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President Bill Clinton Concludes the Seventh Annual Meeting; Conversation between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton Closed a Day Dedicated to Empowering Girls and Women

September 22, 2011

CGI members have now made more than 2,100 commitments, which have improved the lives of nearly 400 million people in more than 180 countries since 2005, including new commitments announced at the 2011 Annual Meeting

Today’s featured participants included Kredrik Reinfeldt, prime minister, Kingdom of Sweeden; Paul Kagame, president of the Republic of Rwanda; Michelle Bachelet, former president of the Republic of Chile; Melanne Verveer, ambassador-at-large for Global Women’s Issues, U.S. Department of State; John Chambers, chairman and chief executive officer, Cisco; Tarja K. Halonen, president, Republic of Finland; Andrew N. Liveris, chairman and CEO, the Dow Chemical Company; Bob McDonald, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Procter & Gamble; Muhammad Yunus, chairman, Yunus Centre; Fazle Hasan Abed, founder and chairperson, BRAC; Judith Rodin, president, the Rockefeller Foundation; Chef José Andrés, owner, ThinkFoodGroup;

President Clinton announced the fifth Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) meeting to convene March 30-April 1, 2012 in Washington, D.C. at George Washington University


New York, NY – The final day of the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative began with an emphasis on scaling what works for girls and women with a panel of experts, including Paul Kagame, president of the Republic of Rwanda; Michelle Bachelet, former president of the Republic of Chile; Muhammad Yunus, chairman, Yunus Centre; and Karim Khoja, chairman and CEO, Roshan. The panel discussed how to engage boys and men as part of the equation to empower girls and women. Melanna Ververr, Ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues at the U.S. Department of State, also delivered opening remarks in today’s session.

Concluding the 2011 Annual Meeting, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was joined on stage by her daughter Chelsea Clinton for a conversation on current affairs including the Arab Spring, the role of technology in an ever-changing world, empowering girls and women, climate change, freedom of expression, and managing our finite resources with a growing population.

Each year I am impressed, inspired, and humbled by the work of our members, who have now made more than 2,100 commitments, worth $69.2 billion, which have improved the lives of nearly 400 million people,” said President Clinton. “CGI is a powerful reminder of how much ordinary citizens can make an incredible impact and solve some of today’s most pressing challenges.”

President Bill Clinton and Tina Brown announced new commitments to support girls and women by Newsweek Daily Beast, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, Vital Voices, Women for Women International, GEMS Education, UNESCO, and Educate Girls Globally. These commitments will build awareness of women’s issues around the world through the newly created Women in the World Foundation and media platform, provide professional, leadership development courses for public school principals in the developing world, and educate girls in India and Tanzania through a community school model.

Secretary Clinton, along with Chef José Andrés, announced a progress report on the Clean Cookstoves commitment that was first announced at the 2010 Annual Meeting. Made by the UN Foundation and a group of public and private-sector partners, the commitment launched the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves with the goal of enabling 100 million households to adopt clean, efficient cookstoves by the year 2020. In its first year, the Alliance raised more than $85 million.

John Chambers, chairman and chief executive officer, Cisco; Tarja K. Halonen, president, Republic of Finland; Andrew N. Liveris, chairman and CEO, the Dow Chemical Company; Bob McDonald, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Procter & Gamble; and Judith Rodin, president, the Rockefeller Foundation joined together for a special session focused on game-changing innovation. From portable healthcare clinics in India to smartphones that track crop prices in sub-Saharan Africa, these global leaders explored how groundbreaking new technologies are expanding global economic opportunities and creating social value.

President Clinton also announced that the fifth Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) meeting will convene March 30-April 1, 2012 in Washington, D.C. at George Washington University. CGI U brings together nearly 1,300 students, national youth organizations, topic experts, and celebrities. The application is now available at

For descriptions of all the commitments announced today, please see below. A complete list of all CGI commitments is available here:


The following progress reports were announced today:

African Artists for Development (CGI 2007)

Commitment by: Tilder

Summary: In 2007, Tilder committed to create African Artists for Development (AAD). Using artists as community ambassadors, AAD launched a series of projects to improve HIV testing sanitation, as well as a host of health, education, and poverty alleviation projects in Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cameroon, Benin, and South Africa. One of AAD's projects was to commission a Congolese artist to develop a comic strip that delivers HIV/AIDS education. This November, 100,000 copies of the comic book will be distributed at no cost to schools, universities, and villages throughout the Congo.


Comprehensive Cervical Cancer Prevention Program (CGI 2009)

Commitment by: Merck

Summary: In 2009, Merck and QIAGEN committed to vaccinate 1.5 million girls against HPV and screen 500,000 women. These partners have joined the government of Rwanda in launching a comprehensive cervical cancer prevention program, which has already made two doses of the HPV vaccine available to approximately 97 percent of eligible girls.


Gender Responsive Pedagogy Training (CGI 2007)

Commitment by: Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE)

Summary: Since its 2007 CGI commitment, FAWE has trained more than 500 teachers in Africa in gender sensitivity. It now commits to strengthen its girls’ education Research Center. By 2015, the Center will produce 20 research studies, many conducted by women. FAWE will nurture the skills of female academic researchers, and disseminate their findings to policymakers through websites, conferences, seminars, and workshops.


Girls, Women, and Communities Transforming West Africa (CGI 2008)

Commitment by: Tostan, The Nike Foundation, The Greenbaum Foundation, Hewlett-Packard

Summary: Tostan will expand their successful education program in six West African countries, empowering women to curb female genital cutting and other harmful practices. Tostan has already provided education to more than 12,000 women and girls in rural Senegal, where students have created songs, dances, and poetry inspired by traditional culture.


High-Impact Entrepreneurship: India & Sub-Saharan Africa (CGI 2007)

Commitment by: Omidyar Network

The Omidyar Network launched four funds to support impact investing, totaling more than $100 million. A pioneer impact investor, the Network has supported key organizations, including three with commitments announced on stage at the 2011 CGI Annual Meeting: Ignia, Grassroots Business Fund, and the GIIN.


ImpactAssets 50 (CGI 2010)

Commitment by: The Cordes Foundation

The Cordes Foundation fulfilled their 2010 commitment by establishing the ImpactAssets 50, an index that provides financial advisors and those interested in impact investing with a place to begin.


Scaling up Adoption of Clean and Efficient Cookstoves (CGI 2010)

Commitment by: Self Employed Women’s Association Women’s Association, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, Dow Corning, ThinkFoodGroup, U.S. Department of State

Summary: At the 2010 CGI Annual Meeting, the UN Foundation and a group of public and private-sector partners committed to launch the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, with the goal of enabling 100 million households to adopt clean, efficient cookstoves by the year 2020. In its first year, the Alliance has raised over $85 million. They are in the process of developing indoor air quality guidelines and testing stove models. The U.S. Department of State and USAID have contributed $750,000 for clean cookstoves in the Horn of Africa. By the end of this year, the Alliance will distribute 200,000 stoves.


Teach for All (CGI 2007)

Commitment by: Teach for All

Summary: In 2007, Teach For America and Teach First UK launched Teach For All, a global network of organizations that marshal the talents of their nation’s most promising leaders to address educational disparities. Today, Teach For All operates in 23 countries on nearly every continent, enlisting top college graduates to teach for two years in high-need areas and impacting the lives of more than 1.9 million students. Supported by the Nduna Foundation, Applied Materials, Procter & Gamble, Western Union, Cisco, and Visa’s recent commitment of $3 million over the next three years, Teach For All will expand to more than 40 countries by 2014.


Unlocking the Power of Investment to Achieve Impact (CGI 2010)

Commitment by: Global Impact Investing Network

In 2010, the Global Impact Investing Network committed to creating a coherent impact investing industry, supporting research, and developing tools to measure social outcomes of investment products.


Using Technology to Promote Equality in Health Financing (CGI 2008)

Commitment by: Heartfile

Summary: In 2008, Heartfile and the Rockefeller Foundation committed to create an automated payment system designed to protect the poor against catastrophic health care costs. The scalable system has assisted more than 1,000 people in Pakistan and allows health care workers to use wireless phone technology to automatically transfer cash payments to hospitals or clinics.


The following new commitments were announced today:


A Breakthrough in Fight Against Aids

Commitment by: United Postcode Lotteries, Clinton Health Access Initiative, STOP AIDS NOW!

Summary: The United Postcode Lotteries, along with STOP AIDS NOW! and the Clinton Health Access Initiative commits to leverage anti-retroviral therapy (ART) as a form of prevention to reduce Swaziland’s AIDS epidemic. The program will seek to achieve universal access to HIV testing, and initiate ART among HIV-positive people at an early stage to increase survival rates and reduce the number of new infections. If successful, the program could eliminate all new HIV infections in Swaziland.


Building a New Business Model for High Impact Businesses

Commitment by: Grassroots Business Fund

The Grassroots Business Fund commits to deploy $60 million in long-term, risk-sharing capital and $17 million in technical assistance to help grow high-impact businesses in the developing world. To date, $30 million has already been secured for this fund.


Community Activation: Scaling Up Girls’ Education

Commitment by: Educate Girls Globally

Summary: Through its community education model, Educate Girls Globally has worked with more than 260,000 girls in 4,500 schools in Rajasthan, India’s largest province, where women’s literacy rates are the lowest in the country. Educate Girls Globally commits to expand its program in India to reach an additional 200,000 girls, and to extend it into 20 communities in Tanzania. By increasing girls’ access to education and getting local leaders involved in their community schools, the Educate Girls Globally model helps make communities more stable and more productive.


Expanding Youth Classical Education Program

Commitment by: National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica

Summary: The National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica (N.Y.O.J.) targets underprivileged youth in Kingston through music education programs, which include lesson plans administered after-school three to four days per week. N.Y.O.J. will add two new centers over the next three years, which will allow the NGO to reach an additional 150 children in Jamaica. Music education will be used as a tool to empower youth, build self-esteem, encourage teamwork, and foster discipline.


Frontline Health Workers: Village Health for Liberia

Commitment by: Tiyatien Health

Summary: Tiyatien Health and its partners will train an initial corps of 30 unemployed women and former patients in the Tchien District. The partnership will collaborate to create a corps of workers capable of providing 85 percent of the services typically handled by primary care doctors.


Girls, Women, & Water: Ensuring Gender Equity through WASH

Commitment by: World Vision

Summary: World Vision and its partners will implement a series of water and sanitation projects to bring safe drinking water to ten African countries over the course of six years. World Vision will actively engage local women in planning and long-term management of new systems.


Largest Impact Investing Fund in Latin America

Commitment by: IGNIA Partners

IGNIA will provide $200 million in financial and strategic support to small and medium businesses in Latin America providing affordable goods and services to the disadvantaged.

Launching Social Impact Bonds in the US

Commitment by: Social Finance, Inc.

Social Finance will launch Social Impact Bonds in the U.S., mobilizing private capital to fund nonprofit prevention programs addressing issues like corrections and homelessness, and generating government savings in the process. The three-pronged partnership between government, non-profits, and investors will create social gains, while privatizing risk.


Online Women’s Business Academy

Commitment by: Freeport-McMoRan Foundation, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Serebra Learning Corporation

Summary: Freeport-McMoRan will launch an online business academy to provide training and certification to 3,400 women in Chile and Peru. This model will deliver a series of web-based classes, designed for low connection speeds. Graduates leave the program with a complete business plan ready for funders.

Summary: World Vision and its partners will implement a series of water and sanitation projects to bring safe drinking water to ten African countries over the course of six years. World Vision will actively engage local women in planning and long-term management of new systems.


Piloting a Co-Investment Impact Mechanism

Commitment by: Swedbank, The Foresight Group

Swedbank, in partnership with the Foresight Group, will link its private banking clients with impact investing opportunities, some of which will come from the pool of CGI members.


Scaling the Development of Young IT Professionals

Commitment by: NetHope, Cisco, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Accenture, The Voila Foundation,

Waggener Edstrom Worldwide

Summary: NetHope Academy will be scaled up to facilitate training, internship placements, and career services for 1,000 people in Africa and Latin America, with a particular focus on training women and girls in rural areas.


Sustainability Education Models to Developing Countries

Commitment by: Tom Golisano, Paychex Corporation; Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T)

Summary: Since its founding in 2007, the Golisano Institute for Sustainability at R.I.T. has created a multi-disciplinary curriculum that helps leaders apply best practices during the early stages of industrial development, when they have a chance to make the greatest impact. Tom Golisano commits to work with Dr. Bill Destler, president of R.I.T., to share this education model with five universities in the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Peru. This initiative will also sponsor ten scholars and ten graduate students from international partner universities to study and teach at R.I.T. These scholars will design joint research projects that address environmental and economic sustainability in their regions.


Women in the World: Strategic Investment in Girls and Women

Commitment by: Newsweek Daily Beast, Women for Women International, Grupo ABC, The Ford Foundation, Ann Taylor Stores Corporation, Vital Voices Global Partnership, and Virtue Foundation

Summary: Newsweek and the Daily Beast commit to expand its existing Women in the World platform, using their media expertise to tell the powerful stories of women and girls. In partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation and others, they will launch a foundation and website that will serve as a hub, fostering collaboration between individuals, corporations, and non-profits to raise awareness of women’s issues around the world.


Young Women’s Success in Tertiary Education

Commitment by: Room to Read

Summary: In 2010, Room to Read, Amenons Nos Filles a l’Ecole, and FHI 360, formed a partnership through the CGI Action Network “Focus on Girls: From Education to Economic Empowerment.” With support from the MasterCard Foundation, they launched a four-year study to identify the most decisive factors in young women’s success in college and vocational school. This year, they conducted interviews and focus groups with women in five countries in Africa and Asia. They are already using these results to shape their programming.


10,000 Principals Leadership Program

Commitment by: GEMS Education, Republic of Kenya, UNESCO

Summary: The Varkey GEMS Foundation and UNESCO commit to provide professional development courses to 500 principals in the developing world. GEMS and UNESCO will support these principals as they work in teams to train their peers, reaching a total of 10,000 principals in the public school systems of Kenya, Ghana, and India. This commitment will also foster a community of educators through an online network, through which participants can share success stories, challenges, and offer advice.


2011 CGI Annual Meeting (


Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers
811 7th Avenue at 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019


September 20-22, 2011


Live Webcast: All CGI sessions open to the press will be webcast at

Twitter: The event hashtag is #CGI2011.

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About the Clinton Global Initiative

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, 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 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 2,100 commitments, which have already improved the lives of nearly 400 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued in excess of $69.2 billion. The 2011 Annual Meeting will take place Sept. 20-22 in New York City.


This year, CGI also convened CGI America, a meeting focused on developing ideas for driving economic growth in the United States. The CGI community also includes CGI U, which hosts an annual meeting for undergraduate and graduate students, and CGI Lead, which engages a select group of young CGI members for leadership development and collective commitment-making. For more information, visit


About CGI U

The Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) challenges college students to address global issues with practical, innovative solutions. CGI U members do more than simply discuss problems – they take concrete steps to solve them by building relationships, creating action plans, participating in hands-on workshops, and following-up with CGI U as they complete their projects. Previous CGI U meetings have taken place at Tulane University, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Miami, and have convened more than 2,500 students from 575 schools in 99 countries and all 50 states. To learn more, visit

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