By: Janeen Murray
Sept. 19, 2010
This week Guayakí will participate in the Clinton Global Initiative's 6th Annual Meeting as an exemplary model for Economic Empowerment. The CGI Annual Meeting is a premier gathering for heads of state, business leaders, and nonprofit directors from around the world, and convenes this year September 21-23 in New York City.
Guayaki's specific commitment, “Market-Driven Restoration--Marrecas Indigenous Community”, is part of a special session on Investing in Forests with the President of Guyana and the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner/founder of the Green Belt Movement. Guayaki's commitment was selected from a larger pool of member commitments as an exemplary approach to addressing challenges in Economic Empowerment. Guayaki will be recognized on stage along with these other international leaders of Economic Empowerment.
About Investing in Forests
Investing in forests should not be seen as a luxury for the rich — in fact, forests can be a key tool for economic empowerment. Communities that sell forest products harvested in a sustainable way have access to a source of income that can last for generations. Furthermore, communities can receive payment for protecting their forests by receiving certification from UN-REDD (United Nations Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation). In this session Guayaki is taking part in, panelists will address the role that forests play in sequestering carbon, and the work that needs to be done to empower local populations to earn a living from forests while protecting them at the same time. The Moderator is John Podesta, President and CEO, Center for American Progress. Participants include Bharrat Jagdeo, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, and Wangari Maathai, Founder and Chair of The Green Belt Movement (2004 Nobel Peace Prize recipient)
About Clinton Global Initiative "Commitments"
Building on President Clinton's lifetime in public service, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) reflects his belief that governments need collaboration from the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and other global leaders to effectively confront the world’s most pressing problems. After attending thousands of meetings during his career in which urgent needs were discussed but no action was taken to solve them, President Clinton saw a need to establish a new kind of meeting with an emphasis on results.
In 2005, President Clinton established CGI to turn ideas into action and to help our world move beyond the current state of globalization to a more integrated global community of shared benefits, responsibilities, and values. By gathering world leaders from a variety of backgrounds, CGI creates a unique opportunity to channel the capacities of individuals and organizations to realize change. To fulfill the action-oriented mission of CGI, all members devise practical solutions to global issues through the development of specific and measurable Commitments to Action.
CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 125 current and former heads of state, 15 Nobel Peace Prize winners, hundreds of leading global CEOs, major philanthropists and foundation heads, directors of the most effective non-governmental organizations, and prominent members of the media. These CGI members have made nearly 1,700 commitments valued at $57 billion, which have already improved more than 220 million lives in 170 countries.
The CGI community also includes CGI University (CGI U), a forum to engage college students in global citizenship; CGI Asia; MyCommitment.org, an online portal where anybody can make their own Commitment to Action; and, CGI Lead, which engages a select group of young leaders from business, government, and civil society.
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