Barack Obama is coming back to Argentina.
Roughly a year and a half after his official state visit to his then-counterpart Mauricio Macri, the former US president will be heading to the province of Córdoba later this year, where he is scheduled to be the keynote speaker of the second edition of the Green Economy Summit, which will be on October 5th and 6th.
The summit, described as “the most important sustainability event in Latin America,” looks to bring together some of the most influential world leaders in the field of green economy.
Details on other speakers heading to Córdoba this year are still unavailable, but the previous edition, which took place last December also in Córdoba, featured three Nobel Laureates in chemistry — Mario Molina, Kurt Wüthrich and Ada Yonath — and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi.
Politicians and distinct personalities such as President Macri; former US Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar; US environmental activist Robert Kennedy Jr and former US Ambassador to Argentina Noah Mamet also took the podium during the event organized by the Advanced Leadership Foundation, a US-based non-profit that describes itself as “committed to the training and empowerment of the next generation of global leaders.”
Celebrating the Green Economy Summit taking place December 1-2 in Cordoba – economic growth can and must be sustainable! pic.twitter.com/2k0nzlu0W8
— US Ambassador (@USAmbassadorARG) December 1, 2016
For two days, the speakers will address 300 attendants selected among the applicants — last year there were 4,500 — on the “benefits of a green economy and how it can be a competitive advantage for the country as it continues to work on its economic recovery.” According to the organizers, attendants will then commit to deliver the message in at least 10 public speaking engagements or media appearances.
Both Macri and Obama subscribed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in 2015, and the Macri administration ratified its commitment to fulfill the goals established for the country after Obama’s successor, Donald Trump, announced in June his intention of having the US do a complete U-turn in its environmental policy and withdraw from the accord.