Thursday, February 20, 2020

Clintons to Convene 5th meeting of CGI Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery in Puerto Rico

By on February 14, 2020

Former President Bill Clinton (Screen capture of www.clintonfoundation.org)

SAN JUAN – Next week, former President Bill Clinton and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will convene the fifth meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The Clinton Foundation said in a press release that the meeting will continue the discussion around natural disaster recovery in the Caribbean, and address “topics such as recovery in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian; supporting marginalized communities on the front lines of the fight against climate change; and investing in high-tech, high skilled jobs in the Caribbean.”

President Clinton and Secretary Clinton will also visit CGI commitments to advance recovery and resilience efforts. On Monday, President Clinton will visit projects launched by Inclusiv, Hispanic Federation, Direct Relief, and the San Juan Bay National Estuary Program (Estuario).

While, on Tuesday, before the Clintons convene the fifth meeting of the CGI Action Network in San Juan, Secretary Clinton is also slated to visit a CGI commitment by Solar Libre to provide solar workforce training to Puerto Rican women.

“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,” the release reads.

The Clinton Foundation—which works on issues such as creating economic opportunity, improving public health, and inspiring civic engagement and service—and the Clinton Global Initiative receive support from partners such as the Arthur M. Blank Foundation, InterEnergy, LesLois Shaw Foundation, Swiss Re, and Tarsadia Foundation.

The meeting sponsors are Banco Popular, Caliber Home Loans, FirstBank, and the Island Spirit Fund.

The following is the CGI Action Network Meeting itinerary, as sent by the foundation:

Tuesday, February 18

  • Opening Plenary: Accelerating the Road to Recovery: Responding to Natural Disasters in Puerto Rico and the Bahamas
  • When:  4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
  • Where:  Caribe Hilton Hotel, San Geronimo Ballroom

Moderated by President Clinton, this plenary will spotlight the greatest needs for recovery in the Bahamas, draw on lessons learned from Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and encourage all audience members to take action and support the people of the Bahamas.

Wednesday, February 19

CGI Action Network Meeting

  • Morning Plenary: Fighting Climate Change and Advancing Equality
  • When:  9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
  • Where:  Caribe Hilton Hotel, San Geronimo Ballroom

Moderated by Secretary Clinton, in this plenary session, speakers will identify opportunities to support these vulnerable populations while offering insight into how to reshape the climate change conversation to focus on principles like equality, justice and shared prosperity.

Wednesday, February 19

CGI Action Network Meeting

  • Closing Plenary: Investing in High-Tech, High Skilled Caribbean Jobs
  • When:  4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
  • Where:  Caribe Hilton Hotel, San Geronimo Ballroom

Moderated by President Clinton, in this plenary session, speakers will highlight opportunities to invest in projects that are preparing the Caribbean to take advantage of the growing digital economy, discuss approaches to promote equitable access to digital platforms, and focus on the unique assets of the Caribbean that have the potential to propel the region to the forefront of the digital economy.

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