Clinton Global Initiative 2012

Clinton Global Initiative 2012

Ms. Guler Sabanci, the Chairman of the Sabanci Foundation attended the annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) meetings in New York, held between September 23rd – 25th 2012. Focused on the theme of “Designing for Impact” this year’s meeting brought together global leaders from different sectors to further discuss designing our world for more opportunity and more equality.

At a panel hosted by Melanne Verveer, the US Ambassador for Women’s Issues, Ms. Sabanci shared gender equality issue in Turkey besides sharing Sabanci Foundation’s and Sabanci Holding’s experiences on the issue.

Another session was hosted by Founding Chairman of CGI President Bill Clinton with the participation of 32 global CEOs to discuss the private sector’s role in sustainable development. In this session, Ms. Guler Sabanci contributed to the session with her remarks on Sabanci Holding’s approach to sustainability.

Parallel to the 2012 CGI Annual Meeting, Sabanci Foundation co-hosted a panel with the Ford Foundation, NoVo Foundation, Girls Not Brides and The Elders, to discuss new developments and commitments to end child marriages. In her remarks, Ms. Guler Sabanci emphasized the importance of working in partnership to end child marriages:

In the last day of the CGI annual meeting, Sabancı Foundation Chairman Guler Sabanci was recognized by Clinton Global Initiative for her commitment to ending child marriages in Turkey and the rest of the world.

In a session opened by President Barack Obama – touched upon the importance of supporting women and girls at his speech - at the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, President Bill Clinton said “Ms. Guler Sabanci learned about ‘Girls Not Brides’ at last year’s meeting and was inspired to address this problem in her home country of Turkey. The Sabanci Foundation’s new commitment will work with Turkish NGOs and ‘Girls Not Brides’ to support coordination and communication among local, national, and global child marriage initiatives”.

After his speech, Mr. Clinton respectively announced former Irish President Mary Robinson, former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland representing The Elders, Ford Foundation President Luis Lubinas, NoVo Foundation President Jennifer Buffet and Sabanci Foundation Chairman Guler Sabanci to the stage and presented a special certificate for their successful initiatives.

For further information about Sabanci Foundation’s “Brighter Futures: Ending Child Marriage in Turkey and Abroad” commitment please click here...

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