President Clinton said, "I am inspired by the dedication and generosity of our CGI members whose commitments touch the lives of millions of people around the world. This year's commitments represent not only a deep respect for humanity but also inspire others to transform their ideas and innovation into substantive global action. I extend my sincerest thanks to all of the leaders from the political, business, and civil sectors for their willingness to choose to create a more prosperous, sustainable, and inclusive world for all people."
The day's theme, "Designing Our Environments," highlighted the need to produce holistic approaches for built and natural environments in order to provide healthy sustainable settings worldwide. Over the course of the meeting's second day, CGI members heard from an array of global leaders on the importance of fostering prosperous futures for generations to come through investment in ecosystems, urban centers, and social environments.
Featured speakers included: Laurent Lamothe, Prime Minister of the Republic of Haiti; Joyce Banda, President of the Republic of Malawi; Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State U.S. State Department; Ray LaHood, Secretary of Transportation, U.S. Department of Transportation; Madeleine K. Albright, Former Secretary of State and Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group; Lloyd Blankfein, Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs; John Chambers, Chairman and CEO of Cisco; Dr. Paul Farmer, Founder of Partners In Health; Randa Grob-Zakhary, CEO of the LEGO Foundation; Nicholas Kristof, Columnist for the New York Times; Andrew Liveris, Chairman and CEO of The Dow Chemical Company; Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International; Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia; and Fareed Zakaria, CNN Anchor.
Among the commitments announced were the Community-Based Solar Power by Solairedirect. In 2012, Solairedirect committed to develop at least 10 megawatts of distributed solar photovoltaic projects in the southwestern United States over the next three years. Solairedirect will identify target communities seeking access to reliable and affordable electricity and will work in conjunction with local government and community stakeholders to develop these projects. Through this commitment, Solairedirect will demonstrate the financial and operational viability of subsidy free, community-based, for-profit solar power generation in the United States.
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, CGI convenes a community of global leaders to forge solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date, CGI members have made more than 2,100 Commitments to Action, which are already improving the lives of nearly 400 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $69.2 billion.
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