Principles for a Sustainable Future for Latin America in Times of Pandemic and Global Crisis*


Introduction

The values at stake


● The COVID-19 global pandemic sees the world facing its worst crisis since World War II. We express our compassion for the unprecedented loss of human lives that is ongoing in countries all around the world, and our special concern for the health and economy of the more vulnerable populations and communities.
● We value State response that puts science at the center of political decisions and promotes economic support programs that protect the most vulnerable.
● This pandemic is part of a wider systemic crisis which, along with the climate crisis and loss of biodiversity, comes from the way in which the human species has interacted with nature.
● We are facing a global emergency that transcends national borders, and exposes our vulnerability and interdependence as part of one global community. It demands a profound revision of the social contract — at the national and international levels — towards one based in cooperation, the strengthening of democratic principles, and respect for the limits of nature.
● In spite of internal political differences, Latin America shares cultural elements, language, an ancestral heritage from its indigenous peoples, and its natural capital. This common ground offers opportunities for a regional strategy of cooperation that would allow our countries and societies to tackle the present and future challenges with greater efficiency and effectiveness.


Causes of COVID-19, the planet’s systemic functioning and its limit


In the last 30 years, our global connectivity has grown exponentially, increasing our exposure to systemic threats such as this pandemic. Over the same period, we have seen the weakness of our governing systems. democratic and republican institutions, environmental stewardship and healthcare have deteriorated in the majority of our countries. They are inadequate to face the challenges of a planet with more than 7.5 billion human beings, settled mainly in urban centers, almost turning their backs to their rural and natural environments. This institutional fragility exposes vulnerable sectors even more, as is the case for rural communities and precarious urban settlements.

The COVID-19 pandemic is of zoonotic origin, in association with various concurrent factors pointed to repeatedly by the scientific community as probable causes of diseases, deaths, and regional and global catastrophes:

● loss of the natural habitats of certain species of fauna which, faced with a lack of resources, approach populated areas,
● consumption of and trade in wild fauna,
● global warming, which allows for the migration of vectors of new diseases, and
● the depleted quality of the natural environment in most countries.

At a time when the number of displaced people escaping war, violence and poverty is increasing, the global pandemic is exacerbating nationalist tendencies and increasing isolation barriers. The lack of trust in multilateral institutions and the absence of global leadership with a capacity to cooperate is only deepening the health crisis, putting the lives of millions at risk.

This coronavirus has unveiled the interdependence between nations and ecosystems, and exposed the fragility of the global community. We will very likely face other new pandemics until we develop containment systems capable of preventing them. If we can do that, we will be able to respond rapidly and in solidarity as an interdependent global community.

The consequences for a fragile region with high vulnerability and low capacity to face and manage systemic crises


Because of its nature, similar to that of the climate crisis, this health crisis reminds us of the deep inequity existing in the world.

● In general, countries of the region do not have health systems with the necessary equipment to care for the thousands already affected by COVID-19.
● Access to water and sanitation systems is vital to sustain regular hygiene practices. In Latin America, a region that possesses one third of the world’s fresh water, 34 million people still do not have access to drinking water and 15 per cent of the population still waits for access to sanitation services, increasing the vulnerability of communities most in need (ECLAC, Regional report 2018).
● Latin America and the Caribbean is the most urbanized region of the planet, with a high concentration of low-income people living in overcrowded conditions where it is not viable to practice the social distancing required to prevent the contagion and spread of COVID-19. The countries of the region have a combined population of 630 million — 8.6 per cent of the global population. More than 80 per cent of the region’s inhabitants live in urban areas, especially in megacities that concentrate more than 30 per cent of each country’s population. (ECLAC, 2018).
● In Latin America and the Caribbean, around 50 per cent of the workforce — at least 140 million people — work in the informal sector without social safety nets.
● The rapid growth of migration in recent decades has notably increased the urban population living in overcrowded and informal conditions and highly vulnerable to health crises.

We belong to societies with unsustainable patterns of production and consumption. The irrational demand for resources from a growing population and the resulting waste exceeds the carrying capacity of our planet. In summary, we are a population that does not know or seem to care much about the boundaries of our planet.

Lessons learned


a) This global pandemic exposes and alerts us to the extent of the deterioration we have brought upon our planet. It allows us to understand its uniqueness, which provides us with life, goods and services; to value its limits; and to recognize the urgent need for us to respect its systemic functioning.

b) In the face of this health emergency, governments have been able to adopt relatively quickly measures to address the fundamental sanitary and economic issues. This simple fact proves that, when political will exists, nation states and the global community are able to undertake structural changes.

c) Science has been instrumental in the identification, management and planning of possible solutions to the sanitary emergency. As in the climate crisis, scientific, political and social leaders anticipated the risk and suggested the development of global systems for fast action to face the threats to life on the planet and our survival. The pandemic proves that managing risks while ignoring science has disastrous implications and a high economic and social cost. New global emergencies, previously foreshadowed and today observable, force us to come up with responses that are global and coordinated.

d) The abrupt closure of economic activities — maintaining only those considered ‘essential’ to health, the provision of food or the collection of waste — renews the need to reflect on present models of production and consumption. It is necessary to rethink an economic model based only on the permanent growth of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

e) The COVID-19 pandemic forces us to deepen the debate, and to value those businesses and economic activities designed to respond to today’s social and environmental challenges. We need new business models and new ways of doing business. Optimizing the economic model implies rewiring companies’ DNA to integrate environmental and social goals in their purpose and central activities.

f) If we give it a chance, nature’s resilience can improve environmental conditions in cities — especially air quality — through a decrease in shortlived pollutants, generating a positive effect on health and the life of the population.

g) The health crisis generated by COVID-19 is causing the loss of hundreds of thousands of human lives and an abrupt paralysis of economic activities that sustain the life of our countries. This disruption provides a lesson similar to other systemic threats observed by science and caused by climate change, which put at risk the existence of the human species and life on the planet. Today, more than ever, we are aware that the health of the planet means the health of those who inhabit it.

h) In spite of the current social confinement required to contain it, the COVID19 pandemic has shown, in the light of adversity and the suffering of our fellow citizens, the existence of fundamental human values of solidarity, generosity, and gratitude towards those who take care of us.

Foundations for a sustainable renaissance of Latin America

We need to steer the world towards a ‘renaissance’ in which the planet and its limits are the essential framework for our political and economic decisions — a renaissance aimed at guaranteeing life and the wellbeing of humanity as well as the amazing diversity of organisms that make it possible and lasting. A “new deal for nature and people” is needed, bringing forth commitments by states and other actors to a new and effective framework aimed at reversing the loss and deterioration of our planet’s natural conditions. Latin Americans have a role, a huge potential, and a singular responsibility in the task of reconnecting with nature and life systems. From our singular position, we emphasize the need to substantially modify the prevailing order, adopting instead a revised social contract that can sustain the peace, dignity, integrity and life of people, with the promise of sustainable and long-lasting development. This new local, regional and global social order must include the following principles:

1. Scientific knowledge must back up decisions. Science, as the basis of knowledge for managing risks and global threats, must guide cooperation and political, economic and environmental decisions. Investment in scientific research and development — from prevention of these global risks to possible solutions — has to be at the center of the economic priorities of public and private institutions.

2. 2. Solidarity must guide the answer to global crises. For a sustainable renaissance, we must recognize the interdependence among humans and between them and nature. We must promote a healthy planet Earth, based on solidarity, cooperation, and complementarity between us.

3. We must advance towards an economy not only of growth but of wellbeing. A sustainable renaissance demands that ‘plans for economic stimulus’ to exit from the economic crisis caused by this pandemic serve to strengthen our capacity for resilience, restore natural systems, and speed up the transition towards an economy of wellbeing within our planetary boundaries.

4. The climate and biodiversity commitments in the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) must be renewed. We must reinforce the ambitious cycle of the Paris Agreement; the reformulation of the Aichi targets from the Convention on Biological Diversity through the Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework; and compliance with the SDGs as a central commitment towards 2030. The temporary postponement of both Conferences of the Parties does not alter our climate responsibility or our responsibility to address the loss of nature, species and ecosystems. It is a priority to link post-COVID-19 economic recovery plans to long-term strategies to achieve ‘net-zero emissions’, speeding up the transition to nature-based energy solutions and the development of a resilient society, all within our planet’s boundaries.

5. The development of technology must be put at the service of solutions, based on democratic principles, respect for human rights and the right to privacy of information.

6. The role of the state and its governance structuresat all levels must be examined in order to strengthen democratic, republican institutions.

7. New business models that integrate economic, environmental and social objectives must be developed. In the renaissance of a new economy based on sustainable principles, the business sector plays a crucial role. The existence already of thousands of companies that aim to redefine success, integrating environmental and social goals into their economic activity, is a sign that it is possible to head towards a circular economy without waste. It is time to invest decisively in human creative capacity and in regeneration technologies, where companies provide financial and human capital, aware of their enormous capacity and responsibility to simultaneously create social, environmental and economic benefits.

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.
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Signatures

We propose, on May 27th, 2020, for a sustainable future: :

- Yolanda Kakabadse, Ecuador, Ex Presidente UICN y WWF
- Jorge Caillaux, Perú, Presidente Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental
- Manuel Pulgar Vidal, Perú, Líder Global de Clima y Energía, WWF Internacional
- Rafael Asenjo, Chile, Ex Presidente Tribunal Ambiental de Santiago de Chile
- Pedro Tarak, Argentina, Co Fundador Sistema B.
- Miguel Pellerano, Argentina
- Juan Dumas, Argentina, Meliquina Ltd.
- Ramiro Fernández, Argentina, Director Cambio Climático, Avina
- Ignacio Pérez, Ecuador, Seriva

We sign:

- Ricardo Lagos E., Chile, Ex Presidente de la República
- Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, México, Ex Presidente de la República
- Christiana Figueres, Costa Rica, Fundadora Global Optimism
- Marina Silva, Brasil, Ex Ministra del Ambiente, Ex Senadora por Acre
- Guilherme Leal, Brasil, Fundador Natura
- Tarsicio Granizo, Ecuador, Director WWF Ecuador, Ex Ministro del Ambiente
- Izabella Texeira, Brasil, Ex Ministra de ambiente de Brasil
- Ana Lya Uriarte, Chile, Ex Ministra del Ambiente
- Grethel Aguilar Rojas, Costa Rica, Acting Director General UICN
- Gonzalo Muñoz Abogabir, Chile, High Level Climate Action Champion COP25
- Salomón Lerner Febres, Perú, Rector Emérito de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
- Oded Grajew, Brasil, Fundador del Instituto Ethos
- Charly Alberti, Argentina, Fundador de Revolución 21 Latinoamérica Sustentable / Músico
- Julia Carabias, México, Ex Secretaria de la Secretaría de Medio Ambiente, Recursos Naturales y Pesca SEMARNAP, Socia fundadora de CEIBA
- Eduardo Dockendorff V., Chile, Ex Ministro Secretario General de la Presidencia
- Claudio Maretti, Brasil, Ex Presidente del Instituto Chico Mendes de Conservación de la Biodiversidad
- Marcelo Mena, Chile, Ex Ministro de Medio Ambiente
- Lucía Ruiz, Perú, Ex Ministra del Ambiente y Recursos Naturales
- Juan Mayr, Colombia, Ex Ministro del Ambiente
- Roque Sevilla, Ecuador, Ex Alcalde de Quito
- Diana Alvarez Calderón, Perú, Ex Ministra de Cultura
- Boy Olmi, Argentina, Actor, director y comunicador
- Manuel Rodriguez Becerra, Colombia, Ex Ministro del Ambiente
- Jose Carlos Carvhallo, Brasil, Ex Ministro del Ambiente
- Andreas Lehnoff, Guatemala, Director Regional WWF, Ex Ministro del Ambiente
- Roberto Troya, Ecuador, Directo Regional América Latina, WWF
- Gabriel Baracatt, Bolivia, Director Ejecutivo, Fundación AVINA
- Alberto de Belaúnde, Perú, Congresista de la República
- Julio C. Saguier, Argentina, Ciudadano
- Marta Echavarria, Ecuador, Presidente Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano
- Mariano Castro, Perú, Ex Viceministro de Gestión Ambiental
- Carlos Loret de Mola, Perú, Ex Presidente del Consejo Nacional del Ambiente
- Marc Dourojeanni, Perú, Profesor Emérito, Universidad Nacional Agraria, Perú
- Nicolas Lucas, Argentina, Ex Director Ejecutivo Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano
- Pablo Lloret, Ecuador, Director Ejecutivo Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano
- Gustavo Manrique, Ecuador, Presidente de Premios Latinoamérica Verde
- Daniel Sabsay, Argentina, Presidente del Consejo Asesor de la Fundación Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (FARN)
- Moises Naim, Venezuela, Analista Político / Económico
- Alejandro Gaviria, Colombia, Rector Universidad de los Andes
- Marianela Curi, Bolivia, Ex Directora Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano
- Raúl Gauto, Paraguay, Presidente, Forestal Sylvis SA
- Patricia Ruiz-Bravo, Perú, Decana Facultad de Ciencias Sociales Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
- María Emilia Correa, Colombia, Co fundadora de Sistema B
- Aaron Cavieres, Chile, Ex Director Ejecutivo Corporación Nacional Forestal (CONAF)
- Javier Simonetti, Chile, Profesor Universidad de Chile
- Hernan Verscheure, Chile, Miembro Directorio de CODEFF
- Enrique Piedra Cueva, Uruguay, Ex miembro del Directorio de la Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano
- Rachel Biderman, Brasil, Ex Miembro del Directorio de la Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano
- Roberto Zahler, Chile, Ex Presidente del Banco Central
- Ricardo Abramovay, Brasil, Sociólogo, Universidad de Sao Paulo
- Martin von Hildebrand, Colombia, Ciudadano
- Alex Pryor, Argentina, Chief Cebador & Sembrador, Guayaki Yerba Mate
- Juan Pablo Larenas, Chile, Director Ejecutivo B Lab Global
- Nicolas Cock, Colombia, Presidente de Biolegacy; Presidente, Sistema B Colombia
- Rene Calpachay, Argentina , Atacameño, Presidente, Pueblos Originales
- Jorge Gronda, Argentina, Chofer de Pueblos Originales
- Mary Kalin, Chile, Profesor Titular Universidad de Chile - IEB
- Osvaldo Rosales, Chile, Ex Director División Comercio Internacional e Integración, CEPAL
- Marie Claide Plumer, Chile, Ex Jefa División Sanción y Cumplimiento, Superintendencia de Medio Ambiente
- Maisa Rojas, Chile, Directora del Centro de Ciencias del Clima y la Resiliencia (CR)2
- Marcel Fukayama, Brasil, Director Ejecutivo, Sistema B Internacional
- Tomás de Lara, Brasil, Co Fundador de Ciudades + B; -Cities Can B
- Fernando Barbera, Argentina, Mendoza, Co Fundador de Valos- Mendoza
- Víctor Mochkovsky, Argentina, Córdoba, Miembro del Directorio de Sistema B Argentina
- German Castellanos, Argentina, Córdoba, Mercado Abasto
- Rafael Kemelmajer, Argentina, Mendoza, Co Fundador de Quinto Impacto
- Nicolás Shea, Chile, Fundador de Cumplo y de Start Up Chile
- Pedro Friedrich, Argentina, Presidente de Tonka y de Sistema B Argentina
- Guillermo Espinoza, Chile, Director Encargado Medio Ambiente, Centro de Estudios del Desarrollo (CED)
- Martín Beaumont, Perú, Decano Facultad de Gestión y Alta Dirección, PUCP
- José Antonio Talledo, Perú, Director de Sistema B Perú
- Silvia María de Silveira Loureiro, Brasil, Profesora, Clínica de DDHH y Derecho Ambiental Universidad de Estado de Amazonas
- Javier Portocarrero, Perú, Economista
- Ricardo Cuenca, Perú, Director General Instituto de Estudios Peruanos
- Valentina Durán Medina, Chile, Directora Centro de Derecho Ambiental Univ. de Chile
- Mauricio Madrigal, Colombia, Director, Clínica Jurídica MASP Universidad de los Andes
- Matías Kelly, Argentina, Sumatoria
- João Paulo Capobianco, Brasil, Ex Secretário Nacional de Biodiversidade e Florestas e Ex Secretário Executivo do Ministério do Meio Ambiente do Brasil
- Felipe Macías Fernández, Colombia, Crepes & Waffles
- Ivette Johnson, Perú, Directora Ejecutiva de Sistema B Perú
- Mercedes Viola, Uruguay, co-Presidenta Sistema B Uruguay
- Pedro Jacobi, Brasil, Universidad de Sao Paulo
- Bebo Gold, Uruguay, Director Ejecutivo Sistema B Uruguay
- Natalia Hughes, Uruguay, Co presidenta Sistema B Uruguay
- Andrés Silva Chave, Paraguay, OKARA y ARCA
- Giselle Della Mea, Uruguay, Fundadora 3vectores - Cofundadora Sistema B Uruguay
- Mireia Villar Forner, Uruguay, Coordinadora Residente de las Naciones Unidas en el Uruguay
- Isabel Calle Valladares, Peru, Directora Ejecutiva Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental-SPDA
- Santiago Campos Cervera, Paraguay, ARCA LATAM
- José Ignacio Morejón, Ecuador, Director Ejecutivo de Sistema B Ecuador
- Alonso Perez, Ecuador, Ciudadano
- Pedro Solano, Perú, Ambientalista y músico
- Luis Campos Baca, Perú, Asociación de Universidades Amazónicas del Perú (UNAMAZ)
- Victor Zambrano, Perú, Comité de Gestión, Reserva Nacional Tambopata
- Thais Corral, Brasil, Fundadora y directora del Centro de Regeneración Sinal do Vale
- Bruno Monteferri, Perú, Director Conservamos por Naturaleza
- Carolina Landin, Ecuador, Produbancc
- Flavia Silva Scabin, Brasil, Diretora do Centro de Direitos Humanos e Empresas, Fundação Getulio Vargas
- Felipe Fernández, México, Socio Fundador CEO Plataforma
- Maria Paz Cigarán, Perú, Fundadora Libélula
- Baltazar Caravedo Molinari, Perú, Profesor Facultad de Gestión y Alta Dirección, PUCP
- Anna Zucchetti, Peru/Italia, Fundadora Grupo GEA y de Periferia S.A.
- Evangelina Gomez Durañona, Ecuador, CERES
- Sandra Reed, Ecuador, Presidente Sistema B Ecuador - Jorge Arturo Cabrera Hidalgo,Guatemala
- Eduardo Gastelumendi, Perú, Ex Presidente Sociedad Peruana de Psicoanálisis
- Vinicio Leiva, Ecuador, KFC Ecuador
- Flavia Liberona, Chile, Directora Ejecutiva Fundación TERRAM
- Marcela Brunaud, Chile, Socia fundadora COMUNICAMBIENTE SpA
- Angelica Beas, Chile, Ex Relacionadora Publica CODELCO CHILE
- Juan Carlos Godoy, Guatemala, Ex Vicepresidente de la Comisión Mundial de Áreas Protegidas WCPA para Centroamérica
- Walter Arensberg, EE.UU., Ex Jefe División Medio Ambiente Banco Interamericano (BID)
- Katherine Kenrick, Chile, Coordinadora Parque Andino Juncal
- Hernan Mladinic, Chile, Ex Director Ejecutivo Tompkins Conservation-Chile
- Lina Muñoz Ávila, Colombia, Directora Maestría en Derecho y Gestión Ambiental, Universidad del Rosario
- Patricia Barrios Verand, Perú, Directora de Innovación, Universidad Continental
- Jorge Cash, Chile, Ex Fiscal del Ministerio de Medio Ambiente
- Ximena Insunza, Chile, Profesora-Investigadora, Centro de Derecho Ambiental, Universidad de Chile
- Dominique Herve, Chile, Directora Programa Derecho y Política Ambiental, Universidad Diego Portales
- Cristian Franz, Chile, Ex Superintendente de Medio Ambiente
- James Hamilton, Chile, Medico Cirujano Presidente del Partido Con Todxs
- Fabio Vaz Ribeiro de Almeida, Brasil, Coordenador Executivo do Instituto Sociedade, População e Natureza (ISPN)
- Mary Lou Higgins, Colombia, Directora Ejecutiva WWF Colombia
- Pablo Lumerman, Argentina, Facilitador. Estudio del Valle
- Mauricio Bianco, Brasil, Vicepresidente CI Brasil
- Mauricio Voivodic, Brasil, Director Ejecutivo WWF Brasil
- Francisco Murray, Argentina, Director Ejecutivo, Sistema B Argentina
- Lucas Campodónico, Argentina, Director de bioguia.com
- Sergio Ribeiro, Brasil, Diretor Geral do Centro Internacional de Água e Transdisciplinaridade- CIRAT
- Rumi Regina Kubo, Brasil, Presidente da Sociedade Latinoamericana de Etnobiologia - SOLAE
- Flavio Becerra Barros, Brasil, Presidente Sociedade Brasileira de Etnobiologia e Etnoecologia (SBEE)
- Ma. Cecilia Wey de Almeida Brito, Brasil, EKOS
- Emilio Méndez Saúl, Guatemala, Nueva Narrativa Guatemala
- Ernesto Moreno, Costa Rica, Presidente Yuxta Energy y de Sistema B América Central y Caribe
- Juan Pedro Piñeirúa, Uruguay, Representante del Grupo Impulso Creativo
- Francine Lemos, Brasil, Directora Ejecutiva sistema B Brasil
- Elisa Patiño, Panamá, Directora Ejecutiva Sistema B Centro América y El Caribe
- Sofia Sprechmann, Ecuador, CARE Internacional
- Angela María Camacho, EE.UU., Presidenta Sistema B Internacional
- Alvaro Diaz, Chile, Ex Subsecretario de Economía, Coordinador Foro por Desarrollo Justo y Sostenible
- Andras Uthoff, Chile, Ex Oficial a cargo, División Desarrollo Social, CEPAL
- Kurt Holle, Perú, Director WWF Perú
- Roberto Waack, Brasil, Socio fundador Amata S.A. e Coaliçao Brasil Clima, Florestas e Agricultura
- Ana Tonni, Brasil, Directora Executiva de Instituto Clima e Sociedade, Ex Presidenta de Greenpeace Internacional
- Ana Patricia Muñoz, Ecuador, Directora Grupo Faro

We subscribe:

- Gabriel Quijandría Acosta, Perú, Viceministro de Desarrollo Estratégico de Recursos Naturales
- Vanesa Morales Tremolada, Perú, Especialista en Políticas para Clima y Naturaleza, WWF Internacional
- Ricardo Bosshard, Director WWF Chile
- Lucy Aquino, Directora WWF Paraguay
- Manuel Jaramillo, Director General Fundación Vida Silvestre Argentina
- Ximena Barrera Rey, Colombia, Coordinadora del Gabinete de Política WWF LAC
- Fernando Diez, Argentina, Academia Argentina de Ciencias del Ambiente
- Omar Defeo, Profesor titular, Facultad de Ciencias y Miembro de la Academia Nacional de Ciencias del Uruguay
- Arturo Condo Tamayo, Rector Universidad EARTH
- Carolina Proaño, Directora Ejecutiva Fundación Futuro
- Daniel Barragán, Director del Centro Internacional de Investigaciones sobre Ambiente y Territorio (CIIAT)
- Daniel Villamar, Cofundador y Secretario General de TANDARI Asamblea de Jóvenes por la Sostenibilidad
- Enrique Garcia R, Ex Presidente de CAF-Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina
- Francisco Lomardo, Fundador B for Planet
- Grace Jaramillo, Investigadpra Asociada, Centro de Política Internacional de Queen’s University, Miembro Consejo Directivo de Fundación Esquel-Ecuador
- Gustavo Gonzalez Cabal, Conservacionista
- Josefa Monge, Presidenta SB Chile, Co Fundadora Cumplo Chile
- Juanita Castaño, Ex Directora Oficina PNUMA, NY
- Margarita Carlés, Co Fundadora de Mayma
- María Sara Jijón, Co Fundadora Red de la Mujer Emprendedora
- María Arguello, Directora Ejecutive Condesan
- Paul Polman, Chair Bteam and Imagine
- Paulina Arroyo
- Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, Cheff
- Piedad Viteri, Directora de EcoPoblaciones Ecuador
- Ricardo Meléndez Ortiz, Ex-Director General, Centro Internacional de Comercio y Desarrollo Sostenible
- Vicente Espeche Gil, Embajador