On September 22nd, within the 78th General Assembly of the United Nations, the Cumbre de Impacto Iberoamericano 2023 was held, organized by PVBLIC Foundation. During this long awaited convening, which took place at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, multiple United Nations agencies representatives, as well as influential figures from social, political, corporate, climate, technological and cultural sectors convened to discuss key areas of action and implementation to accelerate progress, mobilize means, data and technologies framed in the 2030 Sustainable Agenda across the Ibero-American region.
From left to right: Nicolás Ibargüen, journalist and Director, winner of an Emmy Award, during an interview session with Juanita Álvarez, PVBLIC Foundation’s Program Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Cumbre de Impacto Iberoamericano 2023
The Cumbre de Impacto Iberoamericano 2023 counted on the notable presence of high-level guest speakers such as José W. Fernandez, Undersecretary for Economic Growth, Energy and Environment of the United States Department of State; José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL); Maria Noel Vaeza, UN Women Regional Director for the Americas and the Caribbean; Michelle Muschett, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and many more.
Among the most powerful interventions of the guest speakers, we highlight some of them as that of Jose W. Fernández, Undersecretary of Economic Growth, Energy and Environment of the United States Department of State, who proposed four lines of work in collaboration with the region to 'prepare for the next pandemic and take care of the most affected communities'. On the other hand, Juan José Martinez Badillo, Head of the New York Office of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) addressed that ''only 15% of the SDGs are on track to be achieved'', claiming that in the case of Latin America ''there is an initiative that can help relieve the debt of their nations, so that they can achieve the SDGs.''
Among other issues related to climate change, the journalist and Emmy Award-winning director, Nicolás Ibargüen, said that "we are beginning with the stage of global boiling, beyond global warming. We must talk less and act more. The planet does not need us to rescue it, but we need our ecosystems to recover, because they allow human life.'' At the same time, during the discussion panel 'The Role of Women in Sustainable Development', Angelica Fuentes, founder of Mission Moms, underlined the importance of "investing in women, because when a woman is involved in the heart of a business, two visions are achieved to complement each other to make better decisions". Finally, among other highlights of the Summit, Carolina Suárez, CEO of Latimpacto, added that ''the problems and solutions are in Latin America, because it is where we live the shortages''.
Concluding with the impact sessions of the Cumbre de Impacto Iberoamericano 2023, this remarkable event closed its agenda with a climax during its subsequent reception, in which a fair recognition was given to the Spanish artist Domingo Zapata, who was awarded with the prestigious Premio de Impacto Iberoamericano for his outstanding commitment to promoting social and environmental causes through art as a motor for the transformation of future generations.
The Cumbre de Impacto Iberoamericano 2023 was a space for reflection and action, where leaders from multiple sectors discussed and provided innovative solutions to address the most pressing challenges of our time. As we move towards a sustainable future, this Summit is positioned as a bastion of positive change in Iberoamerica and around the world.
The Cumbre de Impacto Iberoamericano 2023 has become the region’s flagship event to address global challenges and promote sustainable solutions. With a focus on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it brings together leaders from the public, private and non-profit sectors to collaborate in creating a more just and sustainable world. You can take a look at the pictures of the summit and reception here.