Bill Clinton hosts star-studded party to celebrate global summit
BILL CLINTON WAS the host of a celebrity-filled party on Saturday night to celebrate last week’s Clinton Global Inititative philanthropic summit and to encourage youth activism.
Following last week’s three-day summit, which saw participants including heads of state, celebrities and business executives make 245 pledges on efforts such as treating neglected tropical diseases, protecting forests and enabling children to go to school for the first time, the former President was joined by Bono, Chris Rock, Shakira and Alicia Keyes at Harlem’s Apollo Theatre in New York, for a roundtable discussion on youth activism.
After announcing the Clinton Global Initiative’s first youth summit, called CGI U, planned for next year at Tulane University in New Orleans, he told younger members of the audience, ‘You have to be a citizen student, a giver.’
Like the Clinton Global Initiative philanthropic summit this past week, the college version, partnered by MTV, aims to bring together attendees to tackle global issues like sustainable development and poverty.
Clinton and the other superstar panelists took questions from the audience before giving up the stage to performances by hip-hop artist Wyclef Jean and soulstress Alicia Keyes.
Some stars in attendance on Saturday had already made generous pledges at last week’s summit; Shakira said she would commit $40 million to help Peru and Nicaragua through ALAS, a coalition of artists and intellectuals committed to social change in Latin America.