February 14, 2020
Feb 14

NEXT WEEK: President Clinton and Secretary Clinton to announce new recovery and resiliency projects at the fifth meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network in Puerto Rico, February 18-19, 2020

New York, NY
Press Release

For Immediate Release: February 14, 2020

Contact: [email protected]


NEXT WEEK: President Clinton and Secretary Clinton to announce new recovery and resiliency projects at the fifth meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network in Puerto Rico, February 18-19, 2020 

Featured participants include President Bill Clinton, founder and board chair, Clinton Foundation; former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett (U.S. Virgin Islands); Chief Lorenzo Sanford, Kalinago; Varelie Croes, Chief Innovation Officer, Government of Aruba; José Andrés, Founder and Chef, World Central Kitchen; Omar Ishrak, Chairman and CEO, Medtronic; Frankie Miranda, President, Hispanic Federation; Luis Alberto Moreno, President, InterAmerican Development Bank; Eric Smith, President & CEO, Americas, Swiss Re; Ignacio Álvarez, President & CEO, Popular; Pepukaye Bardouille, CEO, Climate Resilience Execution Agency for Dominica (CREAD); Damian Blackburn, Chief Aliv Officer, Aliv; Lucy Crespo, CEO, Puerto Rico Science Technology and Research Trust; Magalie Dresse, CEO & Founder, Caribbean Craft; Luis Alberto Ferré Rengel, Chief Social Innovation Officer, Grupo Ferré Rengel; Hugh Locke, Co-founder & President, Smallholder Farmers Alliance; Annie Mayol, President & COO, Foundation for Puerto Rico; Nancy Negrón, Vice President, Hispanics in Philanthropy; Christine Nieves, Co-Founder and President, Emerge Puerto Rico; Betzaida Ramos, Executive Director, Movimiento Para el Alcance de Vida Independiente (MAVI); Denise Santos, President, Banco de Alimentos Puerto Rico; Katherine Smith, Managing Director, Bahama Disaster Reconstruction Authority; Dr. Jennie Ward-Robinson, Chief Executive Officer, Alliance for Global Health Innovation

Meeting will follow visits to CGI project sites across Puerto Rico by President Clinton on Monday, February 17 and Secretary Clinton on Tuesday, February 18. To RSVP for those site visits, please e-mail [email protected].

Media registration is now open. Accreditation by the Clinton Foundation is required. To apply, please register at https://forms.clinton-foundation.org/view.php?id=630573

New York, NY – From February 18-19, 2020, President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will convene members of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network in San Juan, Puerto Rico for the fifth meeting since 2018. The Action Network brings together leaders from business, government, and civil society to make commitments to accelerate recovery from natural disasters and promote resiliency in the region. February’s meeting includes special sessions on recovery in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian; supporting marginalized communities on the front lines of the fight against climate change; and investing in high-tech, high skilled jobs in the Caribbean.

Over the past six months, the region has been challenged to respond to natural disasters including continuing earthquakes in Puerto Rico and the destruction left by Hurricane Dorian last September. In this context, the work of the Action Network continues to highlight the importance of collective action for shared success. After the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas in 2019, CGI members have collaborated to take action that will be announced and discussed at this meeting, and have shared lessons and knowledge learned following Hurricanes Maria and Irma.

Action Network members began an immediate response following the earthquake in Puerto Rico and affected communities have been better prepared to handle the stress of a natural disaster thanks to increased capacity in health and energy sectors and strong coordination among emergency relief organizations.

New Commitments to Action - new, specific, and measurable plans that address global challenges – will be announced, adding to more than 86 commitments made to date. These include commitments that have rebuilt homes in the U.S. Virgin Islands; installed resilient, solar energy at health clinics in Puerto Rico; driven forward climate resilience in Dominica; bolstered food security across the region; and highlighted the need to address mental health in the wake of a disaster. A full list of commitments can be found here: https://www.clintonfoundation.org/clinton-global-initiative/commitments.

Participants at this convening will have the unique opportunity to discuss current response and recovery efforts while also looking toward the future of the region and the importance of building resilient systems and communities. This includes better ways to invest in digital economies, strengthening equality, enhancing community-driven food systems, preventing violence in post-disaster recovery, and leading the fight against climate change.

The Action Network, 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.

Media registration is now open. Accreditation by the Clinton Foundation is required. To apply, please register at https://forms.clinton-foundation.org/view.php?id=630573

President Clinton and Secretary Clinton will also visit a select number of sites to see the impact of these commitments, and encourage continued engagement. On Monday, February 17, President Clinton will visit commitments supporting recovery, resilience, and public health; on Tuesday, February 18, Secretary Clinton will visit a commitment providing workforce training to Puerto Rican women. To apply to separately cover these visits, please email [email protected] with your name, organization, and relevant contact information.

Program highlights at the Action Network meeting will include:              

Tuesday, February 18

Opening Plenary, Accelerating the Road to Recovery: Responding to Natural Disasters in Puerto Rico and the Bahamas: Moderated by President Clinton, this plenary will spotlight the greatest needs for recovery in the Bahamas and Puerto Rico following recent earthquakes and hurricanes, draw on lessons learned from Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and encourage attendees to take action to support the people of the region.

Wednesday, February 19

Morning Plenary, Fighting Climate Change, and Advancing Equality: This plenary will identify opportunities to support vulnerable populations including women, the elderly, youth, and indigenous communities while offering insight into how to reshape the climate change conversation to focus on principles like equality, justice and shared prosperity.

Closing Plenary, Investing in High-Tech, High Skilled Caribbean Jobs: Moderated by President Clinton, speakers will highlight opportunities to invest in projects that are preparing the Caribbean to take advantage of the growing digital economy, discuss approaches to promote equitable access to digital platforms, and focus on the unique assets of the Caribbean that have the potential to propel the region to the forefront of the digital economy.

The work of the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative would not be possible without the support of our year-round partners, The Arthur M. Blank Foundation, InterEnergy, LesLois Shaw Foundation, Swiss Re, and Tarsadia Foundation, as well as our meeting sponsors, Banco Popular, Caliber Home Loans, FirstBank, and the Island Spirit Fund.

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About the Clinton Foundation

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