March - April 2015
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Fernando Báez: “Filmmaking is a virus that has been passed on generation after generation in our family”

Listen Up! New Audiobook Covers Sustainable Development and Green Economy in the Dominican Republic!

We just launched the audiobook Hacia el desarrollo sostenible y la economía verde en la República Dominicana (Towards sustainable development and green economy in Dominican Republic). It is available on Amazon, Audible, iTunes, and our website, and is downloadable straight to your smart-phone, e-reader device or tablet.

Stay tuned! English version coming soon!


A Magical Evening with Xiomara Fortuna at the DGT

With over 38 years of experience as a singer, songwriter, composer and researcher of Dominican culture, Xiomara reflected on her career as an artist before a packed audience in New York City. She also gave a live concert, during which she performed some of her most famous songs.

Enjoy the video here


Discussing Green Growth at April´s Global Roundtables

The GFDD Global Roundtables hosted Dr. Muthukumara Mani, Lead Environmental Economist at the World Bank and author of the publication Greening India’s Growth: Costs, Valuations and Trade-offs. The session discussed, among other things, the role that environmental resources play in economic growth, otherwise known as Green Growth.

See the video here to learn more about it!


Don’t Miss this Chance! The Deadline for Dominican Law Students to Apply to the Transnational Law and Practice Program is Drawing Near

The Global Dominican Academic Exchange Program and the University of Washington School of Law are receiving applications for the first Summer Institute in Transnational Law and Practice Program, to take place in Seattle, Washington. For more information, download the program information sheet here. (Spanish version here.)

Deadline: May 8, 2015
Dates of Program: September 4-8, 2015
Location: Seattle, Washington, USA

Internships, Research & Study in the Dominican Republic!

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CoNGO and GFDD Invite you to Honor the United Nations on its 70th Anniversary

The organizations will hold a commemorative panel discussion in the presence of H.E. Ambassador Martin Sajdik, as well as several representatives of UN Agencies and NGOs. Natasha Despotovic, GFDD´s Executive Director, will discuss and reflect on the status of relationships between NGOs and the United Nations, including what contributions NGOs can make to promote the principles, purpose, and effectiveness of the UN and its related agencies and programs.

When: May 7th, 2015from 10:00 am to 12:30pm.
Where: Conference Room 11, General Assembly Building, UN Headquarters, New York

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Join GFDD for a Dominican Get Together with Fernando Villalona!

GFDD will host famous Dominican musician Fernando Villalona to talk to us about his 15-year musical career. The talk will be followed by a special live performance.

When: Thursday May 14th, 2015 at 6:00pm
Where: Museum of Arts and Design – Theater level
2 Columbus Circle N.Y. 10019
Please R.S.V.P. (212) 751-5000 or

*This event is free of charge and will be in Spanish.
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DGT with Pavel Núñez: Music, an Art for Telling Stories

Pavel Núñez, a young Dominican singer- songwriter who has conquered an audience that loves stories told with great music, will share an evening with us where he will talk about his life, musical beginnings, career progress, and international successes.

When: Thursday May 28th, 2015 at 6:30pm
Where: Symphony Space - 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY 10025
(The event will be in Spanish)


GFDD/Funglode to Host a UN Panel Discussion on Treating Parkinson’s Disease Psychosis with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

This event is part of the official launch of the GFDD/Funglode publication entitled “Treating Parkinson’s Disease Psychosis with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy” by GFDD Fellow Henry A. Montero.

When: Between June 9-11, 2015 Time TBC
Where: UN Headquarters, New York.

Questions? Contact:, Phone: +1 212 751 5000
More information to come.


Join Dominican filmmaker Mr. Fernando Báez at the UN for the New York Screening Premiere of Lago Enriquillo: A Prelude to Climate Change.

The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion on climate change, seeking to present how this issue has affected the planet and what efforts need to be made in Paris by the international community to reach a bold and ambitious climate treaty.

Following speaker remarks, the event will then be opened up for a Q&A session with the audience.

When: June 29, 2015 – 6.30PM-9PM
Where: ECOSOC Chamber, UN Secretariat Building, New York.
Questions? Contact:, Phone: +1 212 751 5000

More information to come!



Students from all over the country are enjoying every month the Ysear-Round Environmental Film Screenings program. Last March, one hundred students from four public schools located in the Dominican district of San Antonio de Guerra enjoyed the screening of the short film Circular, by Mexican filmmakers Aránzazu Zamora and Alexandra Castellano:

Read more here.



At the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital

At the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation s CapitalThe Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF) was once again honored to partner with the EFF, as part of the 23th edition of the prestigious festival, to screen two Dominican films: Lago Enriquillo: Preludio del cambio climático, and Mañana and host a panel with the films’ directors at the Gala Hispanic Theater in Washington DC.

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