January - February, 2017
Cirilo Moronta: Inspiration 809
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Cirilo Moronta: Inspiration 809

GFDD Elected Executive Committee Member of the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY at the United Nations

The Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD), represented by its UN Programs & Outreach Manager, Marc Jourdan, was elected on Tuesday December 20, 2016 as Executive Committee Member of the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY (NGO CSD-NY). The purpose of the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY is to monitor and influence the implementation of the commitments and agreements adopted by the United Nations that pertain to sustainable development as defined by the UN Conference on Environment and Development, the Earth Summit, the MDGs, the SDGs, Rio+20 and the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda.

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Master of Photography Steve McCurry Captures the Dominican Audience

Master of contemporary photography, Steve McCurry raised great expectations and passions during his visit to the Dominican Republic. February 9, hundreds of people queued from the early hours of the afternoon outside Funglode headquarters to attend the workshop for professionals and the master class open to the public organized by the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival, a GFDD initiative. Before the academic activities, McCurry - accompanied by filmmaker Denis Delestrac - was received by GFDD/Funglode President Dr. Leonel Fernández. Delestrac and McCurry, who have been friends for 17 years, talked on the stage of Funglode Auditorium about life, the human condition and the career of the photographer. Afterwards, McCurry answered questions from an enthusiastic audience and spoke about his beginnings as a photographer, about his most famous photo ("The Afghan girl"), about the social role of the photographer and professional success.

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GFDD/Funglode Ranked 40th Best Think Tank in Latin America

For the third consecutive year, the Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (Funglode) / Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) was selected as one of the best think tanks in Latin America in the 2016 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, University of Pennsylvania. In the report, Thursday, January 26 at a meeting organized in Washington by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Funglode/GFDD achieved position 40 among the best think tanks in Latin America. In 2015, it reached position 48 in this category. In the category of Best Use of Social Media and Networks, Funglode/GFDD occupies the position 76, and in the Top Environment Policy Think Tanks the 90th, while in Foreign Policy and International Affairs occupies the 111th position.

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Fellows Program: A Success Story!

The Fellows Program, an extension of the internship and academic exchange program InteRDom, was developed in 2009 to respond to the desire of GFDD to develop a community of scholars that contributes to the Foundations' growing body of research on matters of international concern that directly impact the Dominican Republic, complementing the overall mission of GFDD to promote academic exchange, generate scholarship, and influence the creation of public policy related to economic and social development both at the national and international level. In the words of our latest fellow Sergio Morales “One of the best assets of the Fellows Program is the infrastructure it offers which allows you to deeply develop your research, forgetting the administrative inconveniences and focusing only on the project.”

Meet Fellow Sergio Morales: watch video

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The Sixth Edition of Globo Verde Dominicano is Already Open for Submissions!

The Dominican Film Festival (DREFF) is pleased to announce the sixth edition of the first audiovisual competition in the area of environment and sustainable development in the Dominican Republic, the Globo Verde Dominicano Award. This year’s competition will include 4 categories: Globo Verde Junior, Public Service Announcement, Short Film and Photography. In the categorie of fotography the selected theme for 2017 is “Art and Sustainable Development”. This year the deadline to apply is July 31st 2017.

To know about rules and registration check www.globoverdedominicano.org

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Dominican Night to Come Again to Washington in March as Part of DCEFF

Dominican Night to Come Again to Washington in March as Part of DCEFFAs part of the long-term partnership between the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF) and the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (DCEFF), Dominican Night, featuring screenings of documentaries produced on the island, comes once again to the United States capital. On March 23, as part of the long-running Washingtonian festival, this year in its 25th edition, the city’s E Street Cinema will host a screening of the winner of the 2016 Globo Verde Dominicano, the short film Ciclos by Hansel Ureña Espósito, as well as Death by a Thousand Cuts, directed by Juan Mejia and Jake Kheel, and Site of Sites, by Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada.

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Celebrating World Anthropology Day with the Science Academy of the Dominican Republic!

Celebrating World Anthropology Day with the Science Academy of the Dominican Republic!February 16 is the World Anthropology Day and DREFF celebrated it with the screening of The Anthropologist in Santo Domingo. The event was co-hosted by the Science Academy of the Dominican Republic. The screening took place within the framework of DREFF’s program Year-Round Environmental Film Screenings Program, which seeks to foster and inspire dialogue, raise awareness and promote sustainable practices by showing a diverse selection of quality movies on critical environmental and sustainable development issues and organizing discussions and workshops.

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Globo Verde Dominicano Lab: Free Workshop from March 13 to 17 in Santo Domingo

The Dominican Environmental Film Festival and Globo Verde Dominicano Award are organizing a free film workshop from March 13 to 17, to be held at Funglode’s headquarters, with the title: “From Idea to Screen: How to Make Environmental Documentaries.” The instructor, director of documentaries and professor, Gabriel will work personally with each participant to help them develop their short film ideas, design main characters, write the script, choose a technical team and plan and prepare content. The projects will be sent to the Globo Verde Dominicano competition. The 5-day workshop offers students both a theoretical and a practical approach, and the possibility of interacting with the instructor personally to clarify doubts and answer specific questions. It is designed for people with professional experience as well as amateurs, and for people who want to perfect themselves in a specific area: documentaries.

When: March 13-17, 2017
Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Where: Funglode Headquarters

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GFDD/Funglode to Co-Host a UN Panel Discussion on the Need to Improve Systemic Justice for Women and Marginalized Communities in Latin America and the Caribbean

GFDD/Funglode along with the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and CUNY will host an interactive debate on Tuesday March 14 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm in Conference Room 4 of the United Nations Headquarters, during the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61).

When: Tuesday March 14, 2017 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Where: Conference Room 4, United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY, 10017

For more information on speakers and the program of the event, please read our detailed flyer and concept note available here.

To register for this event please contact arthur@globalfoundationdd.org


DREFF to Host Networking Breakfast for Filmmakers and Green Film Network

As part of the official 2017 DC Environmental Film Festival (DCEFF), DREFF will be hosting a networking breakfast for the Green Film Network (GFN) members and filmmakers from all over the world.

When: Friday, March 17th, 2017. 9AM.
Where: GFDD's DC Office, 1629 K Street NW, Suite 1100. Washington, DC 20006

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Dominican Night at DCEFF

The Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF) has been closely collaborating with the DCEFF for several years. As part of the 2017 DCEFF program, a Dominican Night will be hosted by DREFF, including the screenings of the documentaries 'Death by a Thousand Cuts' and 'Site of Sites' (DC premiere), and the short film 'Cycles' (Ciclos; US premiere), winner of the 2016 DREFF's Globo Verde Dominicano Award. The screenings will begin at 6:00 pm. Q&A with filmmakers and special guests to follow screenings.

When: Thursday, March 23, 2017.
Where: E Street Cinema. 555 11th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Free Admission! RSVP required:
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