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Clinton Initiative Return to New York Includes Andres, Queen Rania

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FILE – Former President Bill Clinton smiles as he plays a recording of Aretha Franklin on his phone during Franklin’s funeral at Greater Grace Temple, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Detroit. World Central Kitchen founder Jose Andres, Queen Rania of Jordan, BlackRock CEO Larry Fink, and “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will help relaunch the Clinton Global Initiative in September 2022, when the gathering of international dignitaries will return after six years. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

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World Central Kitchen founder Jose Andres, Queen Rania of Jordan, BlackRock CEO Larry Fink and “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will help relaunch the Clinton Global Initiative in September, when the rally of international dignitaries will return after six years.

The two-day meeting on September 19-20 in New York is themed around “The Business of How,” seeking to build partnerships between political, business and philanthropic leaders.

“We called the CGI community back this year because we face an urgent and historic moment,” former President Bill Clinton said in a statement Thursday. “The global community faces several existential challenges, including climate change, new threats to our health, worsening economic inequality and a global refugee crisis.”

The Clinton Foundation’s annual rally was canceled in 2016 during former Senator Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, when questions were raised about potential conflicts of interest if CGI donors had affairs then. before its administration.

Organizers say this year’s gathering will combine a mix of proven solutions to problems that can be shared around the world and foster new connections that can create new solutions.

That means luminaries – including Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, actor and water activist Matt Damon, as well as several philanthropic leaders, including Emerson Collective founder Laurene Powell Jobs , Mellon Foundation CEO Elizabeth Alexander and Case Foundation co-founder Steve Case — can discuss both past successes and current needs.

Tom Watson, founder of social sector consultancy CauseWired, said the Clinton Global Initiative’s model for attacking issues from multiple perspectives had been missed.

“It’s a rare structure that brings together many different types of organizations and people,” said Watson, who has attended CGI, which launched in 2005, on several occasions and has done consultancy work for the initiative in the past, although not involved in this year’s event. “I know that when it was discontinued as an annual meeting, there were nonprofits, foundations, and corporate social responsibility types who definitely missed it. No one has really filled the void. From this point of view, it is really a good thing that he is coming back.

Watson, who also teaches nonprofit management at Columbia University, said the immense current needs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine require new approaches and collaborations.

“We need everyone on deck,” said Watson, who plans to attend this year’s event. “It allows a lot of different types of players to come together.”

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