Present and Future of the New Latin American Regional Block


On the 197th anniversary of Venezuelan independence, we live in a world threatened by extreme poverty and hunger, also facing serious problems with the provision of access to education, health, technology, dignified employment, credit, and energy. Confronting these complex challenges and having tried purely economistic solutions, Venezuela has decided to try original visions, new approaches and practices that are inspired by the Bolivarian ideal that the best government is that which provides the greatest social happiness to its people and that unification and the united response to problems held in common is the best guarantee for the development of “Our América.”


6:50 pm – Welcome from the Honorable Consul General of Venezuela in New York, Carol Delgado
7:00 pm – Honorable Bernardo Alvarez – Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Washington, DC; “PetroAmerica: Sovereignty and Energy Integration”
7:20 pm – Dr. Adina Bastidas – Executive Director of the Inter-American Development Bank, and first woman to have been Vice-President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela; “ALBA and the Bank of the South: Strengthening Fair Exchange and South-South Integration”
7:40 pm – Honorable Piedad Cordoba – Afro-Colombian Senator, ex-Peace Facilitator for the Humanitarian Accord, and representative of the families of the victims of the conflict; “Peace Diplomacy: the Path to Peace”
8:00 pm – Honorable Maria Fernanda Espinosa – Ambassador of the Republic of Ecuador to the United Nations and former Foreign Minister; “Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) and the Process of Integration in South America”
8:20 pm – Question and Answer period