MIAMI – Former President Bill Clinton formally launched the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery at the University of Miami in Coral Gables this morning.
The meeting brings together at least 350 leaders from government, business, and civil society to discuss and develop solutions that address immediate and long-term hurricane recovery needs facing the region.
At the meeting, stakeholders will work toward CGI Commitments to Action – new, specific, and measurable projects to address critical issues such as health care, housing, clean energy, education, small business support, mental health, and climate resiliency to assist with immediate needs as well as the long-term recovery in the region.
Commitments to Action already in development include the rebuilding of schools and homes in Dominica and the installation of solar equipment at primary care clinics in Puerto Rico. Additional commitments will be announced during the major plenary sessions of the meeting.
Participants include: President Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States, founder and board chair, Clinton Foundation; Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, Commonwealth of Dominica; Irwin LaRocque, secretary-general, Caribbean Community (CARICOM); Governor Kenneth Mapp, U.S. Virgin Islands; Jenniffer González-Colón, resident commissioner, Puerto Rico; Stacey Plaskett, delegate to the United States House of Representatives, U.S. Virgin Islands; Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, Municipality of San Juan, Puerto Rico; Gary Cohen, executive vice president, Becton, Dickinson and Company, and president, BD Foundation; Lynn Jurich, CEO, Sunrun; Andrea Luecke, executive director, The Solar Foundation; Denis O’Brien, chairman of the board, Digicel; Jose Maria Figueres Olsen, former president of Costa Rica, and co-founder, Ocean Unite; Hugh Riley, secretary general and CEO, Caribbean Tourism Organization; Thomas F. Secunda, founding partner, vice chairman & global head of financial products & services, Bloomberg LP; Dr. Rajiv J. Shah, president, Rockefeller Foundation; Sally Yearwood, executive director, Caribbean Central American Action, among others.
Continuing the Work of the Clinton Global Initiative
This meeting builds on the success of the CGI 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.
CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE: Former President Bill Clinton speaks in Miami today.