Dr. Leonel Fernández Interacts with Student Delegates at CILA 2012

October 30, 2012

On Friday, October 26, Former President of the Dominican Republic and President of Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (FUNGLODE), Dr. Leonel Fernández, attended the Eighth Session of the International Conference of the Americas (CILA 2012), celebrated at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana.

Dr. Fernández paid a
visit to several of the committees simulated during CILA 2012, observing negotiations and deliberations and interacting with delegates.

The former President spoke with the parents, teachers and academic authorities that participated in the workshop-seminar for educators, “Innovation, Formation and Compromise: The Role of Educators.” He expressed to parents and educators his fascination in seeing the strong level of interest conveyed by student
delegates with regards to the current challenges facing the global community, stating that every time he feels more compromised to support these sorts of formative activities, viewing them as significant importance to the development of analytical capacities and global and cultural integration.

Teachers and academic advisors thanked Dr. Fernández for his support for educational initiatives like CILA, and also congratulated the UNA-DR management team for their superior
organization of the event.

Dr. Fernández concluded his visit to CILA 2012 by participating in the First International Law and Proceedings before the International Court of Justice Competition, congratulating the student leaders for their achievements.

More than 1,500 youth from different regions of the world participated in CILA 2012, joining together in an environment of diplomacy and cooperation to devise solutions to the challenges facing the
international community.

The conference simulated 13 organs and commissions of the United Nations and other multilateral, regional and international institutions. It also offered seminars, conferences, workshops and exhibitions, in addition to social and cultural activities on themes directly related to the agenda of the United Nations.

Sessions were conducted in Spanish, English and French.

GFDD was represented at the international
conference by the Director of the GFDD New York Office, Ms. Yamile Eusebio.

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