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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.

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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

Remarks:

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

Moderator:

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

Participants:

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

http://new.livestream.com/CGI/CGI2013/videos/30820637

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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Aside from being the hostess with the mostest today, Hillary participated in this event which was not livestreamed but was recorded for broadcast.

Breakout Sessions

2:00 PM –

 3:30 PM

CGI Conversations hosted by CNN’s Sanjay Gupta

Advancing Progress: Investing in Healthy and Educated Girls and Women

Session Features:  Filmed for Broadcast  •   Panel

When girls and women are healthy, educated, and fully integrated into their societies and economies, their countries flourish. Yet today, women are still twice as likely as men to be illiterate, gender-based violence remains persistent and widespread, and approximately 800 women worldwide die daily from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Targeted investments focused on expanding access to high-quality health care and education for girls and women can work to overcome these continued challenges, resulting in longer life expectancies, increased economic participation, and fuller social and political agency.

This session will highlight specific approaches that enable girls and women worldwide to learn, earn, thrive, and control their own destinies — and will explore critical considerations for achieving the next generation of global developments objectives.

Moderator:

Sanjay Gupta, Chief Medical Correspondent, CNN

Participants:

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, Queen of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former Secretary of State of the United States
Melinda Gates, Co-chair and Trustee, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Muhammad Yunus, Chairman, Yunus Social Business – Global Initiatives

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

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.”

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Clearly,  she loves working with her family.   We love seeing her so happy!

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This conversation between two presidents was announced a few days ago.  Clearly it is part of President Obama’s campaign to explain the Affordable Care Act.  The news that broke this morning via Kate Bolduan on CNN was that Hillary might drop in for this conversation.  She did not cite any sources or elaborate, but I would not want to miss that!  Would you?

President Obama and President Clinton to Hold Conversation on Health Care at 2013 CGI Annual Meeting

September 20, 2013
NEW YORK On Tuesday, September 24, President Barack Obama and President Bill 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.  This will be preceded by a session hosted by Chelsea Clinton in which key leaders and CGI commitment-makers will discuss the importance of investing in prevention to tackle the rise of non-communicable diseases, such as cancer and diabetes. This is part of the newly announced lineup of global leaders announced by President Clinton, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton.

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Tune-in live to the 2013 Annual Meeting, beginning Tuesday, September 24 at 9:00 am ET | View the live Webcast Schedule »

Apparently this conversation takes place near the end of this session.

Plenary Session

4:00 PM –

 5:30 PM

Channel 1

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.

Panel

Moderator:

Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation

Participants:

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

Participants:

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

Clinton waits to walk onto stage at US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Washington

… and maybe also Hillary!

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The 2013 Annual Meeting will be structured around a single theme: Mobilizing for Impact. This theme explores ways the CGI members and member organizations can be more effective in leveraging individuals, partner organizations, and key resources in their commitment efforts. Mobilizing the right entities – and allowing them to reach their full potential – creates lasting and scalable success. This builds on CGI’s 2012 theme, Designing for Impact, which encouraged the design of purposeful commitments from the outset.

The Clinton Foundation has shared four ways in which you can participate in the conversation.

Clinton Foundation
Tomorrow, more than 1,000 leaders from around the world will join together in New York City for the ninth Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting. And we’re hoping you’ll join the conversation online, using social media to share and learn about the Commitments to Action that members are making to address some of our world’s most daunting challenges.

Here are four ways you can participate in the global conversation.

1. RSVP to watch the live webcast of #CGI2013 on Livestream.

All of the Plenary Sessions and many of the Breakout Sessions at #CGI2013 will be webcast live at: http://live.clintonglobalinitiative.org. View the full agenda here.

2. Join the conversation on Twitter.

Follow @ClintonGlobal and @ClintonFdn on Twitter and use the official meeting hashtag #CGI2013.

3. Interact in real-time with #CGI2013 on Facebook.

“Like” the Clinton Global Initiative and Clinton Foundation on Facebook to see exclusive content during the meeting.

4. View #CGI2013 through a different lens on Instagram.

Follow @ClintonGlobal on Instagram to see meeting photos and exclusive meeting videos.

Thank you!

The Clinton Foundation

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That is quite a lineup of folks set to honor the awardees!

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

Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Vice President Joe Biden, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, The Roots, and Elvis Costello 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

New York, NY – Today, President Bill Clinton announced the recipients of the 7th annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards, where he, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton, and a newly announced lineup, including Vice President Joe Biden, will honor seven people from the public, private and non-profit sectors for their vision and leadership in addressing global problems. Available online in October, the awards will be presented in a special ceremony on Wednesday, September 25 during the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York City, where more than 1,000 top business, government, and civil society leaders will convene to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

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. For his efforts in the areas of health and the environment, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will receive an award for leading the city’s response to Hurricane Sandy.

In addition to Vice President Biden, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Nicholas Kristof, columnist, The New York Times; Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and president, Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice; and M. Sanjayan, lead scientist, The Nature Conservancy are slated to make appearances.

The awards show will also feature performances by The Roots, Elvis Costello, Malian musician Fatoumata Diawara, and the musical producer Randy Jackson.

Each year, honorees are nominated by the CGI community 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, the private sector, and philanthropy:

Leadership in Public Service

Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor, City of New York
Michael R. Bloomberg was elected the 108th mayor of the City of New York in 2001. He began his career in 1966 at Salomon Brothers, and after being let go in 1981, he began Bloomberg LP, a startup financial news and information company that now has more than 15,000 employees around the world. As mayor, Bloomberg has cut crime by 35 percent, revitalized the waterfront, implemented ambitious public health strategies, including the successful ban on smoking in restaurants and bars, and expanded support for arts and culture. His education reforms have driven graduation rates up by more than 40 percent since 2005. The Mayor’s economic policies have helped New York City avoid the level of job losses that many other cities experienced during the national recession. In fact, New York City has gained back more than 260 percent of the jobs lost during the national recession, and even surpassed the previous record for the number of private-sector jobs, which had been set in 1969. Mayor Bloomberg attended Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Business School, and is the father of two daughters, Emma and Georgina.

Leadership in Civil Society

Malala Yousafzai, Campaigner for Girls’ Rights, The Malala Fund
Malala Yousafzai, an educational campaigner from Swat Valley, Pakistan, came into the public eye by writing for BBC Urdu about life under the Taliban. Under the pen name Gul Makai, Yousafzai often discussed her family’s fight for girls’ education in her community. In October 2012, Yousafzai was targeted by the Taliban and shot in the head as she was returning from school on a bus. However, she miraculously survived and continues her campaign for education. In recognition of her courage and advocacy, Yousafzai was honored with the National Peace Prize in Pakistan in 2011 and nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize in the same year. The youngest person to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, Yousafzai was shortlisted for TIME magazine’s Person of the Year and has received numerous other honors. She continues to champion universal access to education through The Malala Fund, a nonprofit organization investing in community-based education programs in disadvantaged communities.

Elias Taban, National Bishop, Evangelical Presbyterian Church of South Sudan and Uganda
Elias Taban, a former child soldier, grew up during Sudan’s civil wars. Despite great hardships, Taban was educated in Africa, receiving diplomas in civil engineering and theology, but returned to Sudan to pastor devastated churches. His courage and selfless efforts saved many lives, and after the war, Taban became known throughout South Sudan as he built schools, orphanages, and hospitals in the region. He and his wife adopted four orphans and currently oversee three orphanages. In addition to leading the Sudan Evangelical Alliance, he organized Tent Makers International to help with challenging construction and transportation needs. Taban also partnered with Water is Basic and became its general director, leading efforts to drill 433 water wells while also providing employment for citizens devastated by the war. He continues to lead peace negotiations among the tribes and provides aid and education for those internally displaced by the tribal violence.

Bunker Roy, Founder, The Barefoot College
Bunker Roy is the founder of the Barefoot College, which has been providing solutions to problems in rural communities for more than 40 years. The Barefoot Approach is a proven community-based model, providing basic infrastructure for power and water in remote, rural areas, as part of an integrated solution to alleviating global poverty. The Barefoot model of community-owned, managed, and financially sustained household solar light systems is today replicated in more than 54 countries, empowering more than 600 Women Barefoot Solar Engineers and providing clean energy access to 450,000 people in nearly 1,650 communities throughout India, Africa, Latin America, the Pacific, and Asia. As a result of Barefoot’s work, one million litres of rainwater have been harvested to provide clean drinking water to over 239,000 school children in more than 1,300 communities worldwide. Roy has been named one of the 50 environmentalists who could save the planet by the Guardian and one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME magazine.

Leadership in the Private Sector

Jessamyn W. Rodriguez, Founder and CEO, Hot Bread Kitchen
Jessamyn Waldman is the founder and CEO of the award-winning Hot Bread Kitchen—a nonprofit bakery often referred to as the “United Nations of Bread.” Since 2008, Waldman has grown the organization from a visionary idea to a thriving workforce development program that blends business and social outcomes. Through this work, Hot Bread Kitchen has become a nationally recognized brand that is sold in over 50 outlets, including Wholefoods and Dean and Deluca, and it’s business model has been recognized by Echoing Green, the Eileen Fisher Company, and the Social Venture Network’s Innovator Award. Before starting Hot Bread Kitchen, Waldman worked around the world in NGOs, government, and the United Nations, focusing on human rights, education, and immigration issues. Waldman holds a Master in Public Administration from Columbia University. In addition, she has a Master Baker certificate from the New School University and was the first woman to be hired as a baker at Chef Daniel Boulud’s renowned restaurant Daniel.

Adam Lowry, Co-Founder and Chief Greenskeeper
Eric Ryan, Co-Founder, Method Products PBC
Adam and Eric make soap. Really nice smelling soap that’s non-toxic and good for the planet. In 2000, Adam Lowry and Eric Ryan co-founded Method Products, the leading innovator in stylish and sustainable personal and home care products. Today, Method has over 100 planet-friendly products in stores across North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Method has been ranked #7 on the Inc 500, and #16 on Fast Company’s list of the world’s 50 most innovative companies. As chief greenskeeper at Method, Lowry focuses on bringing sustainable innovations to the Method business through product design, sourcing, production, and marketing. Ryan is the design and marketing side of the duo, working as chief brand architect to leverage Method’s creativity to create a new generation of environmentally-conscious consumers. He has been named an eco-leader by Vanity Fair, a Food & Wine Tastemaker, an eco-revolutionary by Time Magazine, and PETA’s Person of the Year. Lowry and Ryan both reside in San Francisco, California.

About the Clinton Global Citizen Awards
The Clinton Global Citizen Awards were launched in 2007 to honor outstanding individuals for their visionary leadership, demonstrated impact, and sustainable and scalable work in solving global issues. Recipients were chosen from government, civil society, the private sector, and the philanthropic community. Last year’s recipients include: Carlos Slim Helú, founder of Fundación Carlos Slim; Luis A. Moreno, president of Inter-American Development Bank; Denis O’Brien, chairman and founder of Digicel Group; Pepe Julian Onziema, programme director and advocacy officer of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG); The Right Reverend Christopher Senyonjo, executive director of St. Paul’s Reconciliation and Equality Centre; and Katie Stagliano, founder and chief executive gardener of Katie’s Krops. Previous awardees include President of Rwanda Paul Kagame, President of the Dominican Republic Dr. Leonel Fernández, businessman and Mo Ibrahim Foundation chair Dr. Mo Ibrahim, Avon Chairman and CEO Andrea Jung, legendary music producer and jazz performing artist Quincy Jones, TNT CEO Peter Bakker, Voice of Women Organization Executive Director Suraya Pakzad, Rainforest Fund founders Trudie Styler and Sting, and others. Past event performers include Seal, Alicia Keys, Sting, James Taylor, Tony Bennett, K’NAAN and Juanes, among others.

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Statement by President Clinton, Secretary Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton on the death of Elif Yavuz

New York, NY
Statement

We were shocked and terribly saddened to learn of the death of Elif Yavuz in the senseless attacks in Nairobi. Elif devoted her life to helping others, particularly people in developing countries suffering from malaria and HIV/AIDS. She had originally worked with our Health Access Initiative during her doctoral studies, and we were so pleased that she had recently rejoined us as a senior vaccines researcher based in Tanzania. Elif was brilliant, dedicated, and deeply admired by her colleagues, who will miss her terribly.  On behalf of the entire Clinton Foundation, we send our heartfelt condolences and prayers to Elif’s family and her many friends throughout the world.

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Hillary’s much-anticipated first print interview since leaving the State Department hit the stands today amid the usual 2016 speculation and gossip further stimulated by Bill Clinton’s appearance on GPS with Fareed Zakaria.

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While pundits busily speed-dial their individual Hillaryland insiders, we do best to bear in mind that these interviews, his and hers, coincide with the kick-off this week of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York and have much more to do with that and Hillary’s new job, projects and efforts than with 2016.

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Here is a bit of the article, but, like me, you are probably going to want your own souvenir hard copy.

Hillary in Midair

She’s learned from her mistakes. Three years before November 8, 2016, she’s working hard to be relaxed, calm, easy. But, all the while, the old Clinton gears are whirring.

By Joe HaganPublished Sep 22, 2013

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Photo: Douglas Friedman/Trunk Archive

For four years, Hillary Rodham Clinton flew around the world as President Barack Obama’s secretary of State, while her husband, the former president Bill Clinton, lived a parallel life of speeches and conferences in other hemispheres. They communicated almost entirely by phone. They were seldom on the same continent, let alone in the same house.

But this year, all that has changed: For the first time in decades, neither one is in elected office, or running for one. Both are working in the family business, in the newly renamed nonprofit that once bore only Bill’s name but is now called the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, which will hold its annual conference in New York next week.

“We get to be at home together a lot more now than we used to in the last few years,” says Hillary Clinton. “We have a great time; we laugh at our dogs; we watch stupid movies; we take long walks; we go for a swim.

“You know,” she says, “just ordinary, everyday pleasures.”

In the world of the Clintons, of course, what constitutes ordinary and everyday has never been either. So the question was inevitable: Given who he is, and who she is, does Bill, among their guffaws over the dogs and stupid movies, harangue her daily about running for president?

To this, Hillary Rodham Clinton lets loose one of her loud, head-tilted-back laughs. “I don’t think even he is, you know, focused on that right now,” she says. “Right now, we’re trying to just have the best time we can have doin’ what we’re doin’. ”

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Cannot refrain from saying how much I love to hear Hillary laugh!

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