The Grand Mayan at Riviera Maya Hosts the Third Meeting of the Advisory Board of United Nations Development Program


RIVIERA MAYA, Mexico, Sept. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The debate on the Regional Human Development Report 2013, ” Public Safety: The Key to Human Development in Latin America,” took place on August 30-31 at the Grand Mayan Riviera Maya.


Grupo Vidanta, through the non-profit organization the Vidanta Foundation, co-organized and co-sponsored the event in conjunction with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the government of Spain. This momentous event throughout Latin America and the Caribbean was attended by former ministers, former presidents and the highest authorities on security.

The event discussed measures to reduce the problem of violence and citizen insecurity, ensuring the participation of the three levels of government in the Latin American and Caribbean countries, in partnership with civil society, academia and international cooperation.

Heraldo Munoz, UN Under-Secretary General and Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, UNDP, was responsible for introducing the discussion on the safety report.

Luis Alberto Moreno, President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) addressed the vulnerabilities of the region on the issue of security and violence.

The map of the challenge faced by countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, from the academic point of view, will be addressed by Jorge Dominguez, President of the Harvard Academy for International Studies.

Regarding the subjects of most interest to the region, Alicia Barcena, Executive Secretary of ECLAC, detailed the impacts of uncertainty, an issue that is considered the primary concern of the population of Mexico and the rest of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Oscar Naranjo, former General of the National Police of Colombia and Robert Russell, Chairman of the Vidanta Foundation, presented the report’s recommendations on how to address the problems of violence and crime in the short, medium and long term, in favor of society.

The Third Meeting of the Advisory Board was attended by personalities including: Former President of the Republic of Guatemala, Jose Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Enrique Iglesias, Secretary General (SEGIB), Juan Ramon de la Fuente, President of the International Association of Universities and Daniel Chavez Moran, Founder of the Vidanta Foundation.

A special guest of the event was Roberto Borge, Governor of the State of Quintana Roo.

“Grupo Vidanta was honored to be the venue in which to discuss issues of global concern, as we believe that for entrepreneurs, it is a must to be key players in the solution and discussion of current issues that concerns us all,” said Eric DuBaele, Director of Hotel Operations for Grupo Vidanta.

About the Vidanta Foundation

Vidanta Foundation was created in 2005 under the auspices of Mr. Daniel Chavez Moran and has the mission to promote social sciences and culture in Latin American non-profits, and promote humanitarian values ​​and practices that will support reducing poverty and inequality in our region.

The essence of the Foundation and of this kind of recognition was born of Mr. Daniel Chavez Moran, who is also Founder and President of Grupo Vidanta. His career in the philanthropic world also dates to the interest of Mrs. Delia Moran who in 1988 created the foundation that today bears her name to support the disadvantaged.

Professor Delia Moran devoted her life to education as a teacher and was able to instill values ​​and principles to hundreds of students over decades that have left an imprint on the development of our country. It was a woman, wife, mother and teacher who was distinguished by her nobility, intelligence, values, deep culture, ethics, love, music and children. Renowned for taking action against inequalities of our society, Vidanta Foundation and Fundacion Delia Moran is currently chaired by Mr. Chavez Moran and both institutions have an active role in Mexico and Latin America through common initiatives aimed at reducing the levels of poverty and inequality in the region.

About Grupo Vidanta

Grupo Vidanta is an award-winning company known worldwide for its leadership in hotels and luxury resorts, championship quality golf courses, and tourism infrastructure, including Mexico’s first privately built international airport at Puerto Penasco. The company was founded in 1974 by Daniel Chavez Moran and now boasts an impressive portfolio of resort brands located among the most coveted coastal beach resorts in Mexico. These include Grand Luxxe, The Grand Bliss, The Bliss, The Grand Mayan, Mayan Palace, Ocean Breeze and Sea Garden, with more under development. In addition, Grupo Vidanta’s real estate division, Mayan Island, has built and sold more than 2,000 vacation homes. The company has resort properties operating in Los Cabos, Nuevo Vallarta, Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Maya, Puerto Penasco, Riviera Nayarit, and Mazatlan. For more information, please visit