Prioritizing Biodiversity and Green Energy: A Conversation with President of Costa Rica Carlos Alvarado
April 26, 2021
The John Brademas Center and NYU Washington, DC hosted a DC Dialogues, “Prioritizing Biodiversity and Green Energy: A Conversation with President of Costa Rica Carlos Alvarado” on April 26, 2021 at 12 pm ET (10 am in Costa Rica). Claudia S. de Windt, environmental expert and CEO of Inter-American Institute on Justice and Sustainability (IIJS) joined the discussion as a special guest speaker. Geovanny Vicente Romero, Writer, Founder, Dominican Republic Center of Public Policy, Leadership and Development (CPDL-RD), and Columnist for CNN moderated the event. Christina Bowllan, NYU Shanghai undergraduate, provided the opening remarks and introduced the panel.
President Alvarado shared his country’s journey and global vision for multilateral approaches to environmental policy. Named “Champion of the Earth for Policy Leadership” by the United Nations, Costa Rica offers the world an example on how to balance development and the environment. Given the focus of U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration on sustainability and climate change, this important conversation educated our dynamic community about Costa Rica’s best practices.
Carlos Alvarado took office as the President of Costa Rica on May 8, 2018. At 38, he is Latin America’s youngest president. Previously, President Alvarado served as Minister of Labor and Social Security and faces an urgent need for economic reform to address the country’s fiscal imbalance, an ambitious environmental agenda, challenging trends in security, and an increasingly complex regional and international context. His cabinet of ministers includes well-respected figures from diverse political parties with public sector experience. Costa Rica's current cabinet is also the first to have a female majority. As another important first, Costa Rican Vice President Epsy Campbell is the first black woman to hold this position in the Americas.
Join us in traveling to an important part of the world for a wide-ranging talk with President Alvarado.
President Carlos Alvarado, 48th President of the Republic of Costa Rica
President Carlos Alvarado is the 48th President of the Republic of
Costa Rica. He was inaugurated into office on May 9, 2018. He was
born in San José, Costa Rica on January 14, 1980, and is a professor,
politician and author. He studied journalism at the University of
Costa Rica, and holds a master’s degree in Political Science from the
same university and has a master’s degree in Development Studies
from the University of Sussex in England.
President Alvarado is an expert in communication, public policy and
public-private partnerships with five years of experience in political
communication and parliamentary advisory. He has taught
communication at the School of Social Science at the University of
Costa Rica and the Latina University of Costa Rica. He also served as
an advisor to the Citizen Action Party's group in the Legislative
Assembly of Costa Rica from 2006 to 2010.
During the Solís Rivera administration, Alvarado served as Minister
of Human Development and Social Inclusion and Executive
President of the Joint Social Welfare Institute, institution charged
with combating poverty and giving state aid to the population of
scarce resources. Then in 2016, Alvarado was appointed Minister of
Labor and Social Security.
Claudia S. de Windt, CEO of the Inter-American Institute on Justice and Sustainability (IIJS)
Claudia S. de Windt is an international lawyer from the Dominican Republic and CEO of the Inter-American Institute on Justice and Sustainability (IIJS). She is a visiting Scholar at The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and an Adjunct Associate Professor at American University, Washington College of Law. She is also an Allied Researcher of the Center of Constitutional Studies of the Supreme Court of Mexico and judicial interpreter of the Court of First Instance of Santo Domingo. Claudia is a Member of the Steering Committee of the World Commission on Environmental Law of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which is the group of experts of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for crimes that have serious impacts on the environment, and a member of the group of experts in environmental law of the Association Agreement between the European Union and Central America. She has delivered many keynotes in national and international high-level forums and has made significant contributions to environmental legislation, enforcement, compliance and jurisprudence in Latin America and the Caribbean during a two-decade in her career at the Organization of American States (OAS). Claudia has erned her Master's Degree (LLM) in International Legal Studies from the American University Law School and has a Certificate in Negotiations from the Harvard University School of Law. Reach her on Twitter: @deWindt_IIJS.
Geovanny Vicente-Romero, Washington, D.C.-based political strategist, consultant and lecturer
Geovanny Vicente-Romero writes an internationally acclaimed column for CNN. He is a Washington, D.C.-based political strategist, consultant and lecturer. Geovanny publishes investigative and analytical articles on political communication, democracy, development, human rights, governance, elections, the environment, and the role of women in society. He founded the Dominican Republic Center of Public Policy, Development, and Leadership (CPDL-RD). Geovanny earned a masters degree in political communications and strategic governance from The George Washington University and is a PhD candidate in political science and public administration at the University of Murcia, Spain. Geovanny is the recipient of the Dominican National Youth Award for professional excellence, the nation’s highest honor for people 35 and under. Reach him on Twitter: @GeovannyVicentR.
Christina Bowllan is a junior from NYU Shanghai majoring in Political Science with a minor in Chinese language. She is from New York City, New York.
Christina Bowllan is a junior from NYU Shanghai majoring in Political Science with a minor in Chinese language. This spring semester, Christina is based at NYU’s Washington, DC site as a participant in the Global Leadership Program, where she serves on the Executive Board of DC Dialogues, a student-engaged initiative created to introduce the NYU DC community to key discussions on politics, culture, business, environment, education, and more. Christina’s studies in China and travels across Asia sparked her interest in U.S.-China relations, diplomatic initiatives, and journalism. She currently interns in the office of the Director of Culture as Diplomacy at the Asia Society. Her in-depth research on governmental, public and cultural diplomacy led to her creation of a virtual cooking competition, “Breaking Bread,” that promotes a new form of virtual diplomacy allowing diverse collaborators to come together around a universal interest: food. For the same project, she moderated a conversation through DC Dialogues on the topic of diplomacy within the virtual realm.
Christina aspires to pursue a career in journalism and will intern with the CNN New York News Bureau in the summer of 2021. When Christina is not busy moderating events or learning how to edit videos, she is running a self-started online Chinese tutoring business, which teaches children ages 3-15 about Chinese culture, language and geography.