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How can Latin America and the Caribbean tap their renewable energy potential and foster sustainable development?

International leaders will meet in Bogotá on June 18 for the first regional Global Green Growth Forum in Latin America and the Caribbean

At the invitation of Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos, Prime Minister of Denmark Helle Thorning-Schmidt, and Inter-American Development Bank President Luis Alberto Moreno top leaders from government, business, finance, civil society and, international organizations will convene at the first regional dialogue in Latin America of the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF LAC), to be held in Bogotá, Colombia, on June 18. 

The forum “Rethinking Our Energy Future: Climate Change and Renewable Energy in Latin America and the Caribbean”, seeks to highlight the substantial renewable energy endowment available in the region and identify collaboration opportunities and concrete actions to transform Latin America’s energy market.

The Global Green Growth Forum is a leading annual event for decision makers that come together to intensify large-scale public-private action to accelerate the transition to a green economy future by advancing the large scale deployment of renewable energy, exploring technology innovation and improving the regulatory framework.

The participants include:

Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia
Luis Alberto Moreno, President of the Inter-American Development Bank
Villy Søvndal, Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs
Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC
Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, UNFCCC
Carlos Pascual, US Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs
Adnan Amin, Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency, IRENA
Federico Renjifo, Minister of Mines and Energy of Colombia
Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, Minister of Energy, Mexico
René Castro, Minister of Environment and Energy, Costa Rica
Phillip Paulwell, Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Jamaica 

Other forum participants include CEOs of the largest electricity utilities, heads of regulatory agencies, renewable energy institutions, and the private sector. 

The forum is closed to the press. Media interested in attending the opening ceremony with President Santos, President Moreno and Foreign Minister of Denmark Søvndalmust register with: Milena Jiménez, Ministry of Energy and Mines, Colombia:, (+ 571) 2200300 Ext. 2505.

Media interested in interviews with participants please contact the press officers listed on the side.

What:  “Rethinking Our Energy Future: Climate Change and Renewable Energy in Latin America and the Caribbean”

When:  Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 8.30 a.m. – 7.00 p.m.

Where:  Club El Nogal, Bogotá, Colombia

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