Category Archives: Event

Panel Discussion on Lebanon – Strengths and Weaknesses of the Civil Society

civil societyIn the context of the visit of a French diplomatic delegation from the Strategic Planning Unit[1], NGC organized in Beirut an informal panel discussion on the current situation in Lebanon with representatives of the Media, Cultural and Entrepreneurial sectors.

The participants gathered on December 21st in Altcity, a social space designed to support Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Lebanon. The discussion revolved around identifying key strengths and weaknesses of the Lebanese society in the face of current political, security and economic challenges. Continue reading

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Encounter in Abu Dhabi with a Leading Figure of Chilean Political Life

Sergio Bitar

In the margins of the Arla Forum in Abu Dhabi, NGC Director had the chance to meet and exchange with Sergio Bitar, a prominent figure of Chilean political life.

We wanted to share with our readers the biography of a statesman who has been promoting Democracy and Development in Chile for the past 30 years, and is showing great interest in the political changes of  the Arab world. Continue reading

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Arabs meet Latinos in Abu Dhabi

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The Arab – Latin-American Forum in Abu Dhabi (16-17 December 2012) brought together decision- makers of both continents, coming from three key sectors: thought leaders, corporate and government representatives. The event was co-organized by the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) and the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (FUNGLODE).

During three intensive sessions, participants discussed thoroughly economic opportunities of the bi-regional relation, educational and academic cooperation as well as a mutual vision on the most pressing global issues.

Participants underlined the need to further and broaden the discussion, in particular on key issues such as democratization, gender equality and the environment.

The key outcome of this event lies in the announcement, in the Forum Final Declaration, of the creation of a Council of 20 high-level personalities to steer the efforts towards an enhanced Arab-Latin American partnership.

NGC welcomes this decision that should give a sense of direction and priorities to the rapprochement process that has only just begun.

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Middle East & South America – The Way Ahead


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In many different ways, the symposium co-organized by the Center University Saint Esprit of Kaslik (USEK)  and the RIMAAL (29-30 November) on the relations between the Middle East and South America was an eye-opener. It confirmed the massive potential of the trans-regional relation, the dynamism and ambitions of key stakeholders but also the long way still ahead of us.

During the event, the elements of this new South-South relationship literally crystallized under our eyes: new research avenues were identified (O. Dabene); future events and academic initiatives were announced and people from both continents met and clicked. We truly felt like pioneers. Continue reading

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NGC presenting at the New Cities Summit in Paris

NGC managing director Janaina Herrera was invited to present the NCF mobile health project in Rio in the “Ciudades Latinas” panel of the New Cities Summit (Paris, La Defense 14-16 May 2012).

You can check the video here.

The session, prepared by Avina and moderated by Ricky Burdett, Professor of Urban Studies at the London School of Economics, gathered representatives from leading NGOs of South America actively promoting a more inclusive, sustainable and transparent city:
– Mr. Jorge Luiz Numa Abrahao, President of the Ethos Institute of Business and Social Responsibility,
– Antonio Celia, CEO of Promigas and chairman of the board of Shakira’s foundation “pies descalzos”,
– Mariana Escorza from “Lima Como Vamos”.
The panelists explained how citizens can successfully engage with local governments and persuade them to commit to measurable targets and indicators for the improvement of their cities.

Janaina presented the mobile health project in the favela of Santa Marta (Rio) and explained how this pilot could help address current and future health challenges in other major emerging metropolises.

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NGC speaking at the City lab conference in Rio

NGC was invited to participate in the Summit on Service Innovation in Cities, an event that brought together 30 cities with 100 global innovation leaders in Rio de Janeiro on May 2/3 2012.

We found the approach of City Lab quite interesting: cities define a challenge they need to address and call for proposals. Then an independent jury selects the best project for each challenge.

This allows for better information sharing on the state-of-the-art solutions regarding key urban challenges, something that was lacking at a global level.

In this context, NGC was asked to present the NCF mobile health project it manages in Rio.

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