Middle East and North Africa, sustainable consumption, and sports as a tool for development took center stage during the second day of the Clinton Global Initiative’s 2011 annual meeting in New York, USA, which also featured high-profile guests such as Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa.
“Suu Kyi and Archibishop Tutu exemplify the positive work of CGI members – who have made 194 new commitments this year, valued at $6.2 billion that will positively impact more than 100 million people,” former U.S. President Bill Clinton noted.
Among the new commitments outlined at the second day of the meeting are pledges to build a home and health care facility for rural children living with cancer in Egypt, and to raise up to $1 billion for the construction of green buildings around the world.
Meanwhile, relief and development organization World Vision has announced a $200 million commitment to expand access to safe water for women and girls in the developing world. The six-year initiative aims to reach up to 6.6 million people in 10 African countries.
Anti-poverty advocacy group ONE has also outlined its CGI 2011 commitment: a new global campaign to addres the famine in Somalia and drought in the Horn of Africa through social media initiatives, grassroots movements, innovative marketing and political lobbying, among other means to raise awareness of the crisis.
A list of all new 2011 commitments is available at the CGI website.
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