Rebeca Grynspan

Latin America and Europe: Hopes and Challenges for a Common Future


Monday 22th February 2016



About the speaker: Ms. Rebeca Grynspan is the head of the Ibero-American Secretariat (SEGIB). In 2010 she was appointed Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations and Associate Administrator of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Previously, she was Director of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Vice-President of Costa Rica, an the Assistant-Secretary-General and Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean. Ms. Grynspan has helped focus global attention on the need to reduce inequality, build social cohesion, empower women, and achieve the Millennium Development Goals. In 2014 and 2015 she was voted one of the 50 most influential intellectuals of Latin-America.



About the event: Ms. Grynspan gave a passionate lecture on the relations between Latin America and Europe from the 1990s onward. She analyzed some of the challenges that Latin America faces, particularly the need to strengthen ties between its members for instance by increasing intra-regional trade and academic exchanges and mobility. The involvement of the private sector will be key to guarantee a successful deep regionalization. Ms. Grynspan also explained that the EU does not consider Latin America a top priority, which is a big mistake. The future European strategy towards the region should be based on an egalitarian relationship.


The Madariaga Series would like to thank Ms Grynspan for finding the time to come to Oxford and visit us. We would also like to thank Magdalen College for hosting the lecture, the subsequent dinner and for the financial support, as well.