Another chapter on the Energy and Climate Partnership for the Americas

April 29, 2010

While the world watched with empathy the tragedy that struck Poland and reacted to the fallout from the billowing smoke coming out of the unpronounceable volcano in Iceland, another chapter in President Obama’s Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) was written earlier this month in Washington. At its essence, ECPA was supposed to reconfigure US relations in the hemisphere – with energy at the start. Read the rest of this entry »


Energy and Environment in the Americas: an online discussion

October 26, 2009

The Inter-American Forum on Governance is an interactive online space to discuss key issues on the hemispheric agenda. Past discussions included Strengthening and Sustaining Democratic Institutions; Multidimensional Security: Haiti and a Common Strategy for the Future and on Wednesday, November 28, the focus will be Integral Development: Energy and the Environment. Register, participate, it will be interesting.

Here is a taste of what’s to come:

When it came to the relations between the US and the rest of the Americas, President Barrack Obama campaigned on the promise that he would herald a new era of understanding. He singled out energy security and climate change as issues where there were shared risks but he also stressed that the region shared the resources to do something about those issues. He promised to bring countries together in a new partnership to address these challenges. Clearly he had the best intentions. What he didn’t count on, however, was not having any funds to dedicate to any such initiative nor that his attention would be drawn elsewhere. Read more…

Navigating a Crowded Field: Canada and the Summit of the Americas

April 15, 2009

Andrew F. Cooper CIGI Associate Director and Distinguished Fellow

The University of West Indies is an oasis of tranquility in the hectic environment of Trinidad anticipating the 5th Summit of the Americas (SoA). But the St Augustine campus is in no way disconnected from the Summit. Beside CIGI’s conference examining “Inter-American Cooperation at the Crossroads”, there are major civil society/trade union events taking place. Read the rest of this entry »


Private Sector Forum

April 15, 2009

Jennifer Jeffs, Senior Vice President, Canadian International Council and CIGI Deputy Executive Director and Senior Fellow

The opening sessions of the private sector forum are stressing the need for public-private partnerships as key to creating the long-term sustainable investment opportunities needed to attract the FDI that will promote growth. Read the rest of this entry »