Cristina Rodriguez-Acosta and Jeisson Rodriguez
Mar Del Plata, Argentina
From April 16-17, 2015, the "Latin American Summit of Cities and Local Governments" took place. The meeting consisted of numerous municipalities from throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, a space for discussion about the major issues and interests of cities and local governments.
In attendance at this year’s summit was the Deputy Director for the Institute for Public Management and Community Services, Cristina Rodriguez-Acosta, as well as the Program Coordinator for the Institute, Jeisson Rodriguez. Aside from FIU members in attendance, there were also mayors, prefects, councilors, legislators, auditors and supranational officials in attendance. Various national, provincial and district agencies along with academics, entrepreneurs and consultants had the opportunity to participate in forums, panels , exhibitions, debates and exchange successful experiences and projects on the role of municipalities and the issues that shape local government agendas. These issues included: local autonomy, decentralization, security, local economic development, social inclusion, democracy, environment, municipal finance, regional integration and international cooperation, the contribution of the region to world peace, and the role of municipalities in strengthening the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).
Cristina Rodriguez-Acosta, Deputy Director, IPMCS