The delegation of civil society members from the Amazon region, including the Pan-Amazonian Social Forum (FOSPA, for its acronym in Spanish), the Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network (REPAM, for its acronym in Spanish), the Global Assembly for the Amazon (AMA, for its acronym in Spanish), and other networks of civil society organizations, met recently with the Executive Director of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO), Ambassador Carlos Lazary, and his technical team at the organization’s headquarters.
During the meeting held on April 6, the representatives emphasized the importance of the upcoming summit of presidents of ACTO Member Countries, scheduled for August 2023 in Belém, Pará, Brazil. The delegates stressed the need of joining efforts to protect the rights of indigenous peoples, traditional and local communities, and promote public policies addressing climate change in the region. ACTO presented the Amazon Regional Observatory (ARO) as a tool for disseminating information and coordinating different initiatives to protect the Amazon and its inhabitants.
The event focused on consolidating alliances between governmental and non-governmental actors in the protection of the Amazon region and its communities. To this end, the delegates discussed the possibility of consolidating partnerships between these actors.