For Immediate Release: May 27, 2021
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Today, 2 p.m. ET: Chelsea Clinton hosts Girls and Women for Climate Action as part of the sixth convening of the CGI Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery
From May 25-27, President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton are holding the sixth convening of the Clinton Global Initiative Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery. The event includes 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 – Today, Chelsea Clinton concludes the sixth convening of the Clinton Global Initiative Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery. During the closing plenary, Chelsea Clinton will lead a discussion about the role of girls and women in fighting climate change, with Ambassador Henrietta Elizabeth Thompson, Permanent Representative of Barbados to the United Nations; Ingrid Vila-Biaggi, Co-Founder & President, CAMBIO; Jamila Falak, Jamaican singer, songwriter, and producer; and Jhannel Tomlinson, Ph.D. candidate, University of the West Indies.
Through the Action Network, CGI members have made 117 commitments with an estimated $395 million in impact across Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, Dominica, Barbados, and islands across the region.
This event will be streamed at: www.clintonfoundation.org/caribbean
May 27, 2021 | 2:00 p.m.: Girls and Women for Climate Action 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.
On Tuesday of this week, President Clinton hosted a conversation with John Kerry, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate; and Selwin Hart, Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary-General of the Climate Action Team for a conversation focused on climate action and global resiliency.
President Clinton explained, “This meeting couldn't be happening at a more important time, as the Caribbean region grapples with several simultaneous crises. Over the past year-plus, the COVID-19 pandemic has not only claimed thousands of lives, but it has also had an immense socioeconomic impact on the region, including disruptions of the agricultural, education, and, of course, tourism sectors. Taken together, these multiple challenges mean that we have to make investments today that will support both the immediate needs and the preparedness of the region while creating the conditions for long-term resilience, inclusive growth, and even national survival.”
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.
About the Clinton Foundation
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