President Bill Clinton
launched the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in 2005 as a non-partisan
catalyst for action, bringing together a community of global leaders
to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the worlds
most pressing challenges.
As a non-profit, 501(c)(3) endeavor of the William
J. Clinton Foundation, CGI draws strength from a highly diverse
membership base that represents the full spectrum of political,
ideological, religious, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds. Members
include current and former heads of state, top business executives,
preeminent scholars, and representatives of key non-governmental
organizations working together for a common cause.
The defining characteristics of the Clinton Global
Initiative are its action-oriented nature and its track record of
converting pioneering ideas into viable solutions with tangible
results. CGI members develop commitments to action,
focusing on practical, effective problem-solving measures that can
be taken now. Member commitments are comprehensive, formal plans
of action with timetables for evaluating progress. They are developed
within one or more CGI areas of focus, which change annually to
address the most imperative global issues requiring attention. We
have designated education, energy & climate change, global health,
and poverty alleviation as the areas of focus for 2007.
In this era of remarkable global interdependence,
ensuring more equitable access to existing and future resources
is a moral and practical imperative for us all.