-going technical support for the donated equipment. Over the next year, at least 10,000 patients will have increased access to health services, and Masimo expects that number to grow substantially the following year. Masimo announced that as of April 2015, site planning, and delivery and implementation of equipment is complete. The implementation and training phase is on track to begin.

Share Our Strength’s Great Nations Eat Campaign
Commitment by: Share Our Strength
Partner(s): A Place at the Table, Great Nations Eat, United Way Of America, Participant Media, Viacom, Inc., BuzzFeed, iHeartMedia, Inc.

In 2015, Share Our Strength, along with its partners, committed to double its Great Nations Eat Campaign in order to raise awareness of food insecurity in the U.S., advance smarter policies, and spur new public private partnerships to ensure that no American struggles with hunger. Expanding the initial phase of the Great Nations Eat Campaign, Share Our Strength will launch a new and scaled up ad campaign, which will secure two billion media impressions in 2016. The campaign will reach every demographic in more than half of the states across the country. Through alliances with media companies across cable, local broadcast TV, radio, online, social media, and out of home media, this campaign will work with celebrity spokespeople and national influencers to implement a new theme for the advertising creative, leveraging donated media encourage the public to participate in a variety of grassroots activities to help end hunger in the U.S.  

Aspen Management Partnership for Health
Commitment by: The Aspen Institute
Partner(s): Born Free Africa, GlaxoSmithKline, Harvard Medical School, McCann Health, MDG Health Alliance, Partners in Health, USAID’s Center for Accelerating Innovation & Impact (CII)

In 2015, The Aspen Institute committed to address health system challenges in six high-burden countries by providing in-country managerial, financial and strategic expertise to Ministries of Health (MoHs), while creating a platform for collaboration and knowledge-sharing across sectors. A collaboration between multi-sector partners, Aspen Management Partnership for Health will provide key MoH staff with access to training, mentoring, and joint problem solving through the creation of a local mentor network and cross country convenings. More directly, Aspen Management Partnership for Health will recruit, train, and deploy in-country Management Professionals with complementary skills to work on pre-identified, high priority community health projects, for an initial period of two years. The Aspen Institute will manage this program, and both local and global partners will provide the menu of support opportunities, leveraging existing expertise and resources.

No More Epidemics
Commitment by: Management Sciences For Health
Partner(s): International Medical Corps, Save the Children

In 2015, Management Sciences for Health, and its partners Save the Children and International Medical Corps, committed to bringing together key partners from the global public health, private, public, and civil society sectors to build the No More Epidemics (NME) Campaign that will coordinate and advocate for proven solutions and resources for building health systems that will prevent major epidemics. Launching in the Ebola affected countries of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, NME will monitor and report on countries’ readiness and catalyze cutting-edge projects to strengthen health systems. Through this commitment, NME will create global and local advocacy campaigns, develop “community scorecards” to allow communities to evaluate their countries’ preparedness, and launch a website and social media platform for information sharing, and continue ongoing recruitment of coalition members.

Africa United: Communicating to Promote Healthy Lives
Commitment by: World Bank Group
Partner(s): Confederation of African Football (CAF), African Union, Paul G. Allen Foundation, CDC Foundation, Wari, Africa24, National Institutes of Health, AkaCreatives, KYNE, Speak Up Africa

In 2015, the World Bank Group and its Africa United partners committed to establish a powerful communications platform to address leading health issues in Africa, leveraging the influence of sport to break down barriers and promote healthy lives across the continent. Africa United will recruit celebrities, footballers, NGOs, governments, and key corporate partners to build a brand that will be recognized as the “go-to” communications platform in times of crisis as well as an ongoing health communication resource. This open-source platform will bolster behavior change, advocacy, and crisis communications and serve as an important complement to national health system strengthening efforts. The commitment will aim to reach 11 million people in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone; the three countries most affected by Ebola. These countries are now facing unprecedented challenges in maternal and child health and infectious disease, and desperately need the consumer facing communications that this Africa United platform can provide.

ReGrow West Africa: Post-Ebola Private Sector Recovery
Commitment by: RESOLVE
Partner(s): GIZ, Chevron, Ebola Private Sector Mobilization Group (“EPSMG”), Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency (“SLIEPA”), Cordaid, Mano River Marketing Company, Taia Peace Foundation, Dalan Consultants

In 2015, RESOLVE and its partners in ReGrow West Africa committed to support post-crisis, sustainable economic development in the Ebola affected countries of West Africa. Through this commitment, ReGrow will launch the ReGrow Marketplace to profile investment projects and small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) and help engage them with international investors, donors, and other partners. In addition, ReGrow will capitalize the Resilience trust with a further $3.5 million – building on a $1 million funding commitment from Chevron – to provide direct investment in SMEs and certain high impact greenfield investment projects. ReGrow West Africa is a public-private partnership that that was launched in January and is a legacy initiative of the Ebola Private Sector Mobilization Group (EPSMG). By October 2017, ReGrow aims to support 90 SMEs with direct cash investment from ReGrow Trust and provide them with technical training and support under Cordaid’s Resilient Business Development Services model. In addition, ReGrow will help revive at least 15 investment projects of existing large scale enterprises that are now stalled and help execute at least 12 greenfield ventures.

Ebola Survivor Services, Bombali District, Sierra Leone
Commitment by: Direct Relief
Partner(s): Medical Research Centre

In 2015, Direct Relief committed to establish and support Ebola survivor services in Bombali District, Sierra Leone. In partnership with Medical Research Centre (MRC), a Sierra Leonean health NGO, the project will establish a static clinic in the city of Makeni that will accept any Ebola survivor from Bombali and other surrounding districts. The clinic will work with partners in Sierra Leone to provide various services for Ebola survivors, including eye health, mental health and psychosocial services, food services, and education and awareness building. The clinic will be established in a rehabilitated building in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS), local stakeholders, including city council, communities, and the Bombali EVD Survivor Association. It will include outpatient and observation wards and a referral system to respective specialized and higher level health services when needed.

SATMED: Improved e-health access, Simplified e-health use
Commitment by: SES S.A.
Partner(s): Médecins Sans Frontières, Friendship Bangladesh, German Doctors, OpenMRS Inc, Clinique Bohler S.A, University of Luxembourg, Security and Trust, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Luxembourg, e-Medical Communication, Archemed, Foundation Follereau Luxembourg

In 2014, SES SA committed to launch SATMED, a satellite enhanced, cloud-based Telemedicine platform that aims to improve the access to and simplify the use of e-Health. Although e-/m-health holds the potential to expand the capacity of health systems in under-resourced areas, it is currently underutilized due to high costs, lack of necessary expert knowledge, and difficulty of operations and maintenance. SATMED will overcome these challenges by combining state-of-the-art satellite connectivity and cloud computing, dramatically improving access to information and care through remotely-accessible systems that can be centrally maintained. SATMED will provide those in the health sector with mobile-accessible resources that enable them to provide improved services to their constituencies. With SATMED, patients can be remotely diagnosed by experts, doctors and nurses can improve their knowledge through online courses or life sessions, and lives can be saved through easy access to necessary information via the internet, made available anywhere through satellite technology.

Out of Eden Learn – Journeys to Global Understanding
Commitment by: Abundance Foundation
Partner(s): Project Zero, Harvard Grad School of Education, Out of Eden Walk

In 2015, Abundance Foundation committed to scale its Out of Eden Learn program to reach an additional 70,000 students in 50 countries, supported by 3,500 teachers by November, 2017. Out of Eden Learn (OOEL) is a free, open, online learning community that creates the opportunity for students from around the world to accompany Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Salopek’s Out of Eden Walk: a 21,000-mile, multi-year journey on foot to retrace the migratory pathways of our early human ancestors. The program creates an interactive learning platform that promotes 21st century skills and is a unique opportunity for young people to expand global understanding, explore assumptions about their cultures and communities, and address the challenges of modernity and technology in their lives. Through the commitment, Abundance Foundation and its partners will expand and deepen its reach by translating the online platform and tools into Spanish, partnering with technology partners to create a low-bandwidth connectivity option for resource-limited settings, creating an active online discussion forum where former and current OOEL students can exchange experiences and ideas, and developing experiential installations to explore the themes of the walk in collaboration with local communities, artists, and museum and education experts.


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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