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BGU Students Selected to Attend Second Annual Clinton Global Initiative’s University

BGU Students Selected to Attend Second Annual Clinton Global Initiative’s University

February 11, 2009

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AUSTIN, TX — February 15, 2009 — Three out of five of the Israeli students selected to attend the prestigious Clinton Global Initiative’s University, a project of the non-partisan William J. Clinton Foundation, were from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU). The conference was held February 13-15 at the University of Texas in Austin.

Representing Ben-Gurion University (BGU) at the Second Annual CGI U were Ohad Ish Shalom, Ben Reuveni and Elad Morad, who joined nearly 1,000 students from around the world for the three-day conference to address issues and solutions to global challenges in the areas of education, energy, climate change, global health, human rights and peace, and poverty. 

To be accepted, each student had to submit a Commitment to Action: a comprehensive, formal plan of action to address a specific problem on their campus, in their community, or in different parts of the world on a particular focus area.

“CGI U is based on the great success of our Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) through which members have made nearly 1,200 commitments valued upwards of $46 billion,” former President Clinton explains. “CGI commitments have already impacted 200 million lives in 150 countries, and commitments made at this year’s Annual Meeting will impact 160 million. The burden of solving many of our world’s greatest problems will fall to the next generation, and the innovation and dedication of young people today shows they are up for the challenge.”

The BGU students submitted the following Commitments to Action:

Ohad Ish Shalom
Focus Area: Peace
Commitment: Ish Shalom (whose name means “man of peace”) will create a sports peace project for Jewish and Arab children living together in Jerusalem to overcome language, political and religious barriers. He believes sports and teamwork will creatively encourage solidarity, mutual understanding, respect, and interaction between the youths.

Elad Morad
Focus Area: Peace
Commitment: Morad will establish the Mid Point Project, consisting of a social networking Web site and international peace festival in Jerusalem. It will serve as a meeting platform for Palestinians and Israelis, and will promote sharing of ideas to improve the Middle East situation.

Ben Reuveni
Focus Area: Poverty
Commitment: Reuveni will focus on alleviating poverty in Israel to minimize the economic gap between social groups helping poor immigrant families with western monetary responsibility.

“BGU is widely recognized for its commitment to social causes and cross cooperation with other countries,” explains Doron Krakow, executive vice president of American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. “We’re proud to have three representatives selected to attend this prestigious event, and we wish them well in fulfilling their commitment programs.”

About CGI U
Building off the successful model of the Clinton Global Initiative, which brings together world leaders to take action on global challenges, President Clinton launched CGI U in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world. In March 2008, CGI U held its inaugural meeting at Tulane University in New Orleans, bringing together hundreds of students and university officials from nearly every state and 15 countries to address issues including education, energy and climate change, global health, peace and human rights, and poverty alleviation. Learn more at www.cgiu.org.

About American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU) plays a vital role in sustaining David Ben-Gurion’s vision: creating a world-class institution of education and research in the Israeli desert, nurturing the Negev community and sharing the University’s expertise locally and around the globe. Activities include showcasing BGU’s academic excellence and cutting-edge research through educational programs, events and informative communications. AABGU’s main purpose is to support Ben-Gurion’s vision and the university that bears his name by creating a community of Americans committed to improving the world tomorrow from the heart of the Israeli desert today.

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Andrew Lavin
A. Lavin Communications