Latin America is among the world’s most biodiverse regions, and its oceans and forests are critically important assets for regional economic prosperity and for the future of the planet’s climate.
Both the United States and European Union have prioritized environmental protection in the Western Hemisphere. In a major investment, the EU pledged 7€ billion ($7.6 billion) to prevent biodiversity loss worldwide between 2021-2027, including in the Americas. As president of the Council of the EU, Spain is strengthening the EU’s relationship with Latin America, including on marine conservation and deforestation; the preservation of biodiversity was a key topic at a July meeting of EU and Latin American leaders. For its part, the United States, at the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles last year, committed to supporting regional initiatives to halt and reverse forest loss and to protect marine ecosystems. That includes in the Amazon rainforest and in the historic marine protected area established jointly by Ecuador, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Panama, including the Galápagos Islands.
Please join the Wilson Center’s Latin America Program–in partnership with the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, the Spanish Embassy in the United States, and the EU Delegation in Washington&emdash;on Monday, November 20, 2023, from 10 am to 11:30am ET, for a conversation on how the United States and EU could better collaborate in Latin America and the Caribbean to support environmental conservation and address climate change, pollution, and biodiversity loss on land and at sea. This is the third of three high-level dialogues on US-EU cooperation in the Americas, including high-level conversations on US-EU commercial engagement in the Americas and opportunities for partnerships in the region to defend democracy.
Senior Advisor, Mission Blue
Manuel Carmona Yebra
Latin America Program
The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin America Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action. Read more
Global Europe Program
The Global Europe Program addresses vital issues affecting the European continent, US-European relations, and Europe’s ties with the rest of the world. We investigate European approaches to critical global issues: digital transformation, climate, migration, global governance. We also examine Europe’s relations with Russia and Eurasia, China and the Indo-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. Our program activities cover a wide range of topics, from the role of NATO, the European Union and the OSCE to European energy security, trade disputes, challenges to democracy, and counter-terrorism. The Global Europe Program’s staff, scholars-in-residence, and Global Fellows participate in seminars, policy study groups, and international conferences to provide analytical recommendations to policy makers and the media. Read more
The Brazil Institute—the only country-specific policy institution focused on Brazil in Washington—works to foster understanding of Brazil’s complex reality and to support more consequential relations between Brazilian and U.S. institutions in all sectors. Read more
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