Over the last two days, hundreds of leaders across sectors came together at the CGI Latin America Meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to build partnerships, examine successful initiatives, and develop new strategies for addressing regional challenges.
Attendees of CGI Latin America 2013 announced 27 new Commitments to Action valued at more than $222 million, which are expected to positively impact the lives of more than 500,000 people.
When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will ensure that:
- More than 19,000 metric tons of CO2 will not be released into the atmosphere.
- More than 20,000 acres of forests will be protected or restored.
- More than $5 million will be invested or loaned to small- and medium-sized enterprises.
- More than 250,000 girls and women will be supported through empowerment initiatives.
- More than 100,000 children will gain access to an improved quality of education.
The final day of the meeting began with a video message from artist Shakira, in which she discussed the importance of investing in early childhood development initiatives in the region. The meeting closed with a panel on "Mobilizing for the Future," moderated by Luis Alberto Moreno, president of the Inter-American Development Bank. The panel - featuring André Esteves (chief executive officer of BTG Pactual), Angélica Fuentes (chief executive officer of Grupo Omnilife and Angelíssima), and Mark Parker (president and CEO of Nike, Inc.) - explored how to continue the region's economic success and social progress to shape a better future for its citizens. Watch the full session below.
Yesterday, President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton opened the meeting and announced a number of new Commitments to Action. The meeting also featured panel discussions with top regional leaders such as Eduardo Paes (Mayor of Rio de Janeiro) and José María Figueres Olsen (former President of the Republic of Costa Rica and president of Carbon War Room), as well as interactive working sessions. Special remarks were made President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil, speaking to the necessity of cooperation between all Latin American countries to continue to acheive postive social and economic trends across the region.
See a full recap of yesterday's highlights here.
More highlights from the 2013 CGI Latin America Meeting:
- Watch full sessions from the CGI Latin America Meeting. Webcasts are available in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.
- See exclusive and behind-the-scenes photos on CGI's Instagram account.
- Browse highlights from the meeting on Facebook.
- View photos from CGI Latin America on CGI's Flickr page.
- Read and share posts from CGI members and meeting attendees.