Behind the scenes, the Conference has already begun!
Preparations are in full swing to welcome the more than 1,300 people who will take part in the event
With two days to go until the opening ceremony, everything is almost ready to welcome the participants and speakers who will bring The Amazon and New Economies International Conference to life. The event will take place between August 30th and September 1st in Belém (PA) and registrations have closed as the maximum capacity of 1,300 seats in the Hangar Amazon Convention and Fair Center auditorium has already been reached.
Since August 24th, dozens of professionals have been working intensely to ensure that everything is ready for the opening, which takes place next Wednesday and will have the 8th UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, as a keynote speaker.
There are carpenters, sound and electrical technicians, cleaners, assemblers, service professionals and coordinators who take care of every detail so that an event the size of the Conference can take place. To give an idea of the size of the space, the main stage is 36 meters long, the same size as the LED panel at the back. In addition to lectures and debates, participants will enjoy cultural presentations, a local product fair and two large dining spaces.
One of the distinguishing features of The Amazon and New Economies International Conference is that the organizers have prioritized moving and fostering the region’s economy. In this sense, only products and services that were not available in Belém were brought from abroad.
As the CEO of the Brazilian Mining Institute (IBRAM), Raul Jungmann, explains, around 80% of everything that is being used to make the event viable, including labor and gifts, is local. “This is also our way of saying that the sustainability we seek so much for the Amazon begins with recognizing the potential and valuing Amazonian culture and economy.”
About the Conference
The Amazon and New Economies International Conference is an IBRAM initiative and results from the mineral sector’s decision to embrace the region, contributing to improving the population’s quality of life and preserving the standing forest. The event will bring together representatives of forest peoples, civil society, academia, public and private sectors.
Among the speakers will also be personalities such as the Right Honorable Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (1997-2007), Tony Blair; the President of Colombia (2018-2022), Iván Duque; the CEO of the ICMM, Rohitesh Dhawan; and the UNESCO Ambassador for Sustainability, Oskar Metsavaht.
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