Barack Obama is back in Argentina.
Roughly a year and a half after his official state visit to his then-counterpart Mauricio Macri, the former US president arrived today in province of Córdoba: he will be the keynote speaker of the second edition of the Green Economy Summit, which started today.
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.
Nobel Price in Economy Edmund Phelps and Eric Maskin, co-founder and co-chair of the Africa Rising foundation, Ndaba Mandela – grandson of Nelson Mandela and Education Minister Alejandro Finocchiaro are some of the personalities who have also spoken and will speak at the event.
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.
Besides the conference, the former President will have an intense agenda during the 24 hours he will stay in the country. Immediately after landing, he met briefly – 14 minutes, to be precise – with Córdoba Governor Juan Manuel Schiaretti and other provincial representatives such as City of Córdoba Mayor Ramón Mestre and Dean of the province’s university, Hugo Juri.
After the summit, Obama will fly to Buenos Aires and will be staying at the Palacio Duhau, in Recoleta. There, he will attend a cocktail in his honor at 7:30 PM and address the 80 attendants – comprised of business leaders, governors and members of the national cabinet, as well as President Macri – about transparency in politics. His official agenda will finish with a dinner only 10 people have been invited to.
Obama will end his stay in Argentina by sharing a round of golf with Macri at the Buenos Aires Golf Club of Bella Vista, possibly followed by a lunch at the President’s private residence, in the district of Los Polvorines.