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Clinton Global Initiative Conference Huge Success

September 24, 2010 2 comments

This week Bill Clinton and chief advisor, Doug Band, hosted the 6th annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) conference.  CGI was started in 2005 from an idea generated by Band to “turn ideas into action”.  The mission was to bring world leaders in politics, business, and non-profits together to tackle world problems.  Instead of just talking about what should be done, CGI actually requires participants to generate actual plans of action and to submit donations to fund projects.  After day 1 of the 6th annual CGI meeting, former President Clinton tweeted that CGI members have made 1950 commitments totaling $63 million that will improve 300 million lives.  Clinton has reiterated that most of his post Presidency success is largely in part due to Doug’s help and dedicated work ethic.  Politico has done a great job of recapping just exactly what Doug Band has done to promote Clinton to his level of success.  Additionally, the success of CGI would not have been possible without Band’s ingenuity and around-the-clock work and organizational masterminding.

Several months ago you might recall the special ops trip that Bill Clinton and Doug Band took to free two U.S. journalist from a prison in S. Korea.  Recently, the U.S. is looking to the infamous duo again to see if they can help free U.S. hikers that have been taken prisoner in Iran.

One of the most recent endeavors taken on by Bill Clinton and Doug Band is the push to bring the World Cup Soccer Tournament to the United States in 2018 or 2022 by joining the Board of Directors of the U.S. World Cup Committee.


Filipino Shines at Clinton Global Initiative

October 16, 2009 Leave a comment

Filipino Shines at Clinton Global Initiative

Author: Jose Mari Lapiz

Source: Inquirer Global Nation The Home of Filipinos Worldwide, First Posted: October 15th, 2009, Filipino Shines at Clinton Global Initiative, Retrieved October 15th, 2009 from

NEW YORK, United States—BBC World News Anchor and Pinoy pride Rico Hizon has achieved what no other Asian or Filipino journalist has done, moderate in two Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) meetings.

He was first invited in Hong Kong when the former US leader hosted the first ever Clinton Global Initiative Asia last December, and in September at the 5th CGI conference in New York.

In Hong Kong, Hizon moderated the Climate Change discussion—an extremely relevant issue especially with the catastrophic natural disasters that have been hitting Asia-Pacific region in the recent weeks.

In New York, he facilitated the Emerging Markets session with renowned guest speakers President Ernesto Zedillo of Mexico, the World Bank’s chief economist Justin Lin, and Nobel Prize Winner for Climate Change Rajendra Pachauri, together with President Clinton as the Guest of Honor.

“For me, both as an individual and in my professional capacity, these were two events I will never forget. The first invitation was an honor and the second a privilege. And in an event of this magnitude, not only am I representing my network, but more importantly raising the Philippine flag,” Hizon said.

During the four-day conference, he met and spoke with Hollywood celebrities, activists, policy experts, generals, CEOs, and everyday people working tirelessly at non-profit groups and NGOs in countries around the world.

“From them, I received a first class education, listening, as some of the world’s brightest and most committed people argued and agreed on new ways to solve the most pressing problems, from global education to climate change,” Hizon said.

Clinton letter and conversation

In President Clinton’s one-page invitation letter to Hizon, he said, “You were such a wonderful addition to our program in Hong Kong and we hope you will be able to join us once again, and serve as moderator at the Emerging Markets panel session, on September 22. We’d be delighted if you could lend your voice to this timely discussion.”

Before the session started, Hizon got his chance to speak with the President. “I was fortunate to chat with him, despite always being surrounded by numerous admirers and secret service agents. We exchanged views about climate change, the state of the US economy, and how he succeeded in freeing two American journalists from North Korea. Our conversation ended when he shook my hand and thanked me for being part of the CGI, and said that it was great to have an Asian voice in the discussions,” he said.

Ninoy tie and barong

In representing the Philippines in his own little way, Hizon described what he wore. “I wanted to show everyone that I was Filipino amongst the global crowd, so I made it a point to wear a special edition “I am Ninoy yellow and black tie” and a Philippine flag pin on my jacket lapel on the first day. On the second day, I wore a Rhett Eala Black Barong Tagalog with a Philippine map embroidered on the top left corner. It really stood out and people asked where it was made. I told them it was Philippine made,” he said proudly.

Celebrity advocacies

During his short stay in New York, most of the time at conference site at the Sheraton Hotel on 7th Avenue, Hizon personally spoke with some of Hollywood’s top stars—from Jessica Alba to Matt Damon and Michelle Yeoh, to basketball great Dikembe Mutombo. He too shook the hands of Demi Moore and Ashton Kutchner.

Hizon spoke with Jessica Alba in between plenary sessions, and she shared with him her 1GOAL: Education for All advocacy, where’s she’s the US co-chair. It’s an advocacy that seeks to help about 75 million children denied access to education around the world. And she stressed, that you don’t have to be a Hollywood star to help children reach their dreams. “Jessica was great—really simple, pretty, and very accommodating,” he said.

He also spoke with Matt “Jason Bourne” Damon after he launched his non-profit group, It’s a commitment that would help provide clean water and sanitation facilities to 50,000 people in Haiti, and Damon and company also hope to provide more countries with access to safe water and sanitation.

He also crossed paths once again with Asian actress Michelle Yeoh, for a second time, as she was also one of the major participants at the 1st Clinton Global Initiative in Hong Kong last December.

Among the many initiatives Yeoh supports is the Make Roads Safe campaign, which advocates road injury to be recognized as a global public health and development priority. And during the New York conference, she made a commitment to launch a $10-million scheme to help the International Road Assessment Programme improve the safety of road infrastructure in developing countries.

“I felt really proud for not only being a Filipino but also representing Asia, and what really made my day was when I was told by CGI organizers that I was the only moderator flown in from Asia, and the only Asian to moderate a plenary or a sub-plenary session. It was truly an honor because I was among respected news personalities in the US broadcasting industry, such as ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer, NBC Meet the Press host Tom Gregory, and CNBC’s top business news anchor Maria Bartiromo,” he said.

Clinton Global Initiative

What makes the Clinton Global Initiative fulfilling to many people is that it is an action-oriented mission to effect positive changes on a global scale and create an “integrated global community of shared benefits, responsibilities, and values.”

The annual meetings have brought together former and present heads of states, Nobel Prize laureates, top CEOs, philanthropists, non-governmental organizations, and international media organizations resulting in 1,400 commitments valued at $46 billion and impacting 200 million lives in 150 countries.

“I am very blessed to be part of these very important events, as people from all over world unite to share and give. And never a day goes by that I do not thank God for all the blessings he has given me and my family,” he said.

Clinton Announces 2nd Annual CGI Meeting

October 10, 2009 Leave a comment

Former President Clinton Announces 2nd Annual Meeting of CGI University

Author: CGI News and Media

Source: Clinton Global Initiative, October 8th, 2009, Former President Clinton Announces 2nd Annual Meeting of CGI University, Retrieved October 9th, 2009 from

CGI U to be held at University of Texas at Austin

February 13-15, 2009

Applications available online at

October 8, 2008

New York, NY

Former President Clinton today announced the 2nd annual meeting of CGI University (CGI U) will be held February 13-15, 2009, at the University of Texas at Austin. Applications to attend are now available online at

“The burden of solving many of our world’s greatest problems will fall to the next generation, and the innovation and dedication of young people today shows they are up for the challenge,” President Clinton said. “CGI U is based on the great success of our Clinton Global Initiative – through which members have made nearly 1,200 commitments valued at upwards of $46 billion. CGI commitments have already impacted 200 million lives in 150 countries, and commitments made at this year’s Annual Meeting will impact 160 million. I am looking forward to the next meeting of CGI U to give students the opportunity to improve even more lives around the world.”

CGI U, a project of the Clinton Global Initiative of the non-partisan William J. Clinton Foundation, provides college students and university officials with a platform to address issues that are important to the next generation of leaders.

At the 2009 meeting, President Clinton will again bring together a growing community of students and university administrators to devise solutions to global challenges in the areas of education, energy and climate change, global health, human rights and peace, and poverty alleviation. Over the three day conference, attendees will participate in forums and working sessions to brainstorm ways to make a difference.

All CGI U attendees make a Commitment to Action – a comprehensive, formal plan of action to address a specific problem on their campus, in their community, or on another continent. While a commitment is a requirement for participation at the meeting, any college student or university can make a commitment throughout the year through the CGI U website. Since the inaugural meeting in March 2008 at Tulane University, nearly 1,000 commitments have already been made by students and universities worldwide.

Applications to attend the 2009 meeting are available online now at The early decision deadline is November 7, 2008, and the final application deadline is December 12, 2008. Applications will be processed on a rolling basis, and students are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Clinton Global Initiative Concludes – $9.4 Billion in Commitments

September 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Clinton Global Initiative Concludes With $9.4 Billion in Commitments

Author: Philanthropy News Digest

Source: PND Philanthropy News Digest A Service of The Foundation Center, Posted on September 29th, 2009, Clinton Global Initiate Concludes with $9.4 Billion in Commitments, Retrieved September 29th, 2009 from

Closing the fifth annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative on Friday, former President Bill Clinton announced that CGI members had made 284 commitments valued at more than $9.4 billion which, when fully implemented, could improve the lives of 200 million individuals worldwide.

Although meeting organizers said they expected less money to be pledged this year as a result of the global financial crisis, commitments made exceeded the dollar value of commitments made at the 2008 meeting by $1.4 billion. Commitments announced last week included $30 million from the UN Foundation and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to help eradicate polio worldwide; $30 million from the Omidyar Network to support global entrepreneurship; $25 million from the Nature Conservancy to help people and natural habitats adapt to the effects of global warming; and $24 million from Women for Women International, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and the NoVo Foundation to support the economic empowerment of women and girls.

In addition, the Rockefeller Foundation committed to support the Global Impact Investing Network, which works to enable more effective impact investing around the world; the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth, Ashoka, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation committed to support individuals working to reduce maternal death and disability; Right To Play International, ExxonMobil, and the Wasserman Media Group committed to join the United Against Malaria partnership; and PATH and its partners committed to improve the health of more than 800,000 schoolchildren in India by expanding a meal fortification program.

“I think we can say with some certainty that this model actually does work,” Clinton said. “People don’t have to have the same politics, the same religion, or speak the same language to work together and to have an impact. We all have things to learn from each other. What we need is a shared mechanism to achieve common goals.”

President Clinton Announces 2010 Meeting of Clinton Global Initiative University

September 26, 2009 Leave a comment

President Clinton Announces 2010 Meeting of Clinton Global Initiative University

Author: Clinton Foundation Press Office

Source: Clinton Global Initiative, September 25th, 2009, President Clinton Announces 2010 Meeting of Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), Retrieved September 25th, 2009 from

September 25th, 2009
For Immediate Release
Contact: Clinton Foundation Press Office

Meeting to be held at the University of Miami, April 16-18, 2010

President Clinton will bring together over 1,200 students, nearly 100 college and university presidents, NGOs, national youth organizations, athletes, and celebrity-activists

New York – As the Fifth Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative came to a close, President Clinton looked ahead to announce the third meeting of Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) to be held at the University of Miami from April 16-18, 2010. Students can apply online at

“For the third year in a row, I look forward to building on the success of the Clinton Global Initiative’s Annual Meeting by holding a similar meeting for college students from around the world next spring,” President Clinton said. “To date, nearly 2,000 student commitments have been made, which are impacting hundreds of campuses and communities. I am excited to see what innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing problems students will bring to CGI U in 2010.”

The 2010 CGI U Meeting will convene 1,200 college students, 100 university presidents, as well as leading not-for-profit organizations, social entrepreneurs, and youth leaders. Over the three-day meeting, attendees will participate in forums and working sessions to formulate new ways to make a difference. On the final day, CGI U Meeting attendees, in collaboration with the University of Miami, will participate in a wide range of community service activities.

CGI U builds on the successful model of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) by engaging the future generation of global changemakers. The mission of CGI U calls upon college students, university presidents, and leaders of the nonprofit community to address global challenges in the areas of education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health.

All CGI U Meeting attendees make a Commitment to Action – a comprehensive, formal plan of action to address a specific problem on their campus, in their community, or abroad. While a commitment is a requirement for participation at the meeting, just like at the Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, any college student or university can make a commitment throughout the year at Since the inception of CGI U, nearly 2,000 commitments have been made by students and universities worldwide.

The early deadline for applicants is November 20, 2009, and the final application deadline is February 1, 2010. Applications will be processed on a rolling basis, and students are encouraged to apply early. Applying and attending the meeting are free for accepted students.

What:     Third Clinton Global Initiative University Meeting

Who:     President Bill Clinton
Donna Shalala, President of University of Miami,
1,200 college students, college and university presidents, and leaders from government, academia, and non-governmental organizations, including university administrators, social entrepreneurs, youth leaders, and prominent philanthropists

Where: The University of Miami Coral Gables, Florida 33124

When: April 16-18, 2010

About the Clinton Global Initiative
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) brings together a community of 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 100 current and former heads of state, 10 of the last 16 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. The Fifth Annual Meeting was held September 22-25, 2009 in New York City. To learn more, visit