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Clinton, Obama Open CGI; Safe Water, Opportunities For African Women Commitments Announced

During opening remarks of the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting in New York, former President Bill Clinton said, “[W]e have more attending this meeting than ever before,” Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal reports. “Despite record attendance and commitments made, Clinton addressed the reduction in global wealth upfront, urging leaders who have not yet identified which causes to support to instead support multi-year pledges already under way that have been restructured due to lack of funding,” according to the news service. After Clinton, President Barack Obama addressed the summit, “[f]ollowing” a theme that encouraged meeting participants to take action (Banjo, 9/22).

Clinton Global Initiative Meeting Begins, Will Address Investment In Women, Girls

The Clinton Global Initiative’s (CGI) 2009 meeting, which begins Tuesday in New York, has added a new theme to its agenda – “investing in women and girls to narrow the gender gap,” Bloomberg reports in an article examining the conference. “In all the world there is only one strategy which clearly slows population growth, raises income and promotes more social stability that is supported across all religious and cultural lines,” former President Clinton said. “And that is putting all the girls in school and giving all the young women access to the labor market.”

News Outlets Examine West Africa Floods

The torrential rains that began in June in West Africa and subsequent floods have forced an estimated 150,000 people from their homes and claimed the lives of 160, VOA News reports. The worst affected countries include Senegal, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Niger and Sierra Leone.

Forbes Examines Efforts To Bring Clean Drinking Water To India, Kenya

Forbes examines efforts currently under way to help people living in India and Kenya access clean drinking water through a partnership between Acumen Fund, “a nonprofit global venture fund focused on alleviating poverty” and the design firm IDEO.

Newspapers Examine Drought, Famine In East Africa

According to Canada’s National Post, a humanitarian coalition “warns East Africa faces ‘a perfect storm of crop failures, a multi-year lack of rain, conflicts and political turmoil,’ which now threatens 20 million people with severe hunger.”

Also In Global Health News: West Africa Flooding; UNICEF Official Ordered To Leave Sri Lanka; South Africa Child Health Campaign; Rwanda Development; Southern Sudan At Risk For Epidemics; U.S. Training In Pakistan

Nearly 600,000 West Africans Affected By Flooding, U.N. Says The U.N. on Monday “sharply increased its toll of the number of people affected by floods in West Africa, putting the number at more than 592,000 in no less than 10 countries,” Agence France-Presse reports. Yvon Edoumou, a spokesperson for the…

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