Inaugural Amazon Governors Summit Convenes at the Vatican, Rome
Rome, Italy– On October 28, 2019, GCF Task Force Governors from the Brazilian and Peruvian Amazon convened at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences of the Vatican for the Amazon Governors Summit: Paths and Commitments for Sustainable Development of the Amazon.
The Summit was an initiative led by the Interstate Consortium for Sustainable Development of the Legal Amazon, the Amazon Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences of the Vatican. The Summit elucidated diverse perspectives on sustainable Amazonian development from the Amazon region itself, scientific scenarios, and international support and initiatives.
Participants included Governors from the Amazon alongside observers, researchers, civil society representatives, and the Amazon region’s legislative and judiciary bodies. By presenting Paths and Commitments to Sustainable Development in the Amazon, the Summit sought to advance UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the message of Pope Francis’s Encyclical Laudato Si´, and the results of the Synod on Amazon. Simultaneously, the Summit invited discussion with the international community on innovative solutions and corresponding financing mechanisms necessary to achieve the SDGs by 2030.
The Summit concluded with the presentation, reading and signing of the Pan-Amazon Declaration, solidifying the commitments of Governors in the Pan-Amazon region to service the mission of Pope Francis to conserve the Amazon rainforest and invite all organizations, institutions, and people together to construct effective solutions for sustainable development in the Amazon.
The Declaration underscores the need for a sustainable development model emphasizing social justice, solidarity, respect for nature and for traditional communities, especially indigenous peoples. Signatories commit to the sustainable development of the Amazon basin achieved by a green economy, zero illegal deforestation, integral ecology, and socioeconomic inclusion—including the defense of the rights of indigenous peoples and traditional populations, and respect for cultural heritage. Thereby, Amazonian Governors and partners seek to satisfy the cultural, social, and economic needs of the Amazonian population while at the same time fulfill the Amazon’s function as an essential supplier of global products and environmental services contributing to the biodiversity and climatic balance of the planet.
To this end, the Declaration includes a call for increased international cooperation and financing, strengthening of subnational governance, eliminating deforestation and humanitarian injustices from supply chains, and rapid action on short, medium, and long-term plans towards sustainable development.
Finally, the Declaration supports the creation of a Scientific Panel on the future of the Amazon supported by the Vatican Pontifical Academy of Sciences, plus establishes the Pan-Amazon Governors Summit as a permanent forum for discussion.
Signatories to the Declaration
Antonia Waldez Góes da Silva, Governor of Amapá, Brazil
Wilson Miranda Lima, Governor of Amazonas, Brazil
Flávio Dino de Castro Costa, Governor of Maranhão, Brazil
Helder Barbalho, Governor of Pará, Brazil
Wellington Dias, Governor of Piauí, Brazil, and Representative of the Northeast Consortium
Juan Manuel Alvarado Cornelio, Governor of Huánuco, Perú
Pedro Bogarin Vargas, Governor of San Martín, Perú
Francisco Antonio Pezo Torres, Governor of Ucayali, Perú
Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences
Daniel Barbosa Santos, ALEPA Legislative Assembly
Rosa Lemos de Sá, FUNBIO Brasil
Mauricio Bianco, Conservation International Brazil
Alfredo Sirkis, Brazil Climate Center
Victor Galarreta Encincas, Mecanismos de Desarrollo Alternos; GCF Task Force Perú
Virgílio Viana, FAS; SDSN-Amazônia
Joana Darc, ALEAM Legislative Assembly
Colleen Scanlan Lyons, GCF Task Force
André Gumarães, IPAM-Brazil
Alexis Arthur, UNDP