July - August 2015
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DREFF 2015 Boasts Over 35 Films, 30 Venues, 40 Special Guests and More

The Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF) is now in its fifth year. With hot topics that range from recycling and activism, to food waste and animal extinction, the DREFF will take place from September 8th to the 13th in cities all around the Dominican Republic. In addition to over 40 special guests that will be in attendance, the DREFF is excited to host film maker Jon Bowermaster and the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura as the festival guests of honor.



July Global Roundtable Hosts Head of the Environmental Law, Policy and Good Governance Program at OAS

The July Global Roundtables welcomed Claudia De Windt, Head of the Environmental Law, Policy and Good Governance Program at the Organization of American States (OAS) Sustainable Development Department. The session focused on the work of the OAS with regards to sustainable development, in particular the importance of public participation and engagement with all relevant stakeholders to ensure effective public policy making.

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Garbage or Resouce? Selected in Two More Film Festivals

The GFDD original film Garbage or Resource? A Dominican Republic Experience has been chosen to apear in two upcoming international film festivals. The upcoming CMS VATAVARAN Competitive International Environment & Wildlife Film Festival and Forum takes place New Delhi, and the United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF), will be held in California. Both festivals will take place this October.

Selected for 2015 United Nations Association Film Festival

Nominated for International Environment & Wildlife Film Festival and Forum


“A Solid Local Business Base is Necessary,” Dr. Caraballo Cueto on Local Capacity Development

Dr. José G. Caraballo Cueto, who holds a PhD. in Economics from the New School for Social Research, spoke at the launch of the Fellows Program publication, “Capacidad local para beneficiarse de la globalización y aumentar el empleo: El caso de la República Dominicana.” Foreign capital should complement and not replace national capital, said Dr. Caraballo Cueto who is also director of the Census Information Center (CIC) at the University of Puerto Rico.

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New Phone App for DREFF 2015 Puts Information at Your Fingertips!

Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF) in its Fifth Edition!

Over 35 films, 30 venues, 40 special guests and 12 countries will meet during 6 days in 11 cities of the Dominican Republic. In its fith edition, the DREFF has also organized film workshops, master classes, ReCreatre workshops, which focus on recycled art, beach cleanings, exhibitions, and many other community activities. During this edition, GFDD/Funglode will be launching the book All Things Dominican and the short documentarie The Value of Life, as well.

Save the date and do not miss it!

For more information: www.dreff.org | info@dreff.org 


VI and VII GFDD Golf Tournament

This events helps benefit GFDD/Fungode and its programs which support social, economic and democratic development in the Dominican Republic. It also serves as a networking opportunity for high-ranking officials, industry leaders, business executives, and celebrities.

VI GFDD Golf Tournament
When: September 21, 2015
Where: Glen Cove Road, Glen Head, NY 11545

VII GFDD Golf Tournament
When: October 23, 2015
Where: 19999 W Country Club Dr, Aventura, FL 33180

For more information, please contact:
Kenia Hernández

Janny Sánchez
809-6859966, ext. 2444


GFDD / FUNGLODE at the 9th Edition of the Dominican Book Fair in New York City

Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and its sister organization in the Dominican Republic, Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (FUNGLODE) wil participated in the 9th edition of the Dominican Book Fair in NY, collaborating with the celebration of important activities and presenting its publications and programs.


Launch of GFDD´s publication Climate Change Adaptation in the Dominican Republic: Impact on Coastal Resources and Communities

Authored by 2014 GFDD Fellows, Ms. Hilary Lohmann and Mr. Mat Rosa, the book presents an analysis of the adaptive capacity of individuals involved in various sectors of employment in three Dominican coastal communities, as well as the status of governance factors driving climate change adaptation planning for coastal resources in Santo Domingo.

The launch of the publication will take place in October 2015 in New York City and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The New York launch will take place on Thursday October 1 at the United Nations Church Center, 777 UN Plaza, New York, NY 10017 from 1PM to 3PM.

The Santo Domingo launch will take place on Monday October 7 at Funglode Auditorium, Calle Capitán Eugenio de Marchena #26, La Esperilla, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (time to be confirmed at a later date).

More information to come!



Agreement Between DREFF, FUNIBER Promotes Environmental Awareness

Agreement Between DREFF, FUNIBER Promotes Environmental AwarenessThe DREFF signed a collaborative agreement with The Fundación Universitaria Iberoamericana (FUNIBER) with the aim to foster a culture at both institutions in the Dominican Republic that promotes management of natural resources and increases awareness regarding sustainable development. Both parties comprehend the importance of catalyzing the development of projects and programs that promote best practices in the area of environment, the result of interaction between youth and the general public with professors, experts, activists, filmmakers as well as leaders in the public, private, national and international sector.

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Special Screening: Garbage or Resource? Comes to Cuba

Special Screening: Garbage or Resource? Comes to CubaAs part of the 10th International Convention on Environment and Development held in La Habana, Cuba, GFDD’s short film "Garbage or Resource? A Dominican Republic Experience" was screened in July to a global audience of activists, environmentalists, representatives from public and private sectors, decision-makers, stake-holders, and others from more than 45 countries.The bi-annual event drew over 1,300 attendees this year.

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