NEW YORK-The 10th Clinton Global Initiative began its Annual Meeting on Sunday in New York City and started with the 8th annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards. The Clinton Global Citizen Awards ceremony pays tribute to outstanding individuals who contribute to society through philanthropy, public service, and also the private sector. Factors of global citizenship, vision, leadership, and individual impact in addressing global challenges all weigh into the selection process.
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio was honored for his work on environmental causes and preservation of oceans, Hayat Sindi for her work supporting innovation and entrepreneurship in Middle Eastern youth, Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs for bringing wireless technology to underserved communities, the President of the Republic of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga for her work to build the country’s political and economic institutions for moving in the direction of European Union membership.
One more award went to a group that we have followed for many years here at KGNU, the Immokalee Farmworkers of Florida were awarded a Global Citizen Award for their work on behalf of farmworkers. At KGNU we have covered the work of the CIW to win the cooperation of food corporations to sign on to the Fair Food Agreement laid out by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers or CIW. The most recent corporations, Chipotle Restaurants and Walmart have signed on to the Fair Food Agreement although the Wendy’s Corporation, Publix Foods in the southeastern United States, Quiznos, and Kroger King Soopers still have refused to sign on to the Fair Food Agreement.