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President Enrique Peña Nieto, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Barack Obama at the North American Leadership Summit in Ottawa. Photo source: Presidencia de la República Mexicana/Flickr

The North American Center for Collaborative Development (NACCD) acts as a hub to provide a space where people with a variety of perspectives come together to solve problems using cutting edge knowledge from a variety of academic disciplines and ways of knowing, appropriate technologies, and innovative practices. The activities of the hub aim to facilitate international collaboration among researchers, academics, representatives of the business sector and civil society organizations in the North American region by focusing their efforts on common challenges.

This hub provides a framework for identifying challenges, appropriate fora for discussing them, structured means of communicating perspectives, research, proposals and solutions, and a planned way for research networks and communities of interest to be formed and engage in continuing work on these themes.

The common areas of priority for this project are informed by meetings of experts such as the recommendations made as a result of the North American Leaders Summit (NALS) series of meetings, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the high level education dialogues recently facilitated by the North American governments, Canada, United States of American and Mexico. The collaborations that result will deepen inter-institutional and international relationships which will lead to increased academic mobility, curriculum internationalization and interaction at a distance on common themes of import.

The first three themes the NACCD will focus on are:

  • North American Indigenous Communities
  • Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness
  • North American Collaboration in Energy and Climate (coming soon)

We look forward to your participation in these communities of interest!


Telephone: +1 (520) 621-7761

Fax: +1 (520) 626-2675

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CONAHEC - University of Arizona
888 N. Euclid Ave., USB Bldg. #301
Tucson, Arizona 85721

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CONAHEC - University of Arizona
PO Box 210158
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0300