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early september sees the formal opening of the year’s activities at the united nations building bringing heads of state galore into the city. security is immensely tight with roadblocks around the main hotels, sirens, heavily armed police and just about everyone not wearing earphones from an apple ipod is wearing the ubiquitous earpiece of the secret service. in addition to the opening of the un general assembly is the annual summit meeting of the clinton global initiative (or “cgi”). created and run by former us-president bill clinton the cgi meeting brings together an array of talent for philanthropic purposes. The attendance list is quite stunning. This year’s event included the following confirmed guests: Queen rania al-abdullah (jordan), prime minister silvio berlusconi (italy), prime minister gordon brown (uK), president felipe calderón hinojosa (mexico), president leonel fernández (dominican republic), president armando guebuza (mozambique), president ellen johnson-sirleaf (liberia), president paul Kagame (rwanda), president hamid Karzai (afghanistan), president shimon peres (israel), prime minister Kevin rudd (australia), president jalal Talabani (iraq), former prime minister Tony blair (uK), former president ernesto zedillo (mex3 6 | G LO BAL V ISION MAGA Z I NE
ico), former vice president al gore (united states), senator john mccain (arizona), senator barack obama (illinois), mayor bill white (houston), former senator bill frist (Tennessee), jacques aigrain (swiss re), muhammad ali (athletes for hope), bradbury anderson (best buy), lance armstrong (lance armstrong foundation), craig barrett (intel), maria bartiromo (cnbc), bono (one), Tom brokaw (nbc news), lester brown (earth policy institute), john chambers (cisco), peter chernin (news corporation), former army general wesley clark (ucla’s burkle center for international relations; emergya wind Technologies, bv), ian davis (mcKinsey & company), paul farmer (partners in health), bob geldof, david gergen (harvard university), neville isdell (The coca-cola company), wyclef jean (yéle haiti), ashley judd, robert f. Kennedy, jr. (riverkeeper alliance; nrdc), anne lauvergeon (areva), wangari maathai (green belt movement, Kenya), amre moussa (league of arab states), dikembe mutombo (dikembe mutombo foundation), r.K. pachauri (Teri), T. boone pickens (bp capital), victor pinchuk (The victor pinchuk foundation), carl pope (sierra club), judith rodin (rockefeller foundation), robert rubin (citi), joseph saunders (visa inc), josette
sheeran (world food programme), dominique strauss-Kahn (imf), barbara streisand (The streisand foundation), myron ullman (j.c. penny’s), ann veneman (unicef), and muhammad yunus (grameen bank). both united states presidential candidates had a role in the annual meeting. senator john mccain delivered the opening remarks live at the “integrated solutions: water, food and energy” plenary session whilst senator barack obama gave a general address to meeting participants via satellite.
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The summit itself is spread over a few days and is comprised of “set-piece” plenary sessions followed by break-out working groups. The following plenary session and working group topics were the basis for discussion and action at the 2008 annual meeting: • A Call to Action - explored the transformative capacity of business, government, and ngos to collaboratively develop and implement sustainable solutions for the major challenges that cgi is focusing on this year. • Generating Profits, Jobs, and Equitable Growth - highlighted solutions from the public and private sectors that are generating profits, driving sustainable economic
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growth, and creating high-quality jobs in both developed and developing nations. • Integrated Solutions: Water, Food, and Energy - discussed ways to use water more efficiently, expand food security, and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels to create a more sustainable future. • Meeting the Demands of Population Growth and Urbanization - featured policies for growing cities to build and strengthen infrastructure that can help countries transform population growth into an opportunity for development. • The Global Impact of Rural Innovation -
included information about business and technological innovations that serve rural communities that can also be applied around the world. The working sessions were divided into three segments and are designed to transform ideas into action. The first segment featured a panel discussion among three to four leaders already taking action on a specific issue. during the second segment, audience members collaboratively assessed opportunities for action through intimate, highly interactive table discussions led by knowledgeable, professionally trained facilitators. The final segment reconvened the larger discussion and through the use of information technology, enabled
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real-time analysis and summary of the many proposals for action developed during the table discussions. EdUCATION WORkING SESSIONS: • Global Expansion of Programs that Increase Quality Education • Providing Real Choices: what works for at-risk adolescent girls and boys? • Joint Session on Education and Global Health: expanding the school-health connection • Beyond Microfinance: strengthening business and entrepreneurship education for women in emerging economies ENERGy & CLIMATE CHANGE WORkING SESSIONS: ending energy waste renewables revolution clean Transport special session: climate change and poverty alleviation
GLOBAL HEALTH WORkING SESSIONS: healthy Transitions for adolescent girls expanding the global health workforce joint session on education and global health: expanding the school-health connection maternal and child nutrition POVERTy ALLEVIATION WORkING SESSIONS: strengthening livelihoods through financial services for the poor food security and poverty improving livelihoods in the wake of conflict special session: climate change and poverty alleviation on Tuesday, september 23, cgi launched cgi exchange, a new forum for cgi members to showcase their projects and accomplishments. This exhibition event will provided an opportunity for members to learn about commitments and network with other cgi members to build partnerships. on Thursday, september 25, president clinton hosted the second annual clinton global citizen awards, which recognizes extraordi-
nary individuals who have demonstrated innovative leadership in solving pressing global challenges. The ceremony was taped to broadcast as a special on cnbc, and hosted by maria bartiromo. Through their work, these honorees have proven that cross-sectors of society, including governments, corporations, philanthropists and non-governmental organizations, can work together successfully to implement and devise solutions that effect positive, lasting social change. as a non-profit organization, cgi depends upon sponsorship assistance to fund its operations and annual meeting. cgi sponsors in 2008 included golisano who was a major underwriter of the annual meeting. in addition, the bill and melinda gates foundation, the eli and edythe broad foundation, citi, the doris and donald fisher fund, green rubber, procter & gamble (p&g), cisco, the sultanate of oman, calyon, clsa, cnbc, deutsche bank, duke energy, The economist, energy developments and investments corporation, gsd&m’s idea city, the howard gilman foundation, hp, Knoll, microsoft, the rockefeller foundation, suzlon, swiss re, and Thomson reuters.
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