(Clinton Global Initiative Posting by Leah)
The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, is the premier global gathering for current and former heads of state, chief executives of corporations, philanthropists, thought leaders, prominent members of the media, and directors of nonprofit organizations. During the seventh Annual Meeting in New York City, members shared successful strategies, forged partnerships, and gained practical insights that they can use to enhance their work. Each member creates a Commitment to Action – a detailed plan for addressing a major global challenge in the areas of economic empowerment, education, environment & energy, and global health. The 2011 CGI Annual Meeting was held September 20 through September 22, 2011.
The 2011 CGI Annual Meeting plays host to hundreds of world leaders who want to take action on an unprecedented array of global challenges, including empowering girls and women, sustainable consumption, and economic growth and job creation. In response to these challenges, more than 1,200 attendees are expected to make more than 200 commitments at this year’s meeting. To date, CGI members have made more than 2,000 commitments, which have already improved the lives of 300 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued in excess of $63 billion.
The 2011 Annual Meeting attracts approximately 1,200 current and former heads of state, along with hundreds of business and nonprofit leaders. Featured participants scheduled included: Barack Obama, President of the United States; Frederik Reinfeldt, Prime Minister, Kingdom of Sweden; Eduardo Paes, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Federative Republic of Brazil; Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State; Luis Alberto Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank; Tony Blair, Former Prime Minster of the United Kingdom; Michelle Bachelet, Former President of Chile and First Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women; GroHarlem Brundtland, Former Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Norway; Muhammad Yunus, Founder, Grameen Bank; Rajiv Shah, Administrator, United States Agency for International Development; Chelsea Clinton; Trudie Styler & Sting; John Chambers, Chairman and CEO, Cisco; Bob Diamond, Chief Executive, Barclays; Andrew Liveris, Chairman, President, and CEO, The Dow Chemical Company; Bob McDonald, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO, Procter & Gamble; Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company; Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo; Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever; Jim Rogers, Chairman, President & CEO, Duke Energy; Helene D. Gayle, President and CEO, CARE United States of America; Vikki Spruill, CEO, the Ocean Conservancy; Mark Tercek, President and CEO, The Nature Conservancy; Dikembe Mutombo, Chairman and President, Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, Inc.; Geena Davis, Founder, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media; K’NAAN; Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO; Paul Farmer, Co-Founder, Partners in Health; Morgan Freeman, Co-Founder, Plan!t Now; Thomas Hicks, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, U.S. Department of the Navy; Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor, State of California; Sarah Jones, Playwright/Performer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador; Judith Rodin, President, The Rockefeller Foundation; Reeta Roy, President, CEO, MasterCard Foundation.
The Clinton Global Initiative convenes global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Since 2005, CGI Annual Meetings have brought together nearly 150 current and former heads of state, 18 Nobel Prize laureates, hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations, major philanthropists, directors of the most effective nongovernmental organizations, and prominent members of the media. These CGI members have made more than 2,000 commitments, which have already improved the lives of 300 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued in excess of $63 billion. In 2009, the Annual Meeting was named the No. 1 conference for CEOs. For more information, visit www.clintonglobalinitiative.org
(Source: Clinton Global Initiative)
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