In December 2008, President Clinton traveled to Hong Kong to join several hundred Asian leaders from a wide variety of backgrounds to further strengthen social and global responsibility in Asia, and move toward the benefits achieved through collaboration. CGI Asia catalyzed innovative solutions and cross-sector partnerships among regionally based members in Asia and CGI’s global community to address critical challenges with global implications. From the commitments made at the meeting, here are a few highlights:
- An estimated 715,000 children will benefit from better education opportunities;
- More than 260,000 adults will learn new job skills;
- Nearly 24,000 hectares of forest land will be protected by empowering local residents to manage their own natural resources;
- The equivalent of more than 40,000 tons of CO2 emissions will be cut;
- More than 250,000 girls and women will be empowered with better opportunities for sustainable livelihoods;
- More than 3.5 million people will gain greater access to health services; and
- Half a million people will now have safe drinking water, and 400,000 children will benefit from better nutrition.
FiveCurrents’ President, Scott Givens, and his staff are now turning their attention towards the second annual Clinton Global Initiative University meeting (CGI U). The meeting will be held at the University of Texas at Austin from February 13-15, 2009, where more than 1,000 students will come together to make a difference both internationally and locally. The schedule will be similar to the CGI Annual meeting, however CGI U will conclude with a service project to assist their host community. For more information on CGI U, or to attend the meeting, please click here.