CGI Annual Meeting Around the Corner

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Preparations are underway at the FiveCurrents office in anticipation of the Clinton Global Initiative 2008 Annual Meeting. FiveCurrents President, Scott Givens, produces the meeting each year and is excited to see the new commitments that will be made at CGI’s fourth Annual Meeting.

The Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting convenes a diverse group of approximately 1,000 world leaders to examine today’s most pressing global challenges and transform that awareness into tangible commitments to action. The 2008 Annual Meeting will take place in New York from September 23-26, 2008. Participants will include current and former heads of state, top business executives, preeminent scholars, and representatives of key non-governmental organizations working together for a common cause. The program for the 2008 Annual Meeting will concentrate on challenges and opportunities in four focus areas: education, energy & climate change, global health and poverty alleviation.

The meeting schedule will include a combination of working sessions for each of CGI focus areas, as well as several plenary sessions that will address broader issues. These sessions will provide members with an opportunity to interact with experts, collaborate with other members who share common objectives, and ultimately, initiate a commitment to action that best matches their interests and resources. Each partnership forged and each commitment made can have a direct and measurable impact on people across our planet for generations to come.

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CGI Expanding to Asia

Friday, August 1, 2008

On July 31, Former President Bill Clinton announced that the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), which is produced by FiveCurrents, will host its first meeting outside of the United States in Hong Kong on December 2-3, 2008. President Clinton will be joined by Asian heads of state, top CEOs, directors of nongovernmental organizations, philanthropists, scholars, and members of the media to address local and global challenges in the areas of education, energy and climate change, and public health.

“I am looking forward to engaging Asian leaders from government, business, and the nonprofit sector to take action on critical global challenges,” President Clinton said.  “By combining Asia’s unique capacity to lead on pressing issues such as poverty alleviation and global health with the Clinton Global Initiative’s successful model that has inspired $30 billion worth of commitments to improve 200 million lives in 100 countries, this meeting holds tremendous promise and opportunity for change throughout the Asian continent and around the world.”

The CGI Asia meeting builds on the success of CGI’s Annual Meetings in New York City and FiveCurrents’ President, Scott Givens, is excited to take the conference overseas.

The CGI Asia meeting will run for two days, engaging members in panel discussions and interactive working sessions, two key components of CGI’s methodology. Guided by facilitators and working closely with one another, participants will discuss new ideas and uncover new insights to address specific problems. CGI members will then apply these ideas and solutions to formulate their “Commitments to Action.”