Clinton Global Initiative Commitments

Five years ago, the first Clinton Global Initiative meetings brought together world leaders, CEOs, heads of the non-profit world, and philanthropists to think big and come up with solutions to the world’s biggest problems. Together each year, people and organizations come together to form new short- and long-term commitments to tackle the big stuff. In five years, the gathering has gathered more than 125 current and former heads of state, 15 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 1,900 commitments valued at $63 billion, which have already improved the lives of nearly 300 million people in more than 170 countries. The CGI community also includes CGI University (CGI U), a forum to engage college students in global citizenship,, an online portal where anybody can make a Commitment to Action, and CGI Lead, which engages a select group of young leaders from business, government, and civil society.

In the first two days of sessions this year, the following astounding commitments have been made. This was the most inspiring few days I could imagine last year, as everyone knuckles down and puts their heads together to dream big and then find real world ways to make those dreams a reality.


ACS Energy Advisors, in partnership with WorldWater & Solar Technologies, will donate solar-powered water purification machines—which also serve as energy-efficient generators—to provide clean drinking water in Pakistan.

Over the next five years, Al Jisr will partner with businesses in Morocco to provide much-needed services, technology, and resources to students, parents, and teachers in 1,000 Moroccan schools.

The American Society for Muslim Advancement is teaming its Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality with the Noor Educational and Capacity Development Organization to increase awareness of women’s rights in Afghanistan and train Imams and mosque communities.

Aspen Global Health and Development commits to launch the Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health, chaired by former president of Ireland, Mary Robinson,  and its Call for Resolve Campaign in order to achieve universal access to reproductive health within five years.

The Cason Family Foundation is launching a new web platform that will facilitate partnerships with corporations that empower waste pickers around the world, especially women.

Concern Worldwide U.S. will meet the emergency needs of 588,000 of the most vulnerable people in Pakistan provinces, including food, aid for farmers, and funding for infrastructure.

Project Kaisei and Covanta Energy commit to collect plastic debris from the world’s oceans and turn it into a valuable product using a new waste-to-energy technology.

Donlen Corporation commits to reduce by 20 percent in five years the greenhouse gas emissions created by the nearly three million vehicles that comprise today’s corporate fleets.

EarthEcho International commits to empower youth in the Gulf States through a new citizen journalism initiative in collaboration with the Wallace Global Fund. The initiative will provide 1,000 young people, aged 11-18, with the training and resources to cover local environmental challenges.

EarthSpark International commits to reduce Haitians’ reliance on conventional fuels by building two solar-powered microgrids and opening five locally-owned stores selling energy-efficient appliances such as alternative fuel cookstoves.

The Electric Drive Transportation Association commits to launch the Plug-in Electric Vehicles Acceleration Initiative, which will develop market incentives, supportive regulation, and profitable business models that will stimulate mass market acceptance of electric cars.

Together, the Enhancement of Integrated Services and Waste Recycling Co. and the Association for the Protection of Environment will address the garbage problem in Egypt with solid waste recycling strategies with the goal of total recycling and no landfills.

Google will give $1 million to Pakistan flood relief efforts and work to develop new technologies to aid in this and future humanitarian crises. It will enhance tools, including Person Finder, which was used successfully after the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, to help people give and receive updates on friends and loved ones

Green Power Partnership commits to install 50 anaerobic fixed film bioreactors over three years to process food waste in Africa, improving the health of 300 million people and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 10 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year.

Greentech Automotive will invest $1 billion to build manufacturing plants in Mississippi and Virginia, and will sell 100,000 electric vehicles for less than $10,000 each.

AmeriCares Foundation and partner organizations, which make up the Haiti Adolescent Girls Network, commit to create safe spaces that offer social, health, and financial literacy services for vulnerable adolescent girls.

The Hertz Corporation and the Hidary Foundation commit to launch a global electric vehicle rental and car-sharing service.

Humanity United commits to support conflict prevention and peace-building projects in Sudan and Liberia with a total of $7 million in grants over the course of 2011.

The Innovation Center for Energy and Transportation commits to help China realize its greenhouse gas intensity targets by introducing aggressive fuel economy standards, training for government officials, and methods to calculate and reduce carbon emissions.

ISPAN, with the help of the World Heritage Center and the TipaTipa Foundation, will produce teaching materials for a five-year curriculum on Haiti’s rich national heritage.

The Kashf Foundation commits to establish a fund for the rehabilitation of 10 Pakistan communities severely affected by the flood.

Kopernik commits to create a “Do-It-Yourself” portal on its website that will provide step-by-step instructions on how to create these technologies for people in the developing world, with an emphasis on using region-specific materials.

Laureate International Universities commits to invest $10 million in the International Youth Foundation’s Youth Action Net Program for Young Social Entrepreneurs.

LifeSpring Hospitals commits to expand its proven model of low-cost maternity hospitals from nine to 30 facilities in India by 2012, thus drastically increasing access to high quality health care for low-income Indian women.

The Medtronic Foundation commits to invest $1 million to support the Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance and its partners in order to ensure a productive and results-driven UN General Assembly Special Session on Non-Communicable Diseases, or NCDs, in 2011.

The Moody’s Foundation will develop a scorecard and rating system that assesses the social performance of Microfinance institutions, for-profit investors, nonprofit funders, and development agencies.

The National Wildlife Federation, Serious Materials, and Jayni Chase commit to launch the Energy-Efficient Schools Initiative, a comprehensive strategy to help implement basic energy efficiency retrofits in 500 U.S. schools.

NRG Energy commits to invest $1 million in the installation of solar panels to power water pumps, schools, and street lighting in the municipality of Boucan Carré.

The Ocean Conservancy commits to establish a Gulf Restoration Center in Louisiana. The Center will tap into a network of volunteers to support coastal cleanup and long-term regional recovery.

One Acre Fund commits to supply affordable seed and fertilizer, and conduct trainings for 300,000 farming families in rural Kenya and Rwanda over the next five years.

Omidyar Network will commit $30 million through grants and investments to 10-20 organizations and companies to advance government transparency globally, with a specific focus on India, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the U.S.

Open Hands Initiative commits to produce a free, original comic book starring a cross-cultural superhero with disabilities who holds both American and Syrian values. The comic book will help to establish trust and understanding between the two cultures, as well as empower youth with disabilities.

The Pentok Institute, a community development organization for women and girls in Tibetan-populated Qinghai Province, China, will partner with Smug Po Village, a Tibetan nomadic community of 700 residents, to create sustainable education opportunities for 50 young women.

Project Kaisei commits to the launch the “Plastic Disclosure Project,” modeled after the globally successful Carbon Disclosure Project, and driven by the world’s investment community. The project will inspire changes in design, new materials, and recycling by determining the “plastic footprint” of manufacturers, suppliers, and consumers.

READ Global commits to building 20 Women’s Empowerment Centers in rural India, Nepal, and Bhutan. With local partners, these centers will empower women and adolescent girls through training that emphasizes education, enterprise, and self-advocacy.

RONOC commits to launch a $130 million private equity fund to invest in at least eight microfinance institutions that are seeking to grow in profitability, while offering affordable financial services to low-income individuals and small and medium-sized enterprises. Over the next three-and-a half-years, RONOC will fund and advise the transformation of microfinance institutions in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Romania, Russia, and the Ukraine.

Room to Read commits to provide one million girls in Asia and Africa with invaluable literacy skills. During the next two years, Room to Read will open 4,000 new bilingual school libraries, along with 100 new or remodeled schools and classrooms.

Stree Mukti Sanghatana commits to provide training in environmental entrepreneurship for urban poor women waste pickers in Mumbai and neighboring cities in India.

Studio Moderna and BigFishBikes commit to bring two pilot projects to greater Los Angeles by 2013 that will promote folding bikes as a viable alternative to automobile use. They will work with municipalities and employers to incorporate bikes into mass transit commuter programs, reducing fuel use, and relieving congested freeways.

TransFair USA will partner with Ben & Jerry’s to increase the amount of ingredients that are imported to the U.S. on equitable and sustainable Fair Trade Certified terms.

The U.S. State Department, along with leading public and private partners, will launch a bold new Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves to enable 100 million households in the developing world to use clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels by 2020.

Vestergaard Frandsen commits to the distribution, maintenance, and replacement of approximately one million LifeStraw Family units, which will provide more than four million people with access to clean water.

WITNESS commits to curb the violence against women and girls in conflict zones by launching a three-year visual storytelling campaign that empowers these women to pick up a video camera and share their story.

Zerofootprint commits to work with schools across the U.S. to help them measure, compare, and ultimately reduce their energy and water use.


Partners for a New Beginning with Acxiom will develop an outreach program, Reach In, Reach Out. This program will develop and publicize best practices to be used to include people of the Muslim faith in community affairs and corporate interactions in the Middle East, Northern Africa, the West Bank, Asia, and the United States.

After-School All-Stars, through its We Are Ready initiative, will provide high school readiness training, study skills, career exploration activities, and college exposure and mentorship opportunities to American eighth graders at risk of becoming high school dropouts.

The Alicea Foundation will educate students, parents, and teachers on the essentials of road safety in Georgetown, Guyana.

The American Cancer Society will develop a public health campaign committed to preventing a pandemic of tobacco-related deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Asia Injury Prevention (AIP) Foundation will expand its road safety programs in Vietnam to Cambodia, Uganda, and one state in India.

BreastSens will establish the Soweto Breast Cancer Network (SBCN) to improve cancer survival rates in Soweto by promoting early detection and providing access to informed healthcare choices.

Burston Marsteller, representing WPP, has developed a logo for the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety and commits to provide additional pro-bono communications services to support the Decade’s launch in May of 2011.

The Coca-Cola Company is committing approximately $3.75 million to launch eight water projects in Muslim-majority African countries, including Morocco, Sierra Leone, and Somalia.

Comet-ME will build and install hybrid wind and solar stand-alone mini-grids for all off-grid Palestinian communities in the South Hebron Hills.

The Cordes Foundation, in partnership with The Calvert Foundation and Giving Assets, commits to create the “Global Impact 50,” an index ranking the top 50 impact investment managers that deliver social and environmental value in addition to financial returns.

Cradle to Cradle will expand its green certification standard to encompass 1,000 well-recognized products over the next five years. By assessing the water purity, renewable energy, and social fairness involved in a product’s manufacturing process, Cradle to Cradle provides a green stamp of approval that can be trusted by environmentally-conscious consumers.

The Dana Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) commits to work with Partners in Health (PIH) to donate cancer drugs, offer remote consultative services to clinicians, and develop cancer control and care programs in Haiti, Mexico, Jordan, and Rwanda.

Refugees United, Ericsson, and Delta Partners will launch a mobile phone application that will help refugees locate their family members via text messaging. They plan to implement this tool in Kenya, Sudan, Somalia, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo, with the goal of helping 120,000 refugees find their families by the end of 2011.

Over the next five years the Durabilis Foundation will work in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa to develop agricultural supply chains to link famers with local and regional markets.

FARM-Africa will launch the Maendeleo Agriculture Enterprise Fund, a competitive grant-making fund in four African countries that will support small-scale agricultural producers.

The King Hussein Cancer Foundation and Center in Amman, Jordan will establish a new approach towards cancer treatment called “Personalized Medicine” in order to combat rising cancer rates in the Middle East.

Firmenich and its partners will create new income opportunities for Haitian farmers and distillers by providing trees, training, and equipment for the sustainable production of essential oils.

By 2015, Global Citizen Year will engage 1,000 American high school graduates in annual structured apprenticeships in communities across Asia, Africa, or Latin America through a “bridge year” program between high school and college. Each Fellow will develop a fluency in a new language and an understanding of other cultures.

Gonzalo Rodriguez Memorial Foundation (GRMF) will promote road safety awareness and citizenship education in Uruguay.

The Great Barrier Reef Foundation will create a ten-year, $60 million bond, in partnership with Goldman Sachs and KPMG, to fund research and interventions that will help coral reefs adapt to climate change.

IMAFLORA will contribute to the conservation of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest by developing a pilot model of payments for environmental services. The model will be based on a regional approach that links the responsible production of cocoa and environmentally-friendly markets with the maintenance and enhancement of environmental services like forest carbon stocks, water production, biodiversity protection, and improvement of farmer-livelihoods.

ImagineNations Group, with Yahoo!, will connect young entrepreneurs to one another, to mentors, to supporters, to financing sources, and to markets through the ImagineNations Network (INN), an online platform.

InSTEDD will open an innovation laboratory, or iLab, in Zimbabawe in 2011. The iLab will be a collaborative environment where young students and entrepreneurs will learn software development, project management, and collaboration techniques in order to advance solutions in economic development, public health, and environmental sustainability.

Over three years, the Interfaith Youth Core will create a global network of 150 Interfaith Youth Leaders, age 16 to 35, from the U.S. and 11 Muslim countries.

International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) will work towards eliminating high risk roads in the Asia Pacific region by evaluating, rating, and implementing safety measures on the 10 percent of roads with the highest volume of traffic in the region.

Lockheed Martin commits to its first public-private partnership, joining the city of Burlington, Vermont in its search for sustainable technologies to lead the city towards its goal of 100 percent renewable power supply by 2012.

Over the next five years, Lumni will provide 10,000 students in Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and the U.S. with access to financing for higher education.

The FIA Foundation, with the IDB and others, commits $10 million to promote safe driving, and the use of motorcycle crash helmets and seat belts, to combat road traffic injury during the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020).

The Mayo Clinic School for Continuous Professional Development and Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center will create an institution to better treat tobacco dependence and to reduce tobacco use by advocating for tobacco control policies, such as smoke-free workplaces.

Merck & Co. commits to invest more than $3 million in partnership with CARE USA and Save the Children to develop a package of services focused on five areas of impact: child development, health, nutrition, child protection, and economic empowerment.

The Rural Development Institute (RDI), along with the Nike Foundation, Omidyar Network, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will launch an advocacy campaign to help girls in rural sub-Saharan Africa and Asia secure land rights.

Cleantech U commits to empower students at five universities in the US to become innovators in the clean technology sector.

Sitawi will raise $1.5 million for its Social Fund, which will distribute loans to Brazilian mission-driven organizations that are too big for microcredit, too small for development banks, and too risky for commercial lenders.

Step Up on Second will build, develop, and operate 200 permanent green housing units for people identified as the most vulnerable by the Hollywood Homeless Registry.

The Tony Blair Faith Foundation will will launch “Face to Faith” in the U.S, which uses interactive religious education programs to build understanding and tolerance.

The United Postcode Lotteries, together with World Wildlife Fund, Greenpeace, and the Marine Stewardship Council, will implement Postcode Lottery Project Oceans, a public awareness campaign about man-made threats to oceans.

Virgin Unite, Humanity United, and the Nduna Foundation commit to establish Enterprise Zimbabwe, a trust that will help to facilitate the flow of philanthropic and commercial investment into social development initiatives, small and medium-sized enterprises, and entrepreneurship.

Vittana commits to develop, launch, and fund the first higher education micro-loan programs in Africa. The program will enable 10,000 students to pursue post-secondary education and learn employable skills in fields such as nursing, law enforcement, and information technology.

Wrap Up Africa (WUA) will expand its existing program to provide income-generation opportunities for cancer patients and their families while they undergo treatment, often miles from home.

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