The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) recently launched the CGI Ukraine Action Network in New York, aimed at aiding and reconstructing Ukraine after an 18-month disturbance initiated by Russia.
As the two-day annual meeting began, CGI representatives spotlighted the financial support earmarked for Ukrainian charitable organizations. The main objective of this network is to mobilize current CGI partners and world figures to create and fund new commitments for Ukraine’s populace.
This effort is a collaboration between former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Ukraine’s First Lady, Olena Zelenska.
The Russian military operations in Ukraine, which started in February 2022, inflicted significant infrastructure damages, disrupted energy networks, and impacted civilian zones, including educational institutions.
Distinguished personalities from the political, corporate, and charitable sectors convened at CGI, optimistic that this network would amplify the influence and assets of Ukrainian charities.
A notable charity, Save Ukraine, has set up local centers across Ukraine to support families, particularly children, impacted by the disturbance. They also engage in rescuing children held in Russia. Olga Yerokhina, representing the charity, discussed the aspiration to broaden these hubs with the received aid.
Discussing the current and forthcoming requirements of Ukraine, actor Liev Schreiber, a co-founder of BlueCheck Ukraine, underscored the significance of global cognizance. BlueCheck Ukraine assesses Ukrainian charitable organizations, facilitating donors in aligning with them. Schreiber accentuated the gravity of Ukraine’s predicament and praised the worldwide community’s backing.
The panel also featured Filippo Grandi from the United Nations, Fran Katsoudas of Cisco, and actor Orlando Bloom on behalf of UNICEF.
Hillary Clinton, joined by former President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton of the Clinton Foundation, had previously voiced their desire for the conference to delve into global urgencies, encompassing the situation in Ukraine, environmental challenges, health issues, and gender-based violence.
Former President Bill Clinton underscored the essence of optimism and fortitude amidst adversity, echoing the conference’s theme for the year, “Keep Going”.