Prime Minister of Saint Lucia participates in Clinton Global Initiative Week of Action
Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet will partivcipate in the Clinton Global Initiative's Building Back Greener: Renewable Energy and Sustainable Tourism session moderated by President Bill Clinton on Tuesday, September 22 at 2pm EST.
The session will explore tourism in the Caribbean in the context of COVID-19 and the shared need to protect people across the Caribbean while reimagining the region’s primary economic driver. By deploying better safety protocols, supporting small businesses in the tourism sector and beyond, and promoting more sustainable tourism practices, there is a real chance to rebuild the tourism sector in a way that supports a more resilient and inclusive Caribbean region.
About the session:
The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing leaders from governments, businesses, and civil society to reimagine what an economic recovery looks like, guided by principles of sustainability, resource sharing, and equitable health access. According to the International Monetary Fund, Latin America and the Caribbean will see economic growth contract at almost twice the global average as a result of COVID-19, underscoring the far-reaching effects of the pandemic as it halts tourism and other critical industries throughout the region. In the Caribbean, which before the pandemic produced just 1% of global carbon emissions but bore the brunt of extreme weather events induced by climate change, the shifting economic landscape offers both challenges and opportunities for a greener, more inclusive and resilient economic and public health recovery. In this virtual conversation, leaders from across sectors will outline what is required for a green economic recovery in the Caribbean during and following the COVID-19 pandemic while showcasing opportunities for investors, philanthropists, and the international community to support the local initiatives that place the Caribbean at the forefront of progressive and resilient climate action.
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