Colombia, the most biodiverse country in the world per square kilometer, is a critical player in global climate resilience and adaptation initiatives. In October, the country will host the 2024 United Nations Biodiversity Conference (COP16) in the city of Cali. The conference comes at a time when preserving biodiversity is an increasing global priority and as the Colombian government is working to advance a transition to renewable energy and harness its biodiversity to respond to global climate change.

We invite you to join a conversation with Susana Muhamad, Colombia’s minister of environment and sustainable development, who will discuss what the COP16 summit in Cali will mean for global efforts to respond to climate change. Minister Muhamad, who was recognized as one of Reuters’ 25 most influential women leading the fight against climate change, is playing a leading role in addressing Colombia’s most pressing environmental issues and their economic and security implications. In 2023, Presidents Biden and Petro affirmed their mutual interest in mitigating climate change and investing in the preservation of Colombia’s biodiversity and resilience-building efforts.

During a critical moment for Colombia’s future as a global leader in climate sustainability, please join the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center and Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center, in partnership with the World Resources Institute and the Inter-American Dialogue, for a conversation with Minister Muhamad on Friday, May 31from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. (ET) / 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. (Bogotá). This hybrid event will be held in person at the Atlantic Council headquarters with virtual participation available by registration.  


H.E. Susana Muhamad
Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development
Republic of Colombia

Angélica Mayolo
Advisor for Strategic Projects and COP16, Cali, ProPacifico; Research Fellow, MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative; Former Minister of Culture
Republic of Colombia

Rita Maria El Zaghloul
Director of the High Ambition Coalition for Nature & People (HAC)
World Resources Institute and Global Environment Facility

Moderator: Geoff Ramsey
Senior Fellow, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Atlantic Council

Opening remarks by

Jason Marczak
Vice President and Senior Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Atlantic Council

Closing remarks by

Rebecca Bill Chavez
President & CEO
Inter-American Dialogue

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