Latin America 2060 – Session 3: Environmental Sustainability

VIDEO: “Latin America 2060” Session 3

November 18, 2010

The Task Force on Latin America 2060 – convened by the Boston University Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future in collaboration with the BU Latin American Studies Program – met at Boston University on November 18-19, 2010.

On Thursday, November 18, 2010, a public symposium was held where the Task Force members presented their ideas in three panels which focused, respectively, on the development, political, and environmental and social aspects of Latin America’s regional futures. The public symposium was open to the public and was attended by an audience of some 40 scholars, including faculty members and students.

On Friday, November 19, 2010, the Task Force members met at the Pardee Center to deliberate on the discussions from teh previous days and discuss overarching lessons and themes for the final Task Force report. The result of these deliberations is likely to be published as a Pardee Center Task Force Report during early 2011.

The final panel met with Prof. Carlos Blanco, from the Boston University Department of International Relations, as the Chair. The first presentation was from Prof. Tom Kunz, Director of the Boston University Center for Ecology and Conservation Biology, who talked about environment sustainability and the biodiversity of Latin America, in particular Ecuador. He was followed by Dr. Enrique Saravia, from the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Brazil, who presented suggestions to achieve effective and sustainable governance in Latin America. Prof. Carlos Blanco then presented his paper which focused on the reforms related to political parties, public administration, state power, the office of presidents, and decentralization in Latin America. Finally, Dr. Anitra Thorhaug of Yale University and the U.S. Club of Rome ended the conference by sharing the broader environmental implications to environment, population, food and water in 45 years in Latin America.

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