2:00 PM -
Energy Special Session
Building Momentum and Achieving Scale for Clean and Resilient Energy in 2019
The damage caused by Hurricanes Maria and Irma to energy systems across the Caribbean left millions of people without electricity, damaging public health and causing setbacks to the region’s economic security. In response, high-impact projects along with grass-roots efforts from local communities, government, the private sector, and non-profits are being undertaken to build back better with more sustainable and resilient systems. To date, there have been multiple successful partnerships between community organizations and local companies in Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Dominica, and throughout the broader region to increase resilience across energy systems. As the 2019 hurricane season approaches, there is a renewed urgency to accelerate this work. This Special Session will bring leaders together to update one another on progress since Irma and Maria, discuss strategies to scale-up solar energy and storage, and spur new cross-sectoral commitments for clean and resilient energy to ensure that when the next storm hits, the lights will stay on in the Caribbean.
4:00 PM -
From Recovery to Resiliency: Sustaining Momentum in 2019 and Beyond
More than a year after the devastating 2017 hurricane season, Caribbean communities are completing recovery efforts and planning longer-term resiliency strategies. With this transition comes several challenges: sustaining support from the international community long after the news cycle has moved on; mitigating on-the-ground disaster fatigue from responders, community leaders, and local citizens; and rebuilding economies and communities to better withstand the impacts of climate change and natural disasters in the future. Despite these challenges, local leaders and members of the CGI Action Network community continue to persist, developing new projects, deploying new funds and bringing together diverse stakeholders to help Caribbean communities continue to build back better. In this plenary session, speakers from government, business and civil society will discuss the challenges to disaster recovery and resiliency over a year out from the hurricanes while highlighting the best approaches to sustain momentum in 2019 and beyond.