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The Amazon rainforest – which makes up 35 percent of Colombia’s territory and is vital for stabilizing global climate – faces unprecedented threats, many exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Deforestation, illegal mining, and wildfires are at an 11-year high, making Amazon protection an urgent call to action. 

What are the hemispheric implications of deforestation and environmental degradation in Colombia’s Amazon region? How is Colombia working to prevent deforestation, promote sustainable forestation, and protect vital natural resources? Why is the fight against deforestation vital for security and sustainable development in Colombia?

Join the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center, and Global Energy Center on Thursday, July 15, from 2:30 to 3:00 p.m. (EDT) / 1:30 to 2:00 p.m. (COT), for a studio conversation with Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development of Colombia Carlos Eduardo Correa. 

This conversation is part of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center’s  Leaders of the Americas series, which spotlights prominent leaders in the Americas and provides first-hand insight and analysis on key opportunities, recent developments, and regional trends. 


H.E. Carlos Eduardo Correa

Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development
Republic of Colombia

In conversation with

George Frampton

Senior Fellow, Global Energy Center, Atlantic Council; Former Chair, White House Council on Environmental Quality; Co-founder and CEO
Partnership for Responsible Growth

Opening remarks

Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky

Senior Fellow, Future of Diplomacy Project, Harvard University Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs;
Vice Chair, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security,
Atlantic Council

The Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center broadens understanding of regional transformations through high-impact work that shapes the conversation among policymakers, the business community, and civil society. The Center focuses on Latin America’s strategic role in a global context with a priority on pressing political, economic, and social issues that will define the trajectory of the region now and in the years ahead. Select lines of programming include: Venezuela’s crisis; Mexico-US and global ties; China in Latin America; Colombia’s future; a changing Brazil; Central America’s trajectory; Caribbean development; commercial patterns shifts; energy resources; and disinformation. Jason Marczak serves as Center Director.

The Adrienne Arsht – Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center (Arsht-Rock) meets people where they are to build human capacity for resilience in the face of climate change. We pledge to reach one billion people with resilience solutions to climate change by 2030.

The Global Energy Center promotes energy security by working alongside government, industry, civil society, and public stakeholders to devise pragmatic solutions to the geopolitical, sustainability, and economic challenges of the changing global energy landscape.