Archive for September, 2013

The closing session was stirring, entertaining, informative, and inspiring.  Esperanza Azteca National Youth Orchestra was amazing.  The young girls who spoke about their moment were resolute, and Kelvin Doe told the story of his evolution from junk-collector/electronic prodigy to guest lecturer at Harvard at 15 with great humor.

It was Chelsea who brought the young people to the fore, all the while conscious of how much older she felt.   She has a natural way with young people, and the youth were truly core of this closing session.

Hillary brought Clinton Global Citizen awardee,  Anglican bishop and former boy soldier Elias Taban,  onstage to relate his story of transitions, resolving old enmities and building for the future.   You do not need a Clinton decoder pin to get the message.

President Clinton reminisced some with and about old friends.

He  summarized much of the great work that has come out of CGI over the years, and announced new initiatives including a commitment from McDonald’s to revise its menus for kids as well as advertising targeting children in an effort to combat childhood obesity and make affordable, healthful food more widely available in 20 countries – including this one as I understood it.

If you were unable to watch the livestream, you can see the video HERE.


Closing Plenary Session

3:30 PM –

 5:00 PM

While the news is often focused on crises and disasters, and while half the world continues to live on less than $2 a day, it becomes too easy to overlook the progress made over the last 50 years. Investing in the present through continued and renewed optimism and action around proven solutions to global challenges—while being forward-thinking and envisioning how to best mobilize the right entities for the future—will greatly accelerate the advancements made in the recent past.

Hosted by President Clinton, Secretary Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton, this session will feature cross-sector leaders and CGI commitment-makers who will share the progress of their efforts and their view of a more equitable, stable, and sustainable future.


Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former Secretary of State of the United States
Chelsea Clinton , Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation
President Bill Clinton, Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative; 42nd President of the United States


Kelvin Doe, Student and Innovator, Prince of Wales School
Elias Taban, National Bishop, Evangelical Presbyterian Church of South Sudan and Uganda

Musical Entertainer:

Esperanza Azteca National Youth Orchestra

President Clinton, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton Emphasize Optimism and Action on Closing Day of 2013 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

At ninth CGI Annual Meeting, members made over 160 new Commitments to Action, expected to impact nearly 22.2 million people and valued at more than $10.8 billion. To date, nearly 2,500 commitments have been made, improving the lives of over 430 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $87.9 billion.

CGI University 2014 to be hosted by Arizona State University March 21-23, 2014

New York, NY – Today, President Bill Clinton, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton closed the ninth Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, emphasizing optimism and mobilizing for action to address the most pressing global challenges. Over three days, CGI members made over 160 new Commitments to Action, expected to impact nearly 22.2 million lives and valued at more than $10.8 billion when fully funded and implemented.

Through the CGI commitments announced this year, nearly 27 million metric tons of CO2 will not be released into the atmosphere, more than 2 million girls will be reached by efforts specifically targeting female enrollment in schools, more than 11.6 million children will have a better education, nearly 4 million people will have increased access to health services, and more than $7 billion will be invested in or loaned to small- and medium-sized enterprises.

“This year’s commitments highlight the enthusiasm, creativity, and general characteristic of CGI members,” said President Clinton. “They also reinforced our theme of ‘mobilizing for impact.’  So many partners have come together, to increase their impact by drawing upon each other’s strengths and creating new partnerships to truly put ideas into action: this is what CGI is all about. I am so grateful to everyone who joined us this year, whether in person or online, and who continue to work with us to create a better world.”

Two major Commitments to Action were announced today, focusing on health and on animal preservation. President Clinton, joined by Don Thompson, President and CEO of McDonald’s, and Dr. Howell Wechsler, CEO, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the Clinton Foundation and American Heart Association, announced a partnership to increase customers’ access to fruit and vegetables and help families and children to make informed choices in keeping with balanced lifestyles.

Former Secretary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, and African government leaders including the Presidents of Burkina Faso, Cote D’Ivoire, Gabon, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, and Ministers from Botswana and Zambia made an announcement with leaders of the Wildlife Conservation Society, the African Wildlife Foundation, the World Wildlife Fund, Conservation International, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, Save the Elephants, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, and the Jane Goodall Institute regarding Partnership to Save Africa’s Elephants, a new Commitment to Action aiming to end elephant poaching by addressing poaching, trafficking, and international demand.

CGI members will convene in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil December 8-10, 2013 for CGI Latin America to form partnerships to create effective solutions to the region’s most pressing social and environmental challenges.

Chelsea Clinton announced that Arizona State University has been chosen as the host campus for CGI University 2014. The gathering will convene students, youth organizations, topic experts, and civically-minded celebrities to explore innovative solutions to pressing global challenges. CGI U will take place March 21-23 and convene more than 1,000 students representing approximately 300 colleges and universities around the world.

Featured speakers on the closing day of the Annual Meeting included H.E. Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani, Chairman, Ooredoo Group; Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, Founder and Chairperson, BRAC; Maria Bartiromo, Anchor of CNBC’s “Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo” and “On the Money with Maria Bartiromo”; Anne Bouverot, Director General, GSMA; Francis Collins, Director, National Institutes of Health; Kelvin Doe, Student and Innovator, Prince of Wales School; Esther Duflo, Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development, MIT and Director, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL); Regina E. Dugan, Senior Vice President, Advanced Technology and Projects, Motorola Mobility; Hikmet Ersek, President and CEO, The Western Union Company; Helene D. Gayle, President and CEO, CARE; Tony James, President and COO, Blackstone; Antony Jenkins, Group Chief Executive, Barclays PLC; Donna Karan, Founder, Urban Zen Foundation; Betty Liu, Anchor and Editor-at-Large, Bloomberg TV; Peter R. Orszag, Vice Chairman, Public Sector and Chairman, Financial Strategies and Solutions, Citibank; Bre Pettis, Chief Executive Officer, Makerbot Industries; Juliana Rotich, Co-founder and Executive Director, Ushahidi Inc; Bunker Roy, Founder and Director, The Barefoot College; Ricardo B. Salinas, Founder and Chairman, Grupo Salinas; Peter Sands, Group Chief Executive, Standard Chartered Bank; Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google; S.D. Shibulal, Managing Director and CEO, Infosys Limited; Elias Taban, National Bishop, Evangelical Presbyterian Church of South Sudan and Uganda. Esperanza Azteca National Youth Orchestra closed the session with a performance.

New commitments were announced in Plenary Sessions today:

Accelerating Access to Financial Services: Banking on Change
Commitment by: Barclays PLC
Partners: Plan International; Care International; Accenture Development Partnerships
In 2008, Barclays committed to forming the Banking on Change partnership to extend and develop access to basic financial services for poor people in Africa, Asia, and South America. To date, the partnership has reached 513,000 people, exceeding its original target. On average, each member has saved $58 per year. The Banking on Change initiative has also shown that very poor people do have the capacity to save and are highly creditworthy: repayment rates on the loans provided have ranged from 98 to 100 percent.

Enabling Education and Livelihood for 2M Rural Families
Commitment by: Drishtee Foundation
In 2008, the Drishtee Foundation committed to providing relevant educational opportunities that will create a clear path towards gainful employment to underserved rural communities in India. To date, Drishtee has launched two Dhruv Tara Kendra (DTK) training centers. Drishtee recently signed a ten-year partnership agreement with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) for capacity building and training of 758,480 rural youth.

Fashion Forward: Scaling Market Access for Rural Artisans
Commitment by: Mercado Global
Partners: Red Envelope; VivaTerra; Levi Strauss Foundation; Holt Renfrew
In 2013, Mercado Global committed to scaling its sustainable sourcing practices by recruiting 62 additional brands and retailers to partner with indigenous women’s artisan cooperatives in Guatemala, and better integrate women-owned SMEs into global supply chains. As a result, an additional 112 indigenous women artisans will gain income-earning opportunities in textiles and 40 additional artisans will have increased access to microloans and training to grow their small businesses.

Made in Africa: Jobs, Women, and Girls
Commitment by: Liberty & Justice
Partners: The Eleos Foundation; Serious Change; Humanity United; Root Capital, Inc.; Invested Development; TTSL Charitable Foundation; Sorenson Impact Fund
In 2013, Liberty & Justice committed to launching “Made in Africa,” a network of five African social enterprise apparel factories. Made in Africa will generate $45 million in revenue over three years and will create 2,000 jobs through supply chain partnerships with multi-national apparel companies to build Africa’s apparel manufacturing economy.

Rehumanizing Retail: Scaling Artisan Production
Commitment by: West Elm
Partners: Caribbean Crafts; HEINEKEN; The Aspen Institute; Better Cotton Initiative; Craftmark; Craft Link; Fair Trade USA; Caribbean Crafts; Etsy, Inc; Swahili Imports; Raj; Rupalee; Everest
In 2013, West Elm committed $35 million in purchase order financing paid directly to artisans who use handcraft techniques, a 40 percent increase from $25 million in 2013. In addition, West Elm committed to collaborate with over 20 artisan groups in 15 countries, making 3-5 year commitments to artisan manufacturers in the developing world, creating over 4,500 economic opportunities for artisans.

Partnership to Save the Elephants
Commitment by: Wildlife Conservation Society; African Wildlife Foundation; World Wildlife Fund; Conservation International; International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)
Partners: African Parks Network; Association of Zoos and Aquariums; Freeland Foundation; International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF); Save the Elephants; TRAFFIC; The Howard G. Buffett Foundation; WildlifeDirect Inc.; National Geographic Society; WildAid; Frankfurt Zoological Society
In 2013, Wildlife Conservation Society, African Wildlife Foundation, World Wildlife Fund, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Conservation International, and their partners committed to preventing further elephant poaching by directly targeting the chief drivers of poaching. This commitment takes a triple pronged approach by dedicating funding to: stop the killing, the trafficking, and the demand. The coalition will work with African leaders to support their governments’ efforts to curb poaching and trafficking. It will also work to stop the demand internationally by building on current awareness campaigns and promoting engagement with consumer country governments.

Happy Meals & Helping Families Make Smart Food Choices
Commitment by: McDonald’s Corporation
Partners: Alliance for a Healthier Generation
In 2013, McDonald’s in partnership with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation committed to a set of actions to increase families’ access to affordable fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy in 20 major markets by 2020.

The Freedom Fund: Galvanizing Resources to End Slavery
Commitment by: Humanity United
Partners: Legatum Foundation; Walk Free
In 2013, Humanity United committed to establishing a $100 million Freedom Fund to fight modern day slavery. The Freedom Fund will strategically coordinate current resources, galvanize new donors and interested parties, and align investments for highest impact in the fight against slavery.

Dedicating Sport Development to Improving Food Security
Commitment by: Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee
Partners: Qatar National Food Security Programme
In 2013, the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee (Q22) committed to investing in the research and development of adapting athletic cooling facilities into sustainable greenhouse food production infrastructure. This technology aims to impact the two million people living in Qatar, with the potential to expand into regions of the world that also suffer from food insecurity due to harsh climate.

The Girl Declaration: Girls in the Post-2015 Framework
Commitment by: Nike Foundation
Partners: International Center for Research on Women; United Nations Foundation; NoVo Foundation; Girls Not Brides
In 2013, The Nike Foundation committed to launch and mobilize action through the Girl Declaration, which will inform and influence the new global development framework to replace the Millennium Development Goals. The Girl Declaration is a call to action to embed adolescent girls in this Post-2015 development framework, amplifying the needs of adolescent girls, and building on the evidence base about the actions that are most critical to unleashing girls’ potential. The commitment will bring together politicians, industry leaders, private sector executives, and influential personalities to mobilize a series of actions to further these priorities through targeted outreach and dedicated resources for girls.

Progress reports were announced in Plenary Sessions today:

The WELL Building Standard
Commitment by: Delos Living
Partners: Jason F. McLennan; Deepak Chopra; Shangri-La Industries; Webcor Group
In 2012, Delos committed to developing and deploying the WELL standard, the first building standard focused exclusively on people’s health and wellness, prescribing construction techniques and technologies to address key parameters identified by Delos as impacting human health. The Standard is meant to operate alongside new and existing sustainability-based building standards, such as LEED and the Living Building Challenge. Delos is currently continuing to refine the WELL Building Standard as new technologies are developed and new health pathways are understood. The U.S. Conference of Mayors recently endorsed the Standard and encourages buildings to achieve it. Delos and the MGM Grand recently collaborated to launch a StayWell program in Las Vegas in over 170 hotel rooms. In addition, Delos is constructing a five unit wellness residence in New York City, with occupancy before the end of 2013. Delos is also helping CBRE create a wellness office for their headquarters in downtown Los Angeles and office in New York City.

PROMESA: Hope Azteca Symphony Orchestra
Commitment by: Fundación Azteca
Partners: Department of Public Education, Mexico; Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes; FESNOJIV; Estrella Blanca
In 2010, Fundación Azteca committed to establishing orchestras for young people throughout the 32 Mexican states, each serving a unique community and allowing children to learn about and experience music in a new way. To date, Fundación Azteca has successfully established working orchestras in 29 states in Mexico, serving nearly 12,000 young people, and is ready to reach 500,000 over the next ten years.

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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Hillary and Chelsea spoke this afternoon about their personal and policy concerns related to wildlife trafficking and elephant poaching, the dangers they pose, and initiatives to end them.

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8 African nations, 16 NGOs, $80 million, and a path to end elephant poaching. and I are thrilled!

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Plenary Session

4:00 PM –

 5:30 PM

Healthier Futures: Prioritizing Prevention

The rise in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is one of the greatest threats to global health and economic development in the 21st century, accounting for 63 percent of global deaths. The leading risk factors — tobacco use, unhealthy diets, and physical inactivity — play a major role in the cause of high-burden NCDs such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and cancer.

In this session, key leaders from across sectors will share HOW members can:

• position prevention, with an emphasis on risk factors, at the center of the health debate
• invest in more economical measures to address NCDs — such as early testing and diagnosis — rather than costly treatment
• leverage new insights from the field of behavioral economics to incentivize change at home and in the workplace

President Obama and President Clinton will engage in a conversation about the benefits and future of health care reform in America and access to quality health care around the globe.



Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation


Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization
Adrian Gore, Chief Executive Officer, Discovery Holdings Limited
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Closing Conversation


President Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States
President Bill Clinton, Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative; 42nd President of the United States

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Unabashedly, unapologetically biased – like so many of the rest of us.  Chelsea sat down with BBC’s Laura Trevelyan.  There is a video.

Chelsea Clinton on mother’s political future – and her own

Syria and Iran are on the agenda for many foreign leaders gathered at the UN this week. But plenty of high-power meetings are also taking place at the nearby Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting.

Former President Bill Clinton, wife and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and their daughter Chelsea seek to draw attention to the causes advanced by their foundation.

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Tonight at the Clinton Global Citizen Awards, President Bill Clinton, Secretary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton and special guests will honor outstanding individuals who exemplify global citizenship through their vision and leadership.

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Clinton Global Citizen Awards

7:00 PM –

 10:00 PM

Clinton Global Citizen Awards Dinner

Hosted by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Citizen Awards honor outstanding individuals who exemplify global citizenship through their vision and leadership. Guests will take in the exclusive awards ceremony and live entertainment while enjoying a seated dinner.

Alternatively, members can register for the viewing reception. Pre-registration is required for both events.

7:45 PM –

 10:00 PM

The Clinton Global Citizen Awards Viewing Reception

At this exclusive networking reception, CGI members and special guests have the opportunity to enjoy music, cocktails, and tasting stations from some of New York’s top restaurants. Guests can watch the awards ceremony streamed live and celebrate the extraordinary 2013 honorees.

Alternatively, members can register for the seated awards dinner. Pre-registration is required for both events.

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President Clinton Announces Recipients of 7th Annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Vice President Joe Biden, and Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton among those set to honor newly revealed recipients of 2013 Clinton Global Citizen Awards; 2013 honorees include New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, 16-year-old girls’ education activist Malala Yousafzai, social entrepreneur Bunker Roy, and South Sudanese bishop Elias Taban

Awards to feature appearances and performances by Elvis Costello, Fatoumata Diawara, Randy Jackson, and The Roots

New York, NYPresident Bill Clinton announced the recipients of the 7th annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards, honoring seven people from the public, private and nonprofit sectors for their vision and leadership in addressing global problems. He was joined by Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton, and Vice President Joe Biden.

2013 Clinton Global Citizen Award honorees include 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai, who, after being shot by the Taliban less than a year ago for her outspoken support for girls’ education, has co-founded the Malala Fund to continue advocating for universal access to education. Michael Bloomberg will receive an award for his contributions to environmental sustainability and public health, and for leading New York City’s response to Hurricane Sandy. Elias Taban, a former child soldier, will be honored for building basic infrastructure, providing employment, and leading peace negotiations among communities in South Sudan. Bunker Roy will be honored for providing community-led development solutions in dozens of countries through his founding and leadership of the Barefoot College. Jessamyn Rodriguez will be honored for founding and leading Hot Bread Kitchen, which blends business and social outcomes. Adam Lowry and Eric Ryan will be honored for their innovation in creating sustainable personal and home care products through Method, a company they co-founded.

In addition to Vice President Joe Biden, appearances include Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and president, Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice; Nicholas Kristof, columnist, The New York Times; M. Sanjayan, lead scientist, The Nature Conservancy; and Diana Taylor, managing director, Wolfensohn Fund Management.

The awards feature performances by Elvis Costello, Malian musician Fatoumata Diawara, and The Roots with Randy Jackson who also served as musical producer for the show.

Each year, honorees are nominated based on their visionary leadership, demonstrated impact, and sustainable and scalable work in solving global issues. The 2013 Clinton Global Citizen Award recipients include the following outstanding leaders from government, civil society, and the private sector:


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Joe misses his Tuesday morning breakfasts with Hillary.

And Malala thinks Hillary should be POTUS.  We know she is a very smart young lady.

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Hillary’s big event today was to introduce this panel discussion.  You can view the video of the panel HERE.


Plenary Session

9:00 AM –

 10:00 AM

Women Decision-Makers in the Global Economy

Investing in women’s employment yields significant gains in the health and education of children, in the prosperity of businesses, and in the economy overall. Despite this, major barriers to entry still exist at all levels—whether women are trying to create small- and medium-sized businesses to compete in the global marketplace, progress as employees in bigger companies, or access the highest level positions in business and finance.

In this session, key leaders from across sectors will share HOW members can:

• support women in overcoming the barriers that limit their access to decision-making positions, whether it is as small business owners or as board members

• discuss whether imposing quotas yields positive results for women, for companies’ profitability, and the economy overall


Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former Secretary of State of the United States


Pat Mitchell, President and CEO, The Paley Center for Media


Irwin Jacobs, Founding Chairman and CEO Emeritus, Qualcomm

Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi , Minister, International Cooperation and Development in the United Arab Emirates

Arne M. Sorenson, President and CEO, Marriott International, Inc.

Halla Tomasdottir, Founder and Chair, Sisters Capital

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So proud of what we’ve done and so much more to do. Join me. +20


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This morning, at CGI 2013, Hillary announced new commitments.   The video will not embed, but you can see it HERE.


President Clinton, Former Secretary Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton Unveil New Commitments to Action on Second Day of 2013 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

Commitments announced today focus on women’s empowerment, mobilizing youth, conserving natural resources, and building resilient cities

NEW YORK, NY – Today, during the second day of the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, President Bill Clinton, Former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton announced new Commitments to Action that will address pressing global challenges. Speakers discussed how investments in women’s employment yield significant gains in the health and education of children, in the prosperity of businesses, and in the economy overall.

“Women and girls still comprise the majority of the world’s unhealthy, unfed and unpaid, marginalized in so many ways.  We’ve built an architectural structure of laws and norms to protect women’s rights, but 2015 will mark 20 years since that conference in Beijing calling for the full and equal participation of women,” said Former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton. “I believe it’s time for a full and clear-eyed look at how far we have come, how far we still have to go, and what we plan to do together about the unfinished business of the twenty-first century, the full and equal participation of women.”

Featured speakers included Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Minister, International Cooperation and Development of the United Arab Emirates; Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former Secretary of State of the United States; Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation; Lloyd C. Blankfein, Chairman and CEO, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.; Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor, City of New York; John Chambers, Chairman and CEO, Cisco; America Ferrera, Actor, Producer, Activist; Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); Nancy Gibbs, Managing Editor, TIME; Irwin Jacobs, Founding Chairman and CEO Emeritus, Qualcomm; Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company; Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group; Andrew Liveris, Chairman and CEO, The Dow Chemical Company; Wanjira Mathai, Director and Project Leader, Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace & Environmental Studies; Peggy Mativo, Founder and Executive Director, PACEmaker International; Bill McDermott, Co-chief Executive Officer, SAP AG; Pat Mitchell, President and CEO, The Paley Center for Media; Luis Alberto Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank; Piers Morgan, Host, CNN’s Piers Morgan Live; Denis O’Brien, Chairman, Digicel; Judith Rodin, President, The Rockefeller Foundation; Jim Rogers, Chairman of the Board, Duke Energy Corporation; Arne M. Sorenson, President and CEO, Marriott International, Inc.; Halla Tomasdottir, Founder and Chair, Sisters Capital; Fareed Zakaria, Host, CNN-GPS.

Former Secretary Hillary Rodham 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:

Advancing Women-Owned Businesses in New Markets
Commitment by: WEConnect International; Accenture; WalMart Stores, Inc.; Ernst & Young; DLA Piper; Cherie Blair Foundation for Women; Pfizer Inc.; McLarty Associates; Vital Voices Global Partnership; International Center for Research on Women; U.S. Department of State
Partners: IBM; The Boeing Company
In 2013, this private and public sector consortium committed to collaborate across the development lifecycle of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) to create a more efficient, effective channel to identify, develop and scale high-potential women entrepreneurs who can become strong corporate suppliers. The partners committed to track and measure at least $1.5 billion in combined total new money spent by commitment makers targeting at least 15,000 women-owned businesses based outside the U.S. by 2018.

WeTech: Women Enhancing Technology
Commitment by: Institute of International Education
Partners: Qualcomm Incorporated; Juniper Networks; McKinsey & Company; Google Inc.; Intel Corporation; Citrix Systems, Inc.; Goldman, Sachs & Co.; Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology; International Museum of Women
In 2013, the Institute of International Education committed to creating an employee pipeline of 2,000 girls and women toward the technology sector. This $10 million investment will include programs to encourage parents and schools to teach technology subjects to girls, mentorship and scholarship opportunities, and other professional development opportunities.

Intel Connecting Women to Bridge Africa’s Gender Gap
Commitment by: Intel Corporation
Partners: Telecentre.org Foundation; CARE; World Vision; World Pulse; ChangeCorp, Inc.
In 2013, Intel committed to reducing the gender-based gap in technology use in Sub-Saharan Africa for young women by 50 percent, bringing five million young women online over the next three years. In collaboration with NGOs working in the field of women and technology, Intel committed to seek out young women and provide them with access to digital literacy training, ongoing support, and women-tailored content that they can access individually, in shared computing environments, or through a peer-to-peer model.

Bioinnovation in Africa: People, Forests, Food, Energy
Commitment by: Novozymes A/S
Partners: CleanStar Ventures; IMC, Inc.; Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies; Cornell University Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise; Dometic; Zoe Enterprises Products and Supplements; Soros Economic Development Fund; Impact Carbon; Bank of America Merril Lynch; Industrialization Fund for Developing Countries
In 2011, Novozymes and CleanStar Ventures committed to launch CleanStar Mozambique (CSM), a food-energy system to drastically improve both the environment and human lives through farmer engagement, agro-processing, distribution, and retail. CSM now works with smallholder farmers throughout Mozambique to introduce restorative and profitable systems for producing food and energy for local markets. To date, CSM has launched the world’s first sustainable cooking fuel facility and been recognized by the International Finance Corporation and the Financial Times as a 2012 “Sustainable Investment of the Year.”

Flush for Good: Affordable, Aspirational Sanitation
Commitment by: American Standard Brands
Partners: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; BRAC; International Development Enterprises; WaterAid; PRAN-RFL Group
In 2013, American Standard Brands committed to donate one SaTo latrine pan, which incorporates a hygienic water seal through a counterweighted trap door, for every Champion toilet sold in the U.S. and Canada in 2013. Partners BRAC and WaterAid will help to distribute 500,000 latrines over the next two years in rural Bangladesh, reaching 2.5 million people. In addition, from 2014 to 2017, American Standards Brand will develop, manufacture, and distribute improved and affordable sanitation products in countries such as Cambodia, Kenya and India.

Turning Garbage into Renewable Energy & Economic Development
Commitment by: Navitus Sustainable Industries
Partners: State of Utah; University of Utah; Caterpillar Inc.; City of Sandy, Utah; Adolfson & Peterson
In 2013, Navitus Sustainable Industries committed to building three waste-to-energy facilities in partnership with local communities in Utah by 2015. Through this commitment, Navitus will partner with local communities to provide sustainable solutions to both clean energy generation and local waste management. These facilities are projected to generate enough electricity to power nearly 100,000 homes, diverted nearly 1,000,000 tons of garbage from landfills, and create 300 green jobs.

Creating Biodiversity Markets for Artisanal Fishers
Commitment by: Advanced Conservation Strategies
Partners: Shellcatch, Inc; Pontífica Universidad Católica de Chile
In 2013, Advanced Conservation Strategies committed to piloting and scaling a market-based incentive program that provides additional revenue streams to Chilean artisanal fishers to offset the loss in revenue associated with conservation efforts. Focused on linking emerging markets with ancillary marine conservation initiatives to empower artisanal fishers, the model is scalable and applicable throughout Latin America and beyond.

Fishery Improvement Fund: Catalyzing Healthy Fisheries
Commitment by: Walton Family Foundation, Inc.
Partners: Darden Restaurants, Inc.; National Fish and Wildlife Foundation; New England Aquarium
In 2013, the Walton Family Foundation committed to funding and expanding a series of Fishery Improvement Funds (FIPs) over three years. These FIPS will dramatically expand sustainable fishing practices in various regions of the globe while helping to meet global demand for ocean products.

Evaluating Coastal Wetlands: Bang for Our Restoration Buck
Commitment by: Center for American Progress
Partners: Oxfam America
In 2013, the Center for American Progress committed to establishing metrics that assign monetary value to restored and protected U.S. coastal wetlands ecosystems in order to better integrate ecosystem protection and restoration into U.S. policy on coastal infrastructure and land use. The commitment will include a published report explaining why coastal ecosystems are valuable, why investments in restoration are needed, and will conclude with specific recommendations for policy makers and the public.

Expanding Marine Protection from Wild Coasts into the Ocean
Commitment by: Waitt Foundation; Wildlife Conservation Society
Partners: Waitt Institute; Gabon National Parks; Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonia Sea; Fundación Patagonia Natural
In 2013, Wildlife Conservation Society and the Waitt Foundation committed to supporting government efforts to scale up existing coastal marine protected areas (MPA) in Fiji, Argentina, and Gabon to new extents, using new resources and a unique approach of leveraging land to sea extension of coastal parks. This commitment will increase the area of ocean protected by more than 9,500 square miles.

Expanding the Dataset of Recreational Ocean Use and Users
Commitment by: Surfrider Foundation
Partner: Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
In 2013, Surfrider Foundation committed to conduct a comprehensive study to collect spatially explicit recreational use and economic data for coastal areas in the United States mid-Atlantic region. Non-consumptive recreational ocean use provides significant economic and social benefits to coastal communities: economic benefits through direct economic expenditures, as well as visitor expenditures locally on food, beverages, parking, and coastal recreational activities; and social benefits through engaging local coastal residents in ocean planning processes and connecting their economic well-being to ocean planning and conservation.

Shellfish Farming for Women and Oceans
Commitment by: Paso Pacífico
Partners: Inter-American Development Bank; National Fisheries Institute; Phillips Foods, Inc.
In 2013, Paso Pacífico committed to establishing women-run oyster aquaculture operations in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, and Costa Rica. Over three years approximately 100 women will receive aquaculture micro-enterprise development trainings. The diversity of native shellfish will be evaluated and oysters, in particular, will be assessed for their quality and export potential. The management of the oyster fishery will also serve as a community model to increase local community understanding for the benefits of marine management zones and protected areas.

Island Conservation and Sustainable Livelihoods for Women
Commitment by: Seacology
Partners: Global Energi Sistem Tuban Surabaya; Aneka Surya Surabaya; Yayasan PAKTA Sumba; Yayasan BAHTERA
In 2013, Seacology committed to launching three new projects over a three year period to incentivize island communities in Indonesia to protect local terrestrial or marine ecosystems, by supporting women’s economic development initiatives in exchange for creating no-take indigenous community conserved areas (ICCAs). The goal of this commitment is to provide island women in marginalized communities with sustainable livelihoods in exchange for protecting local ecosystems.

More Fish – A Better Future for Mesoamerican Reef Fishers
Commitment by: Mesoamerican Reef Fund
Partners: The Summit Foundation; KfW Bankengruppe; Overbrook Foundation; Comunidad y Biodiversidad; FUNDAECO; Cuerpos de Conservación de Omoa
In 2013, the Mesoamerican Reef Fund (MAR Fund) committed to expanding their Community Fisheries Program in the Mesoamerican Reef region, to protect and restore local marine ecosystems and fisheries to increase the species abundance and size, thereby improving food security and increasing fishers’ incomes. The Community Fisheries Program supports the active participation of organized groups of fisher men and women in fisheries management and recovery, promoting an ecosystem-based approach which includes the establishment of critical fisheries recovery sites.

PIPA Marine Conservation Model for Economic Development
Commitment by: Conservation International
Partners: Republic of Kiribati; Global Conservation Fund; New England Aquarium; Phoenix Islands Protected Area Conservation Trust
In 2013, Conservation International and its partners committed to the next phase of conservation of island and ocean ecosystems in the Phoenix Islands through the first capitalization of the Phoenix Island Protected Area (PIPA) Trust Endowment Fund. The Trust will ensure long-term ecosystem protection and further the economic development of Kiribati.

Sustainable Oceans Alliance
Commitment by: The TerraMar Project
Partners: Michael Dorsey; Global Partnerships Forum
In 2013, the TerraMar Project committed to launch the Sustainable Oceans Alliance (SOA) to mobilize the international community and the public at large on the importance of the Oceans and the Seas and to ensure that the 193 UN Member States recognize and incorporate oceans in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to be adopted in 2015.

Sustainable Seafood: Improving Supply and Driving Demand
Commitment by: Bumble Bee Foods, LLC.; World Wildlife Fund
Partners: Marine Stewardship Council
In 2013, Bumble Bee committed to contribute a minimum of $1 million over the next five years to the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) ocean conservation efforts in conjunction with the sale of its Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified Wild Selections product line. Contributions will be utilized to further fisheries and marine conservation efforts and expand sustainable fishing practices globally.

From Periphery to Core: Proving Nature’s Value
Commitment by: JetBlue Airways Corporation
Partners: The Ocean Foundation
In 2013, JetBlue committed to reshaping their fundamental financial assumptions by translating and integrating the benefits of beautiful and pristine natural environments into the financial models that airlines use to calculate their revenue. JetBlue will incorporate environmental values into the airline’s revenue stream to create a clearer financial signal and argument to commit to specific future ocean conservation policies. JetBlue will also introduce a waste reduction program on their airplanes and at airports to educate its customers about the importance of both ocean systems and waste reduction.

The following progress reports were announced today in Plenary Sessions:

Technology to Address Gender-Based Violence in Haiti
Commitment by: Digital Democracy
Partners: The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH); Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI); Partners in Health; Zanmi Lasante; Lawyers Earthquake Response Network (LERN); Madre; New Media Advocacy Project (N-Map); KOFAVIV (Commission of Women Victims for Victims); FAVILEK (Women Victims Get up Stand Up); KONAMAVID (National Coordination of Direct Victims); Fanm Viktim Koperativ (Women Victim’s Cooperative); IFKB (Association of Women Victims of Bel AIr); KONAMSI (Victim Cooperative and Small Business)
In 2010, Digital Democracy (DD) committed to providing its Haitian partners with the technical tools and training needed for a comprehensive approach to prevent rape and gender-based violence (GBV) in Haiti. Working with a coalition of lawyers, health and psycho-social service providers, and strong networks of Haitian women and girls, Digital Democracy’s commitment will document cases of violence using network responders via mobile phones and provide comprehensive technical training to women and girls to respond to the attacks and effectively advocate for changes to further prevent violence. To date, DD and its local grassroots partners, have launched a 24-hour free emergency response hotline that has fielded over 8,000 calls and connected more than 300 GBV survivors to medical, legal, and psychosocial care. In addition, they have developed a comprehensive system to track, analyze, map, and share GBV-related data with local, national, and international partners, which currently contains over 1,100 documented incidents of GBV.


Creating Opportunities for Girls Through Land Rights
Commitment by: Landesa
Partners: Omidyar Network; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Nike Foundation; Department of Social Welfare and Development, Government of West Bengal
In 2010, Landesa and its partners committed to improve economic and social empowerment of adolescent girls in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia by strengthening their land rights. Now in its third year, Landesa has partnered with the West Bengal Department of Women and Child Development, to implement a pilot of the government’s SABLA scheme, a nationally-funded program to empower adolescent girls. To date, 299 girls groups have been established in West Bengal. Also in 2010, Landesa launched a community-based participatory project to improve the land tenure security of women and girls in northern Uganda and is now scaling this approach and methodology to ten other communities in two districts of northern Uganda and will share the model with other stakeholders interested in improving women’s and girls’ land rights in similar contexts.

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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