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The Impacts of Climate Change on Security in the Caribbean and Central America – #HSC2021

Originally took place on Tuesday, May 18, a panel from the 6th Annual Hemispheric Security Conference.

The Impacts of Climate Change on Security in the Caribbean and Central America.

Selwin Charles Hart, Special Advisor to the Secretary General on Climate Action and Assistant Secretary General for the Climate Action Team

Erika Mouynes, Panamanian Foreign Minister

Anthony Phillips-Spence, Ambassador of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to the U.S.

Moderated by Maria Fernanda Bozmoski, Deputy Director of Programs at the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin American Center

Selwin Charles Hart is the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Climate Action and ensures delivery of the Secretary General’s priorities on climate change. Before his appointment he served as the Executive Director for the Caribbean region at the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB). He was previously the Ambassador to the United States and the Organization of American States for Barbados and Director of the Secretary-General’s Climate Change Support Team. Throughout his career, he has served in several climate change leadership positions, including as a Climate Adviser for the Caribbean Development Bank, Chief Climate Change Negotiator for Barbados as well as the Coordinator and Lead Negotiator on Finance for the Alliance of Small Island Developing States (AOSIS).

Erika Mouynes is the Minister of Foreign of Affairs for Panama. In 2019, she served as Vice Minister of Multilateral Affairs and Cooperation of the Foreign Ministry. She has spent more than 10 years working in law, business and government in both New York and Panama. In New York, she worked on structuring infrastructure projects with multilateral agencies and in investment negotiations in European and Latin American financial markets. In Panama, she practiced law at several firms in the corporate and litigation areas. In 2004, she was appointed Chief of Staff of the Ministry of Commerce and Industries. She has a bachelor’s degree in Law and Political Science, as well as a Master’s degree in Corporate Law from New York University and a master’s degree in international law from the University of California, Berkeley.

Anthony Phillips-Spencer, Brigadier General (Ret’d.) is Ambassador of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to the United States. He has more than 35 years of service in the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force, where he served in a variety of roles, including as the Vice Chief of Defence Staff. He speaks fluently in both French and Spanish and is an avid reader, thinker and innovator on issues related to organizational development, change and transformation, leadership and management, and strategic security decision-making and public policy implementation.

Maria Fernanda Bozmoski is deputy director, programs at the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, where she leads the center’s work on Mexico and Central America and supports the director with the center’s operations. During her time at the Atlantic Council, she has co-led the center’s Northern Triangle Task Force, helped shape the center’s trade work, and scheduled events in Asia for US policymakers. Before joining the Atlantic Council, Bozmoski worked at the Cato Institute and the Council of the Americas. She also completed an externship at the Inter-American Dialogue. Bozmoski is fluent in Spanish, English, French, and Italian, and is able to do media in those languages. She is a frequent commentator in several US and regional outlets including Voice of America, El Financiero-Bloomberg, and Univision, among others. Originally from Costa Rica, Bozmoski earned a BA in European studies from the Sorbonne University in France as well as a MA in Latin American studies and political economy from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a MA in international law and human rights from the United Nations University for Peace.

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