Launched at the 2022 Concordia Annual Summit by Former Colombian President Iván Duque, the Concordia Amazon Initiative aims to raise awareness of the link between the health of the Amazon and the health of the planet, defining the necessary commitments that must be made by the private sector to preserve the rainforest.
The Initiative’s first iteration will consist of a high-level strategic convening in the Amazon in 2023. This gathering will bring together leaders from the private and public sectors to celebrate the natural diversity and importance of the Amazon and to forge partnerships around innovative and scalable ideas to protect and renew the ecosystem.
Exploring themes such as indigenous culture, climate and environmental sustainability, research and scientific progress, and other critical topics linked to the Amazon, the Initiative will provide an opportunity for attendees to directly connect with each other and the rainforest itself. With its action-oriented focus, participants will establish and build interventions that will play a pivotal role in any climate action policy framework.
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