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CGI Middle East & Africa Attendees Make New Commitments

New Commitments to Action will expand access to clean water, create new employment opportunities for young people, and empower women and girls across the Middle East and Africa.

President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton concluded the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Middle East & Africa Meeting in Marrakech, where regional and global leaders from business, government, philanthropy, and NGOs highlighted regional successes and addressed pressing challenges by creating Commitments to Action, including ones focused on investing in youth; securing access to energy, food, and water; and expanding infrastructure for communities throughout the Middle East and Africa.

Participants developed and announced 29 new Commitments to Action – new, specific, and measurable plans to address a significant global challenge, which will positively impact the lives of more than 800,000 people. When fully funded and implemented, these efforts by CGI commitment makers will positively impact more than 132,000 girls and women through a variety of programs to improve quality of education and increase access to employment and skills development opportunities; more than 123,000 people through access to training programs; and more than 60,000 students who will become enrolled in school.

Since 2005, members of the CGI community have made more than 3,200 Commitments to Action, improving the lives of more than 430 million people in over 180 countries. The commitments include efforts to improve access to health care, create clean energy solutions for those at the base of the pyramid, and increase the full and equitable participation of girls and women in all parts of society.

“We started CGI by asking people to make commitments. After a decade, there have been more than 3,200 such commitments, which have improved the lives of more than 430 million people in 180 countries,” said President Clinton. “Just by getting people to do what they can – by putting people in the frame of mind that they should do something even if they can’t do everything.”

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