Progressive Governance Conference

Chile ’09

Opening session

Posted by progressivegovernance09 on March 27, 2009

Minister Carolina Tohá – Chile

(abbreviated live notes – not verbatim)

political crisis – any errors we make will have very touch consequences, with impact falling on on the most vulnerable –

easy to lose sight of big picture and create new inequalities – Latin America has learned this lesson the hard way through sufferingof its peoples  – in the past the few benefited at the expense of the many

now with stable democracies Latin America wants to show that we have learned these lessons – Bachelet government determined to do so

policy decisions today to shape response to crisis will shape legacy of  our govenrments

neo liberal pardigm being questioned – it has shown its worst impact

now we progressives can put into practice what we have been thinking for a long time: markets need to be regulated, balance must replace dogmatism, environment cannot be adjustment variable for decisions but a priority.

uncertainty and anger in populace are a fertile ground for populism – have to reist populistic temptation to give in to people’s short term frustration – especially given latin america’s history

the progressive governance conferences were created to exchange experiences and viewpoints on challenges facing the planet – they provide a timely space to find shared responsoses amongst leaders

progressive leaders muct offer solutions handling failure for neo liberalism but also provide new futures, not just repsonding to problems

in particular we have to ignore excuses to remove a focus on global warming

what we discuss today will enrich and inspire work of progressive summit tonight.  I hope Vina del Mar 2009 will become a new milestone in history of progressive ideas.

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