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2023 Concordia Americas Summit

March 9-10, 2023

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI  |  Miami, Florida

speakers and agenda coming soon

The University of Miami, Concordia’s Principal Programming Partner, will be the official host of the 2023, 2024, and 2025 Concordia Americas Summits. As Concordia’s longest-standing regional initiative, the seventh iteration of the Americas Summit will continue its legacy of gathering leaders from across industries, sectors, and geographies to confront the challenges and opportunities facing the Western Hemisphere. Furthering many of the outcomes and themes from the 2022 Americas Summit, the 2023 Concordia Americas Summit will spark concrete steps rooted in a common bond: the desire to see the hemisphere reach its full potential.

“A city like Miami has experienced tremendous prosperity because we have followed some simple rules. It highlights to me as Mayor that we have a job to do—not just in terms of leadership in this country, but in terms of leadership throughout the world.” 

Hon. Francis Suarez, Mayor of the City of Miami

“Sometimes we create this false dichotomy between action at the global level and at the national level. The truth is that everything is both global and local at the same time. You can’t be effective as a national leader if you’re not engaged locally.”

Dr. Julio Frenk, President of the University of Miami

Concordia is in the process of determining the main themes and desired outcomes of the 2023 Americas Summit. As we build out the agenda for the two days over the coming weeks, please get in touch if you’d like to learn about organizational engagement opportunities by emailing partnerships@concordia.net

Additional Americas Summit dates
  • 2024 Americas Summit – March 2024
  • 2025 Americas Summit – March 2025

Programming Themes

Democracy, Security & Geopolitical Risk

The state of democracy in the Western Hemisphere has been an increasing concern for decades, but never has it been more pertinent than now. Although the region is vastly represented by democracies,  threats persist of dictatorships taking over democratic institutions, where socioeconomic inequalities and corruption can exacerbate, resulting in highly-polarized societies. A focus on upholding democratic institutions and maintaining national security will be central to policymakers in achieving a sense of domestic peace around the world. How can cross-sector collaboration bring together divided countries? What role will emerging technology play in the future of national security, and how can it be governed?

Cultural Diplomacy & Youth Advocacy

In a world fraught with conflict, the value of stable and resilient communities has never been higher. They are built through the active participation of citizens who have a voice in their future. Ensuring that the most disempowered of society, youth, andin particularyoung women are engaged is essential in creating a society that responds to the needs of its members. The exchange of a nation’s ideas, language, and art can also be used as tools to articulate its ideas, institutions, and political goals, allowing societies to speak to one another. Can cultural resources be mobilized to unite a divided world? How can cross-sector collaboration place youth advocacy at the center of policy-making decisions? 

Financial Inclusion

Within nations and along the Global North/South divide, the existing disparities between ethnicities, socioeconomic status, and gender, when examining access to financial services, have been exacerbated by the global pandemic. This hinders the ability of individuals to generate income, invest, and manage cash flow, and hence is essential to the post-pandemic economic recovery and to eradicating poverty. At a smaller scale, financial inclusion is also necessary to empower communities, such as by enabling access to education and food. As we strive to build more resilient financial infrastructures, how do we ensure equitable access that retains quality and safety? What doubts remain about the role of technology in closing this gap? What commitments should be made by the private, public, and third sectors in their collaboration?

Environmental Sustainability

As instances of devastating natural disasters around the world become more and more common, it has become clear we are in the midst of the consequences of decades of exponential industrial growth and unrestricted consumption. In order to preserve our planetary health and create a healthy future for generations to come, urgent action is required. For businesses, the warming climate poses operation risks, and whilst it is widely acknowledged that employing sustainable practices will be more profitable to organizations, there remains a disconnect in their implementation. What opportunities exist for businesses in the shift toward environmental and social responsibility? How can we ensure those suffering the most from the impacts of climate change are not left out when investing in its solutions?

Health Opportunities & Challenges

The events of recent years have redirected unprecedented attention on the need to achieve more resilient healthcare systems. This awareness has also brought a new recognition of long-existing disparities in healthcare around the world along lines of gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and the Global North/South divide. Today, we also know the pandemic had a detrimental impact on global mental health, with long-term consequences requiring immediate action. How do we facilitate innovation to prevent the next pandemic being one of mental health? How can we improve global partnerships for pandemic preparedness? How can we use these lessons to redesign stronger healthcare systems that can reach further?

Innovative Technology

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, technological innovations have proven to be critical in the response to global challenges and the capacity of societies to act. Organizations and individuals have had no choice but to digitize in order to survive, making a tech-savvy economy and a hybrid workforce the new norm. This digital transformation has brought solutions to civic society, such as increased social connectivity, revolutionary therapeutics, and sustainable technologies. However, it has also highlighted the gendered and socioeconomic gaps that are at risk of being exacerbated. What is the role of technology in society? How can we better fortify against workplace disruptions and close the digital skills gap? Can the answer to increasing privacy concerns be found collectively?