November - December 2014
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The Importance of Social Cohesion for Economic Prosperity - GFDD’s Global Roundtable with UN Alliance of Civilizations’ Director

Hundreds Enjoy Dominican Films in Washington, D.C.

The Dominican Film Showcase initiative hosted hundreds of people to enjoy five of the best most recentfilms produced in the Dominican Republic and/or by Dominican filmmakers. More than 200 people attended the screenings of La Montaña, ¿Quién Manda?, 3 al Rescate, Lago Enriquillo... a prelude to climate change and Sol Caribe. The event took place at the Arts Museum of the Americas (AMA) in Washington, D.C. from November 19th to the23rd, 2014. This year the children expressed their creativity after the screening of 3 al Rescate with a special event.

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Former President of the Dominican Republic Stresses Dominican Sovereignty before the Inter-American System of Human Rights

Dr. Leonel Fernández, President of GFDD and Funglode, was the keynote speaker at the 57th Lecture of “The OAS, Democracy and Human Rights” at the Organization of American States (OAS). During the conference, held on November 13, 2014, Fernández noted, “there is no statelessness and discrimination in the Dominican Republic. What we have is the sovereign right of all States to decide who its nationals are.” He also emphasized that today’s reality suggests the persistence of major challenges that need to be addressed in order to strengthen the Inter-American System of Human Rights, part of the OAS.

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Related links: Complete speech of President Fernández at the OAS (in Spanish): here.

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First Discussion on the Impact of the Film Industry on Dominican Socio-economic Development

Five Dominican film experts discussed their experiences and views on the 2010 law that promotes the film industry in the Dominican Republic. Before a full house, GFDD executive director Natasha Despotovic moderated the panel discussion and introduced Boni Guerrero Canto, legal manager of the Dominican Republic Film Commission (DGCINE, by its Spanish initials); Laura Castellanos, Dominican lawyer specializing in the film industry and co-producer of La Montaña; and Dominican film directors Fernando Baéz, Iván Herrera and Ronni Castillo. All agreed that the Law for the Promotion of Film Activity No. 108-10 has been very important for the film industry development and that more changes are on the way to fulfill new needs.

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Discussing “Financing for Development Post-2015”

To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations (UN), GFDD and Funglode will host a panel discussion entitled "Financing for Development Post-2015: The Growing Importance of Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships for Developing Countries."

When: December 18th, 2014, 3:00pm
Where: UN Church Center
Please R.S.V.P. to: Marc Jourdan - - 212-751-5000
Ext. 5028



International Education Week (IEW) is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education aimed at celebrating the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This year, it was celebrated from November 17 to 21, and GFDD’s InteRDom Program made the most of the week, first connecting with hundreds of students interested in pursuing internships in the Dominican Republic during three events at the University of Rhode Island, and then traveling to Baltimore, Maryland to join more than 600 other international education professionals at the CIEE Annual Conference. Read more about this here!



GFDD presented valuable content at the business forum: "Emission Reductions and Business Opportunities in Value Chain Co-Processing in the Dominican Republic," a two-day conference held in Santo Domingo on November 18 and 19, 2014. GFDD screened its short film “Garbage or Resource: A Dominican Republic experience”, directed by Natasha Despotovic, GFDD executive director; presented the recently launched book, Sustainable Development and Green Economy in the Dominican Republic, and showcased other publications at the Forum’s exhibit hall.


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