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BVI talks partnership with Clinton Foundation

Former US President Bill Clinton speaking at the high-level pledging conference in New York last week.

The Clinton Foundation which was established by former United States President Bill Clinton, might be partnering with the British Virgin Islands on climate change.

Effectively, climate change is a turn in the average weather pattern of a region. It has been identified as a major factor why the BVI was devastated by two category 5 hurricanes two months ago.

Premier Dr D Orlando Smith said he has had talks with Jesse Gertsin, a climate change director at the Clinton Foundation.

The Premier said, during the meeting, he highlighted the Virgin Islands Climate Change Trust Fund, which was established in March 2015 to finance climate change adaptation and mitigation in the BVI. Dr Smith described the Fund as an ‘exemplary mechanism for receiving funds to build climate resilience’.

“I explained the urgent need for the BVI to build climate resilience, particularly along our coasts where there has been great erosion. I hope we are able to partner with the Clinton Foundation at some point in the future in this area,” said Dr Smith, who is also Minister of Finance.

Premier Smith met with the Clinton Foundation at a high-level pledging conference at the United Nations headquarters in New York last week.

Attending nations offered more than $2 billion in pledges and loans to countries affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September.

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