Biennial of the Americas Denver 2010

The 2010 Biennial of the Americas is an international event that celebrates the culture, ideas and people of the Western Hemisphere, hosted by the City of Denver.

The Americas Roundtable and Summits

The Americas Roundtable is the Biennial of the America’s primary component of public dialogue. Roundtables on seven topics are scheduled, including education, poverty reduction, energy and climate change, women in leadership, health, trade, and philanthropy. Each roundtable will take place in front of large public audiences in the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver. Each is expected to incorporate on the stage ten to twelve participants.

Engaged dialogue is the central element of the format. Once each roundtable gets underway, prepared remarks thus give way to candid, spirited, and unscripted conversation. Roundtable participants will include senior government officials, business CEOS, non-profit leaders, academicians, journalists, and other professionals from throughout the Western Hemisphere. In addition to the seven roundtables, two special events are also scheduled: a Summit of Bilateral Ambassadors as a luncheon on July 8 and a Summit of former Heads of States as a roundtable on July 12.

Involving citizens from most of the 35 countries in the Western Hemisphere, The Americas Roundtable is designed as a public call to action, all in an effort to identify common challenges, seek joint opportunities, and promote collaboration.

Programming

All Roundtables and the Summit of former Heads of State will take place in the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Performing Arts Complex at 999 14th Street in downtown Denver, Colorado. The Summit of Bilateral Ambassadors will take place in the Seawell Ballroom of the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

  • The Americas Roundtable on Education:

    The Achievement Gap

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  • The Americas Roundtable on Philanthropy:

    Private and Public Collaboration

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  • The Americas Roundtable on Women:

    Drivers of the New Economy

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  • The Americas Roundtable on Health:

    Transnational Threats

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  • Special Luncheon Event:

    Summit of Bilateral Ambassadors

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  • The Americas Roundtable on Poverty Reduction:

    Politics and Strategies

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  • The Americas Roundtable on Trade:

    Leveraging Partnerships for Sustainable Economies

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  • Special Event

    Summit of former Heads of State

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  • The Americas Roundtable on Energy
    & Climate Change
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The Americas Roundtable on Education:
The Achievement Gap

Roundtable Focus: The Roundtable on Education focuses on a pervasive achievement gap – a disparity in education attainment based on socio-economic status, ethnicity, and/or gender. With so much effort placed on education reform in the Western Hemisphere, is the achievement gap getting better or worse? Where can success be shared and replicated? What more can be done – by governments, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations?

Confirmed Participants:

  • Person Cecilia María Vélez Minister, Ministry of Education Colombia
  • Person Sen. Michael Bennet U.S. Senate USA
  • Person Amb. Francisco Villagrán de Leon Ambassador to the U.S. Guatemala
  • Person Dr. Eduardo Padrón President, Miami Dade College USA
  • Person Marie Levens Director, Dept. of Human Development, Education and Culture, OAS Suriname
  • Person Andrea Taylor Director of Community Affairs, Microsoft USA
  • Person Asha Williams Program Manager, POETA Youth Trinidad and Tobago
  • Person Father John Foley Executive Director, Cristo Rey Network USA
  • Person Michael Shifter President, Inter-American Dialogue USA
  • Person Laura Albornoz former Minister of Women’s Affairs Chile
  • Person Lt. General Michael C. Gould Superintendent, U.S. Air Force Academy USA
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The Americas Roundtable on Philanthropy:
Private and Public Collaboration

Roundtable Focus: Many nations of the Western Hemisphere lack basic human services related to clean water, health care, education, transportation, public housing, and access to credit. In response, direct foreign aid by governments is one essential component of international engagement. Philanthropy is increasingly another. Today, philanthropists include well-established foundations as well as common citizens making contributions by way of the internet or their cell phones. How can philanthropists, government leaders, and international aid agencies work in a more integrated fashion, both within their own countries and abroad on behalf of other nations?

Confirmed Participants:

  • Lisa Quiroz Lisa Quiroz Senior Vice President of Corporate Responsibility, Time Warner USA
  • Person Amb. Larry Palmer President, Inter-American Foundation USA
  • Person Dr. Denise Dresser Guerra Prof. of Political Science, Instituto Technológico Autónomo de México Mexico
  • Person Harriet Fulbright President, William and Harriet Fulbright Center USA
  • Person Dr. Paul Latortue Dean, Graduate School of Business, University of Puerto Rico Haiti
  • Person Steve Vetter CEO, Partners for the Americas USA
  • Person Jimmy Jean-Louis Actor on NBC’s “Heroes,” Founder and President, Hollywood Unites for Haiti Haiti
  • Person Rigoberta Menchú Tum 1992 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Guatemala
  • Person Martha Smith de Rangel Interim CEO, US/Mexico Foundation Mexico
  • Person Claudia Bobadilla Director, País Digital Foundation Chile
  • Person Diana Campoamor President, Hispanics in Philanthropy USA
  • Person Sec. Shaun Donovan Secretary, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development USA
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The Americas Roundtable on Women:
Drivers of the New Economy

Roundtable Focus: According to the World Bank, women own or operate up to one third of all private businesses in the world, and those enterprises tend to grow faster than those owned by men. Many NGOs have taken up the call to focus on women as drivers of the new economy and as agents for positive and effective change. How might women-owned and operated businesses continue to grow and thrive? What actions could lead to the acceleration of women’s economic development?

Confirmed Participants:

  • Person María Hinojosa Moderator, Senior Correspondent PBS USA
  • Person Beth Brooke Global Vice Chair, Public Policy and Sustainability, Ernst & Young USA
  • Person Nely Galán CEO, Galan Entertainment USA
  • Person Mayu Brizuela former Minister of Foreign Affairs El Salvador
  • Person Danielle Saint-Lot Member, Vital Voices Global Leadership Network Haiti
  • Person Rigoberta Menchú Tum 1992 Nobel Peace Laureate Guatemala
  • Person Sec. Hilda L. Solis Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor USA
  • Person Nell Merlino President & CEO, Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence USA
  • Person Amb. Carmen Lomellin U.S. Representative to the Organization of American States USA
  • Person Amb. Vilma Martinez U.S Ambassador to Argentina USA
  • Person Marco Antonio Orozco Arriola Mayor, San Pedro Sacatepéquez Guatemala
  • Person Rosa Rios Treasurer, U.S. Department of Treasury USA
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The Americas Roundtable on Health:
Transnational Threats

Roundtable Focus: In almost all countries in the Americas, chronic diseases such as diabetes cancer, heart disease, and respiratory conditions have now replaced communicable diseases as the leading causes of illness, disability, and death. Obesity is an underlying condition of many of these diseases, and a recent study by the World Health Organization predicts an increasing trend in obesity as Latin American countries emerge from poverty. Even so, communicable diseases such as the H1N1 flu virus and drug-resistant tuberculosis persist as growing threats, as well. What incentives can governments and companies provide to combat these transnational threats? What did the world learn from Mexico’s proactive and public actions regarding H1N1? How do health care systems vary throughout the Western Hemisphere, and how can what works in one system be applied toward improvements in others?

Confirmed Participants:

  • Dr. José Ángel Córdova Villalobos Dr. José Ángel Córdova Villalobos Minister, Ministry of Health Mexico
  • Person Dr. Patricia Gabow CEO, Denver Health and Hospital USA
  • Person Amb. Arturo Sarukhan Ambassador to the United States Mexico
  • Person Dr. Jeffrey Sturchio President and CEO, Global Health Councils USA
  • Person Dr. Felicia Knaul Director, Harvard Global Equity Initiative Canada
  • Person Dr. Jon Andrus Dep. Director, Pan American Health Organization USA
  • Person Sandra Thurman President, Int’l AIDS Trust, Emory University USA
  • Person Gustavo Noboa former President, 2000-2003 Ecuador
  • Person Dr. William H. Dietz Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity, Centers for Disease Control USA
  • Person Dr. Adson Roberto França dos Santos Executive Advisor to the Minister of Health Brazil
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Special Luncheon Event:
Summit of Bilateral Ambassadors

Roundtable Focus: Over a twenty-year period, most of the nations of the Western Hemisphere will celebrate their 200 year anniversaries. Haiti and Bolivia celebrated their bicentennials in 2004 and 2009, respectively, and Colombia, Mexico, Argentina, and Chile all celebrate their bicentennials this year, in 2010. With a focus on the achievements of these nations as their anniversaries approach and with increased attention placed on the many challenges currently facing the Western Hemisphere as a whole, perhaps there is no more opportune time to gather diplomats together for a frank and unifying discussion. In addition to U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo Valenzuela, the Bilateral Summit will include ambassadors from and to many nations of the Hemisphere, with a special focus on the 2010 bicentennial countries.

Confirmed Participants:

  • Dr. Arturo Valenzuela Dr. Arturo Valenzuela Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs USA
  • >Amb. Héctor Timerman Amb. Héctor Timerman Ambassador to the United States Argentina
  • Amb. Vilma Martinez Amb. Vilma Martinez U.S Ambassador to Argentina USA
  • Amb. Arturo Sarukhan Amb. Arturo Sarukhan Ambassador to the United States Mexico
  • Amb. William Brownfield Amb. William Brownfield Ambassador to Colombia USA
  • Amb. Hugo Llorensd Amb. Hugo Llorens U.S Ambassador to Honduras USA
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The Americas Roundtable on Poverty Reduction:
Politics and Strategies

Roundtable Focus: Nearly 200 million Latin Americans, or 37 percent of the total population, still live in poverty, leaving the Western Hemisphere as one of the most income-unequal regions in the world. In response, a broad spectrum of governments, private enterprise, and non-governmental organizations have dedicated considerable time, talent, and resources to fighting poverty. Initiatives include: support for conditional cash transfer programs; improving social services such as education, health, and housing; spearheading social entrepreneurship, micro-credit, and other banking services; protecting and promoting human rights; increasing access to technology; and encouraging greater political participation. Where has success actually occurred? What initiatives have worked and why? What democratic institutions inside countries are most important to engage in order to ensure effective poverty reduction?

Confirmed Participants:

  • Amb. Harriet Babbitt Amb. Harriet Babbitt former Ambassador to the Organization of American States USA
  • Dr. Arturo Valenzuela Dr. Arturo Valenzuela Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs USA
  • Alejandro Toledo Alejandro Toledo former President Peru
  • Amb. Heraldo Muñoz Amb. Heraldo Muñoz Assistant Secretary-General, Director of Regional Bureau for Latin America, UN Development Programme Chile
  • Amb. William Brownfield Amb. William Brownfield Ambassador to Colombia USA
  • Amb. Héctor Timerman Amb. Héctor Timerman Ambassador to the United States Argentina
  • Oscar Morales Oscar Morales Executive President, One Million Voices Foundation Colombia
  • Luanne Zurlo Luanne Zurlo President, Worldfund USA
  • Carlos D. Mesa Carlos D. Mesa former President Bolivia
  • Dr. Luis Pazos Dr. Luis Pazos former Director General, National Bank of Public Works and Services, BANOBRAS Mexico
  • Victoria López-Negrete Victoria López-Negrete SVP and GM Hispanic Product Management, Western Union Mexico
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The Americas Roundtable on Trade:
Leveraging Partnerships for Sustainable Economies

Roundtable Focus: Combined GDP of the Western Hemisphere exceeds $19 trillion. As a result, the 35 nations of the Hemisphere produce close to 30 percent of the world’s GDP. Nevertheless, along with those of the rest of the planet, economies in the Hemisphere have recently suffered tremendous setbacks. To promote and sustain healthy economies in the region, trade is certainly one important catalyst. For that reason, one approach might be to write even more bilateral and multilateral trade agreements. Greater value might come, however, from attempting to leverage the trade agreements already in place. How could these agreements be refined to work more successfully? How might their economic gains to-date be consolidated and furthered? How can technology advancements be put to use more strategically?

Confirmed Participants:

  • José Miguel Insulza José Miguel Insulza Secretary General, Organization of American States Chile
  • Francisco Sánchez Francisco Sánchez Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade USA
  • Barry Featherman Barry Featherman Executive Director, Global Center for Development and Democracy USA
  • Beatrice Rangel Beatrice Rangel President and CEO, AMLA Consulting Venezuela
  • Thomas Steyer Thomas Steyer Co-Managing Partner, Farallon Capital Management USA
  • L. Enrique García Enrique L. García President, Andean Development Corporation Bolivia
  • Michael Fries Michael Fries CEO, Liberty Global USA
  • Luis Alberto Moreno Luis Alberto Moreno President, Inter-American Development Bank Colombia
  • Anne Alonzo Anne Alonzo Vice President, Global Public Policy, Kraft Foods USA
  • Person Alberto Alemán Zubieta CEO, Panama Canal Authority Panama
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Special Event:
Summit of former Heads of State

Roundtable Focus: Perhaps no one is more knowledgeable or better equipped to comment on the needs of his or her country than a former head of state, now unrestrained by the confines of political office. In 2007, former President Alejandro Toledo of Peru gathered for the first time many of his colleagues from throughout the Western Hemisphere to initiate the drafting of a social agenda, the focus of which is the role of democracy in improving the lives of the Hemisphere’s citizens. The Summit of Former Heads of State features a diverse group of former presidents as they describe the priorities of their nations, as they see them, in the promotion of democracy to reduce poverty, increase public health, advance education, and create employment.

Confirmed Participants:

  • Alejandro Toledo Alejandro Toledo Delegation Leader, former President, 2001-2006 Peru
  • Fernando de la Rúa Fernando de la Rúa former President, 1999-2001 Argentina
  • Carlos D. Mesa Carlos D. Mesa former President, 2003-2005 Bolivia
  • Hipólito Mejía Hipólito Mejía former President, 2000-2004 Dominican Republic
  • Rodrigo Borja Rodrigo Borja former President, 1988-1992 Ecuador
  • Gustavo Noboa Gustavo Noboa former President, 2000-2003 Ecuador
  • Martín Torrijos Martín Torrijos former President, 2004-2009 Panama
  • Nicolás Ardito Barletta Nicolás Ardito Barletta former President, 1984-1985 Panama
  • Vicente Fox Vicente Fox former President, 2000-2006 Mexico
  • Vinicio Cerezo Vinicio Cerezo former President, 1986-1991 Guatemala
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The Americas Roundtable on Energy and Climate Change:
Designing Answers for Today's Challenges

Roundtable Focus: Of the many ties that could bind the Western Hemisphere together more closely, energy production surely is one of them. The Hemisphere has tremendous resources. Canada, Mexico, and Venezuela supply the U.S. with more than 40% of its crude oil. The U.S. and Colombia are among the top coal producers in the world, and Brazil is the world leader in producing and using ethanol as a transportation fuel. In the context of energy, however, the link between fossil fuel use and CO2 levels in the atmosphere is unquestionable. With little dispute, scientists believe that CO2 and other heat-trapping gases are influencing the climate. How might design be used to address the energy and climate change problems facing us therefore? Design levers likely include energy efficiency, renewable energy technology, markets, the use of natural gas, and reforestation, among others.

Introductory Remarks:
- Lenin Voltaire Moreno Garcés, Vice President (Ecuador)

Confirmed Participants:

  • Lenin Voltaire Moreno Garcés Lenin Voltaire Moreno Garcés Vice President Ecuador
  • Robert Hutchinson Robert Hutchinson Moderator, Program Director, Rocky Mountain Institute USA
  • Sec. Ray LaHood Sec. Ray LaHood Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation USA
  • Sec. Federico Peña Sec. Federico Peña former U.S. Secretary of Energy and of Transp. USA
  • Amb. Jaime Alemán Amb. Jaime Alemán Ambassador to the United States Panama
  • Jeff Wojahn Jeff Wojahn, EVP and President USA Division, EnCana Natural Gas USA
  • Amb. Gary Doer Amb. Gary Doer Ambassador to the United States Canada
  • David Eves David Eves President and CEO, Public Service Company of Colorado USA
  • Amb. Yvonne Baki Amb. Yvonne Baki Chief Negotiator, Yasuní-ITT Initiative Ecuador
  • Lee McIntire Lee McIntire Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CH2M HILL USA
  • Person Gustavo Arnavat U.S. Executive Director, Inter-American Development Bank USA
  • Amb. Carolina Barco Amb. Carolina Barco Ambassador to the U.S. Colombia
  • Karl Bennet Karl Bennet Global Projects, the AGA Group Jamaica
  • Enrique Peñalosa Enrique Peñalosa President, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, ITDP. Colombia
  • Sally Ranney Sally Ranney CEO, StillWater Preservation, LLC USA
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