SOURCE: Clinton Global Initiative

October 08, 2008 17:17 ET

Former President Clinton Announces 2nd Annual Meeting of CGI University

CGI U to Be Held at University of Texas at Austin February 13-15, 2009; Applications Available Online at

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - October 8, 2008) - Former President Clinton today announced the 2nd annual meeting of CGI University (CGI U) will be held February 13-15, 2009, at the University of Texas at Austin. Applications to attend are now available online at

"The burden of solving many of our world's greatest problems will fall to the next generation, and the innovation and dedication of young people today shows they are up for the challenge," President Clinton said. "CGI U is based on the great success of our Clinton Global Initiative -- through which members have made nearly 1,200 commitments valued at upwards of $46 billion. CGI commitments have already impacted 200 million lives in 150 countries, and commitments made at this year's Annual Meeting will impact 160 million. I am looking forward to the next meeting of CGI U to give students the opportunity to improve even more lives around the world."

CGI U, a project of the Clinton Global Initiative of the non-partisan William J. Clinton Foundation, provides college students and university officials with a platform to address issues that are important to the next generation of leaders.

At the 2009 meeting, President Clinton will again bring together a growing community of students and university administrators to devise solutions to global challenges in the areas of education, energy and climate change, global health, human rights and peace, and poverty alleviation. Over the three day conference, attendees will participate in forums and working sessions to brainstorm ways to make a difference.

All CGI U attendees make a Commitment to Action -- a comprehensive, formal plan of action to address a specific problem on their campus, in their community, or on another continent. While a commitment is a requirement for participation at the meeting, any college student or university can make a commitment throughout the year through the CGI U website. Since the inaugural meeting in March 2008 at Tulane University, nearly 1,000 commitments have already been made by students and universities worldwide.

Applications to attend the 2009 meeting are available online now at The early decision deadline is November 7, 2008, and the final application deadline is December 12, 2008. Applications will be processed on a rolling basis, and students are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

About CGI U

Building off the successful model of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), which brings together world leaders to take action on global challenges, President Clinton launched CGI U in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world. In March 2008, CGI U held its inaugural meeting at Tulane University in New Orleans, bringing together hundreds of students and university officials from nearly every state and 15 countries to address issues including education, energy and climate change, global health, peace and human rights, and poverty alleviation. Since the inaugural meeting at Tulane, nearly 1,000 commitments have been made by students around the world. Commitments range from installing energy-efficient light bulbs and establishing bike share programs on campuses to distributing life-saving water filtration kits and designing medical backpacks for nomadic doctors in Africa. Learn more at

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