August 6, 2018
Monday
Aug 06
2018

THIS WEEK: President Clinton to Travel to Miami, Saint Lucia, U.S. Virgin Islands August 7-10 to Advance Foundation Recovery and Sustainability Projects

Miami, FL
Press Release

President Clinton to convene CGI Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery meeting Tuesday in Miami; visit Clinton Climate Initiative solar project with Prime Minister Chastanet in Saint Lucia; announce a new recovery commitment with Governor Mapp in USVI

***Applications for media registration to cover these events are now open***

NEW YORK, NY – As part of the Clinton Foundation’s efforts to work with Caribbean islands to empower them to build back better, grow their economies, improve public health, implement renewable energy, and become more resilient, President Bill Clinton will be traveling to Miami, Saint Lucia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands this week. Since last year’s hurricane season, this will mark President Clinton’s third trip to the region, and his third time hosting a convening of leaders around recovery efforts.

On Tuesday, August 7th, President Clinton will convene the second meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery, bringing together leaders from government, business, and civil society to make commitments to help communities impacted by last year’s devastating hurricane season. On August 9th, President Clinton will travel to Saint Lucia where he and Prime Minister Allen Chastanet will be opening a solar project facilitated by the Clinton Climate Initiative and Rocky Mountain Institute. On August 10th, President Clinton will be in the U.S. Virgin Islands, joined by Governor Kenneth Mapp, Bloomberg LP co-founder Tom Secunda, and representatives from Expedia to make several announcements related to recovery and sustainability.

This visit follows 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.

More details will be provided ahead of these events. For credentialed media to apply to cover the CGI Action Network meeting, please visit https://forms.clinton-foundation.org/view.php?id=176217.

To apply to cover President Clinton’s visits to Saint Lucia and the U.S. Virgin Islands, please e-mail [email protected] with your name, organization, and relevant contact information.

***TENTATIVE SCHEDULE – ALL DETAILS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. PRESS MUST BE CREDENTIALED TO ATTEND THESE EVENTS***

TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2018

  • What: CGI Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery
     
  • Who: President Bill Clinton, leaders from business, government and civil society including   Nikima Royer Jno Baptiste, Chief Executive Officer, Digicel Dominica; Dee Baecher-Brown, President, Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands; Bob Lord, Chief Digital Officer, IBM; Rosie Perez, Actress and Activist; Ingrid Riley, Founder, Silicon Caribe Media; Javier Saade, Venture Partner, Fenway Summer Ventures; and Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers
     
  • Where: University of Miami
                 Donna E. Shalala Student Center
     
  • When: Tuesday, August 7, 2018
                9:30 a.m. ET

NOTE: For logistical details for the CGI Action Network meeting, please apply for credentials here: https://forms.clinton-foundation.org/view.php?id=176217

THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2018

  • What: Saint Lucia solar farm opening
     
  • Who: President Bill Clinton; Prime Minister Allen Chastanet; José María Figueres, former president of Costa Rica and Chairman of the Board of the Rocky Mountain Institute; representatives from LUCELEC
     
  • Where: La Tourney, Saint Lucia
     
  • When: Thursday, August 9, 2018
                3:00 p.m. AST

FRIDAY, AUGUST 10, 2018

  • What: President Clinton joins business and government representatives to announce new recovery and sustainability commitments
     
  • Who: President Bill Clinton; Governor Kenneth Mapp; Tom Secunda, Bloomberg LP co-founder; Katherine Cheng, Head of Global Corporate Citizenship and Community Relations at Expedia
     
  • Where: U.S. Virgin Islands
     
  • When: Friday, August 10, 2018
                11:00 a.m. AST

Background on the CGI Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery
The CGI Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery convenes leaders from business, government, and civil society to make Commitments to Action that will help communities in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Dominica, and Antigua and Barbuda recover from last year’s devastating hurricane season and rebuild in a sustainable way. This Action Network 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.

Background on the Clinton Climate Initiative’s Islands Energy Program
The Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) collaborates with governments and partner organizations to increase the resilience of communities facing climate change while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, working in Antigua & Barbuda, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Colombia (San Andrés and Providencia islands), Comoros, Dominica, Jamaica, Mauritius, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and the Seychelles. CCI has helped generate over 63,000 MWh of clean energy annually in the Caribbean and East African Islands.