In the midst of an historic week focused on the bailout of the American economy, the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting was going on in New York City last week. Former President, Bill Clinton, launched the Clinton Global Initiative in 2005 in order to bring world leaders together to take innovative action to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. At the meeting last week, Clinton announced plans for the coming year that will invest $8 billion globally and impact 158 million lives. Some of the new programs include: school feeding programs, access to healthcare, new vaccines, distribution of safe drinking water, microcredit programs, etc. The details on the new initiatives are here. But the really exciting thing is that the University of Texas at Austin will be host to the second meeting of CGI University, an initiative that brings students, faculty and staff from universities across the country and the world together to come up with plans to tackle global issues. The first CGI U was held in New Orleans in March 2008. Attendees agree to commitments to change the world. So far, commitments from the New Orleans innaugural meeting have totaled over 1,000. The Austin CGI U will be held this coming February.
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