September 24, 2013
Sep 24

President Clinton Opened 2013 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting Emphasizing “Mobilizing for Impact”

New York, NY
Press Release

Commitments announced today will address improving nutrition, combating cholera, ending child marriage and providing safe drinking water

New York, NY – Today, President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton opened the ninth Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting organized around the theme “Mobilizing for Impact.” Over the course of three days, more than 1,000 international leaders and innovators will convene to explore how cross-sector partnerships can create sustainable improvements in living conditions for people worldwide. Today, speakers discussed how philanthropic and public funds are still essential to fully resolve issues that cannot be addressed by markets alone.

“As CGI’s ninth Annual Meeting begins, I am once again profoundly impressed by the dynamic group of leaders from around the world who chose to be here today,” said Chelsea Clinton. “The dedication and passion of CGI members from the public, private and non-sectors alike remind us that, when it comes to addressing global challenges, we are all in this together. In the next three days, I look forward to learning more about how the commitments made in years past are having an impact and seeing how the partnerships forged this year at CGI will attack some of the world’s most pressing problems.”

Featured speakers included President Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States;  Her Majesty, Queen Rania Al Abdullah, Queen of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Al Gore, Former Vice President of the United States, Chairman, The Climate Reality Project; Tzipi Livni, Minister of Justice, State of Israel; Bill Gates, Co-chair and Trustee, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Melinda Gates, Co-chair and Trustee, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Bono, Lead Singer, U2, Co-founder, ONE and (RED); Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer, Facebook; Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund; Mo Ibrahim, Founder and Chairman, Mo Ibrahim Foundation; Muhammad Yunus, Chairman, Yunus Social Business – Global Initiatives; and Khalida Brohi, Founder and Executive Director, Sughar Empowerment Society and Giving Women Wings in Pakistan; Matthew Bishop, Bureau Chief, The Economist; Tony Elumelu, Chairman, Heirs Holdings Limited; Geeta Rao Gupta, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF; Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization; Adrian Gore, Chief Executive Officer, Discovery Holdings Limited; Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President and CEO, Robert Wood Foundation; Charlie Rose, Executive Editor and Anchor, Charlie Rose; Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Chief Medical Correspondent, CNN.

The day concluded with a conversation between President Barack Obama and President Bill Clinton about the benefits and future of health care reform in America and access to quality health care around the globe.

The full program, webcast schedule, and list of all CGI Annual Meeting commitments are available here:

President Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, and CGI commitment makers also announced new Commitments to Action and reported progress of commitments made at past CGI Annual Meetings.

The following new commitments were announced today in plenary sessions:

100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge
Commitment by: The Rockefeller Foundation
Partners: Swiss Reinsurance Company; Palantir Technologies, Inc.; Architecture for Humanity; The American Institute of Architects; World Bank Group
In 2013, The Rockefeller Foundation committed to drive action towards building worldwide urban resiliency through the 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge (100RC Challenge). One hundred cities will be supported in hiring a Chief Resiliency Officer and through partnerships with public and private organizations, will advance resiliency efforts in policy, community and social resilience, infrastructure development, and technology. 

The Black Church and HIV: The Social Justice Imperative
Commitment by: Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Partner: NAACP
In 2013, Gilead Sciences and the NAACP committed to significantly scale up their initiative designed to enlist and train nearly 3,000 Black faith leaders to serve as change agents to address the disproportionately severe impact of HIV on African Americans. 

Improving Africa’s Neglected Food Crops
Commitment by: New Partnership for Africa’s Development
Partner: Mars, Incorporated; DuPont; IBM; World Agroforestry Center; Life Technologies; Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; World Wildlife Fund; University of California, Davis; Bioversity International; Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI); African Academy of Sciences (AAS); TransFarm Africa
In 2011, NEPAD committed to lead a consortium of companies, scientific and government bodies, and civil organizations to sequence, assemble, annotate, and make over two dozen genomes of important African food crops and tree species neglected by science publicly available. The knowledge and availability of these "orphan crops" allow African farmers to grow highly nutritious, productive, and robust crops, creating surpluses for the market. 

Innovation Labs: Enabling Generations of Young Innovators
Commitment by: Innovate Salone
Partners: Segal Family Foundation; SparkFun Electronics; Educate!; LUMA Institute; Focus 1000; Prince of Wales Secondary School; MIT Media Lab
In 2013, Innovate Salone committed to creating Innovation Labs in four secondary schools in Sierra Leone that will provide students with tools, curriculum, and leadership to support their creativity and invention.  

Premier Skills
Commitment by: British Council
Partner: Premier League
In 2013, the British Council committed to scale up the Premier Skills Program into eight new countries and to promote sustainability where the program is already running. To date, this expansion has brought the program to new communities in need, training hundreds of community soccer coaches, and engaging with thousands of at-risk young people by giving them access to opportunities to better themselves and their communities.  

First Book Global: Education Resources for Kids in Need
Commitment by: First Book
Partners: Rohini Nilekani; HarperCollins Publishers; Penguin Group (USA) Inc.; Simon & Schuster Inc.; Lee & Low Books; Macmillan Publishers; Barefoot Books; Ashoka: Innovators for the Public; World Bank Group; USAID; Pratham; Feed The Children, Inc.; World Vision International, Inc.; Touch A Life Foundation
In 2013, First Book committed to distribute more than 60 million books, eBooks, and other educational resources to children in need and to establish the First Book Marketplace as a powerful resource center available to educators serving children in need everywhere. By taking First Book’s model to a global scale, the organization is bringing resources to millions of children who need them most. 

Building a Better Kibera
Commitment by: Starkey Hearing Foundation
Partner: Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO)
In 2013, Starkey Hearing Foundation in partnership with Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) committed to establish community-based hearing health care in Kenya’s largest slum, Kibera. The aim of this commitment is to build capacity for health care by embedding the Foundation’s approach to community-based hearing health services to an already well-run clinic that serves approximately 40,000 patients per year. Through its partnership with SHOFCO, Starkey will provide 2,000 hearing aids per year over the course of three years to the hearing impaired in Kibera. 

HUGinsure: World’s First Social Impact Insurance Platform
Commitment by: Dalberg Global Development Advisors; Hollard Insurance; Aon Benfield
Partner: Lloyd’s of London
In 2013, Dalberg, Hollard Insurance, and Aon Benfield committed to creating HUGinsure, the world’s first specialist insurance underwriting platform, utilizing tried and tested rating methodologies and risk management principles to underwrite social impact projects. The HUGinsure platform, within the Lloyd’s of London market place, will accelerate over $400 million towards development efforts by 2018.

First Responders: A New Approach to Resilience
Commitment by: International Medical Corps
In 2013, the International Medical Corps (IMC) committed to expanding its “Health Care through Training” program to reach 112,000 additional women in high-risk communities in Africa. The program combines reproductive/maternal health, mental health, nutrition, and improved access to water and sanitation services through peer-to-peer education, training of frontline health care workers and by increasing the capacity of health care systems.

Spring Sprouts Kitchens: Nutrition in Rural China
Commitment by: Amway International, Inc.
Partners: China Next Generation Education Foundation; Committee for the Care of the Next Generation; Owens Corning; Amway China Co., Ltd.; Shanghai Foundation
In 2013, the Amway Corporation committed to combat malnutrition among children of Chinese migrant workers through the construction of Spring Sprouts Kitchens and the delivery of much-needed meals to these children. The project aims to build 2,000 kitchens by 2015, and has committed to hiring, training, and monitoring kitchen staff; sourcing local food; and providing balanced, nutritious, daily lunches for the children.  

Zero Preventable Deaths by 2020 - Patient Safety Movement
Commitment by: Masimo Foundation
Partner: The Patient Safety Movement
In 2013, the Masimo Foundation committed to confront the problem of preventable patient deaths in the United States by donating $10 million to seed the creation of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation to reduce healthcare costs and improve safety in hospitals through an annual summit, year-round meetings, and educational efforts.  

Health Infrastructure to Combat Cholera in Haiti
Commitment by: MASS Design Group
Partners: Les Centres CHESKIO; Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation; Herman Miller, Inc.; Barr Foundation; Brian and Karen Conway; Kimelman Family Foundation
In 2013, MASS Design Group committed to address the current cholera epidemic spreading across Haiti by designing ten Health and Hydration Centers (HHC) in Port-au-Prince which will include primary health care centers, chlorinated water distribution, and on-site wastewater treatment facilities to prevent recontamination.  

Healthy Connections: Technology Promoting Family Health
Commitment by: Sesame Workshop; Pro Mujer; Mayo Clinic; Pfizer Inc.
In 2013, Pro Mujer, Sesame Workshop, the Mayo Clinic, and Pfizer committed to leverage their core competencies to prevent chronic disease in Latin America, by promoting healthy habits, among more than 271,000 Pro Mujer clients and their families, and by enhancing the medical services delivered to them in Pro Mujer’s clinics.

The following progress reports were announced today in plenary sessions:

NGO 2.0 Shaping the Next Generation of Social Entrepreneurs
Commitment by: Hult International Business School
Partner: Innovation, Excellence, and Leadership (IXL) Center
In 2012, the Hult Prize committed to help launch a new wave of student social entrepreneurs. Six start-up teams were selected from more than 1,000 students from over 130 countries and spent this summer at the Hult Accelerator, a world-class center for innovation in Boston. To date, each team has successfully launched pilot projects focused on bringing food security to urban slums. The six start-ups are pitching their ideas at the 2013 CGI Annual Meeting, where President Clinton and CGI Meeting attendees will select and award the winning project with $1 million in seed funding.

Addressing Harmful Practices: FGC and Child Marriage
Commitment by: United Postcode Lotteries
Partners: Tostan; African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF); Girls Not Brides
In 2013, United Postcode Lotteries committed to work towards bringing an end to harmful practices affecting girls and young women, specifically child marriage and female genital cutting (FGC), in the Gambia, Kenya, and Tanzania.

P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water
Commitment by: Procter & Gamble
Partners: Abt Associates; Academy for Educational Development; Africare; The Aquaya Institute; Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN); AMPATH; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Catholic Relief Services; Arch Chemicals, Inc.; CFW Shops in Kenya; CARE USA; Chlorine Chemistry Council; Feed The Children, Inc.
In 2009, P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water (CSDW) Program committed to provide 4 billion liters of clean drinking water to people lacking clean water in developing countries. To date, the program has surpassed its 2009 commitment, providing more than 5.5 billion liters to people throughout the developing world. 

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The 2013 CGI Annual Meeting is sponsored by Tom Golisano, Ambassador Gianna Angelopoulos, Hult International Business School, Rockefeller Foundation, Starkey Hearing Foundation, Victor Pinchuk Foundation, Barclays, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Coca-Cola Company, Duke Energy, Ford Foundation, P&G, Shangri-La Industries, United Postcode Lotteries, Varkey Gems Foundation, BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina, Cisco, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women, NRG, APCO Worldwide, Aft, Booz Allen Hamilton, Delos, Deutsche Bank, Dow, ExxonMobile, HP, Fuel Freedom Foundation, the Inter-American Development Bank, InterEnergy, Laureate International Universities, Microsoft, Nike Foundation, Pfizer, Standard Chartered, Swiss Re, Toyota, unite4:good, Western Union, Diageo and Jive.

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