As the United Nations General Assembly convenes for the 75th time this month, the Caribbean’s leadership in pioneering resilient solutions for climate adaptation has never been more important. Now grappling with the health and economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic amid an above-average hurricane season, members of the CGI Action Network continue to shine the light on effective, inclusive, and sustainable practices that promote a more resilient Caribbean region. In this series, leaders from around the Caribbean and the international community will come together for solution-oriented conversations that will inspire action and investment in the Caribbean region.
Building Back Greener: Promoting an Inclusive and Sustainable Caribbean Recovery with President Clinton
Date: Monday, September 21, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT
The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing leaders from governments, businesses, and civil society to reimagine what an economic recovery looks like, guided by principles of sustainability, resource sharing, and equitable health access. According to the International Monetary Fund, Latin America and the Caribbean will see economic growth contract at almost twice the global average as a result of COVID-19, underscoring the far-reaching effects of the pandemic as it halts tourism and other critical industries throughout the region. In the Caribbean, which before the pandemic produced just 1% of global carbon emissions but bore the brunt of extreme weather events induced by climate change, the shifting economic landscape offers both challenges and opportunities for a greener, more inclusive, and resilient economic and public health recovery. In this virtual conversation, leaders from across sectors will outline what is required for a green economic recovery in the Caribbean in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic while showcasing opportunities for investors, philanthropists, and the international community to support the local initiatives that place the Caribbean at the forefront of progressive and resilient climate action.
The Future is Now: Inspiration from Youth-Led Activism in the Caribbean
Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2:00-3:15 p.m. EDT
Young people in the Caribbean are leading the way in identifying and implementing progressive strategies to promote resilience and economic independence. Youth across the region are creating solutions to climate change problems that will affect their futures and using their collective voice to amplify their innovations and call on support from older generations. By harnessing the power of science and technology, leveraging collective action as a tool to spark policy changes, and imagining a more socially progressive and inclusive future, youth are undoubtedly in the best equipped to spearhead the transformation our world needs to be more just and equitable. In this virtual conversation, participants will hear from youth empowerment leaders and students as they share how they are pioneering resilient, inclusive, and equitable solutions to adapting to climate change.
Activating Renewable Energy Investment in the Caribbean for a Green Economic Recovery
Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2:00-3:15 p.m. EDT
Perhaps no region has felt the economic impacts of COVID-19 as acutely as the Caribbean, a region that is already too familiar with the annual public health and economic threats of climate-driven hurricanes and natural disasters. The growing renewable energy sector offers a significant opportunity for advancing a green recovery and economic diversification in the region, but more progress needs to be made to make diverse sources of capital accessible in the Caribbean. This effort will require partners from across regional organizations, investors, governments, utilities, and philanthropy to collaborate on new frameworks and financing strategies to bridge the gap between capital and these important renewable projects. In this virtual conversation speakers will discuss the need to drive investments to renewable energy projects in order to increase the resilience of island grids, create thousands of new jobs, and better facilitate regional economic diversification.
COVID-19 in the Caribbean: Public Health Challenges and Innovations with Chelsea Clinton
Date: Thursday, September 24, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT
The COVID-19 pandemic poses unique challenges for health care providers and public health officials in the Caribbean in providing accessible, safe, and inclusive health care. Existing access gaps have been exacerbated due to lockdowns and fears of contracting the virus are prompting the need for new approaches to administering basic health care services while providing critically needed mental health support. At the same time, Caribbean public health officials and practitioners are preparing for an emerging second wave of COVID-19 cases by doubling down on proven solutions to provide health care while pioneering new and innovative technologies to reach patients across the Caribbean. In this virtual conversation, speakers will identify the best practices for managing COVID-19 in the Caribbean and showcase the innovations that are promoting a safe and disciplined public health response.