CGI Expanding to Asia

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.”

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