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A Conversation with Dr. Andrew Steer, President & CEO of Bezos Earth Fund


H.E. Iván Duque, Former President, Republic of Colombia; Leadership Council Member, Concordia
Dr. Andrew Steer, President & CEO, Bezos Earth Fund; Leadership Council Member, Concordia

“Colombia became a reference model and today part of my work is to go around the world to get heads of state to assume the same responsibility.” 

– H.E. Iván Duque

“There are amazing positive tipping points in the near future.” 

– Dr. Andrew Steer

Key takeaways & next steps:

  • It is important to have strong leadership in driving environmental initiatives, and H.E. Iván Duque’s tenure as President of Colombia is an example of remarkable leadership and efforts in increasing protected areas and addressing climate change. 
  • Well-structured carbon markets and nature-based solutions are essential to addressing climate change. The need for integrity, scrutiny, and preparation of projects in these markets is important, with a focus on mobilizing resources to protect critical biodiversity areas. 
  • The private sector has a pivotal role in driving the energy transition and climate solutions. It is important to create a friendly environment for private sector investment. 
  • Despite the challenges and complexities of climate and nature conservation, there is hope. Positive tipping points, such as the growth of renewable energy and electric vehicles, are indicators of progress in the fight against climate change. Philanthropic financing can be leveraged to accelerate these tipping points and catalyze private sector financing for climate and nature solutions.