Dialogue member Yolanda Kakabadse, together with eight environmental leaders from throughout the region, released on May 27, 2020 the declaration “Principles for a Sustainable Future for Latin America in Times of Pandemic and Global Crisis.”
In this declaration, authors describe the values at stake due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the consequences for Latin America, a fragile region with high vulnerability and low capacity to face and manage systemic crises, the lessons learned thus far, and seven principles for a sustainable renaissance of the region.
The declaration is signed and endorsed by over a hundred regional authorities and personalities, including Dialogue members Ricardo Lagos, Christiana Figueres, Marina Silva, and Moises Naim.
The signatories concluded: “In 2019, global protests called millions of people to action, asking for substantial changes in our lifestyle. Our experiences throughout this global pandemic demonstrate that it is possible for structural changes to take place. The world will not be the same after this pandemic. We trust the capacity of current and future generations to create the conditions for a common future that is radically different – one in which the human species takes responsibility for the care of nature and of one another, informed by scientific knowledge of the laws of nature, of our creative capacity, and of the privilege of living in a planet that is able to generate and regenerate its systems of life.”
On March 19, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted a conference call with Alicia Bárcena and Santiago Levy. The discussion centered around the consequences of this pandemic for the global economy and the Latin American and Caribbean region in particular.
On March 26, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted a conference call with Congresswoman Donna Shalala (D-FL, 27). The discussion centered around the spread of Covid-19 in Latin America & the Caribbean and how the United States can work with international partners to combat the pandemic.