MIAMI, FL – SEPTEMBER 26, 2016 - On Friday, September 23, 2016 at 7:00pm the World Affairs Council of Greater Miami was inaugurated by Dr. Amy Jarvis - Board Member and Judge Cole Cartledge - Chairman at their residence in Miami Shores for a private dinner party.
Roughly 60 Attendees were greeted by Tony Culley Foster – President of the World Affairs Council D.C.
The Presidential delegation was lead by Mision Presidencial Latinoamericana in partnership with Global Peace Foundation and included the following Honored Guests who were invited and those who attended:
• H.E. Dr. Marco Vinicio Cerezo, Former President of Guatemala
• H.E. Dr. Carlos Diego Mesa Gilsert, Former President of Bolivia
• H.E. Dr. Luis Alberto Lacalle de Herrera, Former President of Uruguay
• H.E. Dr. Nicolas Ardito Barletta Vallarino, Former President of Panama
• H.E. Alvaro Colom Caballeros, Former President of Guatemala
• H.E. Bernardino Cano Radil, Paraguayan Ambassador to Cuba
• Dr. Michael J. Lenaghan, Mardee Jenrette Endowed Teaching Chair, Miami-Dade College
• Leadership from Global Peace Foundation
• Hon. Ruben Ramos, Economic Minister Cuban Embassy - DC
• Selected Consul Generals from 13 Latin American countries, including Guatemala, Bolivia, Uruguay, Panama, Ecuador, and Mexico
• Selected Consul Generals from 4 western nations with strong ties to Latin America: Canada, Germany, Spain, Portugal
• Alejandra Collarte, Director of International Relations, University of Miami
• Catherine Rodriguez, Diplomat in Residence, Florida International University
• Liane Ventura Guerra, SVP, International Business and Industry Growth, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
The effort was coordinated with Dr. Volker Anding, former German Ambassador, a founding member of the Council, and who is on the Executive Committee of the Consular Corp, Trustee of Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, and more. The World Affairs Council invited and will continue to work with Consuls General from the twelve (12) Latin American countries the Mission is involved with (i.e., Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia, more), plus Consuls General of leading European countries involved in business and trade with Latin America.
The World Affairs Council Mission, developing programs and events for 2017 are as follows:
World Affairs Council of Greater Miami is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization supporting the intersection of diplomacy, academia, and public discourse on international affairs, including socio-political development, economic growth and security.
· Cybersecurity: Threats and Solutions
· Evolution of European Union and NATO
· Foreign Partnerships in Combating ISIS
· The Cartel-Terrorism Dynamic Across Latin America
· Cuba: Political, Economic and Social Development
· Health, Economic and Social Development in Latin America
· Art Exhibitions and Prominent Collections from Latin America
· Environmental Awareness Events
Donors and Sponsors included: Esquipulas Foundation, Bangelist, CMSCO International, Inc., Captain Kevin Wensing, U.S. Navy (retired), Arevalo Gallery, Internal Dialogues, House of Berlin, LINKS World Group, The Angler’s – A Kimpton Hotel, Buzz Agency of South FL, Miami Shores Police Department, Mia Llaneros, and Paella Party Catering.
More About: World Affairs Council of Greater Miami provides educational and collaborative resources on global issues through prominent speaking events, networking events, and extended opportunities. The Council brings together government leaders, diplomats, academia, business leaders, and the media through these platforms. The Council was founded to operate in partnership with Miami-area organizations, and in collaboration with fellow World Affairs Council chapters in the U.S. and abroad, with a dedicated focus on Miami as an international center and bridge to Latin America. (www.WorldAffairsMiami.org)
More About Latin-American Presidential Mission is an association of 20 former heads of state committed to greater regional integration, effective and transparent governance, and sustainable and equitable development. It was launched at the Global Peace Convention in Atlanta, USA in November 2012. The Mission was founded by the Global Peace Foundation in collaboration with the Paraguay Institute for Development of Thought, the Esquipulas Foundation of Guatemala and the Leadership Conference of Uruguay (LCU). (www.MisionPresidencial.com)
More About Global Peace Foundation (GPF) is a leading international non-profit organization that promotes a values-based approach to building sustainable peace and development at the community, national, and regional levels. Each year, GPF reaches more than 235,000 people through our projects and programs in 24 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas, thanks to our strong field network. GPF convenes and implements development projects and conferences on grassroots peacebuilding, education, entrepreneurship, and youth leadership development. (www.GlobalPeace.org)
HOUSE OF BERLIN WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE ENTIRE WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL AND THE GREATER MIAMI CHAPTER FOR INCLUDING OUR SERVICES TO THIS SPECIAL EVENING IN ASSISTING THE WORLD TO BECOME A BETTER PLANET.