This department's focus is on consolidating Panama position as the leading center for NGOs and international cooperation organizations in the region. For example, in 2006, the City of Knowledge was named the headquarters for the United Nations Regional Center for Latin America and the Caribbean, the first of its kind in the world.
Today, more than fifty organizations of global importance operate from the City of Knowledge, working for the human and social development of the people of all of Latin America and the Caribbean. The department works with these organizations on a permanent basis managing and promoting multilateral projects, congresses, meetings, and forums in a variety of social, scientific, technological, and economic areas.
Use the PBA Admission form.
NGOs, just like any other organization aspiring to operate in the City of Knowledge, must meet the overall admission criteria, as well as those specific to the International Organizations and Cooperation Department.
Through a resolution issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after application by the IO.
CDS is not a real estate operation. Our purpose is to provide spaces for organizations developing programs that are in line with our subject areas. We are forced by our business pattern to charge rental costs. An organization that is not affiliated or does not have an agreement cannot rent spaces. Only commercial spaces are for rent and they are managed by the Infrastructure and Service Department.
An International Organization (IO) is created by States willing to work on a development area. They are suprastate institutions, funded by the various member countries, which work within the framework of international cooperation agreements. An IO is a public entity. A NonGovernmental Organization (NGO) is born of civil society initiative, has no organic relationship with governments, and, although it may be financed by them, it is independent in its policies and actions. An NGO is a private entity.
Since IOs have an international mission status, they negotiate a cooperation agreement. Only NGOs become affiliated. Once they have completed their admission form and submitted all the necessary documents, the process takes six to eight weeks.
Not as such, but they do benefit from the incentives we offer. Please check CDS‘s benefits.
No, everything is spoken for everyone. FCDS Administration handles its documentation in English and Spanish, but we have associates and staff members who speak German and French.
No. Just like all other affiliations, it is for a three to fiveyear term, and after that, the organization’s performance is subject to evaluation before renewal of the agreement.
It is part of CDS's vision to generate a pole of organizations and institutions that work for sustainable development of the region and the planet. These institutions create a natural synergy with research centers and even with companies doing business that is applicable to an improvement of life conditions or sustainable exploitation of natural resources.
We are interested in Organizations with highlevel content and the best and most updated knowledge. We are aware that the natural and social phenomena of Latin America are studied and assessed within International Organizations. This information is the basis for designing our countries’ public policies and, to that extent, their work is essential for the region.
When we refer to International Cooperation, we are not talking about the theoretical or political concept, but of concrete projects, some of them developed by the City of Knowledge or by the organizations operating from CDS.
All of them. We promote synergies through formal and informal (social) activities.
The regional headquarters of most UN agencies working in Latin America and the Caribbean will be located in Panama. UNICEF, UNEP, WFP, UNAIDS, OCHA, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, UNOPS, PAHO, (Office for Emergency and Disasters, CPS, and ISDR, International Strategy for Disaster Reduction).
Just like any legal person, both national and international NGOs must have legal status in Panama. For that purpose, they must fulfill the relevant formalities with the Ministry of Government and Justice.
Organizations created as such which are recognized by the Panamanian State.
No. CDS relies on the good faith principle and avoids all unnecessary bureaucracy.