Media Invitation and Event Announcement

Opening Ceremony for Latin America and Caribbean Fall Festival and “Forging Bonds with Emigrants” Conference on 18 September at Hamburg Town Hall

In the coming weeks, the attention of the Hanseatic City of Hamburg will be focused on Latin America and the Caribbean. This year’s motto for the Latin America and Caribbean Fall Festival is “Migrants and Travellers.” The EU-LAC Foundation, the CAF Development Bank of Latin America, and the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) cordially invite you to attend the Joint Opening Ceremony for the Festival and the “Forging Bonds with Emigrants: Challenges for Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean” Conference. Attendees at the events in Hamburg are expected to include leading political decision makers, diplomats, academics, and representatives of international organisations.

Opening Ceremony
18 September 2017, 6:00–9:00 p.m., Hamburg Town Hall (Kaisersaal)
* Katharina Fegebank (Second Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Senator for Science, Research, and Equal Rights)
* Pedro Hernández González (Director of International Migration, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chile)
* Jorge Durand (Professor at the University of Guadalajara)
* Paola Amadei (Executive Director of the EU-LAC Foundation)
* Detlef Nolte (Director of the GIGA Institute for Latin American Studies)

“Forging Bonds with Emigrants: Challenges for Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean” Conference
19–20 September 2017, Hamburg Town Hall (Kaisersaal)

The conference programme and biographical information on the presenters is available here.

Interviews can be organised upon request.

The entire programme for the Latin America Fall Festival from 11 September to 12 December 2017 in Hamburg is available here.

Please obtain your accreditation via e-mail at

Media Contacts
Dr. Anna Barrera, Programme Manager
EU-LAC Foundation
Tel. +49 40 80 60 11 45-0,

Verena Schweiger, Head of Communications Department
German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) /
Leibniz-Institut für Globale und Regionale Studien
Tel. +49 40 42825-558,

About the GIGA

The German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) is an independent social science research institute based in Hamburg, Germany. It studies political, social, and economic developments in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, as well as global issues. As a member of the Leibniz Association, it is committed to the principle of “theoria cum praxi”: science for the benefit of society.

About the EU–LAC Foundation

The European Union–Latin America and Caribbean Foundation (EU-LAC Foundation) was created by the heads of state and government of the European Union (EU) and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC). The foundation took up work at its Hamburg headquarters in 2011. The goal of the EU-LAC Foundation is to contribute to strengthening the strategic partnership between both regions and to fostering the participation of civil society and other societal actors; to further develop the mutual exchange of knowledge and understanding between both regions; and to increase each region’s visibility in the partner region.

About CAF

CAF – Development Bank of Latin America –, has the mission to promote sustainable development and regional integration by financing projects in the public and private sectors, and provide technical cooperation and other specialized services. Established in 1970 currently with 19 member countries – 17 in Latin America and the Caribbean with Spain and Portugal – and 14 private banks, CAF is one of the main sources of multilateral financing and an important creator of knowledge for the region.

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