Clinton Global Initiative Inspires $9.4 Billion in Commitments
NEW YORK, New York, September 28, 2009 (ENS) - A multi-billion dollar outpouring of generosity marked the fifth annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative last week in New York. CGI members committed themselves to work toward solutions in four global challenge areas - energy and climate change, education, global health, and economic empowerment.

President Bill Clinton recognizes members who made a commitment at the 2009 Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting. (Photo courtesy CGI)

Former President Bill Clinton announced Friday at the end of the four-day meeting, CGI members made 284 new commitments valued at more than $9.4 billion dollars. In total, he said, these commitments are projected to improve more than 200 million lives.

"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."

Since 2005, members of the Clinton Global Initiative have made nearly 1,700 commitments valued at $57 billion dollars.

"Whether it's providing housing to the homeless, education to the poor, or green technology to fix our climate crisis, the solutions to the most pressing challenges of our time all require investments in infrastructure and human capital," said Clinton.

"Governments and companies need to make smart investments in public works and the labor force to spread the benefits of economic growth to millions more people around the world," he said.

2009 Clinton Global Initiative environmental commitments include:

Across the United States:

Around the World: Several of this year's commitments will benefit Haiti: While many commitments are made in advance of the annual meeting, some are inspired onsite, President Clinton said. For example CGI member Mouhsine Serrrar from Prakti Design Labs came in to the annual meeting to find partners for his commitment to distribute fuel efficient cookstoves in India.

During the meeting, Serrar has not only developed a new commitment around developing fuel efficient cookstoves in Haiti, a country that needs new options for stopping deforestation, but he has also found a wide range of implementing and funding partners including E+Co, AIDG and the Sierra Club, among others to make it possible.

Established in 2005 by President Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative has gathered a community of global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems.

Since 2005, CGI annual meetings have brought together more than 100 current and former heads of state, 10 of the last 16 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, hundreds of CEOs, heads of foundations, philanthropists, directors of nongovernmental organizations, and members of the media.

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