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Addressing Health Outcomes: Sustainable, Healthy and Nutritious Food
The Pan American Health Organization cites diet-related chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease as the leading causes of illness and premature death in Latin America and the Caribbean. Following natural disasters, lack of access to nutritious food can be exacerbated, especially for certain populations like nursing mothers and young children. At the same time the vast natural resources available in the Caribbean create the opportunity for a home-grown solution to provide sustainable, healthy, and nutritious options. Addressing this major health challenge requires collaboration between public, private, non-governmental actors, and service providers to not only manage disease, but also to generate long-term health conscious solutions. In this session, participants will learn more about how food security and access issues are linked to health outcomes and explore potential solutions such as expanding farm to school programs, community gardens, and other community-based solutions for chronic disease management and improved nutrition.
Going Global: Expanding Market Access for Caribbean Artisans
The global artisan market generates an estimated $34 billion a year and is the second-largest employer in emerging economies. Despite the potential to create new jobs, diversify economic sectors, and celebrate Caribbean culture, market access for local artisans in the region lags behind global averages. In order to better integrate artisans into international markets, there is a need for increased access to digital marketing, enhanced production capacities, and start-up funding. In this session, creative entrepreneurs, industry leaders, and marketing experts will discuss the creation of culturally rich commodities, how these goods can be produced and promoted globally, and the benefits of sourcing artisanal goods from the Caribbean. Participants will hear from speakers with personal experience growing a small business into a global brand, as well as speakers who are supporting entrepreneurship.
Increasing Pathways for Tomorrow’s Solar Workforce
According to US labor statistics, the two fastest growing occupations over the next decade will be solar PV installer and wind power technician. With this rise in clean energy around the world, the Caribbean has the opportunity to utilize its natural resources to be a leader in the transition, reduce the cost of power, and develop a new, modern and sustainable workforce. In Puerto Rico, for example, local leaders have sought to meet the challenge of 100% renewable energy by supporting strong workforce development initiatives so that residents can lead the transition and drive the creation of good-paying jobs. Across the Caribbean, the private sector, non-profits, universities, and governments have piloted new models to strengthen local capacity, engage young people with accessible career pathways, and ensure that training programs offer equitable opportunities to all island residents. In this session panelists will discuss the collaboration needed to fuel the growth of this industry by training, diversifying, and growing the workforce creating greater prosperity and job security.
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Accelerating the Road to Recovery: Spotlight on the Bahamas
Hurricane Dorian wreaked havoc for over 48 hours on the Bahamas, the strongest storm to ever hit the country and one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes on record. The storm followed the devastation from Hurricanes Maria and Irma only two years prior in places like Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and Dominica. For the people of the Bahamas, Hurricane Dorian marks the start of a long road towards recovery, after already facing significant storms in recent years. As hurricanes intensify, members of the CGI Action Network community continue to support immediate response efforts and lay the groundwork for long-term recovery initiatives by drawing upon lessons learned from previous natural disasters to accelerate recovery in the Bahamas. In this plenary session, speakers will spotlight the greatest needs for recovery in the Bahamas, draw on lessons learned from Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and encourage all audience members to take action and support the people of the Bahamas.