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Panorama of Santiago, Chile, photo by Gonzalo Baeza H, CC BY 2.0,

Panorama of Santiago, Chile, photo by Gonzalo Baeza H, CC BY 2.0

Reforms in Chile:
Obstacles and Opportunities


H.E. Juan Valdes

H.E. Juan Gabriel Valdés

Ambassador of Chile
to the United States


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Conference Room 2309
1776 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA

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Friday, Oct. 14, 2016

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. PDT

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Inequality is one of the main challenges for us all. Civil society everywhere is both informed and demanding. Chile's reforms are aimed at reducing inequality and keeping the necessary social cohesion to confront the challenges of a world which is changing at a speed never seen before. Avoiding this reality only deepens our differences and delays decisions that eventually governments will have to take.


Juan Gabriel Valdés was Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Chile, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Chile to the United Nations; Ambassador of Chile to Spain and Argentina. He also served as Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations and Chief of the United Nations Mission in Haiti, MINUSTAH. He holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies at the University of Essex, England, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Princeton University, and has been a research fellow at Princeton University and at Notre Dame Kellogg Institute of International Relations. He has also taught Latin American International Relations at the University of La Sorbonne in Paris, France. In 2008, he organized under the auspices of the Presidency of Chile a Public Foundation dedicated to the promotion of Chile in the world, “Imagen de Chile”. Since 2010 he has been a consultant for the Economic Commission for Latin America, (CEPAL) of the United Nations and of CAF, Development Bank for Latin America. Mr. Valdés is a member of the board of the Global Leadership Foundation and of the Center for International Conflict Resolution (CICR) at Columbia University.

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