Felicia Marie Knaul, director of the Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas at the University of Miami, is representing the university and participating in several panels this week at the triennial conference being held in Los Angeles.

As part of its participation in the Summit of the Americas, the largest gathering of leaders from the Americas and the Caribbean, which is ongoing until June 10 in Los Angeles.

“By bringing together leaders from across our hemisphere, the summit provides a uniquely effective space to advocate for change,” said Knaul, director of the University of Miami’s Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas and professor at the Miller School of Medicine.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to represent the University of Miami, to advance the goals of our continental roadmap as well as the strategic goals of the summit and particularly around increasing the resilience of the health system. health and access to health care for marginalized communities,” she said. .”

Knaul will primarily participate in the Civil Society Forum, which brings together civil society organizations, representatives of indigenous cultures, civic leaders, business leaders and young entrepreneurs, in the broader framework of the summit. She will also be active in several health-related events as part of the IV CEO Summit, a component of the gathering focused on private enterprise.

The Summit of the Americas is held every three years with the goal of advancing shared respect for democracy, fundamental freedoms, the dignity of labor and free enterprise in the region. The United States is hosting the summit for the first time since the inaugural meeting was held in Miami in 1994.

For this ninth summit, themed “Building a sustainable, resilient and equitable future”, leaders will seek to advance five political commitments: democratic governance, health and resilience, the transition to clean energy, a green future and digital transformation.

For its own agenda, the United States has developed five areas of action: a regionally aligned economic agenda that builds on existing free trade agreements; promote health systems and health security, and strengthen health security supply chains; food insecurity and its effects on vulnerable populations; a new climate and energy partnership; and a declaration on migration to master the regional migration crisis.

In addition to Knaul’s appearance and message, Caroline Bettinger-Lopez, currently on leave from the University of Miami Law School as a senior gender and equality adviser at the U.S. Department of Justice, should moderate a round table on “Gender Equality and Democracy in the 21st Century” on June 7 in his official capacity at the White House.

Watch the live stream of the Civil Society Forum panel “Strengthening Regional and National Emergency Preparedness” here.

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