CEBDS was present at the 2023 Amazon Summit, which took place on August 8 and 9, in Belém (PA). The event promoted deep conversations about sustainable development and the strengthening of dialogue between the nations participating in the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO). As a result of the Summit, the eight countries that make up ACTO sign the Declaration of Belém, a document that consolidates the consensual agenda of Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela for the region. The Belém Declaration contains 113 cross-cutting objectives and principles.
Representing the Brazilian business sector in yet another edition of the Amazon Summit, CEBDS actively participated with an extensive agenda of events, both as an organizer and as a guest. Check out:
An event that preceded the Amazon Summit, the Amazon Dialogues, were held from August 4 to 6, in Belém. CEBDS was present with the following agendas:
On Saturday (5), in partnership with The Nature Conservancy Brasil and Fundación Avina, we held the debate “The role of the business sector in the development of inclusive natural climate solutions in the Pan-Amazon”, with the mediation of Juliana Lopes, director of Nature and Society of CEBDS, Fabiola Zerbini (Ministry of the Environment), Juliana Strobel (Avina Foundation), Frineia Rezende (TNC Brasil), Patrícia Daros (Vale) and Ianny Borari (Suraras do Tapajós).
On the 6th, in partnership with 17 civil society organizations, we promoted the debate “Declaration of Belém at COP30: civil society contributions to the inclusive and sustainable development of the Pan-Amazon as a climate power”, with the presence of Cíntya Feitosa Chaves ( iCS), Eugênio Pantoja (IPAM), Izabella Monica Teixeira (CEBRI), Marcello Brito (Interstate Consortium of Governors of the Legal Amazon) and Renata Piazzon (Arapyaú and Coalizão Brasil Clima, Florestas e Agricultura).
Also on the 6th, in partnership with TNC Brasil, we talked about the “Contributions of national biodiversity strategies to new models of sustainable production in the Amazon”, receiving Bruno Bahiana (Norte Energia), Priscila Matta (Natura), Luiz Eduardo Andrade de Souza (CDB/Itamaraty), Maria Fernanda Lima (D'Irituia) and Laura Lamonica (Coalizão Brasil Clima, Florestas e Agricultura).
In addition, our Director of Nature and Society, Juliana Lopes, contributed to three meetings organized by Systemiq, in partnership with AYA Earth Partners: “Food Systems in the Amazon”, “Mechanisms for a Low Carbon Economy” and “Support to the Ecological Transition”.
On August 7, CEBDS president Marina Grossi participated in a seminar organized by the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
The event discussed how to mobilize resources for the sustainable development of the Amazon and featured the launch of the Green Coalition, an initiative that brings together development banks precisely to promote the region's sustainable development.
Activities during the Amazon Summit
On the 8th and 9th of August, CEBDS in partnership with the Ministry of the Environment, Organization of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty – ACTO, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), WWF-Brazil-Brazil, International Conservation (CI-Brasil) and with the United Nations Programs for Development (PNUD Brazil) and for the Environment (UNEP), held the event Pan-Amazon Biodiversity Dialogues.
The President of CEBDS, Marina Grossi, was one of the guests at the opening ceremony of the event, and the technical coordinator of the Biodiversity and Biotechnology CT at CEBDS, Vanessa Pereira, also participated in the panel “The global goals of Kunming-Montreal for biodiversity and the updating of National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans – Perspectives from civil society and the private sector”.
Also on August 8, the director of Climate, Energy and Sustainable Finance, Viviane Romeiro, attended a meeting organized by the Instituto Clima e Sociedade (iCS) with the Secretary General of the UNFCCC, Simon Stiell, whose objective was to encourage a preparatory dialogue for the COP28.
On August 9th, Viviane also participated in the event “Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting native forests: public and private sector actions in latin america”, promoted by CDP Latin America, Conservation International and Rainforest Alliance.
On August 17, at 10 am, the webinar “CEBDS in the post-Amazon Summit: the Pan-Amazon Conference and the Business Sector” will take place, which will discuss the developments of the recent Amazon Summit and, in particular, the “Declaration of Bethlehem”. follow live.