May 16th, 2014 · United Nations Headquarters · New York

Observatory on Latin America (OLA), The New School,
the Latin American Council on the Social Sciences (CLACSO)
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Institutions, Rights, and Human Welfare 

 An event at the United Nations 

The Permanent Missions of Argentina and Sweden to the United Nations, together with the Observatory on Latin America (OLA) of The New School and the Latin American Council on the Social Sciences (CLACSO) will convene an event: “Thirty Years of Democracy in Latin America: Changing Processes, Achievements, and Challenges “at the United Nations headquarters. The event will acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of the past thirty years since the return to democracy in Latin America, will identify the relevance of the lessons of Latin America’s experience to other countries and assess the empirical results of this period.

The two-panel event will assess the empirical results of this period by focusing on prioritized types of change:
-Institutional and public institutions;
-Economic and macroeconomic;
-Social inclusion;
-Infrastructure, services and habitat;
-Promotion and protection of human rights, gender equality and indigenous peoples.

This event is based on research sponsored by CLACSO and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) through a Program of Twelve Research Fellowships supporting Fellows from twelve Latin American countries. The key findings of researchers from 12 Latin American countries will be presented in summary form and discussed in light of global experience.

Opening remarks will be delivered by the Permanent Representative of Argentina to the United Nations, Ambassador H.E. Ms. María Cristina Perceval and the Permanent Representative of Sweden to the United Nations, Ambassador H.E. Mr. Mårten Grunditz.

Panel 1: “30 Years of Democracy in Latin America: Institutional Perspectives”
Mr. Pablo Gentili, Executive Secretary, CLACSO.
Mr. David Van Zandt, President, The New School.
Ms. Jessica Faieta, Director of the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

Panel 2: “Implications of the Latin American Experience for the World.” The issues to be considered in this panel are:
-Democratic Institutions and Processes: Looking for Patterns, Exceptions, and Lessons;
-New Forms of Rights and Representation;
-Has There Been Material Progress under Democracy?

Moderator: Mr. Michael Cohen, Director of OLA, The New School.

Three of the CLACSO Fellows will address these issues at the panel. 
William Heriberto Carballo Sánchez, El Salvador

Edwin Jahir Dabroy Araujo, Guatemala
Ana Laura De Giorgi, Uruguay
Sofia Catalina Donoso Knaudt, Chile
Rodolfo Jose Elias Acosta, Paraguay
Jesús Franco Gamboa Rocabado, Bolivia
Laura Alvarez Garro, Costa Ricalogos final
Pablo Alejandro Uc González, Mexico
Marcela Mollis, Argentina
Pablo Xavier Ortiz Tirado, Ecuador
Ramón Antonio Romero Cantarero,Honduras
Willibald Sonnleitner, El Salvador
Isabelle Allende Karam, Cuba

Closing remarks will be delivered by TBC

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Friday, May 16th, 2014 · 10:00am – 13:00pm
Conference Room 6, North Lawn Building, United Nations Headquarters
New York, NY
Map of the event

The event will be in English, Interpretation will be provided. 
Seating is limited, reservations are required.
RSVP needed for non-UN ground pass holders, by May 13th to
For further information, contact the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the UN +1 212 688 6300 and 


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This program is supported by the JULIEN J. STUDLEY FOUNDATION


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