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One year since world leaders last convened, Venezuela’s democratic forces are locked in a new struggle to defend the only remaining democratic institution: the National Assembly. With illegitimate elections scheduled for December, and amid increasing political turmoil and a deepening humanitarian crisis, democratic leaders need – now more than ever – the committed support from the international community to open the pathway for a democratic resolution to the crisis.

How can the United States, Europe, the Lima Group, and global allies further coordinate to secure free and fair elections in Venezuela? What new steps should be taken by the international community that supports a return to democracy amid a deepening crisis? How can greater global collaboration help to reduce the country’s humanitarian crisis?

Join the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center on Thursday, September 24, 2020, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm EDT, for Day 2 of our 2020 UN General Assembly programming to focus on the need for a renewed global vision that can accelerate the pathway to restoration of democratic institutions and prosperity in Venezuela through free and fair elections, and an end to the humanitarian crisis.

This discussion marks year two of our UNGA programming that seeks to ensure this annual gathering also puts a spotlight on Venezuela’s continued struggles.


Juan Guaidó
Interim President of Venezuela

Adriana Mejía Hernández
Vice Minister of Multilateral Issues 

Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Carrie Filipetti
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
US Department of State

Gonzalo Guillén Beker
Director of Human Rights
Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Julio Borges
Special Envoy for Foreign Affairs
Interim Government of Venezuela

James Dauris
Head of Latin America Department and Deputy Director Americas
United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office

John Barsa
Acting Administrator
U.S. Agency for International Development

Paola Serna

Rafael Garranzo
General Director for Ibero-America and the Caribbean
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Spain

Jason Marczak
Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Atlantic Council

Diego Area
Associate Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Atlantic Council

*Additional speakers to be confirmed.

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