President Clinton participated in a panel discussion on prescription drug abuse in the morning, and hosted the CGI Mid-Year Meeting in the afternoon.
Clinton joined New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, New York University President John Sexton, and National Institute on Drug Abuse Director Dr. Nora Volkow MD, for a panel discussion moderated by the Wall Street Journal’s Melinda Beck on prescription drug abuse.
The panel shed light on the issue of prescription drug misuse, particularly among 18 to 26 year olds, and how the Clinton Foundation’s Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI), the New York City Police Department, and others plan to contribute solutions in New York and nationwide.
CHMI made a five year pledge to put the United States on a path to eliminate the chronic prescription drug abuse challenge by the beginning of the next decade, and to help non-medical prescription drug users get on a safer, healthier path in life. Through a direct program, the Initiative will cut in half the number of 18 to 26-years-olds who misuse prescription drugs for the first time, focusing especially on college campuses and the workplace, through pledges that raise consumer and public awareness, advance business practice change, and mobilize communities.
In the afternoon, President Clinton, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Mayor Eduardo Paes of Rio De Janeiro announced details for CGI Latin America and President Clinton and Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a new CGI commitment from the C40 Climate Leadership Group in partnership with the Clinton Foundation.
President Clinton, Mayor Bloomberg, and Mayor Paes also joined Mindy Lubber, President and CEO, Ceres; Ruth Porat, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Morgan Stanley; and Judith Rodin, President, The Rockefeller Foundation for a panel discussion on how cities and the private sector can work together to advance climate adaptation, investment in green infrastructure and urban resilience.
Earlier in the day, Chelsea Clinton opened the 2013 CGI Mid-Year Meeting, a day dedicated to mobilizing CGI members around their Commitments to Action and galvanizing new partnerships in advance of the 2013 Annual Meeting to be held in September 23-26 in New York.