CPPF Activities: Latin America and the Caribbean


  • Venezuela, March 2012 (New York): A meeting on the political landscape in Venezuela and the upcoming October 2012 elections.


  • Colombia, December 2011 (New York): A briefing on the recent election results and their implications for Colombia going forward.
  • Perú, November 2011 (New York): A meeting on the principle challenges to democratic governance in Perú.
  • UNASUR, September 2011: A paper on the challenges and opportunities of the newly-formed Unión de Naciones Suramericana.
  • SICA, September 2011: A paper on the newly-formed Sistema de Integración Centroamericano and its responses to the security challenges facing Central America.
  • Dominican Republic, September 2011: A paper on the effectiveness of the current administration and the primary areas of concern for voters in the upcoming elections in 2012.
  • Colombia, September 2011: A paper on the challenges and risks of Colombia's upcoming elections in October, focusing particularly on the local sphere.
  • Perú, August 2011: A paper on Ollanta Humala's administration and the current challenges of democratic governance in Perú.
  • Mexico, June 2011 (New York): A one-day meeting to discuss the current governance and security challenges facing Mexico.
  • Cuba, June 2011 (Curacao): A meeting examining the economic reform packages approved in April 2011.
  • English-Speaking Caribbean, June 2011 (Curacao): A meeting on democratic governance in the English-speaking Caribbean.
  • Haiti, April 2011 (Charlottesville): A two-day symposium on Haiti with the University of Virginia to examine Haiti's current political piorities and mid-term prospects.
  • Venezuela, March 2011 (New York): A meeting on the impact of recent elections in Venezuela.
  • Haiti, January 2011: A paper on the impact of Export Processing Zones in Haiti.
  • Constitutional Reform, January 2011: A paper on constitutional reform in the English-speaking Caribbean.


  • Haiti, December 2010: A paper on the ongoing efforts to rebuild agriculture in Haiti.
  • Constitutional Reform, December 2010: A paper on consitutional reform in the English-speaking Caribbean.
  • Women in Politics, December 2010: A paper on the political participation of women in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Indigenous Peoples, December 2010 (New York): A meeting on indigenous groups in Latin America.
  • Cuba, October 2010 (Toronto): A meeting on recent changes in the Cuban economy.
  • Paraguay, July 2010 (New York): A meeting on governance and state fragility in Paraguay.
  • Honduras, May 2010: A paper on Honduras’ security sector and evolving roles of the military.
  • Nicaragua, May 2010 (Managua): A meeting on opportunities for and challenges to governance and democratic consolidation in Nicaragua.
  • Drugs and Organized Crime in Latin America, March 2010 (New York):Two meetings on drug trafficking and organized crime in Latin America and the role of the United Nations in addressing these challenges.
  • Colombia Borders, February 2010 (Panamá): A meeting to examine the current situation along Colombia's borders and to help the international community strengthen regional relations.
  • Haiti, February 2010 (New York): A briefing on the United Nations and post-earthquake reconstruction efforts in Haiti.
  • Honduras, January 2010: A paper on the role and structure of the Honduran security sector.


  • Haiti, December 2009 (New York): Meeting to help the UN define priority areas of engagement in Haiti over the next 12 months.
  • Colombia, July 2009 (Villa de Leyva): A small informal meeting to analyze the Colombian armed conflict and discuss UN strategy in the region.
  • Ecuador, June 2009 (New York):A meeting to examine the new institutional architecture established by the 2008 constitution and ways in which the international community can contribute to address future challenges.
  • Haiti, January 2009 (New York/Washington): A series of informal consultations on prospects for reviving the Haitian economy following the devastating hurricanes and food riots in 2008.


  • Venezuela, December 2008: A paper analyzing the results of local elections held in November 2008.
  • Ecuador, October 2008: Travel to Quito, Ecuador to expand and reinforce contacts in relevant UN agencies, increase understanding of the possibilities of conflict in Ecuador and the region, and explore possibilities for future CPPF activities.
  • Venezuela, October 2008 (New York): A briefing to examine the configuration of political parties and organizations in Venezuela and recent transformations in the political system, in preparation for upcoming local and regional elections.
  • Haiti, Fall 2008 (New York): Series of briefings held to discuss post-hurricane economic priorities. Dissemination of CPPF-sponsored paper on economic perspectives in Haiti to several UN agencies and multilateral organizations in preparation for travel to the region.
  • Haiti, July 2008: An informal brainstorming session on comparative perspectives between gang problems on Haiti and Timor-Leste.
  • Haiti, May-July 2008: At the request of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti, a consultancy to examine future perspectives for the Haitian economy.
  • Venezuela, January 2008 (New York): An informal briefing by two analysts on the efficacy of the social programmes (misiones) initiated by the government of President Hugo Chôvez.


  • Haiti, October 2007 (Port-au-Prince): Support for a seminar in Haiti on Youth Gangs, Violence, and Urban Transformation organized by a local partner in follow-up to CPPF's June event.
  • Haiti, June 2007 (Port-au-Prince): Two workshops that brought together policymakers from the UN, the government of Haiti, representatives of Haitian civil society, other international partners and a small group of expert practitioners to explore lessons from regional experience (Brazil, El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica, United States) in addressing gang and other urban armed violence.
  • Ecuador, May 2007 (New York): A meeting to examine the transformation of political dynamics in Ecuador in anticipation of the Constituent Assembly expected to be held later in the year.


  • Haiti, December 2006 (New York): Two small meetings, one specifically addressing police issues, for the new Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Acting Police Commissioner of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).
  • Bolivia, July 2006 (New York): A meeting to take stock of the situation in Bolivia in the immediate aftermath of elections to the Constituent Assembly.
  • Haiti, June 2006 (Port-au-Prince): A consultancy to assess the situation in the justice sector.


  • Haiti, July and September 2005 (New York): Two meetings to assess the complex situation in Haiti in the pre-electoral period and arguments in favor of and against brief postponements of the elections.
  • Southern Andes, May 2005 (New York): A meeting on Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru to review the political crisis in the three countries and address possible options for enhanced international engagement.


  • Colombia, November 2004 (New York): An informal consultation amongst diverse Colombian experts and UN officials to assess the challenges facing the UN's "good offices" role.
  • Haiti, April 2004 (New York): A stocktaking and 'lessons learned' exercise to contribute to the UN's internal planning for a new mission in June 2004.


  • Bolivia, May 2003 (La Paz): A joint consultation with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on the deepening political crisis in Bolivia.
  • Andean Regional Security, 2001-2003 (multiple locations): A multi-year joint initiative with the UN to explore cross-cutting issues of regional security facing Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia, Venezuela, and Peru.

"The ability of [the CPPF] team to provide us access to diverse networks of leading scholars, experts, and practitioners outside the United Nations system on and from areas in which we are engaged, and this often at short notice, is an asset we count on. Moreover, the ability of CPPF to bring together key partners within the United Nations in particular conflict situations has been of great value."

-- B. Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs