Archive for September, 2014

Chelsea Clinton moderated the morning plenary session today, and President Obama spoke at the mid-day plenary along with President Clinton while Chelsea and Hillary enjoyed the remarks from the audience along with Huma Abedin.  Chelsea also participated in a conversation recorded for broadcast with Paul Farmer and moderated by CNN’s Fareed Zakaia.   Both Hillary and Chelsea were part of a session on elephant poaching,

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Proud to announce 3 more commitments at to create more job pathways for youth- Join us at

Even six years out from the Great Recession, the economic challenges facing America’s youth are tremendous. Without targeted efforts to engage these young people, we’re losing a vital source of momentum for the recovery of our economy and stunting the potential of generations to come.

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Bill and Hillary Clinton teamed up onstage at the CGI 2014 opening plenary session today  after which Hillary moderated this discussion.

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Opening Plenary Session

12:00 PM –

 1:30 PM

Reimagining Impact

Brunch will be available at 11:00 AM in the Member Lounge and Second Floor Hallway

Since 2005—through great imagination, partnerships, and hard work—CGI members have tried, sometimes failed, and most often succeeded in turning their ideas into action to tackle global challenges. To accomplish this, they have designed better and more ambitious Commitments to Action, and mobilized their resources and partnerships to form creative networks of collaboration across the world. For CGI’s 10th Annual Meeting, the 2014 annual theme of Reimagining Impact will:

• highlight and celebrate the transformative ideas and actions of CGI members over the last decade
• explore how members measure and assess the outcomes of their commitments
• imagine bold ideas for CGI members to achieve even greater impact going forward

Opening Conversation:


Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former U.S. Secretary of State and U.S. Senator from New York
Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group
Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President, and CEO, IBM

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President Bill Clinton, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton Open CGI’s 10th Annual Meeting Focused on “Reimagining Impact”

New York, NY – Today, President Bill Clinton, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton opened the 10th Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting themed “Reimagining Impact.” The meeting brings together more than 1,000 world leaders from the business, government, and philanthropic sectors, who have created Commitments to Action that tackle issues like education, poverty, the environment, and empowering women and girls. Commitments to Action are new, specific and measurable plans that address pressing global challenges.

“As CGI begins its tenth Annual Meeting, I am enormously proud of the progress our members have made, and the action-oriented approach that hundreds of global leaders are taking,” said President Clinton. “Over the next three days, I look forward to seeing the commitments that our members are making, and the discussions in the coming days that lead to real action items.”

Highlights from the first day of the Annual Meeting included:

  • Featured speakers such as His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Peter Agnefjäll, President and CEO, IKEA Group; Michelle Bachelet, President of the Republic of Chile; David Crane, President and CEO, NRG Energy, Inc.; Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of the Republic of Iceland; Donna Karan, Founder, Urban Zen; Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group; Gina McCarthy, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Christopher Mikkelsen, Founder and Co-CEO, Refugees United; José María Figueres Olsen, Former President of the Republic of Costa Rica, Carbon War Room; Henry M. Paulson Jr., Chairman, The Paulson Institute; Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Secretary General, North Atlantic Treaty Organization; Judith Rodin, President, The Rockefeller Foundation; Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President, and CEO, IBM; Charlie Rose, Anchor and Executive Editor of “Charlie Rose” and “Charlie Rose: The Week”, Co-Anchor of “CBS This Morning”; Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Prime Minister of Denmark; Melanne Verveer, Executive Director, Institute for Women, Peace and Security, Georgetown University; Hans Vestberg, President and CEO, Ericsson;
  • Prince Albert of Monaco was joined by President of the Waitt Foundation Ted Waitt to announce the Pristine Seas Commitment to Action, which will create 20 new oceanic preserves over the next five years;
  • President Clinton’s announced “Oceans: A CGI Action Network Meeting,” taking place March 2015 in Boston to bring together leaders from business, government, civil society and philanthropy to address ocean conservation;
  • “Reimagining Impact,” the day’s opening plenary session featuring comments from His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein about the Syrian refugee crisis;
  • In the session “Is Climate Change Good Economics?,” featured speakers discussed the ways in which they will help combat the climate crisis – including Michael Lamach, CEO of Ingersoll-Rand, industry leader in mobile and industrial refrigeration, and Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles. Lamach announced that his company will reduce its carbon footprint by 50 percent and invest $500 million into the research of climate-friendly refrigerants. The mayors of Los Angeles, Houston, and Philadelphia joined together to launch the first Mayors’ National Climate Action Agenda – a Commitment to Action to push for green reform in cities across the U.S.

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

Commitments announced in Plenary Sessions today include:

Small Business, Big impact
Commitment by: Sodexo

Sodexo committed $1 Billion to creating a more inclusive global supply chain for its hospitality products, forming partnerships between its local operations and small to medium sized businesses run by women in the developing world. By working with female farmers and manufacturers, Sodexo will not only improve the lives of those women, it will boost local economies by linking up small businesses to the rest of the world. “Small Business, Big Impact,” will also offer training to help owners take their companies to the next competitive level.

ImPACT Africa: Improving Perioperative & Anesthetic Care Training
Commitment by:  The GE Foundation
Partner(s): Vanderbilt University, Center for Public Health Development, Maseno University, Center for Public Health Development, Maseno University, Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC), Maseno University, Kijabe Hospital

Over the next three years, GE Foundation and its partners will expand their work to address maternal and infant mortality in the Nyanza Province of Western Kenya by targeting the administering of anesthesia and perioperative care in the event of surgical interventions in childbirth.  Through this commitment, “ImPACT Africa,” GE Foundation and partners will train 25 nurse anesthetists and expand its services to three additional hospitals. Further, the commitment will develop a comprehensive perioperative care training Center of Excellence (COE) to address each stage of surgical care in a comprehensive manner and provide ongoing training to obstetric and anesthesia care teams.

Making a Service Year Part of American Life
Commitment by: The National Service Alliance, Cisco, and Lumina Foundation

The National Service Alliance has joined forces with the Cisco Fund at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and the Lumina Foundation to launch Service Year, a four-year campaign to encourage 18-28 year olds to engage in a year of service as a strategy to tackle the nation’s most pressing challenges, while empowering and developing the next generation of civic leaders. By 2017, this initiative aims to create 30,000 new Service Year opportunities, with the goal of creating one million service opportunities annually by 2023.

Pristine Seas
Commitment by: National Geographic
Partners: The Waitt Foundation, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, Jynwel Foundation, Leona and Harry Helmsley Charitable Trust, Blancpain, Linblad Expedition, Dynamic Planet, Prince Albert of Monaco.

National Geographic and its partners committed to expanding oceanic conservation efforts to 20 of the best preserved parts of the remote ocean over the next 5 years. In their environmental efforts, the partners hope to be able to shift local economies out of fishing and into ecotourism. The commitment will also involve releasing awareness raising documentaries about newly protected regions to garner public support and interest. Target areas for 2015 include the Last Ice Area of Northern Greenland, the Patagonian Fjords in Chile and the outer atolls of the Seychelles. This commitment will be followed by a special ocean themed announcement.

Entrepreneurship and Workforce Resilience Program
Commitment by: Bluedrop Learning Networks

Over the next 3 years, Bluedrop will provide a free, country-wide training platform for up to 30,000 vulnerable people in Jordan. The organization will provide its learning platform to help build the local training capacity required to better equip marginalized groups in Jordan for new jobs, entrepreneurship and small business success. Bluedrop’s Entrepreneurship and Workforce Resilience Program is directed at supporting affected and vulnerable populations to deal with the effects of the crisis in the short-term, while at the same time, building national and local capacity to scale up and sustain recovery.

Wind Prosperity for Jordan
Commitment by:  Vestas Wind Systems A/S
Partner(s):  EP Global Energy; Temple Bright LLP

As part of its Wind for Prosperity program, Vestas and EP Global Energy (EPGE) committed to deploy wind energy solutions in Jordan, a country that imports nearly all of its energy and has challenges meeting demands.  This issue has been further exacerbated by the growing population of refugees due to the Syrian crisis. Over the next three years, Vestas and EGPE will develop a wind power plant with a total generation capacity between 9MWs and 15MWs.  As a result, Vestas will provide energy to the refugee camp, as well as to the local area and local population, impacting at least 15,000 households.

Operation Blue Falcon: Improving Health Access in Jordan
Commitment by:  Medtronic, Inc.
Partner(s):  Medtronic Foundation; Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization; AmeriCares Foundation, Inc.

Medtronic committed to address the heightened demand for health services and the demands on the Jordanian health care sector to deliver quality services as result of the Syrian refugee crisis. Medtronic will provide direct support to the Ministry of Health to enhance the capacity of cardiology and neuro/spine surgery services in Jordan. To do so, Medtronic staff will assess gaps and bottlenecks at Al Bashir hospital, the largest hospital in Jordan in terms of beds, to improve efficiency as the hospital admits a growing number of patients. In addition, Medtronic will provide medical equipment such as cardiac stents, multichannel ECG recorders, and bone drills, as well as renovate the ER triage area at Al Bashir Hospital, and provide medical fellowships focused primarily on neuro/spine, cardiology and endocrinology. In partnership with Americares and Jordan Health Aid Society, Medtronic will also provide direct support to communities in Jordan that require medical assistance.

Building Community: Resilience in the Middle East
Commitment by:  International Medical Corps
Partner(s): TOMS Shoes; Procter & Gamble

International Medical Corps committed to expand public health services and build the capacity of local organizations to meet the needs of refugee and host communities in the four largest refugee-recipient nations of the Syrian refugee crisis: Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Turkey. Over the next two years, International Medical Corps and partners will benefit 100,000 people and will provide direct services to meet the most immediate needs. Additionally, teams will strengthen the capacity of partner staff so they can respond flexibly and rapidly to changes triggered by the crisis. This will include training frontline healthcare workers in emergency and public healthcare, and helping partners access the human, material and financial resources they need to respond to a variety of challenges.

Self-Built Transitional Schools for Syrian Refugees
Commitment by: Pilosio Spa
Partner(s): Cameron Sinclair; Jolie-Pitt Foundation

In response to the Syrian refugee crisis and the lack of educational opportunities for the majority of Syrian children living in neighboring countries, Pilosio committed to constructing a deployable, transitional, and easily assembled school structure. The structure will provide a safe space for education as well as for other activities in the community. The pilot school will provide space for up to 100 children to access education, who will then provide feedback on the design for future schools. Contingent on funding, Pilosio will expand the project to 10 schools in Jordan and Turkey.

Syrian Refugee and Resiliency Fund
Commitment by: Global Impact

Global Impact committed to build and manage the Syrian Refugee and Resiliency Fund to provide CGI members with access to a neutral platform to raise funds for Commitments to Action related to the Syrian refugee crisis in areas such as education, healthcare and economic development. Over the next year, Global Impact aims to raise $1 million through the fund, a fiduciary mechanism that will receive contributions from foundations, corporations or individuals. The fund will be presented as a giving option in up to 200 of Global Impact’s workplace giving campaigns and will also be supported by a microsite, which will be a custom, branded platform for online giving methods. Funds will be distributed to commitment partners on a quarterly basis with progress-to-date reports of funds raised.

Reducing Our Climate Impact: For Customers, For Our Company and For a Sustainable Future
Commitment by: Ingersoll Rand

Ingersoll Rand committed to a 50% reduction of its carbon footprint by 2020, investing $500 million into developing greener refrigeration technology.  When the Montreal Protocol set dates for the discontinuation of HCFC refrigerants around the world, many manufacturers began using “safer” HCFs, later found to be 1000 times more damaging than CO2 alone. Apart from developing replacements for these harmful chemicals, creating greener air conditioners and refrigeration units, Ingersoll Rand will reduce the amount of refrigerants per unit while introducing harsher leak testing protocols.

Mayor’s National Climate Action Agenda
Commitment by: Cities of Los Angeles, Houston and Philadelphia
Partner(s): Governor Jerry Brown/California Air Resources Board, California Climate Action Reserve

Cities alone account for over 70% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.

In order to address this, mayors from Philadelphia, Houston, and Los Angeles will form the “Mayor’s National Climate Change Action Agenda”.  Each city will develop action plans and appoint officers and staff to create programs that address climate change, implementing strategies that align with the California Cap and Trade Program.  The initiative aims to encourage participation from other cities, and promote collaboration by sharing best practices.

The following progress reports were announced today in plenary sessions:

Lighting A Billion Lives
Commitment by: The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
Partners: The PlanetWorkshops; Buksh Foundation; UMEME; African Centre for Technology Studies

In 2007, TERI committed to spend $9 million over 7 years bringing electricity and light to nearly 1 billion people by expanding solar power. On top of distributing solar lanterns throughout Asia and Africa, the commitment introduced affordable clean energy in many areas and helped start local businesses, building 2200 solar charging stations, 200 solar micro-grids and 5000 solar home stations, reaching more than 700,000 people. Partnering with the Indian Government, TERI is installing another 6000 charging stations in India’s remotest villages, reaching 300,000 more people.

Building A New Business Model For High Impact Businesses
Commitment by: Grassroots Business Fund
Partners(s): Iqbal Paroo, Andrew Adelson, Alan J. Patricof, James Wolfensohn; Omidyar Network, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), Calvert Foundation, Norad (Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation), Adelson Family Foundation, Meyer Foundation, Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO), Development Bank of Austria (OeEB), Luxembourg Ministry of Finance

In 2011 the Grassroots Business Fund and its partners committed to support 60 high impact businesses across Africa, Asia and Latin America, providing job and economic opportunities to 20 million people over the next 10 years. Utilizing its private social investment fund Grassroots Business Investors, GBF engages in deals averaging from $500,000 to $1.5 million. As of 2014, GBF has provided $20 million in support, one-third of the way to its $60 million goal.

100 Resilient Cities
Commitment by:  The Rockefeller Foundation
Partner(s):  Swiss Reinsurance Company; Palantir Technologies, Inc.; World Bank Group; Architecture for Humanity; The American Institute of Architects

In 2013, the Rockefeller Foundation and partners have committed to drive action towards building worldwide urban resilience through the 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge (100 RC). Each of the 100 cities will be supported in hiring a Chief Resilience Officer, gain membership to the 100RC Network, and be provided access to tools and resources. The Rockefeller Foundation will actively engage further partners throughout the course of the 100RC to advance resiliency efforts within the following four areas: policy, community and social resilience, infrastructure, and technology.

Since the Rockefeller Foundation and partners (Swiss Re, Palantir, World Bank Group, Architecture for Humanity, and American Institute for Architects) announced the 100 Resilient Cities initiative (100RC) last year, 100RC has selected 32 inaugural cities to join its network and has held resilience agenda-setting workshops in 19 of those cities. San Francisco and Medellin have appointed two Chief Resilience Officers (CROs), who have begun identifying priority areas using a city-wide resilience diagnostic. The resilience diagnostic maps existing plans and initiatives and exposes gaps between ongoing work and priority areas. By developing and enhancing projects to address these priorities, the cities will create a comprehensive resilience strategy.

Exploring Alternative Energy Solutions for Salt Farmers
Commitment by: Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA)

In 2011, SEWA committed to helping diesel dependent salt farmers in the Little Rann of the Kutch, desert region of Gujarat, India who spend 70% of their salaries on fuel for their water pumps. By introducing solar power and salt water generators to a pilot group of 200 farmers limiting diesel use to after dark, SEWA found that farmers save 150 liters of diesel a month, totaling 60,000 saved liters a season. With each farmer saving over $1000 in monthly expenses, SEWA will extend the project to another 5000 farmers next season.

An American Serengeti
Commitment by: The American Prairie Reserve

In 2013, the American Prairie Reserve committed to creating the largest wildlife reserve in the continental United States, bringing together 3 million acres of land. Since then, APR has reintroduced 83 bison to the prairie, and begun studying the dynamics of the grassland ecosystem. APR has also partnered with neighboring ranchers, creating “Wild Sky” brand beef, to raise animals in wildlife friendly conditions.


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10th Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting Opens with the 8th Annual Clinton Global Citizens AwardsTM

Seth Meyers hosted 8th Annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards™ honoring Leonardo DiCaprio, Founder, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation; Atifete Jahjaga, President of the Republic of Kosovo; Hayat Sindi, Founder and CEO, i2 Institute; Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs, Founding Chairman and CEO Emeritus, Qualcomm Incorporated; and Greg Asbed and Lucas Benitez, Co-founders, Coalition of Immokalee Workers; with appearances by Madeleine Albright, Eva Longoria, Randy Jackson and musical performances by Aloe Blacc, Natalie Merchant, Jason Mraz with special guests Raining Jane, and The Roots

New York, NY —Today, President Bill Clinton, Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton kicked off the 10th Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting with the Clinton Global Citizen AwardsTM, hosted by Seth Meyers, of NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers.”

The awards, which honor outstanding individuals who exemplify global citizenship through their vision and leadership, recognized Greg Asbed and Lucas Benitez for their work on behalf of farm workers throughout the United States, Leonardo DiCaprio for his dedication to environmental causes and preservation efforts of the world’s oceans, Hayat Sindi for her work to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship among young people in the Middle East, Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs for bringing the transformative power of wireless technology to underserved communities globally including developing women’s access to wireless technology and their economic empowerment, and President of the Republic of Kosovo Atifete Jahjaga for promoting reconciliation in the region and building Kosovo’s political and economic institutions to gain EU membership.

“These honorees represent some of the most visionary leaders in the world and embody what it means to be a true global citizen,” said President Bill Clinton. “Having brought together and lifted a nation, given a voice to marginalized populations, worked to protect our fragile environment, and equipped our next generation with the skills they need to succeed, I’m encouraged by their efforts and optimistic about our collective future.”

The event featured musical performances by Aloe BlaccNatalie MerchantJason Mraz with special guests Raining Jane, Harlem Samba, Jeremy Ellis, and The Roots, with appearances by Madeleine Albright, Eva Longoria, Former All-Pro NFL Player and Chairman & Co-Founder of The Asomugha Foundation Nnamdi Asomugha, President and CEO of the World Wildlife Fund Carter Roberts and Randy Jackson, who served as music director for the event.

The Clinton Global Citizen Awards have honored outstanding individuals in civil society, philanthropy, public service, and the private sector who exemplify global citizenship through their vision, leadership, and impact in addressing global challenges since the first Clinton Global Citizen AwardsTM in 2007. The 2014 Clinton Global Citizen Award recipients include the following outstanding leaders from government, civil society, and the private sector:

Leadership in Philanthropy

Leonardo DiCaprio, Founder, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation
Leonardo DiCaprio, an award-winning actor and a four-time Academy Award® nominee, has been an outspoken advocate for environmental issues throughout much of his career. In 1998, at the age of 24, DiCaprio established his foundation with the mission of protecting the Earth’s last wild places and implementing solutions to build a more harmonious relationship between humanity and the natural world. Through grantmaking, public campaigns, and media projects, DiCaprio has worked to bring much-needed attention and funding to three focus areas — protecting biodiversity, ocean and forest conservation, and climate change. Over the last several years, his foundation has rapidly scaled up its grantmaking operation, allocating over $10 million to projects that protect fragile ecosystems and key species around the globe, while also improving the lives of local communities. Recently, he led several innovative fundraising events, raising over $60 million for projects the foundation is developing and supporting. Additionally, in an effort to empower his fans to make a difference, DiCaprio uses digital media to inform and inspire the public, offering them ways to take action on an array of issues – from protecting sharks in California and Elephants in Africa to supporting the transition of our society to clean, renewable energy.

Leadership in Public Service

Atifete Jahjaga, President of Kosovo
Atifete Jahjaga is the President of the Republic of Kosovo. Before assuming this position, President Jahjaga was the deputy general director of the Police of Kosovo. She graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Prishtina and pursued postgraduate programs at the University of Leicester, the University of Virginia, the George C. Marshall Center, and the FBI National Academy. Since taking office, President Jahjaga has contributed to strengthening democratic institutions, normalizing relations with neighboring countries, and changing Kosovo’s image abroad. She is very active in promoting a European reform agenda and is determined to fight corruption and consolidate the rule of law in Kosovo. Under her leadership, women empowerment in Kosovo has advanced. She has taken a firm stance on the issue of victims of rape during war, with a focus on the acknowledgement of their legal status. President Jahjaga has worked hard to build bridges between Kosovo’s estranged communities, and she has been very active in interfaith dialogue among Kosovo’s different religious communities, viewing it as a way to address radicalization and promote reconciliation.

Leadership in Civil Society

Hayat Sindi, Founder and CEO, i2 Institute
One of the first female members of the Consultative Assembly of Saudi Arabia, Hayat Sindi is the founder and CEO of i2, Institute for Imagination and Ingenuity, which is a nongovernmental organization aiming to create an ecosystem of entrepreneurship and social innovation for scientists, technologists, and engineers in the Middle East and beyond. Dr. Sindi is also the co-founder of Diagnostics For All, which offers cost-effective point-of-care diagnostic tools that enable treatment for people who don’t have easy access medical care. The first Saudi woman to be accepted to study biotechnology at Cambridge University, where she received her PhD, and the first woman from the Arabian States of the Persian Gulf to complete a doctoral degree in the field, Sindi is a member of the UN Secretary-General’s Scientific Advisory Board and is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for her efforts in promoting science education in the Middle East, especially for girls.

Greg Asbed and Lucas Benitez, Co-founders, Coalition of Immokalee Workers
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) is a worker-based human rights organization recognized for its achievements in the fields of corporate social responsibility, community organizing, and sustainable food. Over the past several years, CIW has become an important national and statewide presence and, as co-founders, Lucas Benitez and Greg Asbed are continuing this growth. Asbed is a principal author of the CIW’s Fair Food Program, a breakthrough, worker-driven approach to verifiable corporate accountability recognized by the United Nations and the White House for its unique effectiveness. He also works closely with Benitez on the CIW’s Anti-Slavery Campaign, recognized by the U.S. State Department for its pioneering work in the prevention of forced labor. Benitez is a key organizational leader and member of the Fair Food Program worker education team, and is one of the earliest farmworker leaders in the Fair Food movement. He also works with consumer allies to organize national actions—renowned for their creativity and effectiveness—designed to bring pressure on the large retail purchasers of Florida produce to join the Fair Food Program. The CIW’s Campaign for Fair Food is the subject of a feature-length documentary directed by Sanjay Rawal entitled “Food Chains,” set for nationwide release November 21st.

Leadership in the Private Sector

Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs
Irwin Mark Jacobs is the founding chairman and CEO emeritus of Qualcomm, a company he co-founded in 1985. As CEO through 2005 and chairman through 2009, he led the growth from start-up to Fortune 500 Company, which now employs over 30,000 people worldwide. Qualcomm pioneered the CDMA wireless technology used by all third-generation cellular networks to deliver broadband Internet access to over 2.2 billion customers, and is the leader in supplying fourth-generation technology. Through continuing innovation, Qualcomm has become the world’s largest semiconductor supplier for mobile devices. For 15 consecutive years, it has been named to FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list. Since 2006, Qualcomm’s Wireless Reach program has brought wireless technology to underserved communities globally and invests in projects that foster entrepreneurship, aid in public safety, enhance the delivery of health care, enrich teaching and learning, and improve environmental sustainability. Many projects place emphasis on women’s empowerment through cell phones. Personally, Jacobs and his wife Joan support the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute and have been recognized by Business Week and Chronicle of Philanthropy for being among the 50 Most-Generous Philanthropists in the United States.

Please visit www.clintonglobalinitiative.org/2014 regularly for the latest program details and list of participants. Follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative for meeting news and highlights. The event hashtag is #CGI2014.


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These are a few of the major events at CGI 2014 in which we can look forward to seeing Hillary participate.

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Opening Plenary Session

12:00 PM –

 1:30 PM


Reimagining Impact

Brunch will be available at 11:00 AM in the Member Lounge and Second Floor Hallway

Since 2005—through great imagination, partnerships, and hard work—CGI members have tried, sometimes failed, and most often succeeded in turning their ideas into action to tackle global challenges. To accomplish this, they have designed better and more ambitious Commitments to Action, and mobilized their resources and partnerships to form creative networks of collaboration across the world. For CGI’s 10th Annual Meeting, the 2014 annual theme of Reimagining Impact will:

• highlight and celebrate the transformative ideas and actions of CGI members over the last decade
• explore how members measure and assess the outcomes of their commitments
• imagine bold ideas for CGI members to achieve even greater impact going forward

Opening Conversation:


Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former U.S. Secretary of State and U.S. Senator from New York
Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group
Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President, and CEO, IBM

Panel Discussion:


President Bill Clinton, Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative; 42nd President of the United States
Michelle Bachelet, President of the Republic of Chile
His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan



Plenary Session

4:15 PM –

 5:30 PM


Putting Education to Work

Globally, nearly 75 million or 13 percent of young people are unemployed. In the Middle East and North Africa region, this number rises to more than 28 percent. The issue is compounded when factoring in the over 127 million adults worldwide who are also unemployed. Meanwhile, 40 percent of employers in the United States, 65 percent of Brazilian employers, and 64 percent of Indian employers report they are unable to fill job vacancies, potentially causing billions of dollars in losses. Connecting youth and adults to a value chain stretching from education to job opportunities is essential for achieving long-term economic growth and unlocking the human talent that drives the prosperity of businesses. In this session, key leaders across sectors will reimagine how CGI members can:

• collaborate across sectors—specifically companies, government, education, and training providers—to create real education-to-employment journeys for young people, as well as skills conversion for adults
• eliminate the barriers that keep those traditionally left behind from gaining meaningful employment opportunities


Nicholas Kristof, Columnist and Author, The New York Times


John Chambers, Chairman and CEO, Cisco
Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State, United Arab Emirates
Nisreen Mitwally, Alumna, Education For Employment (EFE)
Ashish Thakkar, Founder, Mara Group;, Founder, Mara Foundation

Commitment Announcements:


Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former U.S. Secretary of State and U.S. Senator from New York



Plenary Session

8:45 AM –

 10:30 AM


Equality for Girls and Women: 2034 Instead of 2134?

When women participate in the economy and politics, the positive effects ripple across entire societies. Imagine a world where women make up half of CEOs, executives, government officials, and landowners, and whose salaries equal men’s. What if this world also ensured that girls and women were as educated and as healthy as men, and were free from violence, trafficking, and abuse? While tremendous progress has been made over the last 20 years in achieving equality for girls and women around the world, the pace of change needs to be significantly accelerated. For example, with current projections, women will not comprise half of the world’s elected representatives until 2065 or half the world’s leaders until 2134. In this session, key leaders across sectors will reimagine how CGI members can:

• examine the progress that has been made since the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, and what challenges remain
• build the foundation for women’s equality and societies’ prosperity through increased access to finance and land, while addressing socio-cultural norms
• utilize transformative levers, such as social media and data, to accelerate progress

Opening Conversation:


David Leonhardt, Editor, The Upshot, The New York Times


Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former U.S. Secretary of State and U.S. Senator from New York
Melinda Gates, Co-chair and Trustee, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Panel Discussion:


Katie Couric, Global Anchor, Yahoo News


Hikmet Ersek, President, CEO and Director, The Western Union Company
Nilofar Sakhi, Chief Executive Officer, American University of Afghanistan

Commitment Announcements:


Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation

CGI Conversation hosted by CNN’s Sanjay Gupta

The Science of Success: Investing in Babies’ Minds

Session Features:  Filmed for Broadcast  •   Panel

A baby’s mind develops into an incredible intelligence machine—from zero to five years old, 700 new neural connections are formed every second. In this critical stage of life, parents and caregivers play a huge part in building their babies’ brains, fostering the abilities that will help them succeed in learning and working. Investing in early childhood development garners phenomenal returns—improving the future health, education, and income of children and creating higher-skilled workers whose increased level of productivity benefits their local economies and society as a whole. This conversation will guide CGI members in reimagining how to:

• equip parents across the world with the tools necessary for providing their children with the best early start in life
• identify proven early childhood interventions that reduce income inequality for individuals, increase economic opportunities for countries, and grow profits for businesses


Sanjay Gupta, Chief Medical Correspondent, CNN


Geoffrey Canada, President, Harlem Children’s Zone
Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former U.S. Secretary of State and U.S. Senator from New York
Nadine Burke Harris, Founder and CEO, Center for Youth Wellness
Cindy McCain, Founding Member, Eastern Congo Initiative
Rosemarie T. Truglio, Senior Vice President, Global Education Content, Sesame Workshop

Closing Plenary Session

3:30 PM –

 4:45 PM


Aiming for the Moon and Beyond

Since 2005, CGI members have challenged the status quo by proposing bold and cutting-edge ideas, some never envisioned before, that led to disruptive breakthroughs. Going forward, how can CGI members continue to take worthwhile risks and accept that experiencing failure is a critical element to achieving success? How can they “dream big” in order to unlock innovation and drive social change?

This session will share the perspectives of forward-thinking leaders and innovators from across sectors, including a live conversation with the International Space Station on exploring new frontiers.


President Bill Clinton, Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative; 42nd President of the United States
Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation
Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former U.S. Secretary of State and U.S. Senator from New York
Cady Coleman, Astronaut, NASA
Peter H. Diamandis, Chairman and Founder, X PRIZE Foundation
Graça Machel, Founder, Graça Machel Trust and Foundation for Community Development
Reid Wiseman, Astronaut, NASA , Commander, U.S. NAVY

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Additional speakers have been announced, and now you really do have to wonder which draws more world leaders to New York – UNGA or CGI?

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CGI 2014 - Designing Ideas

President Bill Clinton, Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton to Host 10th Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, to be held September 21-24 in New York City

Tony Blair, Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; José María Figueres Olsen, Former President of the Republic of Costa Rica and President, Carbon War Room; Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement, The White House; Ashley Judd, Actor, Author; Nnamdi Asomugha, Former All-Pro NFL Player/Chairman & Co-Founder, The Asomugha Foundation; David Leonhardt, The New York Times; Shimon Peres, The Ninth President of the State of Israel; Penny Pritzker, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, U.S. Department of Commerce; Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland; Anders F. Rasmussen, Secretary General, North Atlantic Treaty Organization; Gesare Chife, Executive Director, Dr. Aloy & Gesare Chife Foundation; Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, United Nations World Food Programme; Andre J. Gudger, Director, Office of Small Business Programs, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Acquisition, Technology & Logistics, U.S. Department of Defense; Agnes Kalibata, President, AGRA; Nadine Burke Harris, Founder and CEO, Center for Youth Wellness; Afsaneh Beschloss, CEO, Rock Creek Group; Geoffrey Canada, President, Harlem Children’s Zone; Cady Coleman, Astronaut, NASA; Lisa Jackson, Vice President Environmental Initiatives, Apple; Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs, Founding Chairman and CEO Emeritus, Qualcomm Incorporated; Alisa Miller, President and CEO, Public Radio International; Gina McCarthy, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Carter Roberts, President and Chief Executive Officer, World Wildlife Fund; Bunker Roy, Founder, The Barefoot College; Zainab Salbi, Founder, Women for Women International and Executive Producer and Co-Creator, The Trials of Spring

New York, NY – The 2014 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting will convene more than 1,000 global leaders in business, government, and civil society on September 21-24 in New York City. A schedule of activities open to the press and press logistics are available here: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.

Hosted by Seth Meyers, of NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” the 8th annual Clinton Global Citizen AwardsTM will open CGI on Sunday, September 21, honoring outstanding individuals in civil society, philanthropy, public service, and the private sector who exemplify global citizenship through their vision, leadership, and impact in addressing global challenges. The event will feature musical performances by Aloe Blacc, Harlem Samba, Natalie Merchant, Jason Mraz with special guests Raining Jane, and The Roots and appearances by Madeleine Albright, Eva Longoria, and Randy Jackson who serves as music director for the event.

Previously announced participants include: President Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States; His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Lubna b. K. Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development, United Arab Emirates; Michelle Bachelet, President of the Republic of Chile; Mary Barra, Chief Executive Officer, General Motors Company; Deborah Birx, Ambassador-at-Large and U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR); Cherie Blair, Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women; Lauren Bush, Founder and CEO, FEED; John Chambers, Chairman and CEO, Cisco; David Crane, President and CEO, NRG Energy, Inc.; Matt Damon, Co-founder, Water.org; Hikmet Ersek, President and CEO, The Western Union Company; Melinda French Gates, Co-chair and Trustee, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Hugh Grant, Chairman and CEO, Monsanto Company; Tony James, President and COO, Blackstone; Antony Jenkins, Group Chief Executive Officer, Barclays; Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group; Jack Ma, Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group; Tom Malinowski, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, Labor, U.S. Department of State; Cindy Hensley McCain, Founding Member, Eastern Congo Initiative; Henry M. Paulson, Jr., Chairman, The Paulson Institute, Former Secretary of the Treasury of the United States; Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President & CEO, IBM; Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation; Muhammad Yunus, Chairman, Yunus Social Business; and Fareed Zakaria, Host, Fareed Zakaria GPS, CNN.

On another very important note, this came in for immediate release.

CGI Members Airlift 100 Tons of Medical Supplies to Fight Ebola from JFK to West Africa
Direct Relief, Last Mile Health Join Clinton Health Access Initiative and Other Groups to Distribute Medical Supplies and Protective Equipment

NEW YORK – Ahead of the 10th Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, Direct Relief and several U.S. aid organizations have made a Commitment to Action to airlift 100 tons of medical supplies to West Africa to combat the Ebola outbreak in the region. The airlift, the largest single emergency shipment from the U.S. to West Africa to date, contains personal protective equipment and medical supplies valued at $6 million wholesale.

The charter left for Sierra Leone and Liberia on Saturday afternoon. Representatives from CGI and Direct  Relief were joined by philanthropists and representatives from the governments of Liberia and Sierra Leone.

“This airlift, organized by several CGI members and led by Direct Relief, truly exemplifies the spirit of the Clinton Global Initiative – to see a pressing issue in the world, and work together to commit to bringing their specific resources and specialties to bear on the problem,” said Bob Harrison, CEO of the Clinton Global Initiative. “I also want to recognize the work of the Clinton Health Access Initiative and Partners in Health in coordinating our response on the ground in Africa. I’m looking forward to seeing the additional work and commitments at our 10th CGI Annual Meeting this week, that will provide immediate and long-term assistance on the ground in West Africa to fight the Ebola Outbreak.”

The airlift contains 100 tons of medical supplies and equipment, including:

  • 2.8 million surgical and exam gloves
  • 170,000 coverall gowns
  • 120,000 masks
  • 40,000 liters of pre-mixed oral rehydration solution
  • 9.8 million defined daily doses of essential medications

Through CGI, Direct Health organized this airlift with several partners, including Last Mile Health, Wellbody Alliance, and Africare. Partners on the ground, including the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) will team up with the respective Ministries of Health to deploy an effective distribution channel to get supplies to clinics, health facilities, and hospitals in regions heavily affected by the outbreak.

In addition, more supplies will be secured in other locations as precautionary and emergency preparedness measures. Beyond the chartered airlift, Direct Relief will continue to mobilize medical resources into West Africa to combat the spread of Ebola.

“We must do all we can to reduce further the human tragedy caused by this deadly outbreak and help communities avoid an even deeper setback than has occurred already,” said Thomas Tighe, CEO of Direct Relief.  “Direct Relief mobilized this airlift in recognition that the failure to act now will make the crisis all the more severe.”

Liberia and Sierra Leone are currently facing the worst Ebola outbreak in history and the first outbreak of its kind in West Africa. As of September 6, 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported more than 4,293 confirmed cases and 2,296 deaths throughout West Africa. WHO also stated that the outbreak could infect more than 20,000 people.

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Developing Young Readers

Have you ever noticed how some children (and adults!) can get so absorbed in a book that the rest of the world seems to disappear around them? A love for reading can be both fun and educational, and it can start early in a child’s life.

According to the National Institute for Literacy, one out of every five children in the United States will experience a reading or writing problem in school. But children who are read to on a regular basis from infancy are better prepared to learn in school and beyond. In fact, the more words that an adult speaks, reads or sings to a child from birth the better the child’s grasp of language.

Parents and caregivers can help create a love for reading in their children by reading a wide variety of books, stories and other materials with their children every day. For parents who find reading books difficult, there are many other opportunities to help build a child’s reading and vocabulary skills. Reading signs out loud while walking through the grocery store, pointing out words on bus ads, or even flipping through a book and talking about the pictures can also help build a child’s understanding of reading. And singing, rhyming and conversation are great ways to stimulate babies’ brains and expand their grasp of language.

Research also shows that when parents or caregivers use “big” words with their children—even if the child seems too young to understand—they are helping their children learn how to communicate more effectively.


Resources for Sharing:

  • These articles from PBS Parents offer tips for how to incorporate reading into other daily activities, like riding in the car or taking a bath.
  • Additional fun ways for parents and caregivers to build their children’s literacy skills from Get Ready to Read.
  • This article from the American Academy of Pediatrics explains why vocabulary is important to early brain development.
  • This op-ed by Cindy McCain and Roberto Llamas explains the word gap and how parents and caregivers can help close it.


Check out this video produced by the staff of Next Generation and Too Small to Fail about favorite children’s books—we dare you not to get a little teary! >>


Sensory Play Encourages Thinking—and Fun!

Have you noticed how babies try to put everything in their mouths, no matter the yuck factor? It is one of the many reasons we must remain vigilant around young children, but it’s also a fascinating peek inside their active brains. By using their senses—sight, touch, hearing, smell and taste—young children explore and learn about their world. And this curiosity offers a great opportunity for parents and caregivers to help their children learn.

Even from before birth, children are gathering information about the world around them. Researchers now know that infants in utero can recognize their mother’s voice, and many recognize commonly heard sounds and speech patterns. From birth on, babies use all their senses to catalog what they learn and to develop their thinking skills. It is during this time that “sensory play” (play activities that encourage the use of all five senses) becomes important for later learning.

For example, babies learn to recognize songs they hear from parents and caregivers and eventually learn to sing along. And when a parent or caregiver describes the different textures they encounter—like coarse sand or smooth glass—young children begin to expand their vocabulary to better describe what they feel.

Parents and caregivers can encourage sensory play by offering safe, fun activities inside and outside the home that stimulate baby’s senses. Baskets filled with scarves or plastic kitchen utensils offer safe, fun ways for a baby to use sensory play. Also, parents can use everyday moments—like splashing water during bath time—to encourage exploration of the world around them.


Resources for Sharing:

  • This article from NAEYC explains why “babies like boxes best”, and how parents can encourage sensory play in their young children.
  • This article from Kids Health describes how children learn from play and the safe exploration of their environment.
  • Toddlers learn from “experiments”, says this article from ZERO TO THREE.


Kayden became a social media sensation thanks to her excitement at running in the rain. Check it out, here. >>


All We Need Is A Little Love (Mostly)

A cuddle. A warm smile. Softly spoken words. All of these things help babies feel comfortable and secure, and help them learn that they can trust the adults around them. The more safe and secure babies and young children feel, the more easily they form healthy relationships with others, and can turn their attention to learning.

Early brain development researchers have found that the emotional and social development of children is as important—if not more important—than their cognitive development. This is because when children form secure attachments (close emotional bonds built on love and trust) with parents and caregivers, they more easily explore the world around them, regulate their own emotions, and can comfort themselves when needed. If a young child has formed insecure attachments (emotional bonds characterized by unpredictability and fear), they may not know how to safely and appropriately interact with other people and their environment.

The bottom line? Secure attachments help a child build the skills they will need to succeed in school and in their adult lives.

Parents and caregivers can help build their child’s social and emotional development in a few simple ways. Even if the reason for crying is unclear, it is important that a parent or caregiver respond calmly and affectionately to reassure the child. Established routines are also important in helping babies feel secure, even if the routines are adapted from time to time to accommodate a child’s needs. And small actions—like looking into a baby’s eyes when talking, or gently stroking their forehead at bedtime—can help increase the sense of bonding for both parents and child.


Resources for Sharing:

  • PBS’s special feature “This Emotional Life” explains why emotional bonding is so important for children’s health and well-being.
  • Our blog post on the special role of parents in young children’s lives offers ideas for ways to improve bonding.
  • Bonding with fathers is the focus of this article from Kids Health, which offers ways that fathers can build strong emotional bonds with young children, too.

We’re honoring all of the teachers who have made a difference in our lives—parents and caregivers, too—for World Teacher’s Day on October 5th. Starting Monday, September 29, use #MyFirstTeacher on Twitter to share your best early teacher and what they taught you. We’ll retweet our favorites, so include a photo if you can!


Parents from the land “Down Under” explain how they bonded—or didn’t—with their young children (including thoughts from actor Russell Crowe!). >>

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