THE CUBA PROGRAM/INSTITUTE OF LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES/COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY (CP/CU)
AMERICAN COLLEGE OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAWYERS (ACOEL)
ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND (EDF)
FUNFACIÓN ANTONIO NUÑEZ JIMÉNEZ (FANJ)
INVITE YOU TO
CUBA-US WORKING TOGETHER AGAIN:
LESSONS FROM ENVIRONMENTAL COOPERATION
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2021
The December 17, 2014 announcements by Raúl Castro and Barack Obama of the resumption of formal diplomatic relations stimulated a normalization process that had been preceded by sporadic negotiations between Cuba and the US concerning issues of mutual interest including environmental issues. The co-sponsors of this conference were involved in promoting scientific exchange and environmental dialogue and cooperation both before and after 2014 and advocated for collaboration on other issues, as well. This conference is aimed at analyzing how past collaborations worked in an effort to identify areas of accord moving forward so that the interested parties are prepared to deal with such issues in an expeditious way. It is intended that the lessons learned can be applied to other areas of mutual interest of the two countries such as cooperation in technology, and the academic, scientific, and cultural realms. This work will be initiated via discussions on February 22, 2021 in two webinars open to experts, academics, students, as well as the general public. The foci of the two are:
1. HISTORY & CONTEXT: 10 AM-12:30 PM, MODERATOR, DAN WHITTLE, EDF.
Prospects for strengthening and deepening environmental dialogue and cooperation between Cuba and the US. including facilitating cooperation among academics, scientists, and other experts, as well as non-governmental organizations.
2. ACTIONS & STRATEGIES: 1:30-4 PM, MODERATORS, DAVID FARER, ACOEL & YOCIEL MARERRO, FANJ
Discussion of opportunities for the sponsoring organizations/institutions/agencies/groups in both countries to work collaboratively on particular issues or projects in furtherance of environmental cooperation and development of ideas for an action agenda for lawyers, environmentalists, scientists, scholars, students, and faculty to provide and obtain project-oriented expertise including provision of pro bono services. The concluding discussion will focus on recommendations to be disseminated to relevant interest groups for discussion, elaboration, and action.
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