For Immediate Release: May 21, 2021
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Next week, President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton to convene leaders from business, government, and civil society ahead of this year’s Atlantic hurricane season
From May 25-27, the Clinton Global Initiative will hold the sixth convening of the Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery, featuring conversations with Secretary John Kerry, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate; Selwin Hart, Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary-General of the Climate Action Team; Jamila Falak, Jamaican singer, songwriter, and producer; Ambassador Henrietta Elizabeth Thompson, Permanent Representative of Barbados to the United Nations; Ingrid Vila-Biaggi, Co-Founder & President, CAMBIO, Ada Monzón, chief meteorologist, Noticentro al Amanecer-WAPA TV, WKAQ Radio & NotiCel; and more
New York, NY – Next week, President Bill Clinton and Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton will bring together leaders from across business, government, and civil society as part of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery. This meeting, a year into the COVID-19 pandemic and just before the start of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, will explore how the pandemic has impacted the Caribbean region and highlight the most pressing needs and opportunities for collaboration between governments, the private sector, philanthropy, nonprofits, and community leaders. Through the Action Network, CGI members have made 114 commitments with an estimated $386 million in impact across Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, Dominica, and islands across the region.
President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will lead discussions focused on climate action and the key role of renewable energy in driving sustainable livelihoods in the region. Additional sessions will focus on key topics that address the socioeconomic impacts of the pandemic, such as food security, mental health, and resilient energy for critical facilities. These sessions will feature the work of Action Network members and discuss solutions to advance sustainable COVID-19 recovery and continue bolstering the Caribbean’s preparedness for future emergencies.
Programming for this meeting will be streamed at: www.clintonfoundation.org/caribbean
May 25, 2021 | 11:00 a.m.: Climate Action for Caribbean and Global Resilience with President Bill Clinton
- President Bill Clinton, Founder and Board Chair, Clinton Foundation 42nd President of the United States
- John Kerry, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate
- Selwin Hart, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary-General of the Climate Action Team
As the Caribbean region continues to respond to and prepare for ongoing crises – including COVID-19, the volcanic eruption in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, earthquakes, and the knock-on effects impacting the tourism-driven economy – June 1 also marks the start of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, which forecasters predict will be more active than usual. This serves as a reminder that the Caribbean region and small island states continue to be on the frontlines of extreme weather and natural disasters exacerbated by an ever more rapidly changing climate.
As the international community continues to advocate for quick, resilient focused action to address climate change, it is more important than ever to make sure Caribbean voices and solutions are at the forefront of those discussions. In this session, speakers will identify strategies to support climate adaptation and mitigation, including innovative financing models, outline regional successes that can be scaled globally, and call out opportunities for the international community to make additional investments in the region in order to foster a more resilient, sustainable, dynamic, and inclusive future for the people of the Caribbean.
May 27, 2021 | 2:00 p.m.: Girls and Women for Climate Action: A Conversation with Chelsea Clinton
- Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation
- Jamila Falak, Jamaican singer, songwriter, and producer
- Ambassador Henrietta Elizabeth Thompson, Permanent Representative of Barbados to the United Nations
- Jhannel Tomlinson, Ph.D. candidate, University of the West Indies
- Ingrid Vila-Biaggi, Co-Founder & President, CAMBIO
While climate change is a global challenge, girls and women are more likely to bear the brunt of its impacts. In fact, girls and women are 14 times more likely to die in a natural disaster and account for 80% of climate refugees. In disaster response and preparedness fields, too, women are underrepresented – and their absence often perpetuates policies that do not account for the specific challenges and needs of girls and women.
Despite this, women of all ages have led the charge in their local communities to promote adaptive and resilient practices that help combat climate change and promote sustainable practices for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery efforts. In order to fully tap into these frontline solutions and create more equitable and resilient communities across the Caribbean, we need to work towards identifying, amplifying, and empowering women and girls. In this virtual session, speakers will point to the successes of women and girls in the region in promoting decisive climate action and discuss the importance of mainstreaming equitable gender-based approaches to making sure all voices are heard.
This virtual meeting is convened in partnership with Tarsadia Foundation, InterEnergy, IBM/The Weather Channel, Swiss Re, MPC Energy Solutions, First Bank Puerto Rico, and Banco Popular of Puerto Rico. The CGI Action Networks, along with Clinton Global Initiative University, follows the success of CGI and its Commitment to Action model. Over the years, CGI and its partners have brought together leaders from across sectors to develop Commitments to Action that when fully funded and implemented will improve the lives of more than 430 million people in 180 countries worldwide.
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