PRESS RELEASE: Senior ECPA Fellows Program Official Announcement
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Contact: Katalina Mayorga
Senior Program Officer, Climate Change Programs
Senior ECPA Fellows Program Official Announcement
Washington D.C, March 21, 2012- Partners of the Americas has been awarded a grant by the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the US Department of State to implement the Senior ECPA Fellows Program. The program will send 22 experts from the academic, non-profit, and private sectors in the United States to act as consultants and carry out speaking engagements throughout the Western Hemisphere. Fellows will work with local government agencies, civil society groups, and universities to discuss regional impacts of climate change and energy policy and develop relationships for continued multi-lateral cooperation.
At the 2009 Summit of the Americas, President Obama invited all countries of the Western Hemisphere to participate in the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA)—a voluntary and flexible framework for advancing cooperation in seven pillars: renewable energy, energy efficiency, cleaner fossil fuels, energy poverty, infrastructure, sustainable landscapes, and adaptation. During his visit to Chile in 2011, President Obama stated: “Under the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas that I proposed, countries have stepped forward, each providing leadership and expertise. Brazil has expertise in biofuels, Chile in geothermal, Mexico on energy efficiency, El Salvador is connecting grids in Central America to make electricity more reliable. These are exactly the kind of partnerships that we need—neighbors joining with neighbors to unleash the progress that none of us can achieve alone.”
In 2010, the Senior ECPA Fellows Program began sending Fellows throughout Latin America and the Caribbean to advance its seven pillars by sharing best practices and technical expertise. Future Senior ECPA Fellows will be selected according to how their expertise match the needs of host country governments, the private sector, civil society, and non-profits
The Senior ECPA Fellows Program seeks to facilitate the transfer of knowledge between the US and Latin America in innovative solutions and technologies related to the areas of clean energy, sustainable urban development, climate change adaptation, and reducing emission from deforestation. This year’s roster of fellows includes approximately 20 experts from the academic, non-profit, or private sectors. For more information, visit www.partners.net/partners/ECPA_Senior_Fellows.asp?SnID=2.
Partners of the Americas is an international grassroots network that connects volunteers, institutions, and communities to serve and to change lives. Inspired by President Kennedy, today Partners is one of the largest volunteer-based organizations in the Western Hemisphere engaged in social, economic, and cultural development. By linking Latin America and the Caribbean with counterparts in the United States, Partners acts in long term, focused partnership with the people and places of the Americas. For more information, visit www.partners.net.