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President Bill Clinton Hosts Plenary Session on Empowering Girls and Women

September 21, 2010

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In Total, 45 New Commitments Announced Today to Alleviate Poverty, Increase Access to Health Care and Education, and Create a Cleaner Environment

New York, NY –  On the opening day of the Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed a major new cookstove initiative that could change the lives of millions of people, particularly women and children.

At the plenary session on Empowering Girls and Women, Secretary Clinton discussed the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a new commitment made by the U.S. State Department, the U.N. Foundation, the World Food Program, Royal Dutch Shell, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and other public and private partners. Together, they committed to help 100 million households adopt clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels by 2020.

“This initiative exemplifies what's possible when business, governments, and civil society come together to address a pressing global issue," President Clinton said. "With an estimated 1.9 million people – most of them children under five years old – dying every year from exposure to hazardous stove smoke, this initiative has the potential to save countless lives, and I'm proud CGI members could build this important public-private partnership.” 

The plenary session on Empowering Girls and Women was moderated by Katie Couric and also featured Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of the Republic of Liberia, and Muhtar Kent, chairman and CEO of the Coca-Cola Company. The session was followed by smaller breakout sessions, also on the topic of Empowering Girls and Women.

New commitments are announced during each session at the Annual Meeting. For descriptions of all the commitments announced today, please see below.

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The following commitments were announced today:

ACS Energy Advisors LLC 
Delivering Water to Pakistan 
To establish long-term water and energy infrastructure in Pakistan, ACS Energy Advisors, in partnership with WorldWater & Solar Technologies, will donate solar-powered water purification machines—which also serve as energy-efficient generators—to provide clean drinking water.

Al Jisr 
Bridging 1,000 Moroccan Schools with Private Business 
Over the next five years, Al Jisr will partner with businesses in Morocco to provide much-needed services and resources to students, parents, and teachers. Through School Support Committees, business leaders will join with schools to enhance overall school management, curricula, and teacher training. Through this commitment, Al Jisr will recruit 250 business leaders to work with 1,000 Moroccan schools. Each partnership will last an average of 4 years and will be uniquely crafted with the particular needs of the school in mind. This initiative will provide modern technology, equipment, and general financial resources to upgrade schools’ facilities so students are prepared to compete with their peers around the world.

American Society for Muslim Advancement 
Training Imams on Women’s Rights in Afghanistan 
The American Society for Muslim Advancement is teaming its Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality with the Noor Educational and Capacity Development Organization to increase awareness of women’s rights in Afghanistan. Imams are amongst the most influential figures in Afghan society. They play a vital role in society - from the religious education in childhood to the rights of passage in adulthood. Given their influential nature, this commitment will reinforce the importance of women’s rights in Afghanistan by training Imams from 10 mosques in Jalalabad and by establishing formal women’s sections for 10 mosques in Kabul. The Imams will develop sermons on women’s rights to education, marriage, inheritance, property ownership, and political and social participation. The sermons will be published and broadcast in newspapers, television, and radio in Afghanistan.

The Aspen Institute; Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland 
Global Leaders Council: A Call for Resolve 
Aspen Global Health and Development commits to launch the Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health and its Call for Resolve Campaign in order to achieve universal access to reproductive health within five years. The Council, which will be chaired by former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, will be composed of sitting and former heads of state and other leaders who will use the power of their voices and their policy platforms to de-stigmatize reproductive health, and emphasize its centrality to development and prosperity. The Council’s debut communications campaign will use stories, social media, policy forums and research to mobilize the political will and financial resources necessary to achieve this crucial aspect of the fifth Millennium Development Goal.

Cason Family Foundation 
Innovative Sustainability in the Informal Waste Sector 
The Cason Family Foundation is launching a new web platform that will facilitate partnerships with corporations that empower waste pickers around the world, especially women.

Concern Worldwide US 
Concern Worldwide US - Response to Floods in Pakistan 
Concern Worldwide U.S. will meet the emergency needs of 588,000 of the most vulnerable people in KPK, Balochistan, Punjab, and Sindh provinces, including food, aid for farmers, and funding for infrastructure.  

Covanta Holding Corporation 
Plastic Recovery Partnership to Clean Up Our Ocean 
Project Kaisei and Covanta Energy commit to collect plastic debris from the world’s oceans and turn it into a valuable product using a new waste-to-energy technology. This commitment is designed to develop a beneficial secondary market for properly processed plastic waste.

Donlen Corporation, Environmental Defense Fund, and GreenDriver 
Donlen Commercial Fleet 20% GHG Emissions Reduction 
Donlen commits to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions created by the nearly three million vehicles that comprise today’s corporate fleets. In partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund and GreenDriver, Donlen will work with 3,000 fleet companies to reduce emissions by 20 percent over five years by focusing on fuel efficiency and low-carbon fuels.

EarthEcho International 
STREAM: Youth Citizen Journalism in the Gulf Coast 
EarthEcho International commits to empower youth in the Gulf States through a new citizen journalism initiative in collaboration with the Wallace Global Fund. The initiative will provide 1,000 young people, aged 11-18, with the training and resources to cover local environmental challenges. The initiative will also develop and maintain a multi-media news website to give these young journalists an outlet for their stories.

EarthSpark International 
Delivering Clean Energy to Haiti 
EarthSpark International commits to reduce Haitians’ reliance on conventional fuels by building two solar-powered microgrids and opening five locally-owned stores selling energy-efficient appliances such as alternative fuel cookstoves.

Electric Drive Transportation Association 
Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Acceleration Initiative 
The Electric Drive Transportation Association commits to launch the Plug-in Electric Vehicles Acceleration Initiative, which will develop market incentives, supportive regulation, and profitable business models that will stimulate mass market acceptance of electric cars.

Enhancement of Integrated Services and Waste Recycling Co. (EISWRC) and the Association for the Protection of Environment (APE) 
Zero Waste with No Landfill 
Together, the Enhancement of Integrated Services and Waste Recycling Co. and the Association for the Protection of Environment will address the garbage problem in Egypt with solid waste recycling strategies. The project will focus on using source separation, proper collection, and reuse or resale, with the goal of total recycling and no landfills.

Google Crisis Response 
Google will give $1 million to Pakistan flood relief efforts and work to develop new technologies to aid in this and future humanitarian crises. It will enhance tools, including Person Finder, which was used successfully after the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile to help people give and receive updates on friends and loved ones

The Global Network for Environment and Economic Development Research 
Green Power Partnership 
Since food processing waste is a major source of water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, Green Power Partnership commits to install 50 anaerobic fixed film bioreactors over three years to process food waste in Africa. This is expected to improve the health of 300 million people, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, create 50MW of cheap green power, and provide environmentally safe organic fertilizer to five million low-income farmers.

GreenTech Automotive 
Creating Jobs in the Green, Affordable Vehicle Field 
Greentech Automotive will invest $1 billion to build manufacturing plants in Mississippi and Virginia, and will sell 100,000 electric vehicles for less than $10,000 each. This will create thousands of green jobs and make energy efficient vehicles affordable to average consumers.

Haiti Adolescent Girls Network 
Empowering Adolescent Girls in Haiti 
AmeriCares Foundation and partner organizations, which make up the Haiti Adolescent Girls Network, commit to create safe spaces that offer social, health, and financial literacy services for vulnerable adolescent girls. Working with 80 Haitian peer mentors, the initiative will break the cycle of poverty for 1,000 girls aged 10-19, and help NGOs establish girl-centered programming.

Hertz Corporation and Jack D. Hidary Foundation 
Hertz Global EV 
The Hertz Corporation and the Hidary Foundation commit to launch a global electric vehicle rental and car-sharing service, which will include cars from Nissan and Toyota among others. The service is working with automakers and retail partners to install charging infrastructure in urban centers in order to address one of the primary challenges to electric vehicle adoption.  

Humanity United 
Opportunities for Conflict Prevention in Africa 2010-11 
Humanity United commits to support conflict prevention and peace-building projects in Sudan and Liberia with a total of $7 million in grants over the course of 2011. These grants will focus on activities designed to reduce tensions leading up to and following the upcoming referendum to determine South Sudan’s future. They will also help ensure Liberia’s stability in the year leading up to its 2011 presidential election.

Innovation Center for Energy and Transportation 
Supporting Low Carbon Transportation in China 
The Innovation Center for Energy and Transportation commits to help China realize its greenhouse gas intensity targets by introducing aggressive fuel economy standards, training for government officials, and methods to calculate and reduce carbon emissions.

National Heritage Education for Haitian Youth 
ISPAN, with the help of the World Heritage Center and the TipaTipa Foundation, will produce teaching materials for a five-year curriculum on Haiti's rich national heritage. Targeting children aged six to 12 and educators to be trained in this curriculum, ISPAN hopes for Haitian children to learn about, cherish, and act to preserve their natural, cultural, and historical heritage—and be inspired to preserve their Haitian identity.

Kashf Foundation 
Reconstruction Fund for Flood Affectees in Pakistan 
The Kashf Foundation commits to establish a fund for the rehabilitation of 10 communities severely affected by the flood. The initiative aims to improve livelihoods, especially those of women, through cash grants and microfinance programs, and will also support the construction of clean water infrastructure and schools.

Taking Do-It-Yourself Technologies to the Last Mile 
Through its website, Kopernik provides access to innovative small-scale technologies—such as biomass briquettes and corn shellers—and crowd-funded capital to local organizations that understand the needs of their communities. Kopernik commits to create a “Do-It-Yourself” portal on its website that will provide step-by-step instructions on how to create these technologies for people in the developing world, with an emphasis on using region-specific materials.

Laureate International Universities 
Laureate/IYF YouthActionNet Program 
Laureate International Universities commits to invest $10 million in the International Youth Foundation’s Youth Action Net Program for Young Social Entrepreneurs, with the aim of identifying, encouraging, and enhancing the potential of the today’s young leaders by supporting 500 entrepreneurs worldwide. Laureate will launch nine new Youth Action Net national institutes and support four existing institutes in Brazil, Mexico, Spain, and Turkey, which offer grants, training and networking opportunities to social entrepreneurs. This initiative will also support youth-led innovations through a website that will provide learning resources and peer to peer networks for 10,000 young leaders worldwide by 2014.

LifeSpring Hospitals 
High Quality, Affordable Maternal Health Care in India 
LifeSpring Hospitals commits to expand its proven model of low-cost maternity hospitals from nine to 30 facilities in India by 2012, thus drastically increasing access to high quality health care for low-income Indian women. Lifespring will provide healthcare to women throughout the entire course of their pregnancy and afterward. Outreach workers will advise women on how to care for themselves during pregnancy, and each new mother will receive a home visit following a delivery. Outreach workers will also educate women and adolescent girls in the surrounding communities about the importance of institutional delivery, postponing marriage, and spacing out births.

The Medtronic Foundation 
Global Plan for NCDs 
The Medtronic Foundation commits to invest $1 million to support the Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance and its partners in order to ensure a productive and results-driven UN General Assembly Special Session on Non-Communicable Diseases, or NCDs, in 2011. The Foundation will invest in the World Heart Federation and the International Diabetes Federation, both NCD Alliance members, to help them develop key planning and advocacy activities, including a set of specific goals for the UN, in order to make these types of disease a global health priority.

The Moody’s Foundation 
Developing MFI Social Performance Scorecard & Ratings 
In 2009, the Moody’s Foundation committed to recruit, hire, and train credit risk specialists to work with Kiva.Org, an organization connecting entrepreneurs in 53 countries to microloans from everyday people around the world. The Moody’s Foundation answered the need of the microfinance market to develop a way to assess the credit worthiness of MFIs. Moody’s field specialists trained local staff in 18 countries to apply their credit risk methodology and now, MFIs serving 483,383 borrowers are utilizing that methodology. Building on this experience with Kiva, the Moody’s Foundation is making a new commitment—to develop a scorecard and rating system that assesses the social performance of MFIs. During a nine-month process, 250 organizations—including MFIs, for-profit investors, nonprofit funders, and development agencies—will be surveyed to create both organization-specific scorecards for internal evaluation and eventually a collective scorecard that can be widely used to assess the social performance of MFIs in general. Moody’s also aims to create a rating methodology, based on survey results, to enable a globally consistent assessment of the social performance of MFIs. This would move the industry closer to a standard rating to measure and report social performance.

National Wildlife Federation, Serious Materials, and Jayni Chase 
Energy-Efficient Schools Initiative 
The National Wildlife Federation, Serious Materials, and Jayni Chase commit to launch the Energy-Efficient Schools Initiative, a comprehensive strategy to help implement basic energy efficiency retrofits in 500 U.S. schools. Students will be active participants in this initiative, gaining hands-on skills in science, technology, engineering, and math while they help their schools become more energy efficient. This commitment, which grew out of a meeting last year at CGI, will ensure that students learn about conservation and technology while developing valuable skills.

NRG Energy 
The Sun Lights the Way: Brightening Boucan Carré 
NRG Energy commits to invest $1 million in the installation of solar panels to power water pumps, schools, and street lighting in the municipality of Boucan Carré. Working with the Solar Electric Light Fund, NRG will show that solar energy can provide affordable and reliable electricity.  

Ocean Conservancy 
Responding to the Gulf Disaster: Restoration and Reform 
The Ocean Conservancy commits to establish a Gulf Restoration Center in Louisiana. The Center will tap into a network of volunteers to support coastal cleanup and long-term regional recovery. The organization will also work with scientists to assess damage to the Gulf and engage stakeholders to ensure that recovery activities are effective, while advocating for a strong national ocean policy.

One Acre Fund 
One Acre Fund: Putting Farmers First! 
One Acre Fund commits to supply affordable seed and fertilizer, and conduct trainings for 300,000 farming families in rural Kenya and Rwanda over the next five years. The goal is for these farmers to double their incomes. One Acre Fund will also develop new ways to distribute services to independent farmers more efficiently. Most of One Acre Fund’s clients are women, who support an average of five children per household, and they spend an average of 65 percent of their household incomes on food.

Omidyar Network 
Advancing Government Transparency Through Technology 
When a government’s actions and spending are not transparent, its citizens participate less in the political process. Therefore, access to technology becomes a key factor in people’s ability to monitor the issues that affect them most. Omidyar Network will commit $30 million through grants and investments to 10 to 20 organizations and companies to advance government transparency globally, with a specific focus on India, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the U.S.

Omidyar Network 
Unleashing Opportunity through Mobile Technology 
Omidyar Network will invest $25 million to fund organizations that harness the power of mobile technology to improve lives. Around 3 billion people, half the world’s population, live and work in rural areas that lack access to voice and data communications. Mobile technology can unleash unprecedented opportunities in emerging markets, as well as provide access to financial services, health care, agriculture, commerce, and education.

Open Hands Initiative 
Open Hands Initiative Comic Book
Open Hands Initiative commits to produce a free, original comic book starring a cross-cultural superhero with disabilities who holds both American and Syrian values. The comic book will help to establish trust and understanding between the two cultures, as well as empower youth with disabilities. Open Hands Initiative brought together disability advocates from the U.S. and Syria for a Youth Ability Summit in Damascus during which disabled youth worked with artists and experts to start creating their ideal superhero. 50,000 comics featuring this superhero will be distributed to kids in both countries beginning in February 2011. Open Hands Initiative estimates that, after the comics are shared and handed down, 250,000 people will have read them. The comic series will eventually expand to feature superheroes representing other marginalized groups from South Asia and the Middle East.

The Pentok Institute 
Female Education via Novel Economic Incentives 
The Pentok Institute, a community development organization for women and girls in Tibetan-populated Qinghai Province, China, will partner with Smug Po Village, a Tibetan nomadic community of 700 residents, to create sustainable education opportunities for 50 young women. Pentok will start small, local businesses, such as motorcycle repair shops, yak loan programs, and greenhouse cultivation centers. Families in the community will be engaged in running these businesses, and a percentage of the profits will be re-invested in girls’ education. Pentok’s commitment is to carry out this initiative in Smug Po and then apply the idea to other similar communities, eventually reaching 10,000 nomadic people and 1,000 girls.  

Project Kaisei 
Introduction of the Plastic Disclosure Project 
Project Kaisei commits to the launch the “Plastic Disclosure Project,” modeled after the globally successful Carbon Disclosure Project, and driven by the world’s investment community. The project will inspire changes in design, new materials, and recycling by determining the “plastic footprint” of manufacturers, suppliers and consumers.

READ Global 
READ Global Women’s Empowerment Centers Initiative 
READ Global commits to building 20 Women’s Empowerment Centers in rural India, Nepal, and Bhutan. With local partners, these centers will empower women and adolescent girls through training that emphasizes education, enterprise, and self-advocacy. Following the READ Global model, each center will operate a small business, founded and operated by community members, in order to sustain programs and create local jobs.

Ronoc Impact Investing - Microfinance Transformation 
RONOC commits to launch a $130 million private equity fund to invest in at least eight microfinance institutions that are seeking to grow in profitability, while offering affordable financial services to low-income individuals and small and medium-sized enterprises. Over the next three-and-a half-years, RONOC will fund and advise the transformation of microfinance institutions in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Romania, Russia, and the Ukraine that have the potential for rapid, sustainable growth and profitability. The transformation of these MFIs into regulated financial institutions can be difficult. Nevertheless, RONOC believes that this process is essential if the financing needs of lower-income groups and the emerging middle class in developing countries are to be met, and if wealth distribution is to become more equitable.

Room to Read 
Enhanced Education for Nearly 1 Million Girls 
Room to Read commits to provide one million girls in Asia and Africa with invaluable literacy skills. During the next two years, Room to Read will open 4,000 new bilingual school libraries, along with 100 new or remodeled schools and classrooms. The libraries will be equipped with a total of more than one million books. Room to Read will also improve the literacy skills of young children by working with governments to enhance state-wide curricula standards, and by providing tutoring, life skills training, female mentors, and other programming to more than 13,000 girls.

Stree Mukti Sanghatana 
Environmental Entrepreneurship & Women Waste Pickers
Stree Mukti Sanghatana commits to provide training in environmental entrepreneurship for urban poor women waste pickers in Mumbai and neighboring cities in India. This will strengthen existing initiatives for dry waste sorting, composting, bio-methanation, decreasing residential waste, and negotiating with businesses, citizens groups, and local self governments to use bio-gas as an alternate fuel.

Studio Moderna 
BigFishBikes, Complete the Commute 
Studio Moderna and BigFishBikes commit to bring two pilot projects to greater Los Angeles by 2013 that will promote folding bikes as a viable alternative to automobile use. They will work with municipalities and employers to incorporate bikes into mass transit commuter programs, reducing fuel use and relieving congested freeways.

TransFair USA 
Expanding the Impact of Fair Trade Sugar & Ingredients 
TransFair USA will partner with Ben & Jerry’s to increase the amount of ingredients that are imported to the U.S. on equitable and sustainable Fair Trade Certified terms. TransFair USA will develop supply chains for at least 11 Fair Trade ingredients for use in Ben & Jerry’s products. They will help as many as 100,000 sugarcane farmers, as well as fruit, cocoa, vanilla, coffee, and nut producers worldwide, to access new markets, significantly increase their incomes, and improve their quality of life.

US State Department, UN Foundation, Royal Dutch Shell, World Health Organization and US Environmental Protection Agency
Scaling Up Adoption of Clean & Efficient Cookstoves 
The U.S. State Department, along with leading public and private partners, will launch a bold new Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves to enable 100 million households in the developing world to use clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels by 2020. The Alliance has already raised nearly $63 million for this campaign towards its goal of $250 million. The Alliance seeks to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and combat climate change by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions.

Vestergaard Frandsen, Inc. 
Expanding Access to Safe Water through Carbon Finance 
Vestergaard Frandsen commits to the distribution, maintenance, and replacement of approximately one million LifeStraw Family units, which will provide more than four million people with access to clean water. This technology reduces the need for boiling, thus decreasing demand for women and children to collect fuel, while still providing water that meets EPA standards. By selling carbon credits, calculated from the reduced use of wood as fuel, Vestergaard Frandsen's commitment will be economically and environmentally sustainable, and it will provide significant environmental and health improvements for the communities of western Kenya.

Ending Violence Against Women and Girls Through Video 
WITNESS commits to curb the violence against women and girls in conflict zones by launching a three-year visual storytelling campaign that empowers these women to pick up a video camera and share their story. WITNESS ’s initiative will work with 50 grassroots organizations in African countries, including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan and Uganda, helping them create strategic campaigns that will change policies, practices and behaviors to stop gender-based violence. For each of these campaigns, WITNESS will provide hands-on video training, develop video distribution strategies, facilitate targeted screenings for key decision makers, and amplify these new stories through social media platforms like YouTube.

The Zerofootprint Challenge for Schools 
Zerofootprint commits to work with schools across the U.S. to help them measure, compare, and ultimately reduce their energy and water use. The Zerofootprint Challenge for Schools is a package of easy to use software and social networking tools that will reach at least half the schools in North America by 2015, encouraging schools and their students to compete nationally with the aim of reducing their CO2 emissions by nearly two million metric tons. 

About the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) 
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 more than 125 current and former heads of state, 15 Nobel Peace 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 1,900 commitments valued at $63 billion, which have already improved the lives of nearly 300 million people in more than 170 countries. The CGI community also includes CGI University (CGI U), a forum to engage college students in global citizenship,, an online portal where anybody can make a Commitment to Action, and CGI Lead, which engages a select group of young leaders from business, government, and civil society. For more information, visit

What: 2010 Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative

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

When: September 20-23, 2010

Twitter hashtag: #cgi2010

APPLYING FOR CREDENTIALS: ALL PRESS MUST BE APPROVED BY THE CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE IN ORDER TO ATTEND THE ANNUAL MEETING. The press registration desk will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Tuesday, September 21 through Thursday, September 23. To apply for credentials on-site, you must bring a press ID and an assignment letter from an editor, in addition to a valid government-issued ID. Entrance is at the discretion of the Clinton Global Initiative. If you have any questions about identification or pick-up, please contact Kathryn Mahoney at[email protected]

LOCATION: Unless otherwise noted, all events will take place at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers located at 811 7th Avenue. Press entrance and registration is on 52nd Street between 6th and 7th Avenues in the Executive Conference Center at the Sheraton. 

ACCESS: Plenary, breakout, keynote, and special sessions will be open press, subject to change and to space limitations. Press are encouraged to sign up in advance for entrance to breakout and special sessions, keynote lunches, and the closing plenary. Online signup for sessions will be available one day in advance, at http:/ SIGNUP IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR THE CLOSING PLENARY SESSION.  

Signup is not a guarantee of access. Successful registrants will be informed by e-mail 30 minutes prior to the start of the session and should meet in the press center at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the session. If you are not in the press room 15 minutes before the session, you may forfeit your spot to a journalist on the waiting list.

Meeting of the Minds and the Clinton Global Citizen Awards will be closed to broadcast press. Other press may sign up to attend at the links below. Sign up is not a guarantee of access; successful registrants will be informed by email on Thursday. 

Meeting of the Minds

Clinton Global Citizen Awards

CGI PRESS CENTER & MEDIA WORKSPACE: The Press Center is located in the Executive Conference Center, located on the lower level of the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers. Press must enter on 52nd St. between 6th and 7th Avenues. Wired and Wireless Internet access will be provided in the Press Center. Phones will not be provided.

INTERVIEW LOCATIONS: There will be stand-up camera locations available that broadcast outlets can reserve in advance. In addition, there will be rooms available that press can reserve for interviews. To reserve a time, please contact Seth Belaff at [email protected].

POOLS: Due to space limitations, some events will be pooled press coverage. Sign-up for photo pools will be in the CGI Press Center in Conference Room E starting at 8:30AM each day for that day's events only. There will also be video and audio feeds of most events available in the Press Center.

PRESS CONFERENCES: Press conference schedule will be announced and updated daily during CGI.

WIRELESS MICROPHONES:  Please do NOT bring or use wireless microphones onsite, as they will interfere with onsite wireless PA systems.

PLENARY SESSIONS AND SELECTED PRESS CONFERENCES: Plenary sessions will be sent out via fiber, free and unrestricted, on the following loop #: 

Ascent Media Loop # 2214

MULT BOX: Output specifics are: BNC connection for video and XLR for audio.

SAT TRUCK PARKING: There are a limited amount of Satellite and microwave truck parking spaces available. Please email Seth Bellaff at[email protected] with a request or call at 917-414-5618.   

For questions, e-mail: [email protected]





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