The Clinton Global Initiative's (CGI) annual meeting takes place on the 26-29 September in New York with a stellar list of international speakers lined up that include Richard Branson, Bill Gates, World Bank President: Jim Yong Kim, Ursula Burns - Chairman & CEO of the Xerox Corporation, ex Boston bar owner Ted Danson speaking as a board director of Oceana - an ocean conservation organisation, former Australian PM Julia Gillard, a robot called Pepper and of course founder and namesake, Bill Clinton, along with his daughter Chelsea who is VP of the Clinton Foundation.
Now it's tenth year, the CGI - according to their website - sets out 'to turn ideas into action' by convening ' global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world's most pressing challenges'.
According to the Washington Post the CGI idea was hatched on a privately chartered Davos (World Economic Forum) bound jet with an unlikely, yet very creative, collection of people on board including President Clinton, a former President of Brazil, the founders of Google, the eternally cool John Cusack and comedy legend Chevy Chase.
With some arguing the World Economic Forum at Davos had become a "mix of pomp and platitude", accomplishing little of any value other than being an annual meet-up of the world's rich and wealthy (over 5 star dining and off piste skiing), on board discussions lead to the question: couldn't the 'big names' at Davos be doing more to solve the world's problems?
Clinton advisor and fellow passenger, Doug Band, had the idea that Clinton himself could bring the world's leaders, thinkers and entrepreneurs together believing that " Bill Clinton didn’t need Davos. He could do this himself".
And so the idea was born and in the last 10 years the CGI has raised billions from US corporations, Wall St, foreign governments to push for global economic development in the world's most needed areas, a better understanding and action around climate change and " empower girls and women by expanding access to education, increasing economic opportunity, and providing critical health care to young mothers and their newborn".
With this list of speakers, and more, it ensures the CGI is now well and truly on the world calendar of events. Updates can be found on Clinton Global Initiative website or by visiting their official Twitter account.
Pictures courtesy of Wiki-Commons
Roy Prosterman, Bill Clinton, and Tim Hanstad pose at the 2007 Clinton Global Initiative Jtobiason08
President Barack Obama speaks with former President Bill Clinton backstage prior to delivering remarks
during the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, N.Y., Sept. 23, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
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