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OAS Secretary General to Participate in International Conference on “Green Businesses” in Mexico

  March 29, 2011

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, will be a keynote panelist at the Green Businesses Forum to take place April 4 and 5 in Mexico City, alongside international experts who in a series of conferences will debate issues of corporate sustainable responsibility and public policies towards a sustainable economy.

The event, to be held on the campus of the “Tecnológico de Monterrey” in the Mexican capital, is an initiative coordinated by various strategic partners that promote the subject in the region, among them the OAS, the “Tecnológico de Monterrey,” the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the “Centro del Agua para América Latina y el Caribe,” the Ministry of the Economy of Mexico, and various private sector businesses. The forum is addressed to business representatives, decision makers, experts, journalists, and other interested parties on the issue of sustainable economies.

As the Secretary General said, “the OAS commitment with sustainability is reflected in several of its main legal instruments and mandates found in the Charter of the OAS, the declarations of the Summits of the Americas, and ministerial meetings on the matter. The OAS, through its Department of Sustainable Development, actively promotes sustainability, urging the efficient use of natural resources by governments, businesses, and individuals in the production of goods and services, as well as in the protection of social and economic infrastructure in case of extreme natural events.”

The Green Businesses Forum seeks to propitiate the generation of new business projects and share best practices in four areas: “The Green Revolution: towards the Production and Consumption of Sustainable Goods and Services”; “The Energy Transition”; “Corporate Sustainable Responsibility”; and “Innovation in Water Management.”

Secretary General Insulza will make his presentation on the second day of the meeting in a panel titled, “Promoting Corporate Sustainable Responsibility.” Other panelists in the forum include the Secretary of the Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Fishing of the Senate of the Republic, Alberto Cárdenas; the President and Director General of Siemens Mesoamérica, Louise K. Goeser; and the Director General of Dell México, Oscar Peña.

Also present will be the Minister of the Economy, Bruno Ferrari; Guillermo Rishchynski, Ambassador of Canada to Mexico; the Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources, Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada; and the Rector of the “Tecnológico de Monterrey” Mexico City Metropolitan Area, Arturo Molina, among others.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at

Reference: E-590/11