First Conference on the Future of the Caribbean, September 5-6, Cartagena, Colombia, with Thought Leaders of the Region, including Officials of The Millennium Project

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Prospecta Caribe 2013: Planning a Sustainable Future for the Caribbean Basin, Cartagena, Colombia, September 5-6, to identify initiatives of importance for the future of the Greater Caribbean, the study of creative models for regional challenges and information about future scenarios in the region considering economic, political, environmental, scientific and cultural aspects.

Prospecta Caribe 2013

Prospecta Caribe 2013

Prospecta Caribe 2013 will gather hundreds of participants working in different areas of expertise, many of them linked directly with The Millennium Project. According to Beatriz Bechara de Borge, Executive Director of the Observatorio del Caribe Colombiano and organizer of Prospecta Caribe 2013, this will be the first regional gathering of regional thinkers and doers about the future of the Caribbean Basin, with an emphasis on the long-term sustainable development of the region.

The Future of the Caribbean Region in World Politics will have as its principal speakers Leonel Fernandez, former president of the Dominican Republic, and Jerome Glenn, Executive Director of The Millennium Project, global think tank which prepares the annual report on the State of the Future. Trends in Future Technologies will have the participation of José Luis Cordeiro, Director of the Venezuela Node of The Millennium Project and founding faculty at Singularity University, together with Alvaro Hernando Ramírez Llinás, Colombian expert on AI and nanotechnology. Cordeiro will also present the report “Latin America 2030” recently published by The Millennium Project.

The impacts of climate change in the Caribbean will be presented by Germán Márquez Calle, Colombian scientist who will consider probable scenarios. The environmental question will play a crucial part in the future of the Caribbean, for better or for worse, and it is necessary to incorporate it in all analyses to favor more desirable and sustainable development. The crises resulting from bad environmental management could reach the point of extreme scarcity in basic goods and services such as water, or more serious impacts in food security, among other possibilities. Philip Writght, Fellow of the Energy Institute of the United Kingdom and advisor to the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies will speak on the future of the energy resources of the Caribbean nations, their price trends and the value they could have for their governments in terms of fiscal income. Carlos Fonseca, former director of Colciencias in Colombia, will discuss the politics of science, technology and innovation for the Greater Caribbean.

Francisco Jose Mojica, faculty at Universidad del Externado and Director of the Colombia Node of The Millennium Project, Fernando Ortega, Concytec Peru and Director of the Peru Node of The Millennium Project, Yarima Sosa, Funglode expert and Director of the Dominican Node of The Millennium Project, and Concepcion Olavarrieta, Director of the Mexico Node of The Millennium Project, will also be among the speakers and moderators from the global network of The millennium Project contributing to the planning for a sustainable future of the Greater Caribbean, and will assure valuable results for the countries of the Basin.

Prospecta Caribe is an initiative of the Observatorio del Caribe Colombiano, a thought and investigation center devoted to the study, the reflection and the dissemination of knowledge about the realities of the Colombian Caribe. Prospecta Caribe is sponsored by several public and private institutions in Colombia and the Caribbean Basin. The Observatorio del Caribe Colombiano aims to broaden and strengthen the regional capacity for studies and the generation of knowledge on the Colombian Caribe, to be applied to the analysis of the present-day situation, for the formulation of proposals on social and economic development, based on the use of science and technology.

The Millennium Project is a global participatory think tank that produces the annual "State of the Future" reports, the "Futures Research Methodology" series, Global Futures Intelligence System, and related software, and special studies. The Millennium Project has about 50 Nodes around the world that identify participants, translate questionnaires and reports, conduct interviews, initiate and conduct special research, workshops, symposiums, and advanced training. The Millennium Project’s mission is to improve thinking about the future and make it available through a variety of media for feedback to accumulate wisdom about the future for better decisions today.

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