May 17, 2019
May 17

President Clinton and Secretary Clinton to host fourth meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, June 3-4, 2019

New York, NY
Press Release

For Immediate Release: 17 May 2019

Contact: [email protected]

President Clinton and Secretary Clinton to host fourth meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, June 3-4, 2019

The fourth meeting of the Action Network will announce new projects focused on continuing recovery, increasing resilience, and boosting economic development in the greater Caribbean region

Featured participants include President Bill Clinton, founder and board chair, Clinton Foundation; former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham ClintonGovernor Albert Bryan, U.S. Virgin Islands; Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett, Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Virgin Islands; Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, Dominica; Prime Minister Leona Marlin-Romeo, Sint Maarten; Prime Minister Evelyn Wever-Croes, Aruba; Chief Minister Victor Banks, Anguilla; Premier Andrew FahieThe Honorable Dawn Zimmer, former mayor, Hoboken, New Jersey; Thomas Secunda, founding partner and vice chairman, Bloomberg LP; Meaghan Enright, executive director, Love City Strong; Zack Bongiovanni, head of global partnerships, emerging markets, YouTube; Aurelio Alemán-Bermudez, chief executive officer and president, First BanCorp Puerto Rico;Nikima Royer Jno Baptiste, chief executive officer, Digicel Group Dominica; Dee Baecher Brown, president, Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands; Donna Christensen, president, Christensen Institute for Community Health and Empowerment; Deanna James, president, St. Croix Foundation for Community Development; Annie Mayol, president and chief operating officer, Foundation for Puerto Rico; Ada Monzón, founder at EcoExploratorio; Xavier Mufraggi, president and chief executive officer, Club Med; Geraldine Pitt, chief executive officer, Viya; Frank Rainieri, president and chief executive officer, Grupo Puntacana; Tahseen Sayed, country director for Caribbean countries, World Bank Group; Ravi Tewarie, chief executive officer and director, Guardian Holdings Limited; Karolin Troubetzkoy, executive director of marketing and operations, Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain Resorts;Therese Turner-Jones, general manager, country department Caribbean group, Inter-American Development Bank;Sebastian Vidal, executive director, Parallel18; among others.

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New York, NY - From June 3-4, 2019, President Bill Clinton and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will convene the fourth meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. The meeting, in partnership with Bloomberg LP and Love City Strong, will continue the discussion around recovery in the greater Caribbean region, and address topics such as infrastructure, agriculture, workforce development, clean and renewable energy, health, and Caribbean arts and culture.

The approach of the Action Network brings together a diverse group of stakeholders to focus efforts on putting people first, including prioritizing a resilient future by helping communities to plan and prepare for future storms and the mounting effects of climate change. At the meeting, new Commitments to Action will be announced, adding to more than 50 commitments made to date. A full list of commitments can be found here:

President and Secretary Clinton will also visit a select number of sites to see the impact of these commitments and encourage continued engagement. To apply to cover President Clinton’s visits, please email [email protected] with your name, organization, and relevant contact information.

The meeting of the Action Network also follows a Clinton Foundation Day of Action led by Chelsea Clinton at the Afya Foundation warehouse in Yonkers, NY, where Clinton Foundation staff and volunteers sorted, catalogued, and packed medical supplies collected by the Afya Foundation at the request of the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

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.

Program highlights at the Action Network meeting will include:

Monday, June 3

  • Opening Plenary: Resilience for the Long-Term:Moderated by President Clinton, this plenary will explore some of the pioneering technologies, approaches, and people who are leading this paradigm shift towards Caribbean resilience.

Tuesday, June 4

  • Morning Plenary: Leaders on the Frontlines of Climate ChangeModerated by Secretary Clinton, in this plenary, speakers will discuss how to foster strong and resilient community leaders and members, inspire the adoption of climate-smart actions, and incorporate a diversity of perspectives and voices into disaster response and preparedness efforts.
  • Closing Plenary: Unleashing Small Business Growth for Economic Prosperity: Moderated by President Clinton, in this plenary session, speakers will discuss strategies to encourage small business growth and support entrepreneurs in the Caribbean while identifying the greatest opportunities for CGI Action Network members to contribute to projects and investments that will help create resilient, prosperous, and inclusive Caribbean economies.

The year-round work of the CGI Action Network is made possible by the generous support of our partners: IBM, InterEnergy, Swiss Re, and Medtronic.

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