Global Leaders Meet, Plan Action At Clinton Global Initiative

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World leaders, CEOs, non-governmental organizations and philanthropists will gather in midtown Manhattan this week to develop programs to improve the lives of people around the world.

Timed to coincide with the beginning of the United Nations General Assembly, the Clinton Global Initiative requires each participant to create their own plan that is “new, specific and measureable.”

“The ‘Commitment to Action’ is what distinguishes this from several other gatherings like this around the world,” said Craig Minassian director of communications for the CGI.  “They [conference members] make a specific tangible action plan to address pressing issue in one of our global challenge areas.”

The more than 1,000 participants choose a “Commitment to Action” in one of four categories:  Education, Economic Empowerment, Environment and Energy and Global Health.  This year, the conference is focusing those areas of focus on topics such as empowering women and enhancing access to new technologies.

Previous projects connected to the CGI include the "Make it Right" Foundation supported by actor Brad Pitt which has helped to build homes in New Orleans Lower 9th Ward post-Hurricane Katrina.

The event is known for drawing Fortune 500 CEOs and world leaders.  President Obama and the First Lady will join President Clinton on Thursday at the closing session.

Created by President Clinton in 2005, this year marks the sixth annual meeting of the CGI.