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2024 Concordia Americas Summit Report

A message from Concordia’s Co-Founders

Capitalizing on the untapped potential that exists within Latin America and the Caribbean requires unity, security, and cohesion across the Western Hemisphere. Convening at the beautiful University of Miami campus over two days, our eighth Americas Summit explored the main challenges and opportunities facing the region, with a particular focus on protecting democratic institutions and promoting sustainable and inclusive growth. We leveraged different networks of business and social leaders, along with key government officials from around the region, to forge critical connection points and foster a community of stakeholders to build regional unity in the Americas. 

Thank you to our Principal Programming Partner – the University of Miami – for their collaboration, their crucial input into our programming, and for hosting the Americas Summit. Thank you also to Principal Programming Partner CC35 and its leadership in the Miami Climate Week space, our Lead Programming Sponsors – Meta and TC Energy – and our Core Programming Partners – eMerge Americas, the World Affairs Council of Miami, and the NYC Mayor’s Office for International Affairs. Gratitude also goes to McKinsey and the Bared Family Foundation for their support, and of course our Leadership Council, Advisors and Senior Advisors, and Board of Directors for their ongoing support of our organization and mission. 

Many of the topics and themes explored this year will be revisited at our signature convening, the 2024 Annual Summit, taking place on September 23-25 in New York City alongside the United Nations’ General Assembly. The Concordia Annual Summit is the leading public-private sector forum to take place during UN General Assembly week and Climate Week NYC, bringing together heads of state, policymakers, business executives, NGO leaders, entrepreneurs, and activists, and this year’s gathering will establish market-led solutions to the greatest challenges of today. You can join us by registering here

Lastly, we’d like to formally acknowledge and thank the six talented University of Miami students for observing all sessions that took place during the 2024 Americas Summit and for providing their exceptional written analysis. Thank you, Calvin Cohen, Alex William Young, Nikitas Alexandrakis, Santiago Andres Murillo, Abi Schcolnik, and Carla Sofia Casana. 

MAS Signature Black e1635533242114 - 2024 Concordia Americas Summit ReportMatthew A. Swift

Co-Founder, President & CEO
Concordia

NML Signature Black e1635533278508 - 2024 Concordia Americas Summit ReportNicholas  M. Logothetis

Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board
Concordia

Programming Themes

STRENGTHENING DEMOCRACY & THE ECONOMY

state building white 220x220 - 2024 Concordia Americas Summit ReportTo strengthen democracy and the economy across the Western Hemisphere, all sectors need to work together. Economic development is intertwined with an engaged private sector providing jobs, driving innovation, investing in local initiatives, and collaborating with governments to create a virtuous cycle of economic growth and social wellbeing. The changing political landscape in the region presents opportunities and challenges, placing at the forefront issues like near-shoring, the future of foreign direct investment, and the role of the private sector in safeguarding democracy. Strengthening relationships between nations of the Western Hemisphere, especially with the U.S., is critical for the region’s socio-economic future. By promoting local democracies, rethinking social contracts, and harnessing the potential of the private sector, societies can create a path towards a more prosperous, inclusive, and sustainable future.

DRIVING SUSTAINABLE & INCLUSIVE GROWTH

water drop 220x220 - 2024 Concordia Americas Summit ReportDriving sustainable and inclusive growth needs innovative solutions to a large array of pressing social challenges. From addressing issues like poverty, healthcare disparities, and educational inequities, to embracing environmentally-responsible and scalable practices while aiming for a sustainable energy transformation, there is a pressing need for the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to collaborate and ensure that no one is left behind in the pursuit of progress. Empowering youth, addressing the needs of migrants, creating economic mobility pathways, and creating a dynamic workforce is crucial to achieving economic and cultural enrichment. By creating an agenda to tackle these issues, societies can follow a path that is not only economically robust but also socially and environmentally inclusive to create a better future for generations to come.

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with support from The Bared Family Foundation

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