The Clinton Foundation has announced twenty-nine new commitments in support of ongoing efforts to expand recovery efforts, promote emergency preparedness, and improve climate resiliency in the Caribbean.
Announced at the fourth meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery at the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas, the commitments to action will support initiatives in the areas of health care, food security, renewable energy, small business development, and sustainable tourism.
Commitments announced at the meeting include one by the International Planned Parenthood Federation, Engineers Without Borders, and the Clara Lionel Foundation to strengthen the emergency preparedness and response capacity of local sexual and reproductive health providers; another by Nilus, an organization that rescues edible food that is about to be discarded and distributes it to community kitchens, to pilot its program in Puerto Rico; a commitment by the Virgin Islands Conservation Society to integrate disaster risk reduction curricula in seven schools in the U.S. Virgin Islands; a commitment from the Center for Caribbean Resilience and Sustainability to facilitate emergency preparedness trainings for seniors in the U.S. Virgin Islands; and a commitment from Love City Strong and partners to expand its housing initiative and return vulnerable residents in St. John to stable living conditions. Since the action network's launch, a total of seven hundred and seventy-five organizations have made eighty-six commitments to action.
"We are here to share ideas and experiences and figure out how we can better help the entire Caribbean become stronger, safer, and more sustainable," said former President Bill Clinton. "With the 2019 hurricane season upon us, the work of this network to ensure resilience, preparedness, and sustainability in the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Dominica, and across the Caribbean is more urgent than ever."
"CGI was founded on the belief that partnerships are the most effective way to meet the challenges we face — and the proof is in this meeting, with eighty-six commitments to action helping communities across the Caribbean," said former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "We are going to continue to do our part to bring unlikely partners together and mobilize people to take action."