GFDD and Funglode Organize with International IDEA the “Global Forum on Latin America and the Caribbean 2022”September 20, 2022
On Thursday, September 22 and Friday, September 23, experts will meet in New York to analyze the region´s current reality within a global context. The meeting is organized along with International IDEA, and the support of Fordham University.
NEW YORK. – The former president of the Dominican Republic, Dr. Leonel Fernández, and current president of the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (Funglode) – and its sister institution in the United States, the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) – will head the “Global Forum on Latin America and the Caribbean 2022,” along with the Secretary General of the Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), Kevin Casas-Zamora. The Forum will be held on Thursday, September 22 and Friday, September 23, 2022.
Through a press release the organizers announced that the event will consist of seven panels, where high-level experts will analyze, from various perspectives, the challenges facing the region. The event will be available to participants both through a digital platform and in person. In addition, five discussion sessions will be held. The event will begin, both days, at 9:30 in the morning.
Those interested will be able to view the Forum´s opening ceremony through former President Leonel Fernández´ social networks (@leonelfernandez).
The scheduled panels will focus on: “Global Threats, Repercussions and Opportunities for Progress;” “Regional Situation: Economic Reactivation, Inflation and Social Tensions;” “New Fiscal Pacts in Chile and Colombia: Challenges and Opportunities;” “Citizen Security: Crime Prevention, Justice and Reform;” “The Migration Crisis in Latin America;” “K-12 Education: Challenges, Trends and Future Perspectives” and “Democratic Challenges: Governance, Social Unrest, Social Networks and Freedom of Expression (IDEA).”
The two-day event will also include five discussion sessions. The first will address the “Challenges and Opportunities of the New Petro Administration.” The second discussion will focus on the issue of “inequality” in the region. The other three discussion sessions will focus on: “The Migratory Crisis in Latin America,” “Climate Change” and “The Future of the Constituent Assembly in Chile.”
Among the prominent experts who will speak on these issues during the Forum are the former President of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla; Robert Wood, Chief Economist and Head of the Country Risk Service for Latin America and the Caribbean of The Economist Intelligence Unit; Raúl Féliz, Professor at the Center for Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE), Mexico; Andy Dauhajre, President and Executive Director of the Economic and Development Foundation of the Dominican Republic and Mario Báez, Head of the Policy Coordination and Supervision Service of the Office of the Undersecretary General for Management of the United Nations Management Department.
Also, Gustau Alegret, Director and host of “Club de Prensa” and “Cuestión de Poder,” NTN24; Chris Dede, Senior Research Fellow at Harvard University´s School of Education; Tíscar Lara, Director of Digital Transformation at the Cervantes Institute; Liz Duraisingh, Principal Researcher of Project Zero at the Harvard University School of Education and, Manuel Orozco, Director of the Migration, Remittances and Development Program for Latin America, Inter-American Dialogue, among others.
Natasha Despotovic, Executive Director, GFDD, and Daniel Zovatto, Regional Director for Latin America for International IDEA, are the Forum´s academic directors. The event will take place using a hybrid format, offering participants in- person and virtual presentations.
The Forum´s final conclusions will be presented by Leonel Fernández and Daniel Zovatto.
Thursday, September 22
Panel 1 – Global Threats, Repercussions and Opportunities for Progress
- Andy Dauhajre, President and Executive Director, Fundación Economía y Desarrollo, Inc.
- Laura Chinchilla, Former President of Costa Rica; Vicepresident of the World Leadership Alliance – Club de Madrid
- Mario Cimoli, Acting Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
- Raúl Féliz, Professor of Economics, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE)
- Robert Wood, Principal Economist and Manager, Country Risk Service – Latin America, The Economist Intelligence Unit
Moderator: Mario Báez, Chief, Policy and Oversight Coordination Service, Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Management, Department of Management, United Nations
Panel 2 – Regional Situation: Economic Reactivation, Inflation and Social Tensions
- Daniel Titelman, Director, Economic Development Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
- Jorge Heine, Professor of International Relations, University of Boston. Former Ambassador of Chile to China
- Marcela Meléndez, Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean, United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
Moderator: Lourdes Casanova, Gail and Rob Cañizares Director, Emerging Markets Institute, Cornell University
Discussion: Challenges and Opportunities of the New Petro Administration
- Elisabeth Ungar, Political analyst and consultant
- José Antonio Ocampo, Minister of Finance and Public Credit, Government of Colombia
- Mónica Pachón, Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations, University of California
Moderator: Gustau Alegret, journalist, director and host of “Club de Prensa” and “Cuestión de Poder,” in NTN24.
Discussion: Talking About Inequality, with Dani Rodrik
Dani Rodrik is Professor at the Ford Foundation on International Economic Policies, Harvard Kennedy School; President of the International Economic Association and Co-Director of the program “Reimagining the Economy,” Harvard Kennedy School.
Interviewers: Leonel Fernández, Former President of the Dominican Republic, President of GFDD and Funglode.
Panel 3 – Citizen Security: Crime Prevention, Justice and Reform
- Andrés Ucrós Maldonado, Security and Peace Expert in Colombia
- Carlos Vilalta, Professor and Researcher, Center for Research in Geospatial Information Sciences (CentroGeo-Conacyt)
- Hugo Acero Velázquez, Citizen Security Expert in Colombia
- Mangai Natarajan, Professor of Criminal Justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
- Marcelo Bergman, Professor and Director, Centro de Estudios Latinoamericano sobre Inseguridad y Violencia (CELIV), Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero (UNTREF), Argentina
- Robert McCrie, Professor of Security Management, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Moderador: Gonzalo Paz, Researcher and Invited Professor, Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) of the Foreign Service School, Universidad de Georgetown.
Discussion: Migration Crisis in Latin America with Manuel Orozco
Manuel Orozco, Senior Fellow and Director of the Migration, Remittances, and Development Program for Latin America, Inter-American Dialogue
Led by: Massimo Tommasoli, Global Programs Director and Permanent Observer for International IDEA to the United Nations
Discussion: Climate Change, with Jamil Ahmad
Jamil Ahmad, Director, UN Environment Programme, New York Office
Interviewer: Claudia S. de Windt, Founder and Director of the Inter-American Institute for Justice and Sustainability (IJS), U.S.A.
Friday, September 23
Panel 4 – Education K-12: Challenges, Tendencies and Future Perspectives
- Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
- Andrés Delich, Assistant Secretary General, Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture (OEI)
- Liz Duraisingh, Principal Investigator at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education
- Mercedes Mateo Díaz, Education Division Chief – Inter-American Development Bank
- Susan Sclafani, VP for Programs, Forum for World Education
Moderator: Jael Rivas, Executive Director, Tadaca Educational Solutions, LLC
Panel 5 – Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation: Building a Common Space for Knowledge
- Aurelio Nuño Mayer, Visiting Scholar, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University
- Chris Dede, Senior Research Fellow, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Co-Principal Investigator of the NSF-funded National Artificial Intelligence Institute in Adult Learning and Online Education
- Leonel Fernández, Former President of the Dominican Republic; President of the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development / Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (GFDD/FUNGLODE)
- María Waleska Alvarez, CEO of NAP del Caribe, President of EDUCA, Dominican Republic
- Tíscar Lara, Director of Digital Transformation, Instituto Cervantes
Moderator: Natasha Despotovic, Executive Director, Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD)
Panel 6: Demographic Challenges: Governance, Social Unrest, Social Media and Freedom of Expression
- Alejandro Poiré, Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Government, Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM)
- Carlos Fernando Chamorro, Founder and Editor, Confidencial
- Daniel Zovatto, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, IDEA International
- María Noel Vaeza, UN-Women Regional Director for the Americas and the Caribbean, United Nations
- Tamara Taraciuk, Acting Director, Americas Division, Human Rights Watch
Moderator: Gustau Alegret, journalist, director and host of “Club de Prensa” and “Cuestión de Poder,” NTN24.
Panel 7 – Elections and Polarization in Brazil
- Daniel Bramatti, Editor, Estadão Verifica; Expresident, Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalists (ABRAJI)
- María Herminia Tavares de Almeida, Senior Researcher, Centro Brasileiro de Análise e Planejamento (CEBRAP)
Moderator: Daniel Zovatto, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, IDEA International
Discussion on the Future of the Constituent Assembly in Chile, with Isabel Aninat
Isabel Aninat, Dean of the Law School, Adolfo Ibáñez University
Led by: Kevin Casas-Zamora, Former Second Vice-president of Costa Rica; Secretary General of International IDEA
Leonel Fernández and Daniel Zovatto.
More information: www.globalforumlac.org