CGI Prepares for 5th Anniversary

Monday, July 27, 2009

FiveCurrents is preparing for The Clinton Global Initiative’s Fifth Annual Meeting, to be held September 22-25 in New York City. Confirmed guests for the 2009 meeting include 35 current and former heads of state, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Larry Summers and Valerie Jarrett.

“As the Clinton Global Initiative approaches its Fifth Annual Meeting, I am looking forward to working together with some of the world’s most forward-looking CEOs, leaders from government and innovative non-profits to make progress on the great global challenges,” President Clinton said. “Through our Annual Meeting, CGI members have made upwards of 1,400 commitments that have already impacted more than 200 million people in 150 countries. I am excited to see what this year’s Annual Meeting will bring.”

The Clinton Global Initiative convenes 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, 14 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. These CGI members have made more than 1,400 commitments valued at $46 billion, which have already improved the lives of 200 million people in 150 countries. Commitments made at the 2008 Annual Meeting are expected to affect almost 160 million people. For more information, visit

Rio Presents in Lausanne

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Brazilian bid for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games received a warm reception in Lausanne, Switzerland where the four finalist cities each presented their case for hosting the 2016 Olympic Games. FiveCurrents is working with the Brazilian Olympic Committee on Rio’s Olympic bid.

“The feedback that we got was very positive,” Rio bid secretary general Carlos Roberto Osorio told the Associated Press. “People really got our message. … Rio offers something new and fresh. Of the four candidates, Rio is the novelty.”

The presentation included a map of all previous Olympic Games showing dots throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, but an empty South America. Rio is hoping to host the first-ever Olympic Games in South America. 

USA Today reported that “The Brazilian city emerged with the most buzz among the four cities which made presentations Wednesday to members of the International Olympic Committee, and must be considered a potential leading contender going into the final decision in Copenhagen on Oct. 2 against Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo.”

FiveCurrents and the Brazilian bid Committee, along with Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will be in Copenhagen on 2 October for the vote to determine who will host the 2016 Olympic Games.