April 17, 2020
Apr 17

PROGRAM DETAILS: President Clinton, Chelsea Clinton address COVID-19 pandemic with college and university students, government leaders, and public health experts from around the world at 12th Annual Clinton Global Initiative University

New York, NY
Press Release

For Immediate Release: April 17, 2020
Contact: [email protected]

PROGRAM DETAILS: President Clinton, Chelsea Clinton address COVID-19 pandemic with college and university students, government leaders, and public health experts from around the world at 12th Annual Clinton Global Initiative University

Saturday’s CGI U meeting, focused on responses to the global 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

This weekend, students from across the globe are coordinating on projects to address the pandemic and other pressing challenges, after hearing from international leaders and experts; President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton are also announcing a new COVID-19 Student Action Fund to support student projects

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

New York, NY – Tomorrow, 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.

Watch the program streamed tomorrow at 12:00 noon EDT at live.cgiu.org. A full program is below.

CGI U 2020: Combating the COVID-19 Crisis

Saturday, April 18


Note: all times listed below are EDT. For any questions please e-mail[email protected].

Note: All conversations for this virtual event were recorded on April 15-16, 2020.

12:00 noon:   Welcome remarks and conversation with President Clinton and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

12:45 p.m.:     Panel – The Task at Hand: Combating the COVID-19 Pandemic

This session will focus on how young people, health practitioners, and health systems can most effectively respond to this global emergency, while supporting each other during this crisis. It will explore ways to increase production of and access to testing, personal protective equipment for medical personnel, and ventilators for health facilities; raise public awareness of COVID-19 and combat the spread of misinformation and discrimination that has emerged; and maintain mental health and well-being while strengthening communities of support during this time of social distancing.

Moderator: Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation

  • Devi Sridhar, Director of the Global Health Governance Programme, University of Edinburgh
  • Vivek Murthy, 19th Surgeon General of the United States
  • Chen Kuan, CEO and Founder, Infervision  
  • Ophelia Dahl, Co-Founder, Partners In Health

1:45 p.m.:       A conversation with President Clinton and California Governor Gavin Newsom

2:30 p.m.:       Panel — COVID-19 and Beyond: Building Resilience to Global Health Challenges

This session will focus on the wide-ranging impacts that COVID-19 has had on all aspects of society, including broader economic, healthcare, and education systems. It will also explore lessons learned from government, private, and nonprofit sectors as we look to better prepare for future global health challenges.  This panel will discuss ways to share best practices for remote learning and mitigate the impacts of school closures by ensuring students have access to essential services including meals, housing, and internet access; strengthen international cooperation and support of public health systems around the world, drawing on lessons learned to protect against future pandemics; and support efforts to bolster the economy, strengthen critical infrastructure, and adjust workplace standards so that we are better able to adapt to global health challenges in the future.

Moderator: Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation

  • Jenny A. Durkan, Mayor of Seattle
  • Paul Farmer, Kolokotrones University Professor, Harvard Medical School; Co-Founder and Chief Strategist, Partners In Health 
  • Syra Madad, Senior Director, System-wide Special Pathogens Program, NYC Health + Hospitals
  • Christelle Kwizera, Founder and Managing Director, Water Access Rwanda

3:30 p.m.:  Panel — Addressing the Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color

This panel will discuss the disproportionate impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on communities of color—highlighting what we can learn from why this happened and protecting vulnerable communities in the future; inspiring young people to advocate for equal access to healthcare and economic opportunity; and creating opportunities to work together to address COVID-19 in under-resourced nations to help them combat the virus in populations with economic instability and lack of access to healthcare services.

Moderator: President Bill Clinton

  • California Congresswoman Karen Bass, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus
  • Texas Congressman Joaquin Castro, Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus
  • Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.N. Special Envoy on Tuberculosis and former U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

4:30 p.m.:  Student Town Hall with President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton

This town hall question-and-answer session will feature a unique opportunity for President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton to respond to questions recorded by CGI U 2020 students. Topics will range from how students can overcome the challenges of launching and scaling a Commitment to Action; the future of the economy for young people; how COVID-19 has impacted them and their communities; and what actions the broader public can take in the coming days.

Follow along on Twitter at @CGIU and @ClintonFdn or on Facebook at Facebook.com/CGIUniversityfor event news and highlights using #CGIUAtHome and #CGIU2020.




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