Event: Maintaining the momentum for the SDGs – Latin America

Mar 20, 2017

Maintaining the Momentum for the SDGs, alongside the UN’s general assembly in New York, this April we will take the discussion to Latin America.

The region of 625 million people is rich with natural resources, innovation and expertise, but a difficult economic climate, coupled with rapid urbanisation and climate change has impacted the Latin American people and the environment.

Bringing together global and regional thought leaders, we will discuss how the adoption of the sustainable development goals can ensure the region’s economic and social development, the health of populations, while conserving the vast natural habitat. We look forward to welcoming you.


Date: Tuesday 4 April 2017
Time: 17.00-20.10, with networking until 21.00
Location: Four Seasons Hotel, Buenos Aires: Posadas 1086/88, C1011ABB CABA, Argentina


17.00 Registration and networking

17.30 Welcome
Chair, Sibylla Brodzinsky, journalist and Guardian contributor covering Latin American politics, social issues and human rights

17.35 Opening keynote address 
No tolerance for violence and discrimination - the steps towards gender equality in Latin America
María José Lubertino, lawyer and professor at the University of Buenos Aires

17.50 Panel discussion

The water crisis in Latin America
Latin America has experienced a water crisis which has affected power supply leading to cuts in hydropower production and increasing reliance on fossil fuels. Globally Latin America has the most rainfall, so the root of its water crisis is not in supply, but in inequality and power struggles. 
Emily Farnworth, head of climate, World Economic Forum
Pablo Bereciartua, under-secretary for water resources, Interior Ministry, Argentina
Gustavo Saltiel, lead water and sanitation specialist, the World Bank

18.50 Break

19.05 Inclusive Financial Systems: Chile’s Commitment to accessible banking for women
Eric Parrado, Regulatory Banking Authority of Chile

19.20 Vaccines, viruses and complex health challenges in Latin America
Romina Libster, investigator, Fundacion Infant and National Scientific and Technical Research Council

19.35 Lightning talk

19.45 Closing keynote address
Update on SDG implementation in Latin America and the Caribbean
Rene Mauricio Valdez, resident representative, UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Argentina

20.00 Closing remarks from the chair

20.10 Networking and drinks reception

Is this event for you?

The event is aimed at all professionals working towards the implementation of the SDGs in Latin America, whether you work in government, an NGO, a grassroots or civil society organisation or in the private sector. If you feel that you or your colleagues would benefit from this discussion on meeting the goals in the region, register your interest by filling in the form below.

Contact information

Virginia Garcia - virginia.garcia@undp.org - Tel. 4320 8791

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