The Global Forum Latin America and the Caribbean 2019 ended this Friday with “cautious” and “moderate optimism” for the next decade in the region, as former heads of State and experts debated in the final panel, “Democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean: current challenges.” Laura Chinchilla, former president of Costa Rica and vice-president of World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid; Kevin Casas Zamora, former second vice-president of Costa Rica and secretary general of International IDEA, and Humberto de la Calle, former vice-president of Colombia and former lead negotiator for the Colombian government for the peace talks with the FARC made up part of the panel. It also featured Jorge Castañeda, former minister of Foreign Relations of Mexico and distinguished professor of Politics and Latin American and Caribbean studies at NYU; Jorge Taiana, former minister of Foreign Relations of Argentina and general director of Centro Internacional de Estudios Políticos(CIEP), Universidad Nacional de San Martín andMaría Eugenia Mosquera, Historian, Latin America and Geopolitics Specialist; President and Founder of cultural TV channel VALETV.
The debate of the second session on Friday of the Global Forum Latin America and the Caribbean focused on “Public-private partnerships for development,” with an exhaustive analysis on the financial model and a vision about how we must adapt to new times, as well as a change on the focus so that it is not only infrastructure projects that benefit from PPPs.
The Global Forum Latin America and the Caribbean started its first session on Friday with a debate about the super election cycle in Latin America, as well as the health of democracies in the region and the polarization that is taking place within them. With just a few months left of the super election cycle, in which 15 of the 18 countries in the region will have held presidential elections in a period of just 36 months, political experts signaled that the fundamental challenge is responding to citizen demands and general dissatisfaction and learning to govern in contexts of great uncertainty and complexity.
With just a few months left of the super election cycle, in which 15 of the 18 countries in the region will have held presidential elections in a period of just 36 months, Daniel Zovatto’s presentation responds to the vital need to check Latin America’s pulse. In the fourth panel of the Global Forum Latin America and the Caribbean, which is taking place right now in New York City, the Regional Director at International IDEA highlighted the region’s anemic economic growth, complicated indicators of political culture that suggests a significant democratic fatigue and the growing polarization that is keeping the continent in doubt.
The session’s third panel featured the topic of public order and security as the focus of debate. Liliana Mesías García, Doctor in Government and Public Policy; and Paola González, Political Scientist, Co-authors of the IDB/Inter-American Dialogue Report (2018): "Police Transformation in Latin America for 2030" presented before the public to start the debate. They were accompanied by a panel with Maria Haberfeld, Director, NYPD Police Studies Program; Coordinator, Law Enforcement Leadership On-Line Certificate and Professor of Police Science, Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration, John Jay College of Criminal Justice; and Karelia Villa Mar, Senior Specialist, State Modernization; Cluster Lead, Citizen Security and Justice, Interamerican Development Bank (IDB).
The uncertainty and fear that a potential global recession could affect Latin America was at the center of debate in the second panel at the Global Forum Latin America and Caribbean, taking place in New York City and featuring 40 experts on public policy, international relations and economics, including several former heads of State.
The first panel of the second Global Forum Latin America and the Caribbean, “Socioeconomic Global Trends” began this morning with a group of experts led by the former president of Mexico, Felipe Calderón, and the former president of Slovenia, Danilo Turk, alongside Ingo Pitterle, Senior Economic Affairs Officer, Global Economic Monitoring Branch, Economic Analysis and Policy Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations (UN DESA); Director, R.A. Feliz & Asociados; Professor at Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) and Rob Wood, Principal Economist, Manager, Country Risk Service, Latin America and the Caribbean, Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). Massimo Tommasoli, Permanent Observer for International IDEA to the United Nations served as the moderator.
The former president of the Dominican Republic and the president of GFDD/Funglode, Dr. Leonel Fernández, gave opening remarks this morning – through a videoconference- to participants at the II Global Forum Latin America and the Caribbean which is taking place today and tomorrow in New York City. “Latin America and the Caribbean have been and will continue to be the scene of great social and political struggles; crises and economic opportunities; innovations and unfinished tasks of the past. The pace of the 21st century has accelerated these challenges; global interconnection and interdependence have created more complexity while the rapidity of change has raised expectations,” said Fernández.
This week New York–one of the most difficult cities to drive a car or walk around in—hosted some of the most important political and social events of the year within the framework of the UN General Assembly. It was also the site of the II Global Forum Latin America and the Caribbean. In her opening remarks to kick off the event, Natasha Despotovic, executive director for the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development described the Global Forum as two days “to take on Latin America and the Caribbean’s most pressing challenges.”
The II Global Forum Latin America and the Caribbean was kicked off yesterday with a reception of guests and cocktail event that brought together international experts and former heads of State who will debate the trends and social, political and economic challenges in the region today and tomorrow in New York City. “The purpose of the event is to bring together thinkers, researchers and people that are important actors in the socioeconomic and democratic development of the Western Hemisphere to debate highly important topics, to search for solutions and share experiences,” saidNatasha Despotovic, executive director of the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD), the event’s organizing institution alongside International IDEA. The event also receives help from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), World Leadership Alliance–Club de Madrid, the Institutoe of Latin American Studies of Columbia University (ILAS) and the Central American Integration System (SICA).
High-level political and academic leaders on Latin America and the Caribbean will gather today in New York to debate the future of the Americas. The second Global Forum Latin America and the Caribbean, which will take place between today and Friday, September 27, will bring together more than 40 international experts, among them heads of State, former ministers, high representatives from regional and international organizations and members of the world’s most prestigious think-tanks. The leaders will come together to discuss and develop proposals that contribute to the development of a region with equality.