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Clinton Climate Initiative Announces “Blue Guardians: Protecting Oceans & Enabling Blue Economies”



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New York, NY (September 28, 2015) – Today, at the 2015 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton announced new Commitments to Action that will address pressing global challenges. Speakers discussed ways to empower individuals to create wealth and break cycles of inequality; the impact of innovation on our societies, environment and economies; and climate change and resiliency.

Highlights included:

  • A morning Plenary Session moderated by Rana Foroohar, Assistant Managing Editor and Economics Columnist, Global Economic Analyst, TIME, CNN, about ways to promote quality lifelong learning, adequate nutrition, and improved health outcomes, starting with early childhood development. Participants Jessica Biel, Ambassador to the “Then Who Will” Campaign, WomanCare Global; Robert Collymore, Chief Executive Officer, Safaricom Limited; Maryana Iskander, Chief Executive Officer, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator; Art Peck, Chief Executive Officer, Gap Inc.; Hanne Rasmussen, Chief Executive Officer, The LEGO Foundation; and Joseph Stiglitz, Professor, Columbia University, discussed how CGI members can empower individuals to build wealth for their families by connecting them to the formal financial system and eliminating barriers to asset and property ownership.
  • A CGI Conversation moderated by CNBC’s Becky Quick, Co-anchor, Squawk Box, CNBC, on “Making the Economy Work for People,” which was streamed live online. The session featured Karen Appleton, Senior Vice President of Industry, Box, Founder, Box.orgJim Brett, President, West Elm; John Chambers, Executive Chairman of the Board, Cisco; Erica Kochi, Senior Advisor on Innovation to the Executive Director, UNICEF, Co-founder and Co-lead, UNICEF Innovation; and John McFarlane, Chairman, Barclays; concluding with a one-on-one conversation with President Clinton.
  • The afternoon plenary session moderated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist, American Museum of Natural History, which discussed access to and use of today’s innovations in underserved communities to ensure benefits can be shared by all. Participants Sangeeta Bhatia, Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Sir Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group and Virgin Unite; and Fereshteh Forough, Founder and President, Code to Inspire, emphasized the importance of investing in research and development to advance new ideas and technologies for social and environmental change. The session also featured a special appearance by Pepper, Social Humanoid Robot, Aldebaran and Softbank.
  • The last plenary of the day focused on creating incentives and reducing risk for all sectors to invest in clean and renewable energy, and energy efficiency programs. The session was moderated by Judith Rodin, President, The Rockefeller Foundation, and featured a discussion between Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, President, Republic of Colombia; Pelenise Alofa, National Coordinator and Country Manager, Kiribati Climate Action Network and Live & Learn Environmental Education; Theresa Jester, Chief Executive Officer, Silicor Materials, Inc.; and Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group.
  • The Clinton Climate Initiative, in partnership with Conservation International, Esri, Federated States of Micronesia, Global Environment Facility, GPC Group, GRID-Arendal, Republic of Seychelles, Saint Vincent And The Grenadines, SIDS DOCK, The Nature Conservancy, Waitt Institute, and World Bank Group, joined a DigitalGlobe commitment, “Blue Guardians: Protecting Oceans & Enabling Blue Economies.” The partnership committed to providing resources needed to develop national climate resilience strategies and an associated pipeline of investment projects related to increasing coastal resiliency to climate change, marine and fisheries conservation, and renewable energy.
  • Aclima and Google announced that google street view cars will be outfitted with aclima technology and will drive throughout california cities’ streets at different times throughout the day to gather data on local air quality and pollution levels. The information will be analyzed by scientists and ultimately mapped on Google Earth for public access.
  • Five commitments made as part of the 2014 Energy Poverty Call to Action were announced. These commitments concentrate on providing clean energy to the 1.3 billion people who lack access to electricity, as well as the millions more whose livelihoods are limited by expensive, unreliable energy sources.
  • A group of seven commitments were announced in response to the 2014 Water Scarcity Call to Action. These commitments address water availability and quality issues across the globe, including industrial and agricultural water use, contamination of water supplies, and lack of access to clean water for underserved communities.


About The Waitt Foundation

The Waitt Foundation, established by Gateway, Inc. co-founder Ted Waitt in 1993, specializes in public-private partnership and supports a variety of national and international programs concentrating on ocean health. Partnering with unique coalitions of government, foundations & philanthropists, NGOs, academics, and business, the Waitt Foundation supports high impact projects with the ultimate aim to “restore our oceans to full productivity.” Learn more at and @WaittFdn.

About the Clinton Global Initiative

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together 190 sitting and former heads of state, more than 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date, members of the CGI community have made more than 3,200 Commitments to Action, which have improved the lives of over 430 million people in more than 180 countries.

In addition to the Annual Meeting, CGI convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States; and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world. This year, CGI also convened CGI Middle East & Africa, which brought together leaders across sectors to take action on pressing social, economic, and environmental challenges.

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