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Latin America and Caribbean Days (LAC Days)

Since 2018, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, within the Bled Strategic Forum, has been organizing Latin American and Caribbean Days international conference (“LAC Days”), aimed at strengthening bilateral and biregional cooperation with the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. The LAC Days also foster mutual understanding and cooperation among businesses, institutions and public from both sides.

LAC Day 2022

22 November at 16.00 (CET)

Webinar on “Water-related disaster risk management in changing climate”

Language: English

Different parts of the world suffer unevenly from the effects of climate change. The vulnerability of local environments and the economy due to climate change and a variety of water-related issues, from natural hazards to water management, are increasing. As a region, the Caribbean experiences a very high level of risk ensuing from natural hazards, resulting in significant adverse impacts on the region’s economic and social development. The panel aims to identify the climate adaptation needs relating to different aspects of water and explore cooperation potentials in remote sensing and climate data exploitation for improved disaster risk management and water source protection.


This issue has been considered a priority on the EU–LAC agenda, as stated in the Joint Communiqué of the EU27–Latin America and Caribbean Informal Ministerial Meeting of 14 December 2020 and the recent establishment of the EU Copernicus Project data centre in Panama. This is a concrete example of the exchange and sharing of information, know-how, research and data for stronger prevention of climate disasters that can benefit the Caribbean. Both technology and cooperation can lead to the development of solutions for the enhanced protection of citizens.


The event is organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, under the auspices of the Bled Strategic Forum, in cooperation with Global Water partnership and the EU-LAC Foundation.



event is organised by the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, in partnership with the European Commission – Directorate-General for International Partnerships, and the D4D Hub Secretariat.

14 December: 15.00–16.30 (CET)

Language: English

As we are approaching the finish line of our Presidency, we are pleased to invite you to the high-level online event ‘Launch of the D4D Hub Latin America and the Caribbean’. Following the launch of the overall D4D Hub under the German presidency and the opening of the BELLA cable by our Portuguese colleagues, it is now our turn to join the efforts towards ensuring a sustainable and inclusive digital future for all.

The event will showcase impacts of digital solutions and promote a human-centric model of digital transformation across Europe and the LAC region through contributions from high-level speakers, including:

  • Ms Jutta Urpilainen, EU Commissioner for International Partnerships
  • Dr Stanislav Raščan, Secretary of State, acting as Minister for Development and cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Slovenia
  • Ms Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary, ECLAC
  • Mr Mark Boris Andrijanič, Minister for Digital Transformation, Slovenia
  • Ambassador Mr Sarquis José Buainain Sarquis, Secretary for Foreign Trade and Economic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brazil
  • Mr Christian Guillermet Fernández, Vice-Minister for Multilateral Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Costa Rica
  • Ms Eva del Hovo Barbolla, Director General for Sustainable Development Policies, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Spain
  • Mr Alex Wetzig, Director for Science and Technology, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chile
  • Mr Gert Auväärt, Director of Cybersecurity, Information System Authority, Estonia
  • Mr Luis Ricardo Oliva Ramos, General Administrator at the National Authority for Government Innovation, Panama
  • Mr Jyrki Pulkkirten, Ambassador for Innovation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finland
  • Mr Jean-Sébastien Conty, Deputy-Director for Development, France Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Mr Roberto Viola, Director-General, Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission


The D4D Hub is a multi-stakeholder platform that supports a human-centric digital transformation in partner countries. It is guided by five operating principles:

  • Local ownership & win-win partnerships: Facilitate partnerships that provide added value and base cooperation activities on local demand.
    Multi-Stakeholder involvement & expertise: Promote a sustainable digital transformation requires a whole-of society approach (governments and administrations, private sector, civil society, academia).
  • Sustainable & green digital transformation: Promote the twin green and digital transition, harnessing digital solutions for a green future while mitigating sustainability risks.
  • Human-centric approach: Foster inclusive digital economies and societies in which all citizens – notably women and young people – have equal opportunities to participate in the digital world. The human-centric approach puts people at the heart of the digital transformation – driven by people’s needs, fundamental rights and intersectional challenges to closing digital divides.
  • Data security & protection: Safeguard data privacy, ethics and protection in the context of individuals’ rights, digital economies and institutions.



event co-organised by the Slovenian Council Presidency, the EEAS and DG INTPA in partnership with the EU-LAC Foundation and the OECD Development Centre

1 December: 15.00–17.30 (CET)

Language: English and Spanish (interpretation will be provided)

Register via zoom or follow live via BSF Facebook.


Europe & Latin America and the Caribbean in conversation about circular transition

Webinar co-organized by the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs & the EU-LAC Foundation in partnership with Exchange 4 Change Brasil (E4CB), Circular Change – Institute for circular economy, the European Circular  Economy Stakeholder Platform (ECESP) and the Brazilian Centre for International Relations (CEBRI). 

22 November: 15.00–19.00 (CET)/11.00–15.00 (Brazil)

23 November: 15.00–18.00 (CET)/11.00–14.00 (Brazil)

Working language: English

Register via zoom or follow live via BSF Facebook.

With the EU Green Deal, the circular economy has become a top priority for a climate-neutral, resource-efficient, and competitive European economy. The EU Circular Economy Action Plan recognizes that while Europe intends to lead the process of circular transition, it cannot achieve the transformative change by acting alone. A truly global effort and outreach is needed.

Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region is a natural partner in the transformative global change. The region is focused on the implementation on the 2030 Agenda with special emphasis on the sustainable consumption and production (SDG 12) through the promotion of innovation, sustainable infrastructure, and the inclusive and circular economy.

While a wide and diverse network of dialogue and collaborations already exists between Europe and LAC in the area of circular economy, a more systemic bi-regional dialogue is still under construction. Circular economy is one of the priorities of the Slovenian presidency of the Council of the EU. The idea is to continue the discussion between the European Union and LAC and focus the exchange of ideas and solutions on the issue of governance of circular transformative processes.

Through continuous and dynamic public-private sector dialogue, circular transition could help strengthen the existing, and open up entirely new, chains of added value in international trade.The event offers a platform for business leaders from selected sectors to share their experience and expertise and engage in the dialogue about openings for new circular partnerships. The discussions are guided towards exploring potential leads for new business opportunities.

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