Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes a community of global leaders to forge solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. CGI members include some of the world's largest companies, leading NGOs and foundations, government representatives from around the world, and prominent individual philanthropists. CGI fosters action through a rich year-round calendar of events designed to help members connect, collaborate, and make effective and measurable commitments.
Every September, the CGI community comes together in New York City for the Annual Meeting. The meeting gives CGI members the opportunity to assess the progress of ongoing commitments, develop new partnerships, and recognize the innovative action currently underway by CGI members across the world.
This working meeting brings together hundreds of leaders from the business, government, and nonprofit sectors to devise real and effective solutions for economic recovery and job creation in the United States.
Building on the successful model of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), CGI U convenes approximately 1,000 students from all over the world, along with nonprofit leaders, entrepreneurs, and celebrities engaged in efforts to create positive change. Participants come together at a different college or university each year to work on their commitments and learn about innovative approaches to the world's most pressing issues.
CGI's first international meeting, CGI Asia was held in Hong Kong in 2008 to bring together heads of state, top CEOs, directors of NGOs, philanthropists, scholars, and members of the media to address local and global challenges in the areas of Education, Energy & Climate Change, and Public Health.