The Clinton Global Initiative, a FiveCurrents production, finished another successful annual meeting this September. Many commitments were made by members to help individuals around the world, and several mega commitments were announced in front of the gathered luminaries in attendance. Commitments ranged from assistance to help victims of Hurricane Ike, to mosquito netting for Africans, to increasing education in the Brazilian Amazon Region.
Day 2 of the conference featured speeches from Senator John McCain and Senator Barack Obama. The morning panel on Integrated Solutions: Water, Food, and Energy was moderated by NBC News Special Correspondent Tom Brokaw and included Gavin Newsom, Mayor of San Francisco; Shimon Peres, President of Israel; T. Boone Pickens, Chairman and CEO of BP Capital; and Robert Zoellick, President of The World Bank Group.
The evening concluded with the Clinton Global Citizen Awards hosted by CNBC anchor Maria Bariromo and honored Jennifer and Peter Buffett, Xiaoyi (Sheri) Liao, Julio Frenk, and Neville Isdell for their commitment to leadership in philanthropy, civil society, public service and the corporate sector respectively. The evening included musical performances by Youssou Ndour and James Taylor.
The final day of the conference, members were addressed by Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, followed by closing remarks from President Clinton, who urged members not to let the economy impact their philanthropy.
The Clinton Global Initiative will hold its next meeting, CGI Asia, in Hong Kong on December 2nd and 3rd. For more information on CGI Asia, click here.