April 10, 2019
Apr 10

President Clinton to convene the fourth meeting of the CGI Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, June 3-4, 2019

New York, NY
Press Release

For Immediate Release: April 10, 2019
Contact: [email protected]

President Clinton to convene the fourth meeting of the CGI Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, June 3-4, 2019

This Action Network meeting will advance recovery and resiliency efforts, support long-term sustainability, and drive action to prepare for the 2019 hurricane season.

New York, NY - President Bill Clinton will convene the fourth meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery at the University of the Virgin Islands this June. The Action Network brings together leaders across the public sector, private sector, and civil society to discuss and develop solutions that address hurricane recovery needs facing the region while laying the foundation for a more resilient and prosperous future.

The meeting – the second to be hosted in the region – will build upon 57 Commitments to Action made by Network members by spotlighting recovery success stories, highlighting the need to increase resilience ahead of the 2019 hurricane season, and exploring long-term sustainability through better infrastructure, policies, and systems. CGI will work closely with Thomas Secunda of Bloomberg L.P. and Love City Strong – a local nonprofit based in St. John responding to the immediate needs of the community – to convene this meeting.

“As we prepare to enter the 2019 hurricane season, it’s important that we keep progress going – not only to protect the communities that are still recovering but to show the whole world a successful model of resilience,” said President Bill Clinton. “2018 gave us a moment of reprieve. We can’t afford to lose momentum. We must continue recovery efforts and seize new opportunities to improve lives.”

"With climate change making hurricanes increasingly powerful and destructive, we're helping build a more resilient region that is better prepared to respond to future storms and natural disasters," said Thomas F. Secunda, co-founder and vice chairman of Bloomberg LP. "We have been trying new and innovative approaches to disaster recovery in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and we are looking forward to joining President Clinton and other leaders to share what we've learned to help drive action for preparedness across the entire region." 

At the meeting, participants will develop additional CGI Commitments to Action – specific and measurable projects that address critical issues such as sustainable energy, small business development, economic growth, housing, education, access to clean water, disaster preparedness and response, and community resilience to assist with immediate needs as well as the long-term recovery in the region.

“The Clinton Global Initiative and its model of Commitments to Action – where partners build and fund solutions to the problems we face – has been transformative for our islands. Commitments such as supporting vocational training for youth and those that bring solar power to our health clinics ensuring they stay powered in the aftermath of a storm are concrete examples of the collective results we realize by working together,” said Albert Bryan, governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“We are pleased to welcome President Clinton to the U.S. Virgin Islands this coming June not only because of his historic leadership and accomplishments but because of what he still represents,” said Stacey E. Plaskett, representative of the U.S. Virgin Islands in the United States House of Representatives. “Through his work and the convening power of the Clinton Global Initiative, partners across all sectors are working to increase economic growth, access to health care, and reduce poverty – all while building a future for our islands that is sustainable.”

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.

The CGI Action Network’s Achievements

The network has hosted three meetings, developed 57 commitments, and convened more than 1,100 individuals from government, the private sector, and civil society to address needs in communities across the region. To read a full list of commitments, please visit https://www.clintonfoundation.org/clinton-global-initiative

At the most recent meeting of the Action Network in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in January of this year, President Clinton and Secretary Clinton welcomed more than 600 participants who discussed recovery efforts in the region, progress to date, and ongoing challenges. New commitments announced at the meeting focused on critical issues such as food security, access to health care, small business support, and sustainable tourism, as well as climate change and renewable energy. 

Featured participants at January’s meeting included Prime Minister Mia Mottley, Barbados; Governor Ricardo Rosselló, Puerto Rico; Governor Albert Bryan, U.S. Virgin Islands; Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, San Juan; Mayor María Meléndez Altieri, Ponce; Mayor Jesús “Gardy” Colón Berlingeri, Orocovis; Mayor Carmen Maldonado, Morovis; Mayor Lornna Soto, Canóvanas; Mayor Nelson Torres Yordán, Guayanilla; Patricia Scotland, Secretary General, The Commonwealth of Nations; Minister Francine Baron, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Commonwealth of Dominica; Carolyn Miles, president and CEO, Save the Children; José Andrés, chef and founder, World Central Kitchen; Richard Carrión, executive chairman, Banco Popular; Kenneth Cole, chairman and founder, Kenneth Cole Productions; MC González Noguera, SVP, Public Affairs, The Estée Lauder Companies; Nathalie Molina Niño, founder, Brava Investments; Denis O’Brien, executive chairman, Digicel; Mark Okerstrom, CEO, Expedia Group; Eric Smith, CEO, Swiss Re Americas; Paula Vlamings, CEO, Tourism Cares; Grace Yoon, CMO and COO Strategy, Rockefeller Capital Management; among others.

The Action Network, along with Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), 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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