Panel Discussions

  • Refugees: A Growing Global Political and Diplomatic Crisis

    June 21, 2019

    Washington, DC – On World Refugee Day, held every year on June 20th, the United Nations (UN) commemorates the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees. This year, World Refugee Day also marked a key moment for the public to show support for families forced to flee. Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) […]

  • Experts Discussed High-Skill Emigration and Development in Washington, D.C.

    May 15, 2019

    Washington, DC – High-Skill Emigration, also called “Brain Drain”, is among the most debated migration policy issues. While origin countries lose talent, many destination countries gain highly skilled human capital. Although many studies of this issue have focused on the relationship between labor markets and motivation to migrate, much less research has been done on […]

  • GFDD and the Permanent Mission of Uruguay Join Efforts to Spotlight the Importance of Sports as a Tool to Achieve the SDGs

    April 5, 2019

    New York, NY. – GFDD Held a Side Event for International Day of Sport for Development and Peace 2019 at the United Nations in which the Foundation and the Permanent Mission of Uruguay to the UN agreed to a partnership through sports. On Thursday, April 4 the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and […]

  • GFDD Convenes Experts in Washington, D.C. to Discuss the Uncertain Political Future of Latin America and the Caribbean

    April 4, 2019

    Washington, DC. – On April 4th, Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) hosted a panel discussion on the political and electoral panorama of the Latin American and Caribbean region with Gerardo De Icaza, Director of the Department of Electoral Cooperation and Observation at the Secretariat for Strengthening Democracy of the Organization of American States […]

  • Sargassum: Both an Environmental Economic Opportunity and a Challenge

    March 19, 2019

    In the context of a continuous collaboration with the Environmental Film Festival at the Nation’s Capital (DCEFF), GFDD, together with its Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF) hosted a panel discussion titled “Sargassum: An Environmental Threat?” at its Washington, DC offices. The initiative was part of the 2019 official program of DCEFF. Maria Victoria Abreu, […]

  • GFDD/Funglode Brings Attention to Violence Against Women with a Screening of the Film “A Rebellious Act a Day”

    November 16, 2018

    In commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development and its sister organization in the Dominican Republic la Fundacion Global Democracia y Desarrollo (GFDD/Funglode) held a free screening of the film “Un acto de rebeldía al día” (A Rebellious Act a Day) at the GFDD office in Washington, DC on Thursday, November 15.

  • Experts Recommend Creation of Effective Mechanism to Guarantee Democratic Sustainability in Latin America and the Caribbean

    September 27, 2018

    Latin America continues to lack an effective overall mechanism that will guarantee the sustainability of democracy, an element that constitutes a challenge to the region that it must overcome in the short-term.

  • Two Days Full of Thought, Discussion and Debate at the First Annual Global Forum on Latin America and the Caribbean 2018

    September 27, 2018

    The Global Forum on Latin America and the Caribbean is an international conference in New York where, over the course of two days, international experts including Heads of State, Ministers of Foreign Relations and senior representatives from regional organizations and think-tanks hold conversations and analyze the role of Latin America and the Caribbean on the world stage.

  • GFDD Convenes Regional Experts on Successful Political Communication and Inclusive Government Strategies

    July 12, 2018

    Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) hosted an interesting and timely panel discussion with international experts on “Governing for Inclusion: The 10 Golden Rules for a Successful Political Communication and Inclusive Government”. To begin the event, Natasha Despotovic, GFDD’s executive director, gave the welcoming remarks and presented the panelists to the audience.

  • GFDD/Funglode President and Representatives Participate in Annual ISTE Conference and Expo

    June 27, 2018

    The former President of the Dominican Republic and founder of the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development/Funglode, Dr. Leonel Fernández, participated in a variety of dynamic and educational panel discussions during the 2018 Annual ISTE Conference and Expo which took place from June 24 to 27 in Chicago, Illinois.

  • “The Lack of Sustainability is Going to Affect Us All; it’s Already Affecting Us”

    June 21, 2018

    Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and its Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF) hosted a panel discussion at its Washington, DC office, titled “Best Practices on Sustainable and Responsible Tourism”. The conversation included international speakers such as Natasha Despotovic, GFDD/DREFF’s Executive Director and President, Villa Serena Hotel in Samaná, Dominican Republic; Jake Kheel, Vice President, Grupo Puntacana Foundation (and
    co-director of the documentary ‘Death by a Thousand Cuts’); Martha Honey, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) and Maryanne Culpepper, Executive Director, Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (DCEFF).

  • Young Dominicans Discuss Ways to Recognize Signs of Aggression to Stop Gender Violence

    May 23, 2018

    Gender violence continues to grow in Dominican society, which is why it is necessary that women learn to identify daily micro-assaults in order to stop the aggressor from escalating their violent actions.

  • NGO Committee on Financing for Development Announces Panel on “Financial Inclusion to Financial Stability”

    April 24, 2018

    The Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD), along with other important partners, announce the celebration of a panel this April 25 where participants can share the progress made in their respective countries and institutions on financial inclusion strategies designed to reduce income equality, alleviate poverty and shrink the gender gap.

  • GFDD Hosts Discussion on Environmental Activism and Journalism In Its Washington, D.C. Offices

    March 21, 2018

    In addition to the successful Dominican Night at the D.C. Environmental Film Festival, where Dominican filmmakers presented two documentaries on Dominican conservation efforts, on Tuesday, March 20, the GFDD and DREFF hosted a special side event on “Environmental Journalism and Activism:  Creating and Sharing the Frontline Stories.”  The event was held at the GFDD-DC offices, and moderated by Natasha Despotovic, the Foundation’s Executive Director and DREFF
    Director.

  • GFDD/Funglode Supported a Panel Discussion at the CSW62

    March 12, 2018

    On Monday, March 12. 2018 at the Gallery Room in New York. The event titled “Economic Empowerment of Rural Women through Access to Innovative Financing and Effective Partnerships” brought together a variety of expert speakers who generate substantial discussions about the effectiveness of the financial services available to rural women and shared examples of successful strategies while proposing more effective measurements to improve the rural woman welfare.

  • “No Country Can Afford to Ignore Higher Education”

    February 8, 2018

    On February 8th, 2018 GFDD hosted an interesting and timely discussion on successful education and labor markets, with Maria Marta Ferreyra, Senior Economist, Office of the Regional Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean of the World Bank, and author of “At a Crossroads. Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean”. Ferreyra presented the main results of her recent publication and gave an insightful regional panorama of the higher education sector; she also
    commented on the book “Making College Work: Pathways to Success for Disadvantaged Students”, by Professor Harry Holzer of Georgetown University and Sandy Baum of the Urban Institute.

  • GFDD to Host Publication Launch on The Sustainability of Eco-Tourism during the UN Ocean Conference

    May 1, 2017

    GFDD, with the support of the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development and Peace Boat US, will hold a publication launch and panel discussion during the first United Nations Ocean Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

  • Delia Blanco: “You only love what you know, and to know our culture we have the book All Things Dominican”

    April 26, 2017

    Musician Rafael Solano, anthropologist Delia Blanco and cultural artisan and manager Manuel Guillén participate in the panel “Dominican customs and rhythms: an offer full of life and color” in the Santo Domingo International Book Fair

  • “Impact Investment Could be Valued at $2 Trillion if it Were to Represent only 1% of Total Global Assets” States GFDD Fellow Jenna Giandoni During World Bank Panel Discussion

    April 18, 2017

    GFDD in partnership with the NGO Committee on Social Development and the NGO Committee on Financing for Development, held a publication launch and panel discussion before a packed audience room of over 70 people during the 2017 World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings Civil Society Policy Forum entitled "Impact Investment as a Tool for Social Development".

  • GFDD to Host Publication Launch on Impact Investment as a Tool for Social Development at the World Bank/IMF Civil Society Policy Forum

    March 15, 2017

    GFDD in partnership with the NGO Committee on Social Development and the NGO Committee on Financing for Development, will hold a publication launch and panel discussion during the 2017 World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings Civil Society Policy Forum entitled “Impact Investment as a Tool for Social Development”.

  • GFDD/Funglode to Co-Host a UN Panel Discussion on Financial Inclusion as a Tool for Poverty Eradication and the Empowerment of Women

    March 9, 2017

    GFDD in partnership with the NGO Committee for Social Development and the NGO Committee on Financing for Development will host an interactive debate on Monday March 13 from 4.30pm to 6pm in the Boss Room of the UN Church Center for the United Nations on the 8th floor of 777 United Nations Plaza in New York City.

  • 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

    February 28, 2017

    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).

  • DREFF Celebrates World Anthropology Day with the Science Academy of the Dominican Republic!

    February 17, 2017

    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.

  • “There Is a Strong Need for Improved Efficiency and Efficacy of Existing Medicines and Interventions to Protect Health from Climate Change” States Jules Mitchel of Target Health During Panel Discussion at on Climate Change and Children’s Health

    November 18, 2016

    Seeking to highlight the impact of climate change on children’s health, the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development in partnership with the United Nations Association of America (UNA-USA) Council of Organizations (COO) and the Institute for Life Sciences Collaboration hosted a panel discussion at the UN Church Center on Thursday November 17, 2016. The event was divided into three segments including a climate panel with remarks by Marc Jourdan of GFDD on the outcome
    of the recent UN Climate Conference in Marrakesh and Jon Lourie of Duane Morris LLP who considered the degree to which climate change is tackled under US environmental law.

  • GFDD to Partner with UNA-USA Council of Organizations and other NGOs for UN Panel Discussion on Climate Change and its Impact on Children’s Health

    October 25, 2016

    The Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) in partnership with the United Nations Association of America Council of Organizations (UNA USA COO) and the Institute for Life Sciences Collaboration will host a panel discussion to celebrate the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (the 2030 Agenda), as ratified by the UN General Assembly. Marc Jourdan, GFDD’S UN Programs & Outreach Manager, will give a presentation focusing on climate change and its
    impact on small island developing states like the Dominican Republic.

  • GFDD and Funglode to Launch Sustainable Tourism Publication in Washington DC

    August 15, 2016

    The Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and its sister organization Fundación Global Democracia y Desarollo (Funglode) will host a panel discussion on the importance of sustainable tourism for the development of the Dominican Republic, as part of the official launch of the GFDD/Funglode publication entitled “Challenges for Sustainable Growth through Tourism in the Dominican Republic” by GFDD Fellow, Ms. Emma Fawcett. In addition to the author, several policy
    experts the from the NGO community and the Dominican board of tourism will also be present to contribute to the discussion.

  • The Dominican Republic Has a Huge Opportunity to Grasp the NY Market – A Discussion Promoted by GFDD at NYIT, during Dominican Week 2016 in the United States

    June 23, 2016

    GFDD hosted the event “Innovation and Supply Chain Optimization Based on Production and Market Potentials in the Dominican Republic and the USA”, as part of Dominican Week 2016 (SEMDOMUSA), with the participation of GFDD’s partners National Supermarket Association (NSA) and the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT). Within the framework of the annual initiative of AMCHAMDR, that has been supported by GFDD throughout the years, representatives from
    AMCHAMDR, NSA, CONEP, and other institutions discussed the main challenge (and great opportunity) that the Dominican business community faces: increasing trade between the Dominican Republic and the United States through innovation and supply chain optimization based on production and market potentials.

  • Leonel Fernández, Panelist at the World Economic Forum in Medellin, Colombia

    June 13, 2016

    Dr. Leonel Fernández, president of Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and Fundación Democracia y Desarrollo (Funglode) travels Monday to Colombia, where his agenda includes a meeting with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, at Palacio de Nariño, in Bogotá, and his participation as a panelist at the World Economic Forum on Latin America 2016 to be held in Medellín.

  • “Mitigation and Adaptation Policies Without Money Are Just a Conversation” States Executive Vice-President of the National Climate Change and Clean Development Mechanism Council at GFDD Event

    June 13, 2016

    GFDD/Funglode organized and moderated a panel discussion at the 2016 United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA USA) Leadership Council today, in its capacity as the Chair of the UNA USA Council of Organizations (UNA USA COO) Environmental Subcommittee. The event, entitled Beyond the Road to Paris-Action for Climate Change, was a seminar and panel discussion on climate change led by Marc Jourdan of the Global Foundation for Democracy and
    Development (GFDD). With the participation of international science and policy experts, it sought to inform UNA USA chapter members about the regional impacts of climate change, both in the US and the Dominican Republic, and the efforts made in Paris by the international community to help tackle this global issue.

  • “If Seas Continue to Rise as Projected the Maldives Will Be Unlivable by 2100”, States Jon Bowermaster during GFDD/Funglode Special Presentation of Sink or Swim: Learning the Crawl in the Maldives

    May 25, 2016

    Seeking to educate New York City high school students about the impacts of climate change and incentivize them into action, GFDD/Funglode put together a special film screening and panel discussion at the United Nations today for students from the International School of Liberal Arts based in the Bronx and the High School for Excellence and Innovation based in Inwood. The film being screened was the environmental documentary Sink or Swim: Learning the Crawl in the Maldives
    directed by Jon Bowermaster, which was followed by a panel discussion with the filmmaker and the Ambassador of Fiji to the United Nations, H.E Mr. Peter Thomson. The event also included a guided tour of the UN, to provide students with the opportunity to learn more about the international organization.

  • Cuba Welcomes with Great Enthusiasm Dominican Environmental Films and Recycled Art

    April 26, 2016

    The Dominican Environmental Film Festival, an initiative of Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (Funglode), was present at the 12th Festival del Cine Pobre de Gibara, in Holguin, Cuba, held from April 20 to 24, with a busy agenda:  screening of three documentaries—two GFDD productions and the winner of Premio Globo Verde Dominicano 2015—promoting creative recycling; and participating in a panel commemorating Earth
    Day.

  • “We Need to Localize and Integrate International Policy Development into Local Development Agendas” States Ambassador Elisaia of Samoa During GFDD Event at World Bank

    April 13, 2016

    The panelists included H.E. Ambassador Feturi Elisaia, Permanent Mission of the Independent State of Samoa to the United Nations and a member of the Board of the Green Climate Fund, Dr. Muthukumara Mani, Lead Environmental Economist, World Bank, Dr. Catherine Anna Maria Pattillo, Assistant Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Strategy Policy and Review Department and Dr. Barry
    Herman
    , The New School, New York and Social Justice in Global Development.

  • GFDD to Host Panel Discussion at the 2016 World Bank Civil Society Policy Forum

    March 30, 2016

    GFDD, in partnership with the NGO Committee for Social Development and the NGO Committee on Financing for Development, will hold a panel discussion during the 2016 World Bank Civil Society Policy Forum entitled “Financing Tools for Reducing Social Inequalities” in the run up to the Spring Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF. The panel will feature a wide variety of high-level speakers, including UN Member State delegates, World Bank and IMF Representatives, as well as civil
    society experts.

  • “Women and girls have dreams, but femicide steals those dreams”, States the Dominican Deputy Attorney General for Women Affairs During GFDD UN Event

    March 18, 2016

    GFDD hosted a panel discussion at the UN today to celebrate the 60th Session on the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60). The event, entitled “Efforts to Reduce Violence against Women and Promote Gender Empowerment in the Dominican Republic and Abroad”, looked to contribute to the review theme of CSW60: The elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.

  • GFDD/Funglode to Host UN Panel Discussion on the Dominican Republic’s Efforts to Reduce Violence against Women and Promote Gender Empowerment

    February 26, 2016

    The Dominican Republic, together with 121 other countries endorsed the United Nations General Assembly’s Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict on October 2, 2013. Looking to extend this effort further, GFDD and Funglode would like to present an update session on the Dominican Republic’s efforts to reduce violence against women and promote gender empowerment to this year’s participants of the 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

  • GFDD/Funglode to Host UN Panel Discussion on Financing Tools for Reducing Social Inequalities during CSocD54

    January 20, 2016

    To advance the commitments made during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) in 2015, to reduce inequalities in the global social development and to care for the future of our planet GFDD/Funglode along with the NGO Committee on Social Development and the NGO Committee on Financing for Development will host an interactive debate on Thursday February 4, 2016 from 1.15pm to 2.30pm at the United Nations Conference Room E.

  • GFDD/Funglode to Host Panel Discussion and Fellows Publication Launch on the Economic Influence of China in the Dominican Republic

    November 17, 2015

    To commemorate the launch of its Research & Ideas publication series titled Dominican Republic and P.R. China: Exchange, Trade and Investment, GFDD & Funglode will host a presentation of the study in Santo Domingo by GFDD Fellow and author of the publication, Ms. Yuan Li. In addition to commenting on the findings contained in her work, Ms. Li will participate in a panel discussion together with other international policy experts on the economic influence of
    China in the Dominican Republic.

  • Announcing Fellows Publication Launch and Panel Discussion on Climate Change Adaptation at the University of Rhode Island

    October 27, 2015

    The Fellows Program is excited to host a panel discussion and publication launch for a new edition of the GFDD publication series, Research and Ideas, on Thursday October 29, 2015, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the University of Rhode Island (URI) in Kingston, Rhode Island. The publication, titled: Climate Change in the Dominican Republic: Coastal Resources and Communities, is co-authored by 2014 GFDD Fellows, Ms. Hilary Lohmann and Mr. Mat Rosa, post graduate
    alumni in Marine Affairs at URI, who will be presenting on the panel.

  • Specialists Discuss Insertion of Individuals with Different Needs into Labor Market

    October 13, 2015

    The government, companies, families, and society in general must assume the challenge of including people with disabilities in the labor market and guarantee training for them to acquire the skills demanded by employers.

  • GFDD Book Launch and Discussion on Dominican Republic and China: Exchange, Trade, and Investment

    September 29, 2015

    Under the series “Research and Ideas”, GFDD will launch the book “Dominican Republic and P.R. China: Exchange, Trade, and Investment”, in which researcher Yuan Li demonstrates through data and analysis the extent of Chinese economic influence in the Dominican Republic, including trade relationships, economic activity of the Chinese diaspora in the country, foreign direct investment, and policy recommendations to maximize the benefits of these relationships.

  • GFDD/Funglode to Host Book Presentation and Panel Discussion on “Treating Parkinson’s Disease Psychosis with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy” in Santo Domingo

    June 18, 2015

    Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and its sister organization in the Dominican Republic, Fundación Global Democracia y Desarollo (Funglode), through its Health Studies Center, will host an upcoming book presentation and discussion on one of the newest GFDD/Funglode publications. “Treating Parkinson’s Disease Psychosis with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy”, written by Henry A. Montero, helps fill an important information gap and contributes to the body of research on
    Parkinson’s in Latin America and the Caribbean.

  • GFDD/Funglode Signs Cooperation Agreement with Inter-American Defense Board

    May 15, 2015

    GFDD/Funglode signed a cooperation agreement with the Inter-American Defense Board (IADB), the oldest regional military defense organization in world.

  • GFDD/Funglode Celebrates Autism Day with a Multidisciplinary Panel of Experts in Santo Domingo

    April 6, 2015

    Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD), in cooperation with its health branch, the Center for Health Studies and its sister organization in the Dominican Republic, Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (Funglode) will host, along with the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities in Miami (UM-NSU CARD), Loxim and ORDER, a panel discussion on Friday, April 10, titled "Path Towards Inclusion: How to Understand Autism". As part of the United
    Nation”s Autism Awareness Day, the objective of GFDD/Funglode in organizing this event is to provide a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas about autism from a variety of perspectives: family, educational and clinical.

  • Inclusion of New Technology in Education Begins with Quality of Teachers

    March 19, 2015

    The Center for Education Studies of the Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (Funglode) and its sister institution in the United States, the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD), in coordination with Microsoft Dominicana and the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology (MESCyT) kicked of the Forum on Higher Education and Innovation on Wednesday, March 18th.

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