Dear Concordia Members and Friends,
As we reflect on 2016, we are reminded that while there is still work to be done, we have much to celebrate. The last twelve months have been some of the most transformative in our young organization’s history, and we are excited to carry this momentum into the new year.
Over the course of this year, Concordia amplified its reach through the expansion of our programming globally and the launch of our second campaign for social impact. The Concordia Americas Summit in Miami, our first-ever event focused on the political and economic priorities of a specific region, marked the introduction of our Strategic Dialogue format that ensures more in-depth engagement at our events. At the 2016 Annual Summit in New York, we introduced the Concordia Campaign for a Sustainable Global Food Supply and worked with partners to provide a platform for the announcement a $500 million commitment to address the global refugee crisis. Having convened more than 2,000 attendees including dozens of heads of state and government, and over 200 C-suite executives, we are proud of the outcomes from this year’s Annual Summit that demonstrate the value of cross-sector collaboration.
Building on these accomplishments, 2017 is poised to be a year of strategic growth for Concordia. We’ve expanded our unique identity as an action-oriented organization that achieves social impact through public-private partnerships (P3s) by enhancing our innovative programming, campaigns, and research models. With a broader global reach, we will bolster our influence by hosting convenings in Bogotá, Washington D.C., Miami, and Athens that address a range of regional and international issues, from igniting economic growth across the European Union to the implementation of the new peace deal in Colombia. Given the magnitude of the challenges ahead, we will soon be introducing our revamped Membership Program that includes new exclusive benefits to those wanting to join us in creating a more prosperous and sustainable future.
With the current state of international affairs, the P3 model for social impact is essential to remaining on track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals set forth by the United Nations. We are particularly excited by Concordia’s unique opportunity to redefine the power of partnership during the U.N. General Assembly through our 2017 Annual Summit in September and throughout the year. While we remain immensely optimistic about our future, we are well aware of the challenges and uncertainties confronting our global society. We know that now, more than ever, it is imperative that we come together and leverage our collective resources to address the world’s most pressing issues.
As always, we thank you for your continued support and hope you will join us as we embark on the journey ahead.
Our sincerest gratitude,
Matthew Swift & Nicholas Logothetis