The GAVI Alliance (formerly the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation) is a public-private partnership of major stakeholders in immunisation. It includes developing country and donor governments, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, the vaccine industry in both industrialised and developing countries, research and technical agencies, civil society, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other philanthropists. WHO estimates that GAVI support will have prevented more than 2.9 million deaths by the end of 2007
The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is a new initiative, led by the UN Foundation, supporting large-scale adoption of clean and safe household cooking solutions as a way to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and reduce climate change emissions. The Alliance's founding partners have set a goal of enabling an additional 100 million homes to adopt clean and efficient stoves and fuels by 2020.
Goldman Sachs began with a single office in New York City in 1869. Today, Goldman Sachs is a global leader within the investment banking, investment management, and securities industry. The firm provides mergers and acquisitions advice, underwriting services, asset management, and prime brokerage to its clients, which include corporations, governments and individuals. The firm also engages in proprietary trading and private equity deals, and is a primary dealer in the United States Treasury security market.
Google's innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top web property in all major global markets. Google's targeted advertising program provides businesses of all sizes with measurable results, while enhancing the overall web experience for users. Google is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.
On Dec. 20, 2003, Si Como No's Green Hotels of Costa Rica began operations with the acquisition of Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel & Nature Spa, near San Ramon in El Silencio de Los Angeles, and the participation of Aguila de Osa Inn at Drake Bay, near Corcovado National Park. We now look forward to sharing even more of Si Como No's brand of Sustainable Hospitality as members of Green Hotels of Costa Rica.
Grupo Islita leads a group of Costa Rican enterprises with the common goal of promoting responsible tourism practices that foster cultural authenticity, economic opportunity, and optimum environmental stewardship.
Grupo Plan is a Mexico City based real estate development group founded in 1993 with experience in the planning, development, design, construction and operation of prominent tourism resorts, golf resorts with Hotel and Villas, residential, land development, office, industrial, commercial and mixed-use projects. Grupo Plan and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. signed an agreement through which Starwood will manage a group of hotels, including The Haciendas, owned by Grupo Plan in the Yucatan Peninsula and the Pacific Coast of Mexico under Starwood's Luxury Collection brand.
The Big Island Visitors Bureau oversees the tourism marketing for the island of Hawaii, site of Hawaii's only World Heritage site. BIVB's mission is to create sustainable, diversified, travel demand for the island of Hawaii, also known as the Big Island. The BIVB is a chapter of the statewide Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, a private, non-profit organization which promotes leisure and business travel, and acts as a catalyst for enhancing Hawaii's wide-ranging visitor experiences, while creating economic opportunities through tourism.
Our Vision is to inspire the conservation of Hawaii's natural resources. By connecting both visitors and residents to these resources through the interpretive process, guests are left with a deeper understanding and appreciation for the fragile native ecosystems unique to the Big Island. Our guided nature adventures blanket much of the island, from the dynamic landscapes of Kilauea and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, to the verdant watersheds of North Kohala. Extensively trained guides and awe-inspiring locales combine to create sustainable, appropriate and authentic visitor experiences showcasing native Hawaii.
Established on August 1, 1916, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park preserves for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations, the significant resources that reflect Hawaii's geological, biological, and cultural heritage. Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, displays the results of 70 million years of volcanism, migration, and evolution processes that thrust a bare land from the sea and clothed it with unique ecosystems, and a distinct human culture. The park highlights two of the world's most active volcanoes, and offers insights on the birth of the Hawaiian Islands and views of dramatic volcanic landscapes.