On behalf of the Institute of the Americas (IOA), I am pleased to share our 2022 annual report. The following are key highlights of IOA's work over the past year in the areas of energy, environment & climate change and economic competitiveness highlighted in our report:
After two years of COVID setbacks, IOA organized its first series of in-person forums and conferences beginning with its energy roundtable in Buenos Aires and followed by its Madrid Energy Conference in April. This past fall, IOA also convened its 31st annual La Jolla Energy Conference attended by over 125 energy leaders from across the Hemisphere.
In May, IOA also convened a two-day forum entitled U.S. Policies toward Authoritarian States in the Americas featuring 19 recognized thought leaders that examined U.S. policy options vis-à-vis Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, amidst changing geo-politics, especially in light of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.
Over the past year, IOA has partnered with the GPS to become the U.S. coordinators of the North American Forum, hosting a meeting of thought leaders from the U.S., Mexico and Canada on November 14-15 with the goal of promote a regional approach to security, prosperity and an improved quality of life in our three countries.
IOA also collaborated with UC San Diego’s Center for US-Mexican Studies to host the tri-state Commission of the Californias (COMCAL) while also jointly developing an issue paper on the cross-border impacts of California’s electric vehicle regulatory mandate on Baja California and Baja California Sur, Mexico.
On October 29th, IOA celebrated its 40th anniversary with a gala honoring our founder Ambassador Theodore E. Gildred, and featuring a keynote address by Dr. Ernesto Zedillo, the former President of Mexico and current Director of Yale’s Center for Globalization Studies, who spoke about the challenges and opportunities we face today across the Americas in preserving democratic institutions as well as promoting economic progress that is more inclusive.
To learn more about the Institute’s work and how to give, I encourage you to reach out to explore how our work aligns with your vision for a brighter future in the countries, communities and/or issues that you care about across our Hemisphere.
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