GFDD Facilitates Briefing to Students representing Dominican Republic at Model OAS

March 24, 2014

On March 24, in continuing efforts to support and represent the Dominican community, the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) welcomed 12 students from St. Lawrence University, a liberal arts college in New York State to learn more about GFDD’s work and civil society in the Dominican Republic (DR). The twelve students from the University’s Centre for International and Cultural Studies, which promotes intercultural learning, are currently
in Washington, D.C. to represent the DR in the Model Organization of American States (OAS).

On behalf of GFDD, Natasha Despotovic thanked everyone for their participation and urged young people to continue being part
of international organizations such as the OAS, that help them acquire the necessary tools to be responsible global citizens and tomorrow’s leaders. Ms. Despotovic also strongly encouraged them to participate the different programs conducted by GFDD, saying that their unique contributions on various projects would  only serve to help strengthen relations between organizations with parallel aims.

During their experience at the Model OAS, the students will
get acquainted with the institutions’ role in the international arena, its mandate, rules and regulations, and member countries’ positions on contemporary international issues. They will be exposed to the process of proposing resolutions, addressing regional conflicts, peacekeeping, human rights, environment, and matters pertaining to economic and social development. Moreover, the Model OAS will give them a chance to to fully participate in candid discussions pertaining
to key issues that the Dominican republic engages in with the rest of the Hemisphere.

The March 24 gathering is one of many events GFDD will continue to arrange to help strengthen relations in the Dominican, international, and diplomatic community.

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