GFDD, UNA-DR and FUNGLODE Launch Eighth Edition of the International Conference of the AmericasJune 19, 2012
On June 14, 2012, The United Nations Association of the Dominican Republic (UNA-DR), in collaboration with Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (FUNGLODE), officially launched the eighth edition of the International Conference of the Americas (CILA).
The 2012 Conference will be celebrated October 24-28 at the Convention Center of the Punta Cana Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in the Dominican
Republic. CILA 2012 will be a meeting point for more than 1,500 youth from regions around the world to come together to strategize solutions for overcoming critical challenges facing the global community.
The Conference will simulate 13 organs and commissions of the United Nations and other multilateral, regional and international institutions. The multi-day event will also feature seminars, conferences, workshops, exhibitions and social and cultural activities on themes
directly related to the United Nations agenda.
During the launch of the Conference on Thursday, June 14, informative presentations were given by conference coordinators Pilar Sandoval (Executive Director of UNA-DR), Edwin Jackson (Secretary General of UNA-DR), Serigo Carlo (Master of Ceremonies of CILA 2012), Alejandro Javier (Secretary General of
CILA 2012), Yamile Eusebio (Director of Formative Activities at FUNGLODE and Director of the GFDD New York Office), and Marco Hererra (Executive Director of FUNGLODE).
CILA organizers spoke to youth about the important role CILA plays in the academic and professional preparation of the students involved in the activity. They also informed students of the unique opportunity to participate in the first ever Dominican Competition of Proceedings before the International Court
of Justice, a new feature of the Conference.
Youth and faculty also received important logistical information related to participation in CILA 2012, and were able to view a video presentation highlighting some of the key moments of the 2011 Conference.