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.
The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, stated that democracy is the continent’s fundamental political principal. In special remarks, he encouraged regional leaders to work with enthusiasm and determination to strengthen and broaden the conquests reached in this area.
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.
The former President of the Dominican Republic, Dr. Leonel Fernández, during a keynote speech delivered at the Global Forum on Latin America and the Caribbean encouraged the creation of a consultation mechanism that would coordinate the policies related to the region at the international level.
The Latin American and Caribbean regions are currently experiencing a notorious drop in the quality of its democracy. Expert Daniel Zovatto, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean for the IDEA Internacional organization, revealed during a keynote speech statements delivered during the Global Forum for Latin America and the Caribbean being held in New York City with the support of the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and its sister organization in the Dominican Republic, the Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (Funglode). The event is headed by Dr. Leonel Fernández, the former President of the Dominican Republic.
The Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Alicia Bárcena, considered that it is urgent to strengthen the confidence in international organizations which are called upon to create the proper environment so that the nations in the region – as well as in the rest of the world – are able to continue forward in their goals to reach development and prosperity.
More than 30 international experts, including Heads of State, Ministers of Foreign Relations and senior representatives of regional organizations and think tanks will discuss their ideas on the present and future of the region on September 25-27, 2018, in New York City.
Today, the former President of the Dominican Republic and President of the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD/Funglode), Dr. Leonel Fernández, led the opening event of the Global Forum on Latin America and the Caribbean 2018, a conference taking place in New York on Wednesday, September 26 and Thursday, September 27. During his speech, the President highlighted the role of the Dominican Republic in the strengthening of democracy in the region.