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President Clinton Announces Record Number of CGI Commitments in First 24 Hours

September 26, 2007

New York, NY - At a press conference today, President Bill Clinton detailed some of the tremendous results that have been achieved by the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) since its inception in 2005. In addition to talking about what some those commitments have meant to people around the world, President Clinton announced that a record number of CGI commitments have been made in the first 24-hours of this year's meeting.

"I started CGI with great faith in our collective power to make a significant and lasting difference. I am so very proud of the tremendous impact we have already had, in just two years, on countless lives and communities," President Bill Clinton said. "We started out determined to turn good intentions into real actions, and while there is still much to be done, by all accounts our members have exceeded even our own lofty expectations."

Since the first CGI two years ago, over 400 leaders from more than 50 countries have been speakers at the annual meeting and members have made more than 600 global commitments towards initiatives in poverty, education, climate and health. These commitments have involved more than 1,000 organizations working in 100 countries and have had the following impact around the globe:

  • More than 3.2 million people have been reached with clean energy services in the developing world.
  • 1.2 million patients throughout Sudan, Chad, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo have received emergency and primary care-including mental health.
  • Over 8.8 million patients around the world are receiving emergency and primary care
  • 857,300 children under 5 in 25 countries have been provided with life-saving services over the last year.
  • Close to 3 million micro-entrepreneurs received access to funding thanks to commitments to 270 microfinance institutions

Further exemplifying that CGI is a catalyst for global action, in the first 24-hours of this year's meeting over 100 commitments have been announced - a CGI record. This record number of commitments comes from a large and growing membership. CGI began a waiting list this past August because the conference had reached capacity.

This spring, CGI will grow again. President Clinton announced that in 2008, CGI will build on 2007's record number of commitments, by expanding its global reach to Asia. The first meeting of CGI Asia, will bring together leaders and innovators from government, non-profit and the private sector in Hong Kong to tackle challenges specific to the region.

"Asia is the largest and most populous continent and while its wealth has grown faster than most other parts of the world, major socioeconomic disparities remain and must be tackled," President Clinton said.

Commitments expected to be announced today include the following.

Martha Stewart Center for Living
In a $2 million project, the Martha Stewart Center for Living will develop an online information resource for millions of caregivers and a curriculum to help medical staff support caregivers.

Sabin Global Health Institute
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are disfiguring and life-threatening parasitic and bacterial infections that afflict and stigmatize more than 1 billion people living in the most impoverished areas of the developing world. The Sabin Global Health Institute and its partners, MWW Group, Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, Alyssa Milano, TIG Global, Global Network for Neglected Tropical Disease Control, will mobilize $25 million to launch the STOP NTDs! Campaign to Eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases. This one year campaign aims to build the capacity in donor and affected countries to advocate for universal access to essential NTD medications and mobilize collective action in the fight against NTDs.

Teach for All
In a $25 million, three year partnership, Teach for America, Teach First, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Amy & Larry Robbins Foundation will use their experience to establish independent teachers' corps. Initially programs will be set up in Estonia, Germany, India, Israel, South Africa and two others countries to tackle educational disparities.

Room to Read: Scaling Success: 10,000 bi-lingual libraries by 2010
By 2010, Room to Read aims to extend its geographic reach to 15 countries, including a launch in Latin America. As part of this $25 million commitment, Room to Read will expand its flagship Reading Room program to open 5,000 additional libraries, bringing the total to 10,000 libraries and self-publish more than 3.5 million children's books in local languages across three continents.

Intel Helps Millions of Teachers Bring Technology into the Classroom
The Intel Corporation is committing $300 million over the next 5 years to expand Intel Teach, an on-line training program. The program has already trained over 4 million teachers in 40 countries to effectively integrate technology into their classroom, and the expansion will reach an additional 1.5 million teachers in 15 influential countries. To insure effective integration, Intel is working with the educational ministries of each country.

ALAS Foundation
Shakira and the ALAS Foundation commits to help relieve the effects of the natural disasters in Peru and Nicaragua through direct investment into the education, sanitation and water systems, and through a multimedia fundraising campaign in Peru featuring top Latin artists. Partners include the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation, over 35 artists and business leaders that represent ALAS including Carlos Slim, Cesar Alierta and the Red Cross. The value of this public awareness and reconstruction program is valued at over $40 million.

Latin America Early Childhood Development Awareness Campaign
Shakira, in partnership with the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF), the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation, is committing to inform millions of parents in Latin America about the importance of early childhood development. Their public awareness campaign will run in conjunction with an innovative $5 million pilot program in four countries. The pilot program will provide integrated services in education, early stimulation, nutrition and health.

Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative
The Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative will create a coalition of mining industry and non-industry actors to assist local leaders in Latin America address social, economic and environmental issues in a cost-effective, scalable and sustainable way. Partnering with the Clinton Foundation, who will help bring key stakeholders together, Frank Giustra and a number of partners have pledged in excess of $300 million to the effort. Carlos Slim Helú of Grupo Carso and the philanthropic arm of the Lundin Group of Companies have followed Giustra's example and each have pledged $100 million as part of this commitment to help alleviate poverty and build sustainable local economies in Latin America.

Duke Energy: Save-a-Watt Proposal
Led by Duke Energy, Consolidated Edison, Edison International, Great Plains Energy, Pepco Holdings, PNM Resources, Sierra Pacific Resources and Xcel Energy, utilities collectively serving nearly 20 million customers in 22 states, are joining together in an effort to help make America more energy efficient. With the right regulatory reforms, they pledge to increase their collective investment in energy efficiency. These reforms will lead to the elimination of 30 million tons of green house gas emissions per year-the equivalent of taking 6 million cars off the road. With the Edison Electric Institute, the companies will also create an Institute for Electric Efficiency, enabling them to share and promote best practices in energy efficiency.

Leadership for Climate Action
Building upon CGI's focus on partnership and contribution to the climate change agenda, Prince Albert II of Monaco, working with the United Nations Foundation and Club of Madrid, will actively seek to establish an international consensus for a successor treaty to the Kyoto Protocol.

Standard Chartered
Over the next five years, Standard Chartered Bank will commit to underwrite $4-5 billion in debt to renewable energy projects with a total project value of $8-$10 billion. They will target clean energy projects in Asia, Africa and the Middle East and focus their efforts in areas such as wind, hydro, geothermal, solar, biomass and coal bed methane. They may play the role of lead arranger of debt, financial advisor or equity investor.

X Prize
X Prize committed to give prize money of up to $300 million to innovators making breakthroughs in energy and climate change, education, health, and poverty alleviation by conducting a dozen global competitions for large scale inducement prizes. X Prize defines a problem and then sets a challenge to find the solution. In this new round of prizes, innovators will have to show outcomes such as a reduction in CO2 or improved mortality rates. Innovators who reach the targets first will be able to claim millions of dollars in prize money.

Alliance for Climate Protection
Working with the Alliance for Climate Protection, Mark Buell & Susie Tompkins Buell will develop a $5 million project to continue moving the USA past a 'tipping point' beyond which the majority of leaders in both major political parties and all sectors of civil society compete to offer genuinely effective proposals, policies, and programs that reduce emissions of CO2 and other heat-trapping gases. The Buell's support will enable the Alliance to build on its successful efforts to date, and by convincing even more individuals, families, communities, states, corporations and other organizations to reduce their own contributions to global warming.

Please note, the Clinton Foundation press office is available to help arrange interviews with several of the above CGI Members.

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