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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

An Inside Look at SXSports

By: Paul Teeple, Director, Sport for Development

Partners Sport for Development Director Paul Teeple (second from left) and fellow panelists
Matt Geschke, U.S. Director of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, Olympic Gold Medalist
Speed Skater Joey Cheek, and 
Dave Mingey, President of GlideSlope
While watching a live band perform at one of the many parties at the huge Austin, Texas based South by Southwest (SXSW) Music, Film, Technology, and Interactive Festival, a veteran sportswriter leaned over to me and said, “I’ve interviewed a lot of interesting people and done a lot of cool things, but I’ve always wanted to perform on a stage.”  I agreed, being a rock star is one of those childhood dreams that has never gone away.  While I may never bring down the house with my vocals, representing Partners of the Americas’ A Ganar program at SXSports was definitely way up on the “cool” list. 

Monday, March 30, 2015

ECPA tackling environmental pollution, climate change in Chile

By: John Klein, Intern, U.S. Embassy in Santiago

On March 17, I had the pleasure of accompanying Dr. Mariapaz Gutierrez, Senior Fellow at the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) and professor of Architecture at the University of California-Berkeley, on several meetings during her visit to Santiago, Chile. Dr. Gutierrez specializes in developing sustainable designs for buildings and urban infrastructure. 

As part of her work with ECPA, Dr. Gutierrez travels to countries in the Western Hemisphere to consult with governmental institutions and organizations about sustainable energy and building practices. As an intern for the Economic/Political Section at the U.S. Embassy in Santiago with an interest in sustainable urban policy, I was able to witness firsthand how international collaboration is an invaluable tool to share knowledge in order to tackle environmental pollution and climate change and promote sustainable energy practices.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

In Memory: Adrian Moody, Tennessee Partners

Submitted by: Gary Linn,Ph.D Chair,Tennessee Partners

Partners of the Americas was saddened by the death of Adrian Moody, longtime member of the Tennessee Partners, who passed away in February. Adrian was a founding member of the Tennessee Partners of the Americas, who, with others, answered President Kenndey's call to establish a grassroots organization that would be based on people-to-people exchanges and promote goodwill and better understanding among peoples living in the U.S. and Latin America. Adrian provided leadership and inspiration to the organization for a 20 year period spanning the 1960s through the mid 1980s, and was particularly interested in youth exchanges between the chapters.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Internet como medio de innovación y superación de la pobreza

Opinion por Jorge Yepes, Red2021

Imagen de Ministerio TIC Colombia 
Estamos en una era en la cual el acceso a la tecnología se está democratizando a pasos agigantados, muestra de ello es que en Colombia el Ministerio de las Tecnologías y la Información ha puesto en marcha el plan Vive Digital, el cual propone “tender las autopistas de la comunicación” para que todos los Colombianos cuenten con una conexión a internet, un gran desafío teniendo en cuenta varios factores uno de ellos es la geografía de nuestro país ya que existen zonas con difícil acceso como lo es el caso del departamento del Amazonas, sin embargo no es algo imposible de realizar.

¿Qué significa tener mayor acceso a la tecnología?

Soy Ingeniero de Sistemas de profesión, provengo de un corregimiento del departamento de Córdoba, Colombia el cual es rico en fauna flora debido a su ubicación geográfica, pero desafortunadamente no cuenta con la mayoría de los servicios básicos y que puede considerarse como una zona con alto índice de pobreza. No obstante me siento orgulloso de haber nacido en tan maravilloso lugar.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Water Is...Crucial for Agriculture!

Today marks the 22nd annual World Water Day – a day to celebrate one of life’s most basic elements: water. It’s a day to take action for the 748 million people who lack access to clean water. And a day to prepare for how we manage water in the future.

This year’s theme is ‘Water and Sustainable Development’, and focuses on how water resources, and the range of services they provide, are the foundation for poverty reduction, economic growth and environmental sustainability.

Agriculture depends on water to be sustainable, and without reliable access to water, farmers are at the mercy of unpredictable elements and cannot depend on their crops for income or sustenance.