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Clinton Foundation
Dear Friend,

When I left the White House in 2001 and returned to life as a private citizen, I wanted to continue working in areas I had long cared about, where I believed I could still make an impact.  That’s what the Clinton Foundation has tried to do, by creating opportunities and solving problems faster, better, at lower cost so that more people are empowered to build better futures for themselves, their families, and their communities.  I am grateful to everyone in the U.S. and across the world who has been involved in our work, and especially grateful to Chelsea for her role in increasing scope and impact.

From day one, the Foundation has pursued its mission through partnerships with governments, the private sector, other foundations, and philanthropists, creating networks of cooperation that are focused on results.  In 2005, we convened the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) to give people all over the world the chance to do the same thing.

These efforts have improved millions of lives around the world.  For example:

  • More than 11.5 million people in over 70 countries have access to lifesaving HIV/AIDS drugs at 90 percent lower cost through our affiliated Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), including more than 800,000 children.  That’s more than half the adults and three quarters of the children on treatment today.
  • CHAI has also organized the training of thousands of health care workers as part of an effort to address critical shortages in poor countries and help others build strong, self-sufficient health systems, and expanded access to high-quality, low-cost treatment and diagnostics for many other diseases and conditions.
  • Through our work with the affiliated Alliance for a Healthier Generation, more than 18 million students in over 31,000 American schools, in every state, now have healthier food and more physical activity options, and our agreements with the beverage industry have reduced the caloric intake from drinks by 90 percent in the vast majority of U.S. schools.
  • Our Health Matters Initiative is working in six communities to improve health and has worked with innovative drug companies to help reverse opioid overdoses and combat prescription painkiller misuse by lowering the cost of autoinjection naloxone and making naloxone nasal spray available to every high school in the U.S. at no cost.
  • The Foundation’s Haiti initiative has promoted sustainable investment resulting in the planting of more than 5 million trees, the development of 5 new agricultural supply chains benefiting more than 4,000 smallholder farmers, and support for more than 20 entrepreneurial businesses.  And members of CGI’s Haiti Action Network have made more than 100 Commitments to Action to strengthen the health, education, agriculture, and infrastructure sectors.
  • Our climate change projects have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 33,500 tons annually across the U.S.  We’ve also partnered on reforestation and land restoration efforts in South America and East Africa, and are working with island nations to develop renewable energy projects and reduce dependence on expensive imported diesel and petroleum.
  • More than 500,000 people in Latin America are benefiting from social enterprises that connect people to job training, supply chains, and entrepreneurship opportunities.
  • More than 105,000 farmers in East Africa have dramatically increased their yields and their incomes.
  • And, through Too Small to Fail (TSTF), we are working with the faith-based community, pediatricians, community and business leaders, and Head Start educators to provide parents with resources in everyday settings to support their young children’s early brain and language development, and have reached 155,000 parents with tips through direct text messages.

I have found great joy in simple moments shared with people who are benefiting from our work: holding a baby who is alive and healthy because he now has access to AIDS medication; planting rows of seeds with smallholder farmers in Malawi and hearing about how our programs have lifted their incomes, enabling them to send their children to school and electrify their homes; meeting with female entrepreneurs in Peru who are earning a good living for the first time in their lives by providing essential goods to their remote communities.  This work has been my life for the last 15 years, and I couldn’t be more grateful.

Since Hillary began her presidential campaign in 2015, Chelsea and I have made it clear that the work the Clinton Foundation started should continue if Hillary is elected, but that changes would be necessary.  While it would be presumptive to assume a victory in November, now that Hillary is her party’s nominee, it would be irresponsible not to plan for it.

If Hillary is elected president, the Foundation’s work, funding, global reach, and my role in it will present questions that must be resolved in a way that keeps the good work going while eliminating legitimate concerns about potential conflicts of interest.  Over the last several months, members of the Foundation’s senior leadership, Chelsea, and I have evaluated how the Foundation should operate if Hillary is elected.  Throughout the process, our top priorities have been preserving our most important programs, supporting the people who work for the Foundation and its affiliated programs, and resolving legitimate conflict of interest questions.

If she is elected, we will immediately implement the following changes:  The Foundation will accept contributions only from U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and U.S.-based independent foundations, whose names we will continue to make public on a quarterly basis.  And we will change the official name from the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation to the Clinton Foundation.

While I will continue to support the work of the Foundation, I will step down from the Board and will no longer raise funds for it.

Much of the Foundation’s international work, like that of most global NGOs, is funded in part by donor governments’ bilateral aid programs.  If Hillary is elected, we will transition those programs out of the Foundation to other organizations committed to continuing their work.  Doing this in a way that ensures continuity and is respectful of all the employees working around the world will take time.  We will complete these transitions as soon as we can do so responsibly.

With respect to CHAI, I will step down from the Board. We, along with the CHAI Board, are additionally considering a range of options to ensure that its vital work will continue and will announce details soon.

The Clinton Foundation was originally established to build the Clinton Presidential Center and Library in Little Rock, and the work there will continue regardless of the outcome of the election.  Since opening its doors 12 years ago, more than 4 million people have visited the Center and it has helped to inspire new generations of leaders—including through the Presidential Leadership Scholars program, a bipartisan educational partnership with the George W. Bush Presidential Center, the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation, and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation.  The Center has lived up to my vision and much more, including as an important educational and cultural resource and driver of economic growth for the Little Rock community.

Finally, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) has accomplished even more than I dreamed when it began in 2005, and we’ve made the decision that the Annual Meeting this September will be the last, and that we will no longer hold our CGI America meetings.  Nine years ago in my book Giving, I wrote, “I want to continue these meetings for at least a decade, with the objective of creating a global network of citizen activists who reach across the divides of our interdependent world to build real communities of shared opportunities, shared responsibilities, and a genuine sense of belonging.”  That is exactly what CGI, its members, and its dedicated staff have done.

We started CGI to create a new kind of community built around the new realities of our modern world, where problem-solving requires the active partnership of government, business, and civil society.  We’ve brought together leaders from across sectors and around the world both to talk about our challenges, and to commit publicly to actually do something about them.  It was something different, but our bet paid off: there was a hunger for the chance to make an impact that brought together people and organizations with the resources to make a difference with people who have the knowledge and experience to turn good ideas into action.  Corporations, governments, and non-governmental organizations began combining their strengths and finding entirely new approaches to old problems.  CGI quickly became an embodiment of what works best in the 21st-century world, and what has been behind all of the Clinton Foundation’s work since the very beginning: networks of cooperation.

This partnership model, which may seem self-evident today, was simply not how philanthropy and corporate responsibility worked over a decade ago.  Today, members of the Clinton Global Initiative have made more than 3,500 commitments that are already improving over 430 million lives in more than 180 countries.  These projects will continue to make an impact around the world and in the U.S.  The idea that working together beats going it alone has caught on well beyond our CGI community.

It’s been one of the great honors of my life to be part of this special community, and I hope the hard work and benefits of CGI’s great staff and its members’ creative cooperation will keep rippling out into the world.  The commitment model has been adopted by other forums and I hope that more will do so, or that new organizations will arise to do this work.  While this year will be the last for the CGI Annual Meeting and CGI America, I hope and believe we can and should preserve CGI University (CGI U), our meeting that brings university students together to develop innovative solutions to important challenges in the U.S. and around the world.

In addition to continuing CGI U and all of the activities of the Clinton Presidential Center, the Foundation will also continue those domestic programs that can be maintained with the funding restrictions we announced today.

The process of determining the Clinton Foundation’s future if Hillary becomes President has not been easy.  It’s an unprecedented situation, so there’s no blueprint to follow.  Part of what has made the Foundation successful over the last 15 years has been our understanding that solving problems and creating opportunities faster, better, and in the most cost-effective way sometimes means changing course.

Working alongside so many passionate people around the world who share our goals and believe in our approach has made these 15 years one of the most rewarding chapters of my life, as I know it has been for Chelsea.  While my role in that work will change, the work itself should continue because so many people are committed to it and so many more are relying on it.

Chelsea and I are very proud of what the Clinton Foundation, its affiliates, and its partners have accomplished, and we are profoundly grateful to the staff, to those who have funded our work, and to all the people with whom we have worked and from whom we have learned so much.  We will try to be faithful to them, their values, and their work in effecting this transition as quickly and effectively as possible.

Sincerely,

Bill Clinton

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The Clinton Foundation convenes businesses, governments, NGOs, and individuals to improve global health and wellness, increase opportunity for girls and women, reduce childhood obesity, create economic opportunity and growth, and help communities address the effects of climate change.

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HFA Statement on Donald Trump’s Clinton Foundation Attacks

Hillary for America Chair John Podesta released the following statement:

“The Foundation has already laid out the unprecedented steps the charity will take if Hillary Clinton becomes president.  Donald Trump needs to come clean with voters about his complex network of for-profit businesses that are hundreds of millions of dollars in debt to big banks, including the state-owned Bank of China, and other business groups with ties to the Kremlin. Donald Trump should stop hiding behind fake excuses and release his tax returns  and immediately disclose the full extent of his business interests. He must commit to fully divesting himself from all of his business conflicts to ensure that he is not letting his own financial interests affect decisions made by his potential administration.”

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Hillary returned to the State Department in early September to  join predecessors Henry Kissinger, James Baker, Madeleine Albright, and Colin Powell as well as her successor, John Kerry, for a ceremonial ground-breaking for  the U.S. Diplomacy Center.

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09/04/14
Las Vegas NV
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
Keynote: National Clean Energy Summit 7.0

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09/05/14
Mexico
Scholarship Event for Carlos Slim

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She also met with Mexican President Pena Nieto.
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On September 8, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush launched the  Presidential Leadership Scholars Initiative at the Newseum in DC while Hillary looked on proudly.
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09/09/14
Washington DC
Clinton Residence
DSCC Fundraiser

09/12/14
New York NY
Riverside Church
Maya Angelou Memorial

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09/12/14
New York NY
Ford Foundation
‘Women and Girls Rising’ Roosevelt Institute Conference
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09/14/14
Indianola, IA
Harkin Steak Fry
Keynote speech
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09/15/14
Washington DC
Omni Shoreham
Legal Services Corporation 40th Anniversary

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09/16/14
New York NY
United Federation of Teachers’ Manhattan headquarters.
9/11 Health Watch Fundraiser

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09/18/14
Washington DC
Center for American Progress
Women’s Pay & Economic Equity

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09/19/14
Washington DC
DNC’s Women’s Leadership Forum

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09/21-24/14
New York, NY
Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers
10th Annual Clinton Global Initiative

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Two days later, Chelsea gave birth to Charlotte.  What a smart and thoughtful baby to wait till Mommy, Daddy, Grandma and Grandpa finished CGI!

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09/29/14
New York NY
Fundraiser for NY/NJ Democrats

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Hillary did cancel some events the following Monday down in the DC area.  President Clinton subbed for her at one of these events.

09/30/14
Washington DC
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, 2014 Public Policy Conference
CANCELED

09/30/14
Potomac MD
Private home
Fundraiser for Anthony G. Brown
WJC SUBSTITUTED

09/30/14
Washington DC
Capitol Hill law firm (unnamed)
Fundraiser for Lou D’Allesandro
CANCELED

Here is the archive for September 2014  >>>>

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In September 2010 at the Clinton Global Initiative, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the establishment of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.   A public-private partnership led by the United Nations Foundation, the alliance seeks to introduce clean cookstoves to 100 million homes worldwide by the year 2020.  Toxic fumes from cooking devices that consume solid fumes kill nearly two million people a year and represent one of the top five health risks in poor and developing countries.

At the third annual meeting of the alliance, in September 2013, Hillary assumed the leadership chair at the alliance.  Today, in New York City, she attended the USAID Cookstoves Future Summit where she spoke to donors, activists and members of the media on the importance of this initiative.

The United States Announces Significant Support for the Clean Cooking Sector and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 21, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah, and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy today announced up to $200 million in expected renewed and enhanced support by the United States for the clean cooking sector and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (Alliance).

These actions will help improve health, reduce environmental degradation, mitigate climate change, and generate economic empowerment and opportunity for women and girls.

Building on the United States’ initial commitment from 2011-2015, these new expected contributions bring the cumulative anticipated U.S. contribution commitment to this sector and the Alliance up to $325 million through 2020.

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Went to summit yesterday w/global & industry leaders focused on a worthy mission. Cooking shouldn’t kill.

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As CGI 2014 drew to a close this week, new initiatives and an action network were announced indicating expansion of attention to additional issues and regions including ocean conservation, the Mediterranean, and a CGI Middle East and Africa Meeting.

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Clinton Global Initiative to hold Oceans: A CGI Action Network Meeting in Boston in March 2015

The first CGI meeting of its kind will bring together leaders from business, government, civil society and philanthropy to address ocean conservation

New York, NY – President Bill Clinton, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton announced today that the Clinton Global Initiative will hold its first Action Network Meeting regarding oceans in March, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.

“We are excited that CGI is hosting Oceans: A CGI Action Network Meeting,” said President Clinton. “Maintaining the health and resilience of our oceans is a critical environmental challenge, and leaders from across the globe will come together in Boston next year to address this very important task. We look forward to seeing how the CGI model will encourage the large-scale cooperative solutions needed in ocean conservation.”

This meeting will be the first large-scale convening for the Oceans Action Network, launched in 2012 as part of the Environmental Stewardship focus area of the Clinton Global Initiative. The meeting will bring together leaders from business, government, civil society and philanthropy to address ocean conservation.

The Oceans Action Network was launched in 2012 to discuss and debate methods for creating lasting, positive impacts on ocean conservation while breaking down obstacles in the way of these efforts. To date, CGI members’ work in this area has yielded more than 20 commitments that will impact more than 9,000 lives and 49,000 square miles of oceans by improving fisheries, regenerating coastal ecosystems, and creating more sustainable market models for the industries that depend on oceans.

Support for Oceans: A CGI Action Network Meeting is generously provided by The Waitt Foundation.

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Clinton Global Initiative to Host CGI Mediterranean in June 2015 in Athens, Greece

First CGI meeting in Greece will bring leaders from business, government, civil society, and philanthropy to address economic and social challenges in the region

New York, NY — Today at the 10th Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, President Bill Clinton, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton announced the CGI Mediterranean meeting, to be held in Athens, Greece in June 2015.

“The CGI Mediterranean meeting will bring leaders together to address critical regional challenges such as youth unemployment and social and economic volatility through new Commitments to Action, and to showcase the region’s enormous potential for growth,” said President Bill Clinton.

“I’ve been honored to serve as a CGI convening sponsor for the past five years. I love the CGI ethos of turning ideas into action. That’s why, today, I am proud to announce I will sponsor the first CGI Mediterranean event to bring the Clinton Global Initiative legacy of leadership and action to my own country,” said Ambassador Gianna Angelopoulos, who joined President Clinton for the announcement and is the founding sponsor of CGI Mediterranean.

In addition to the CGI Annual Meeting in September, CGI hosts a number of convenings throughout the year, including CGI America and CGI University. For the past two years, Ambassador Angelopoulos has encouraged Greek students to submit proposals to CGI University, and funded their projects after launch. CGI has also brought its model of commitment-making to international settings, as well as hosting issue-focused meetings to create partnerships and develop new Commitments to Action on a global challenge.

CGI Mediterranean continues that tradition. Participants will develop solutions for long-term economic growth and competitiveness for countries in the Mediterranean region by generating commitments in areas such as youth employment, economic development, job creation, and green growth.

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Clinton Global Initiative to Host Inaugural CGI Middle East and Africa Meeting in Spring 2015 in Marrakech
International convening will bring together leaders from business, government, and philanthropy to address regional and global issues

New York – At the 10th CGI Annual Meeting today, President Bill Clinton, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton announced that the Clinton Global Initiative will hold its inaugural CGI Middle East and Africa Meeting in the Spring of 2015 in Marrakech with a focus on economic development.

“CGI brings together leaders from all sectors of society, highlighting successes and creating opportunities to build partnerships to further social, economic, and environmental goals,” said President Clinton. “The Middle East and Africa have a youthful workforce, fast-growing economies, untapped natural resources, and enormous potential to thrive in the coming years.”

In addition to CGI’s Annual Meeting in September, CGI hosts a number of convenings throughout the year, including CGI America and CGI University. In recent years, CGI has brought its model of dialogue and commitment-making to an international setting, tailored to a specific region. This will be the third CGI International Meeting. In December 2008, CGI Asia in Hong Kong brought together several hundred leaders from across the continent to further strengthen social and global responsibility in Asia. In December 2013, CGI Latin America brought together key leaders from the private sector, government, civil society, and NGOs to address to the region’s most pressing challenges.

Follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative for upcoming meeting news and highlights.

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CGI 2014 wrapped up just minutes ago with new commitments.  This year there was an analysis of commitments that were not delivered along with an announcement from Hillary of specific areas that would benefit by being addressed with commitments. 

The day began with Hillary and such power brokers as Melinda Gates, Julia Gillard, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein taking on the challenge of equality for women and girls and education for girls – particularly secondary education which remains threatened in many parts of the world.

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commits to help 15 million girls get access to secondary school.

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The whole family was there for the closing plenary where Nelson Mandela’s widow Graça Machel accepted her Global Citizens Award and spoke.

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President Clinton, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, And Chelsea Clinton Call Members to Action on Final Day of 10th CGI Annual Meeting
Members made 188 new Commitments to Action, expected to impact nearly 4.9 million people. To date, more than 3,100 commitments have been made, improving the lives of over 430 million people in more than 180 countries.

                              

NEW YORK, NY – Today, President Bill Clinton, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton closed the 10th Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting by announcing new Commitments to Action and issuing a call to action to members in four critical issue areas: addressing energy poverty around the world, tackling food insecurity and hunger in the United States, increasing access to water, and responding the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Over three days, CGI members made 188 new Commitments to Action, expected to impact nearly 4.9 million lives around the world when fully funded and implemented.

Highlights from the final day of the Annual Meeting included:

  • Featured speakers included: President Bill Clinton, Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative, 42nd President of the United States; Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former U.S. Secretary of State and U.S. Senator from New York; Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation; Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan; Cady Coleman, Astronaut, NASA; Katie Couric, Global Anchor, Yahoo News; Peter H. Diamandis, Chairman and Founder, X PRIZE Foundation; Melinda Gates, Co-chair and Trustee, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, 2011, President, Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa; Hikmet Ersek, President, CEO and Director, The Western Union Company;  David Leonhardt, Editor, The Upshot, The New York Times;  Graça Machel, Founder, Graça Machel Trust and Foundation for Community Development;  Nilofar Sakhi, Chief Executive Officer, American University of Afghanistan; and Reid Wiseman, Astronaut, NASA , Commander, U.S. NAVY
  • Melinda Gates joined Secretary Clinton to examine the progress that has been made since the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing and what challenges remain.
  • CNN’s Erin Burnett hosted a retrospective conversation on lessons learned since CGI was founded. Participants included President Bill Clinton, Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative; 42nd President of the United States; Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, Queen of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Tony Blair, Former Prime Minister, United Kingdom; Ashley Judd, Actor, Author, Advocate, Population Services International; Zainab Salbi, Founder, Executive Producer and Co-Creator, Women for Women International; The Trials of Spring.
  • The Haiti Action Network joined together to highlight the work of the group and debate how members can continue designing and implementing Commitments to Action that build local capacity and have clear exit strategies to enable Haiti to prosper far into the future.
  • A discussion hosted by CNN’s Sanjay Gupta discussed the importance of investing in early childhood education and development. Participants included Geoffrey Canada, President, Harlem Children’s Zone; Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; Nadine Burke Harris, Founder and CEO, Center for Youth Wellness; Cindy McCain, Founding Member, Eastern Congo Initiative; and Rosemarie T. Truglio, Senior Vice President, Global Education Content, Sesame Workshop.
  • CGI members discussed their current efforts underway to combat the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa and explored ways to leverage partnerships in response to the outbreak.
  • At the closing, Secretary Clinton had a conversation with Graça Machel, Founder, Graça Machel Trust and Foundation for Community Development, and presented her with the Clinton Global Citizen Award for Civil Service

In the closing plenary, Secretary Clinton issued calls to action to members to develop innovative commitments in four issue areas:

  • Committing to make dramatic progress on energy access and energy poverty. As many as 1.3 billion people around the world do not have access to electricity today;
  • Helping communities around the world get the clean water they need. In the majority of developed countries, access to clean water is often taken for granted, but worldwide 780 million people lack access because of poor quality or insufficient supplies;
  • Increasing access to and improving the affordability of healthy food in low-income communities across America. An estimated 15 percent of all American households, or roughly 49 million Americans, experience food insecurity or hunger;
  • Providing immediate assistance and strengthening health systems to respond to the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

The Annual Meeting is sponsored by Ambassador Gianna Angelopoulos, HSBC Bank USA, N.A., Hult Prize Foundation, Starkey Hearing Foundation, Victor Pinchuk Foundation,  Barclays, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Coca-Cola Company, Ford Foundation, Monsanto, P&G, Rockefeller Foundation, United Postcode Lotteries, Varkey Gems Foundation, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Cisco, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women, NRG Energy, PWC, Blackstone, Deutsche Bank, ExxonMobil, HP, Inter-American Development Bank, InterEnergy, Laureate International Universities, Microsoft, Standard Chartered Bank, Swiss Re, Western Union, APCO Worldwide, Diageo, Jive, and Knoll.

Commitments announced in Plenary Sessions today include:

CHARGE: Collaborative for Harnessing Ambition and Resources for Girls’ Education

At the 2014 CGI annual meeting, the Center on Universal Education at the Brookings Institution will commit to create CHARGE (The Collaborative for Harnessing Ambition and Resources for Girls Education), a global collective of public, private, and grassroots organizations working to advance the “second generation” of global girl’s education. With more than 30 partners, including the United States, Nepal, the United Kingdom, No Ceilings, Pearson, CHIME for Change, and Discovery Communications – CHARGE has already pledged nearly $600 million to reach 15 million girls over the next 5 years. Working to develop and advance solutions for the most pressing challenges, the partners commit to closing persistent gaps and improving the quality, safety, and security of girls’ secondary education worldwide. The collaborative will chart a new path in this pursuit by focusing on a unique five-step agenda that will: Keep girls in school; Ensure school safety and security; Improve quality of learning; Support transitions from and out of school; and Support girls’ education leaders/workers in developing countries to fulfill these goals.

Connected Women: Driving Gender Equity Through Digital Economy
Commitment by: GSM Association
Partner(s): Ooredoo, Qualcomm, A.T. Kearney

In 2014, GSM Association and its partners committed to develop the Connected Women program to increase women’s participation in the mobile economy. The first part of the program includes a comprehensive research project to assess women’s wants and needs surrounding mobile technology. Upon completion of the research, the mobile network operators working in partnership with Connected Women, including Ooredoo, Qualcomm, Roshan, and Smart Communications, will utilize the information collected to implement programs and services for their female customers. In 2010, research found that 300 million fewer women than men owned a mobile phone and women are 21 percent less likely to own a phone in low and middle income countries. The Connected Women program will generate information about the socio-economic benefits of greater inclusion of women at all points in the mobile industry continuum from consumer to employee to leader, and then work with industry players to create opportunity.

Dhaka to Harlem: Empowering Women as Engines of Growth
Commitment by: Grameen America

In 2014, Grameen America committed to opening a new branch of its micro-lending service in Harlem, New York, pledging to provide $50 million to 7,000 women business owners in the area over 5 years. Since 2006, when Grameen opened its first New York branch in Queens, the organization has expanded to 18 branches in 11 cities, lending $171 million to nearly 33,000 low income women entrepreneurs across the country. Starting in October with 500 women, Grameen will provide entrepreneurs with funding and financial training on savings, credit maintenance and interest rates.

Rework America: Markle Economic Future Initiative
Commitment by: The Markle Foundation

In 2014, the Markle Foundation made a $50 million commitment to launch the “Rework America” Initiative, providing technological training for the modern business world to college age and continuing education participants later in life. Students will have access to a classroom and online learning environment utilizing models developed by the University presidents of Arizona State University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, providing participants with real world skills they might not learn in a university environment.

Ebola Response: Air Bridge Support
Commitment by: Airlink
Partner(s): Paul G. Allen Foundation; Greenbaum Foundation; ChildFund International; AmeriCares; Direct Relief; AFYA Foundation; LIFT; ALAN (American Logistics Aid Network); Brussels Airlines; Western Global Airlines

In 2014, Airlink committed to transporting between 100 and 500 tons of material aid cargo by air to Western Africa by year-end 2014 with the help of its partners. The actual amount that Airlink will ship will depend on the length of time that an air bridge is called for in Western Africa before slower forms of transportation become sufficient to serve the requirement for material aid.

Emergency Solar Lighting for Ebola Relief Teams
Commitment by: Econet Wireless Group

Econet Wireless, a global telecommunications company with operations and investments in a dozen African markets, and its subsidiary company, Solarway, will provide $100,000 worth of solar power lanterns (totaling 5,000 lanterns) to support relief teams working to treat, contain and prevent the Ebola virus disease outbreak in the three worst affected countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The solar power lanterns will provide medical and relief workers with lighting in areas where there is limited or no access to electricity. The lanterns, which come with a solar panel, can be hung as room lights and provide up to 20 hours of light from one full charge. The lanterns also come with a port for charging all types of mobile phones to support improved communications and coordination. Econet Wireless will partner with relief agencies on the ground to ensure 5,000 solar power lanterns are delivered and distributed to frontline public health workers most in need of sustainable lighting solutions.

Combating Ebola: Airlift of 100 Tons of Medical Aid
Commitment by: Direct Relief
Partner(s): Wellbody Alliance – Sierra Leone; Medical Research Centre – Sierra Leone; CDC – Sierra Leone; Last Mile Health – Liberia; Christian Aid Ministries – Liberia; CDC – Liberia; Africare – Libreria; Ministry of Health/National Drug Services – Liberia; Merck; Becton, Dickinson and Company

In response to the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, Direct Relief committed to sending more than 100 tons of urgently needed personal protective equipment (PPE), medical supplies, and medicines to its partners on the ground in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Partners on the ground 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.

Fighting Ebola: Strengthening Rural Health
Commitment by: Partners in Health and Last Mile Health
Partner(s): Wellbody Alliance; Direct Relief

Partners In Health, Last Mile Health (Liberia) and Wellbody Alliance (Sierra Leone) have launched a coalition to scale-up rural Ebola response efforts and rebuild primary health systems in two of the most-affected countries: Liberia and Sierra Leone. The Coalition builds on over 40 years of collective experience (including 15 combined years in Liberia and Sierra Leone) in strengthening public health systems in partnership with Ministries of Health; and integrating research, teaching, and service to deliver high-quality, comprehensive health care to the poor.

The Hult Prize
Commitment by: Hult International Business School

In 2010, the Hult International Business School committed to bring together MBA and undergraduate business students from schools around the world together to come up with innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing social problems. Every year, teams from around the globe compete to win recognition for their consulting efforts and $1 million dollars in funding to put their project into practice. Past winners include Cambridge University’s 2011 mPanni plan, now a functioning company in Mumbai, India that provides mobile technology for increased social impact to underserved communities. The 2014 Challenge was to find solutions to non-communicable diseases in urban slums. This year’s winner was NanoHealth, which will be awarded $1 million in start-up capital for their proposal to use innovative technology to create micro-insurance health networks for slum dwellers. After presentations, NanoHealth was announced as the winner at the Hult Prize Dinner on Tuesday.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Initiative – Peru
Commitment By: Goldman Sachs Foundation

In 2009, the Goldman Sachs Foundation committed to build on their global 10,000 Women initiative by joining with the Inter-American Development Bank’s Multilateral Investment Fund and the Thunderbird School of Global Management to provide women entrepreneurs in Peru with quality business education and enhanced access to capital. In cooperation with Mibanco, a leading provider of loans to small and micro entrepreneurs, this training will offer more than 700 high-potential small business owners with the specialized training, access to capital, networking, and mentoring necessary to significantly grow their businesses.  Today, 728 women are certified, exceeding the target of 700; 200 women entrepreneurs received one-on-one mentoring, exceeding the target of 120.

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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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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:

Participants:

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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