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On April 22, 2015, Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (Funglode) organized a panel discussion entitled “It is our turn to be leaders: Climate Change and Sustainable Development” in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (DR) in honor of Earth Day 2015.

Glenn Denning, Director of the New York Office of SDSN, presented on the implications of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the DR, financing options for implementation, and the need to engage all citizens around sustainable development. The panel also included Mr. Omar Ramirez, Executive Vice-President of the National Council for Climate Change and Clean Development Mechanism of the Dominican Republic;Mr. Emil Chireno, Executive Director of the United Nations Association of the Dominican Republic; Ms. Maria Eugenia Morales, Environment and Energy Programme Officer, UNDP – Dominican Republic; Ms. Gina Rosario, Lawyer, Focal point of the Caribbean Youth Environment network, and was moderated by Ms. Maria Victoria Abreu Malla, GFDD International Affairs and Socio-Economic Development Program Manager. The event also included several presentations of sustainable initiatives and proposals from Dominican youth.

The topics of discussion are extremely relevant to the Dominican Republic; while the DR has made significant advances on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), vulnerability to climate change threatens continued progress. SDSN looks forward to working with DR partners on sustainable development issues in the Caribbean region.

 

Read more about the event at the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD).