10:40–10:45 Welcoming Statement
Konrad Osterwalder, Rector, United Nations University (UNU)
10:45–11:15 Keynote Presentation
Rafael Correa Delgado, President of Ecuador
“The Challenges of Ecuador and the Latin American Region in the Twenty-First Century”
11:15–11:30 Question-and-Answer Session
President Correa’s presentation addressed critical issues facing the Latin American region from environmental, financial and socio-political perspectives.
Latin American countries have undergone changes in their political systems, and Ecuador is no exception. Meanwhile, the financial crisis affecting the world and Latin American economies highlights the need for restructuring within the finance sector.
Yet amidst these formidable challenges, there are clear signs of progress with implications for effecting positive change within the region. The innovative Yasuni–Ishpingo Tambococha Tiputuni (Yasuni ITT) initiative, which seeks to preserve the biologically diverse Yasuní National Park (named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1989), is an example of an instrument that opens new paths of cooperation for developing countries.