Series of dialogues: Reflections on Democratic Challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean

On November 30, we had the privilege of holding the third meeting of the “Cycle of Multi-stakeholder Dialogues” organized by the Regional Center for Innovation for Change in Latin America and the Caribbean. In this instance, we explored the intricate relationship between democracy, human rights and environmental preservation.

We had the outstanding participation of Tamara Taraciuk Broner, Director of the Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program at the Inter-American Dialogue, and Daniel Barragán, member of the International Center for Research on Environment and Territory (CIIAT) of the University of the Hemispheres.

Taraciuk Broner shared her reflections on democracy and human rights in Latin America and the Caribbean, highlighting the complexities that cut across diverse territories. She emphasized the crucial importance of an independent judiciary and freedom of the press as vital tools to safeguard democratic integrity in the region. Her presentation concluded with an invitation for citizens to take innovative action, thinking beyond conventional boundaries and working to achieve democratic consensus.

Daniel Barragan provided essential perspectives by reframing the relationship between environmental rights and nature in the context of resources as driving forces for development in the countries of the region. He emphasized: “The connection between human rights and nature is direct, both intrinsic and bidirectional. Ensuring a healthy environment and recognizing the rights of nature is essential to preserving human life and fundamental rights”.

This space proved to be propitious to continue weaving alliances and sharing experiences that promote concrete actions towards a more just and sustainable future. We appreciate the active participation of our distinguished speakers and look forward to continuing to build bridges of dialogue in future meetings.

Let us move forward together towards a horizon of democracy and well-being for all in our region!