EC2 at UN Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week in Dominican Republic
On October 29th , the Institute of the Americas ( IOA ) celebrated its 40th anniversary with a gala honoring its founder , Ambassador Theodore Edmonds Gildred , whose inspiration for the organization came amidst the economic challenges and human suffering brought about by the Latin America debt crisis of the 1980s .
IOA ’ s gala was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Americas Foundation Inc . and the Burnham Foundation . The gala featured a keynote address by Dr . Ernesto Zedillo , former President of Mexico and current Director of Yale ’ s Center for Globalization Studies , on the future of democracy and economic progress in Latin America .
IOA is a non-partisan , independent nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting economic development and integration , emphasizing the role of the private sector , as a means to improve the economic and social well-being of the people of the Americas . Co-located on the campus of the UC San Diego , IOA works to encourage economic and social reforms across the Americas , enhancing private sector collaboration and strengthening political and economic relations between Latin America , the Caribbean , the United States and Canada .
IOA is best known for its timely and relevant research and analysis on emerging issues and trends in the hemisphere as well as its high-quality programming , dialogue , and networking opportunities for key stakeholders in the areas of energy , the environment and climate change , and economic competitiveness . IOA also works to better educate and inform the business and civic leaders and the public on emerging issues , challenges , and opportunities in the Americas .