This year’s Annual Meeting will celebrate how the CGI community has improved the lives of millions around the world.
Featured participants include Andrew Holness, Prime Minister, Jamaica; Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister, Sweden; Mauricio Macri, President, Argentina; Matteo Renzi, Prime Minister, Italy; Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, President, Colombia; Aleksandar Vucic, Prime Minister, Serbia; Camil Durakovic, Mayor, Municipality of Srebrenica; Sadiq Khan, Mayor, London; Ben Affleck, Actor, Filmmaker, and Founder, Eastern Congo Initiative; Madeleine K. Albright, Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group; General John Allen (ret. USMC), former Commander, International Security Assistance Forces, and Commander, United States Forces – Afghanistan; Andrea Bocelli, Recording Artist and Founder, Andrea Bocelli Foundation; Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO; Jon Bon Jovi, Founder, Chairman, JBJ Soul Foundation; Bono, Lead Singer, U2, Co-founder, ONE Campaign and (RED); John T. Chambers, Executive Chairman, Cisco; Adi Godrej, Chairman Godrej Group, Godrej Industries Limited; Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Director, Peace Corps; Mo Ibrahim, Chairman, Mo Ibrahim Foundation; Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group; Sallie Krawcheck, Co-Founder and CEO, Ellevest; Carolyn Miles, President and CEO, Save the Children; Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer, Unilever; Cecile Richards, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc.; Carlos Slim Helú, Founder, Fundación Carlos Slim; Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder and CEO, Chobani; Andrew P. Witty, Chief Executive Officer, GSK; and more
“I started CGI in 2005 because I believed people wanted to come together and work together to solve big problems and seize key opportunities. As we approach the 12th and last Annual Meeting, I am very proud that our community has impacted the lives of more than 430 million people through more than 3,500 Commitments to Action,” said President Clinton. “It has changed the landscape of modern philanthropy. Putting ideas into action is no longer the exception but the rule. I look forward to seeing new Commitments to Action announced which will continue to improve lives long into the future.”
“Every year, CGI’s Annual Meeting has been a place where we see unlikely partnerships form – in the hallways, at a discussion table, or right on stage,” said Chelsea Clinton. “I’m excited to see what partnerships emerge this year to tackle challenges in education, global health and development broadly – and to look back and continue to learn from the impact of CGI partnerships through the years on pivotal issues like Ebola relief, disaster response, increased opportunities for girls and women, climate change, and sustainable economic development.”
CGI built a forum for government, business, and civil society to come together and turn ideas into action through the Commitment to Action model — the defining feature of CGI. Since the first Annual Meeting in 2005, CGI has brought together nearly 190 sitting and former heads of state, more than 20 Nobel Prize laureates, hundreds of business, philanthropic, non-profit leaders, and influential civic voices. Timed to continue the dialogue on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the CGI Annual Meeting has guided members to expand and replicate proven solutions to pressing challenges.
What started with 600 commitments in 100 countries in CGI’s first two years has since grown to more than 3,500 commitments spanning more than 180 countries, which have improved the lives of over 430 million people. Because of the CGI community:
• More than 46 million children have access to a better education;
• More than 2.7 billion metric tons of CO2 were cut or abated;
• More than 11 million girls and women have been supported through empowerment initiatives;
• More than $313 million in research and development funds have been spent on new vaccines, medicines, and diagnostics; and,
• More than 27 million people have increased access to safe drinking water and sanitation.
On the evening of Monday, September 19th, the 10th Annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards will be held during a special ceremony to honor outstanding individuals for their exemplary leadership and groundbreaking work which has effected positive social change. This year’s ceremony will honor and feature a performance by Jon Bon Jovi. The award recognizes the ten year anniversary of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, which focuses on the issues of affordable housing and hunger in the U.S. through community development initiatives. Additional honorees include President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia for his commitment to establish peace in Colombia following a 50 year civil war; Dr. Hawa Abdi for her work to provide refuge, quality healthcare, education and entrepreneurship opportunities to all Somalis; Adi Godrej for transforming his family’s multinational company into a leader of social and environmental value creation; and Nadia Mura for the courage to tell her story and be a voice for the thousands of women and children who have been trafficked in situations of conflict. Special appearances will include Andrea Bocelli who will perform with the Voices of Haiti Choir; Sister Mary Scullion who will present the award to Jon Bon Jovi; Iman, who will present the award to Dr. Hawa Abdi; Luis A. Moreno who will present the award to President Santos; and Advija Ibrahimovic, who will present the award to Nadia Murad.
Media participants include Ben Osborne, Editor-in-Chief, Bleacher Report; Becky Quick, Co-Anchor, “Squawk Box,” CNBC; Pilar Guzmán, Editor-in-Chief, Condé Nast Traveler; Catherine Cheney, Global Development Reporter, Devex; Raj Kumar, President & Editor-in-Chief, Devex; Max Schorr, Co-Founder and Director, GOOD; Lara Setrakian, Executive Editor and CEO, News Deeply; Kevin Delaney, Editor-in-Chief and Co-president, Quartz; Matthew Bishop, US Business Editor and New York Bureau Chief, The Economist, and Manoush Zomorodi, Host and Managing Editor of Note to Self, WNYC Studios.
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Support for the 2016 CGI Annual Meeting is generously provided by Ambassador Gianna Angelopoulos; APCO Worldwide; Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Cheniere Energy, Inc.; Cisco; Delos Living; Diageo PLC; Ford Foundation; HP; Hult International Business School; Inter-American Development Bank; InterEnergy; Jive; McDonald’s; Microsoft Philanthropies; NRG Energy, Inc.; Procter and Gamble; The Rockefeller Foundation, Starkey Hearing Foundation; Swiss Reinsurance Company; United Postcode Lotteries; Varkey Foundation; and Western Union.