The Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation has announced that the tenth annual Clinton Global Initiative conference concluded with a hundred and twenty-three commitments aimed at improving the lives of more than fifteen million people.
Commitments included more than $83 million in funding to be disbursed to entrepreneurs, microenterprises, and small and midsize enterprises; efforts to cut at least twenty-six million tons of carbon-dioxide equivalents; and programs aimed at improving access to and the quality of education for more than six million women and girls, employing forty thousand physicians and health workers, and connecting a million smallholder farmers to new products and markets.
New commitments include a joint effort by the Human Rights Campaign and AT&T, CA Technologies, GayDestinationWeddings.com, and Symantec Corporation to launch a Business Coalition for Global Workplace Fairness and establish workplace non-discrimination protections for the LGBT community worldwide; and the LEGO Foundation's BRAC Play Lab Project, which, in partnership with BRAC and the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, will promote the importance of learning through play in Bangladesh, Uganda, and Tanzania.
"CGI members continue to demonstrate how organizations of all sizes, from all sectors, can positively impact communities — especially young people — around the world," said Clinton Foundation vice chair Chelsea Clinton. "All of the new commitments to action and the progress on existing commitments announced this week — ranging from restoring access to healthcare in Nepal to training female solar power engineers in Kenya — are powerful reminders of the transformative and leading role CGI members play in addressing social, health, and economic disparity around the world."