August 7, 2018
Tuesday
Aug 07
2018

President Clinton Convenes Leaders in Miami, Announces New Projects to Help Islands Impacted by Hurricanes Recover and Prepare for 2018 Storm Season

Miami, FL
Press Release

At the second CGI Action Network meeting at the University of Miami, President Clinton announced seven Commitments including solarizing schools in Dominica, improving technology and communications infrastructure across the Caribbean, and pre-positioning health supplies across at-risk islands

MIAMI, FL – As the 2018 hurricane season approaches its peak months, President Clinton convened the second meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery at the University of Miami, bringing together more than 350 leaders from government, business, and civil society. These leaders are working to develop new, specific commitments that are helping islands recover from last year’s devastating hurricane season, continue to prepare for this year’s storms, and address long-term recovery needs.

Following today’s meeting, President Clinton will be traveling later this week to Saint Lucia and the U.S. Virgin Islands to announce additional commitments and sustainability programs. This week’s events build on President Clinton’s commitment to the region, following several meetings and trips to the region by President Clinton in the past year. In November of 2017, President Clinton traveled to Puerto Rico to see recovery efforts and visit Foundation projects. In January, President Clinton convened leaders for a planning meeting for the Action Network, which was followed in early February by a trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Dominica, where he assessed progress of the work of the One America Appeal, the Clinton Foundation and its partners to develop climate-resilient infrastructure, support recovery efforts in schools, and donate medical supplies. In April, President Clinton convened the first formal meeting of the CGI Action Network, where participants announced eight Commitments to Action – programs for resiliency in the Caribbean region that are new, specific, and measurable.

“I’m so grateful for all the members of the CGI community who are working not only to address the current challenges, but to support each others’ efforts to improve lives across the Caribbean region,” said President Clinton. “We must remember that there’s another hurricane season already upon us. We need to continue our efforts, working together to repair the past in a way that makes the future more resilient.”

Featured participants of today’s meeting include President Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States, founder and board chair, Clinton Foundation; Nikima Royer Jno Baptiste, chief executive officer, Digicel Dominica; Dee Baecher-Brown, president, Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands; Marta Michelle Colón, Chief Attitude Strategist, Buena Gente; Bob Lord, chief digital officer, IBM; Rosie Perez, actress and activist; Ingrid Riley, founder, Silicon Caribe Media; Javier Saade, venture partner, Fenway Summer; Board of Trustees of The Nature Conservancy and Pan American Development Foundation; Board of Advisors of Univision Communications; and Randi Weingarten, president, American Federation of Teachers.

At the meeting, President Clinton announced seven Commitments to Action – solutions that are new, specific, and measurable. Among those announced today are a Commitment from Expedia, Construction for Change, and Sextant Foundation to solarize schools in Dominica; a Commitment by NetHope, Cisco, Facebook, Microsoft and others to improve technology and communications infrastructure across the Caribbean; and a Commitment by Direct Relief to pre-position health supplies across at-risk islands. Along with those previously announced, including those from the April launch of the Action Network, members of the CGI community have made 17 Commitments that are addressing critical needs in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Dominica, and Barbuda.

Announced at today’s meeting:

- NetHope has committed to strengthen the communications and technology infrastructure in the Caribbean region, working with Cisco, Facebook, Microsoft, and others to pre-position equipment, deploy staff, providing training, and create data sharing platforms that will support real-time decision making by responder.

- Foundation for Puerto Rico is expanding its Bottom Up Destination Recovery Program, which is currently being implemented in two municipalities in Puerto Rico to build resiliency and economic opportunity, to 24 new communities on the island.

-  Expedia Group, Construction for Change, and Sextant Foundation have committed to install solar systems at six schools in Dominica, all of which were identified as high priorities by the prime minister.

- Direct Relief has committed to expand their Hurricane Preparedness Programs, allowing them to distribute more critical modules and packs containing basic medical supplies to high-risk areas; these modules can be deployed in the event of a hurricane and used to treat 5,000 patients for up to a month or 100 patients for five days.

- The Smallholder Farmers Alliance has committed to work with Visit Rico and Textile Exchange to study the feasibility of reintroducing cotton as a crop to Puerto Rico, and making recommendations based on those findings to potentially adopt this as a vehicle for economic development.

- Solight Design and the Hispanic Federation have committed to donate and distribute 50,000 SolarPuffs – durable, collapsible solar lanterns – to communities without reliable access to grid power in Puerto Rico.

- SteadiCam Associates and Trieste Associates Inc. have committed to create a docu-series that will simultaneously work as an outreach and education program to inform local communities about critical innovations in agriculture, energy, infrastructure, and other areas that will help promote recovery and long-term resiliency.

For more information on each of these commitments, please visit: https://www.clintonfoundation.org/sites/default/files/cgi-an-cta-8_7.pdf

The CGI Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery builds upon the success of CGI and its Commitment to Action model, which over the years, has brought together leaders from across sectors to improve the lives of more than 430 million people in 180 countries worldwide. This includes the CGI Haiti Action Network, which was established 10 years ago when four hurricanes struck the country and continued through the devastating 2010 earthquake and has led to 130 Commitments to Action in Haiti worth more than $500 million when fully funded and implemented, in areas including health, education, energy, enterprise, agriculture, and infrastructure.

Commitments Helping Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Dominica, and Barbuda

The full list of Commitments made through the CGI Action Network are below:

(Announced today) NetHope has committed to strengthen the communications and technology infrastructure in the Caribbean region, working with Cisco, Facebook, Microsoft, and others to pre-position equipment, deploy staff, providing training, and create data sharing platforms that will support real-time decision making by responder.

(Announced today) Foundation for Puerto Rico is expanding its Bottom Up Destination Recovery Program, which is currently being implemented in two municipalities in Puerto Rico to build resiliency and economic opportunity, to 24 new communities on the island.

(Announced today) Expedia Group, Construction for Change, and Sextant Foundation have committed to install solar systems at six schools in Dominica, all of which were identified as high priorities by the prime minister.

(Announced today) Direct Relief has committed to expand their Hurricane Preparedness Programs, allowing them to distribute more critical modules and packs containing basic medical supplies to high-risk areas; these modules can be deployed in the event of a hurricane and used to treat 5,000 patients for up to a month or 100 patients for five days.

(Announced today) The Smallholder Farmers Alliance has committed to work with Visit Rico and Textile Exchange to study the feasibility of reintroducing cotton as a crop to Puerto Rico, and making recommendations based on those findings to potentially adopt this as a vehicle for economic development.

- (Announced today) Solight Design and the Hispanic Federation have committed to donate and distribute 50,000 SolarPuffs – durable, collapsible solar lanterns – to communities without reliable access to grid power in Puerto Rico.

(Announced today) SteadiCam Associates and Trieste Associates Inc. have committed to create a docu-series that will simultaneously work as an outreach and education program to inform local communities about critical innovations in agriculture, energy, infrastructure, and other areas that will help promote recovery and long-term resiliency.

- The Government of Dominica has committed to launch a climate resiliency agency (CREAD), dedicating $600 million in funding to implement resiliency projects, with the goal of making Dominica the first climate resilient nation in the world.

- The American Federation of Teachers has partnered with Airlink and the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands to bring nurses to conduct vision, hearing, and dental screenings for all 9,000 schoolchildren on the U.S. Virgin Islands.

- In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Direct Relief committed to delivering 40 tons of medical aid directly to its network of local health partners in Puerto Rico.

- Afya Foundation has committed to addressing the urgent medical needs of the elder population in Puerto Rico, by shipping immediate medical supplies and equipment to Acción Social's 22 Elder Care centers, while providing training and capacity building to Acción Social staff.

- Para la Naturaleza (PLN) has committed to launch Habitat, a comprehensive reforestation and habitat restoration program in Puerto Rico that aims to plant 750,000 native and endemic trees that are more resilient to natural phenomena such as hurricanes, and provide assessment and maintenance of newly planted areas.

- Americares has committed to address mental health challenges in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria by providing training for 5,000 health workers, emergency responders, and social service providers across the island.

- The Solar Foundation has committed to install a solar + storage system to address the need for reliable, resilient energy at the Río Piedras market in San Juan.

-  International Medical Corps has committed to support primary healthcare for school-aged children in Puerto Rico by procuring an additional Mobile Medical unit for Med Centro, allowing them to reach an additional five elementary and middle schools with comprehensive preventive health screenings, and providing training and capacity building to all Med Centro staff.

- Digicel has committed to repair or rebuild seven schools and 360 homes in Dominica that were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Maria, while also training 100 community members in building techniques and provide community workshops on risk mitigation and disaster preparedness.

- Direct Relief, the Hispanic Federation, The Solar Foundation, and New Energy PR have committed to install solar or solar + storage systems at 12 primary care clinics in Puerto Rico, meeting critical energy needs at each site.

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