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Clinton Global Initiative Members Continue Contributions to Reaching UN Millennium Development Goals

September 24, 2008

New York City - The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and the United Nations today announced plans to continue their joint efforts towards addressing global challenges and achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Since 2005, nearly 20 CGI commitments have been made in partnership with the United Nations. During this week's fourth CGI Annual Meeting, more than 10 new commitments involving various UN agencies will be announced.

"Through their Commitments to Action, CGI members are delivering practical, tangible solutions that have furthered international efforts towards realizing the eight antipoverty targets," said Amir A. Dossal, executive director of the UN Office for Partnerships, following a CGI-United Nations joint press conference last week. "CGI provides a forum for the public, private and non-governmental sectors to work together and devise lasting solutions to the world's pressing issues."

"The objectives of the Clinton Global Initiative closely align with the Millennium Development Goals," said CGI Chief Executive Bob Harrison. "President Clinton's goal of 'democratizing' the achievement of the MDGs—so that we all do our part—is on its way to being realized, in part through the work of CGI members."

Since its inception in 2005, CGI members have made nearly 1,000 commitments valued at upwards of $30 billion, impacting more than 200 million lives in over 150 countries. These commitments come from non-profits, corporations, foundations, governments, universities, think tanks and individuals.

More than 230 CGI commitments have been fully completed and have already helped to reduce poverty and hunger, work towards education for all, combat disease, increase environmental sustainability and more.

Attendees at CGI's fourth Annual Meeting will include UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Prime Minister Gordon Brown of the UK, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, President Shimon Peres of Israel, Senator John McCain, Lance Armstrong, Bono, Craig Barrett, Bill Gates, John Chambers, several heads of UN agencies and many others. Senator Barack Obama will also address CGI via satellite.


About the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)
Established in 2005 as a project of the non-partisan William J. Clinton Foundation, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges. Since 2005, CGI members have made nearly 1,000 Commitments to Action valued at upwards of $30 billion to improve more than 200 million lives in over 150 countries around the world. Through past Annual Meetings, CGI has brought together more than 80 current and former heads of state, hundreds of top CEOs and non-profit leaders, major philanthropists, and 10 of the last 16 Nobel Peace Prize laureates.

The CGI community also includes: CGI University (CGI U), a forum to engage college students in global citizenship; CGI Asia, the first in a series of regional CGI meetings; and, MyCommitment.org, an online portal where anybody can make their own Commitment to Action. For more details on CGI and the 2008 Annual Meeting, please visit ClintonGlobalInitiative.org.

About the United Nations Office for Partnerships 
www.un.org/partnerships

The United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP) serves as a gateway for public-private partnerships with the United Nations system, in furtherance of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The Office oversees three areas:

1. Partnership Advisory Services and Outreach to a variety of entities, including academic institutions, companies, foundations, government agencies and civil society organizations. Investment in high-impact initiatives is encouraged by:

  • Advising on UN procedures and best practices
  • Assisting in the design of programs and projects
  • Advising on the conversion of Global Compact principles into practice
  • Helping to establish and, in some cases, manage global and regional networks
  • Advocating use of the MDGs as a framework for action

2. The United Nations Fund for International Partnerships (UNFIP) established by the Secretary-General in March 1998 to serve as the interface for the partnership between the UN system and the UN Foundation—the public charity responsible for administering Ted Turner’s $1 billion contribution in support of UN causes. The United Nations Partnership with Ted Turner’s philanthropy has enabled the UN family to find creative solutions to global problems.

3. The United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF), established by the Secretary-General in July 2005 to support democratization throughout the world, focuses on supporting democratic institutions, promoting human rights and ensuring the participation of all groups in democratic processes.

Based at the United Nations headquarters in New York, UNOP works under the leadership of Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro, deputy secretary-general of the United Nations, and is headed by Amir Dossal, executive director.

UNOP aims to help the underprivileged by harnessing the interest, competencies and resources across sectors. Working with leaders in business and civil society, the Partnership Office provides a platform for strategic policy dialogue and engages financial, technical and management expertise to achieve the 8 Millennium Development Goals.

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