The Clinton Global Initiative will bring together the best minds from around the globe to focus on jobs, sustainable consumption, and girls and women empowerment
The Clinton Global Initiative meeting will be held this Tuesday through Thursday in New York, bringing together an estimated 1,200 current and former heads of state, Fortune 500 CEOs, national and local government officials, and leaders from the nonprofit sector from all parts of the globe to hash out workable solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Some special sessions will address issues such as those in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as the role architecture, sports, and the arts play in fostering positive change. The meeting will coincide with United Nations General Assembly meeting.
- Jobs, Jobs, Jobs: Generating Employment for the 21st Century, which will highlight effective workforce training programs, showcase innovative government incentives that catalyze inclusive job growth, and examine market-leading business developments that can sustainably increase profits, productivity, and prosperity around the world.
- Sustainable Consumption: Ensuring Long-term Prosperity on a Finite Planet, which will explore how, by redefining consumption, organizations can quickly respond to the realities of impending resource constraints and instability while ensuring economic growth.
- Girls and Women: Scaling What Works, which will build on the continued success of past efforts by taking a deeper look at what is working in girls and women’s empowerment and highlighting areas where more resources could make a significant impact.
President Barack Obama will attend the discussion Wednesday and deliver closing remarks at the Sustainable Consumption Plenary. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will also participate and hold a one-on-one “conversation” during the Closing Plenary.
Clinton told Reuters there needed to be a global focus on creating jobs, since the United States is not alone in suffering from high unemployment.
“There are a lot of developing countries that are afraid the global economic crisis is going to stop them from creating sufficient employment to continue to grow,” Clinton said. “Everyone understands that we don’t have any control over what the EU decides to do about Greece or whether America decides to clean up its housing debt more quickly or all those sorts of things but that there are lots of things that can be done everywhere to create more.”
Also, on October 5-6 in new York City, The Foundation for Social Change and United Nations Office for Partnerships present the 2011 Global Conference for Social Change and Women & Girls Education Summit. This dynamic platform is designed to showcase how corporations and non-governmental agencies develop business opportunities through social and environmental problem-solving. The Women and Girls Education Summit: Driving Economic Progress is a special presentation by the leading organizations devoted to the financial and social impact of gender equality throughout the world.
The global conference will feature high-profile speakers such as Cherie Blair, wife of the former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and head of The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women; Lakshmi Puri, Assistant Secretary General, UN Women; Amir Dossal, Chairman, Global Partnerships Forum; and John Paul DeJoria, Co-Founder, Paul Mitchell Systems, Patron Spirits, JPSelects.com.
“The global focus on educating and empowerment women and girls around the world is truly a game-changer; in that there is no other issue in our collective consciousness that demonstrates how an investment in this type of initiative truly makes both a financial (direct) and social (indirect) impact on the global community,” Foundation for Social Change CEO and Founder Louise M. Guido told genConnect.
“While it may be a somewhat ‘fashionable’ cause celeb today, at the Foundation for Social Change, we applaud the Clinton Global Initiative for bringing this issue, and this dramatic development into the forefront of both the corporate and public sector mindset. A woman is the key to the financial wealth and well-being of a country. Let’s all turn our attention to this issue and finally realize the positive, sustainable and permanent change on international development that comes from educating women and girls.”
Watch President Clinton talk about this year’s CGI below:
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