FiveCurrents was honored and excited to produce the Fifth Annual Meeting of The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) 22-25 September in New York City. CGI welcomed a very special guest, President Barack Obama, who addressed the opening session of CGI and discussed the importance of giving. The guest list included global leaders from business, government, academia, science, religion, and non-governmental organizations, including numerous heads of state, former heads of state, CEOs of multinational corporations, and prominent philanthropists.
“I think we can say with some certainty that this model actually does work,” President Clinton said. “People don’t have to have the same politics, the same religion, or speak the same language to work together and to have an impact. We all have things to learn from each other. What we need is a shared mechanism to achieve common goals.”
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 non-governmental organizations, and prominent members of the media.
FiveCurrents’ President and Executive Producer of CGI, Scott Givens, said, “The Fifth Annual Meeting brought together an unprecedented number of world leaders, once again creating a forum for participants to develop solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.”
On Thursday evening, FiveCurrents produced the Clinton Global Citizen Awards, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated visionary leadership in solving pressing global challenges. Actor and comedian Ben Stiller was the evening’s host, and GRAMMY Award winning artists Juanes and Alicia Keys both performed at the awards ceremony.
At CGI, world leaders identified critical areas for action and collaboration across a multitude of sectors, ranging from education, and energy and climate change to global health and the economic empowerment. CGI members in 2009 have made 284 new commitments valued at more than $9.4 billion dollars. In total, these commitments are projected to improve more than 200 million lives. FiveCurrents has been producing The Clinton Global Initiative since its inception in 2005 and is thankful for the privilege of working with such forward thinking leaders.