Eighth Edition of the International Conference of the Americas (CILA) Begins Today

October 24, 2012

Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (FUNGLODE) are partnering with the United Nations Association of the Dominican Republic (UNA-DR) to convene the eighth edition of the International Conference of the Americas (CILA) – the student oriented conference on global issues of greatest
transcendence in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The international event begins today, Wednesday October 24, and will continue until Sunday, October 28, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Convention Center in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

More than 1,500 youth from different regions around the world will join together in an environment of diplomacy and cooperation to devise solutions to the challenges facing the international

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

CILA 2012 will feature a series of activities, among them: the Workshop-Seminar for teachers serving as advisors
“Innovation, Formation and Compromise: The Role of Educators,” the Global Concert, the Cultural Gathering, the Closing Night Party, and the First Dominican Competition of Proceedings before the International Court of Justice (CODOCIJ 2012).

The working languages will be Spanish, English and French.

Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) will be represented at the international conference by the Director of the GFDD
New York Office, Ms. Yamile Eusebio.

GFDD and FUNGLODE will also have a stand at the event, which will contain promotional materials about GFDD/FUNGLODE programs and showcase publications realized by the Foundations.

About UNA-DR
The United Nations Association of the Dominican Republic (UNA-DR) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to supporting the work of the United Nations. The
Association coordinates educational and cultural initiatives to raise awareness and encourage participation in UN-related activities. Since it was founded in 2001, with the support of the World Federation of United Nations Association (WFUNA), UNA-DR has designed and implemented Model United Nations and other, regional and international forums involving youth from the Dominican Republic and twenty other nations.

In early 2002, UNA-DR signed a partnership agreement with
FUNGLODE establishing the institution as its main local partner, to provide all operational and logistical support. In 2003, GFDD joined the partnership and has since been providing significant support from its offices in New York City and Washington, DC.

The Association works with educational entities, non-governmental organizations and the public and private sectors to elevate understanding of the work of the United Nations System among the Dominican populace. UNA-DR
contributes to the agenda of work the United Nations through educational campaigns, workshops, seminars, lectures, panel discussions and publications.

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