Now in its third year, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) managed to collect 245 commitments over its recent three-day annual meeting, adding to the more than $10 billion in pledges pooled toward world causes in its first two conferences.
Heads of state, public officials, and businesses that don't fulfill their pledges have their CGI membership refunded and their invites withdrawn, according to CGI spokesman Ben Yarrow in a press conference last Wednesday. He noted that there were five people this year who weren't invited back, although he declined to "out" them, saying that the organization wasn't "the philanthropy police."Here's a list of the conference's accomplishments so far, per Yarrow:
- More than 857,000 children under 5 years old have gotten access to lifesaving medical treatment like vaccines.
- By the end of 2007, 34 million people will have been treated for neglected tropical diseases.
- More than 3.2 million people in the developing world have gained access to clean energy services.
- The foundation has plans to expand, Yarrow said, with a conference planned for Asia sometime in 2008; the launch of a Web site, and the creation of campus groups affiliated with the Clinton Global Initiative.
Examples of the impact this year's commitments will potentially have around the world, include:
- 8.5 million out-of-school children will be enabled to enroll in school for the first time.
- 50 million people will have access to treatment of neglected tropical diseases.
- 170,031,331 acres of forest will be protected or restored.
- 11.2 million people will have increased access to sustainable incomes.
Plus, hundreds of commitments were made by more than 40,000 people who visited the newly launched MyCommitment.org, with nearly 200,000 hours of volunteer time and close to $130,000 pledged by people all over the world.
For a continually updated list of ongoing and completed CGI commitments, visit the organization's official Web site.