• Gail Asper and Leonard Asper with former President Bill Clinton at the
    2006 Clinton Global Initiative

“The Canadian Museum for Human Rights will be more than a tableau of past events; it will be an education centre dedicated to promoting understanding of and respect for ethnic, religious and racial diversity, especially among our youth.”

Israel Asper

The Clinton Global Initiative

In 2005, the launch year of the Clinton Global Initiative, Gail Asper and Leonard Asper committed to the creation of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights at this international forum. The Clinton Global Initiative is a non-partisan catalyst for action, bringing together a community of global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

At the 2006 Clinton Global Initiative held September 20-22, a three-minute video was shown to over 1,000 participants. The participants included heads of state and business leaders with several committing to significant philanthropic projects.

Of the $2.5 billion projects announced in 2005, the Clinton Global Initiative focused on the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Their interest and those of the participants attests to the significance and need for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

As well, through the Clinton Global Initiative, The Asper Foundation committed to create The Koret Israel Economic Development Funds – Asper Foundation Micro-Enterprise Project. This project supported business development training, mentoring and technical assistance and local program administration costs applied equally between economically disadvantaged Arab and non-Arab Israeli men and women specifically in the development areas of Be’er Sheva, Ofakim and Rahat. All loan guarantees were provided by Koret Israel Economic Development Funds.

For more information on The Koret Israel Economic Development Funds – Asper Foundation Micro-Enterprise Project commitment, please visit the Israel Initiatives section of The Asper Foundation Web site.

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