Duque: Dialogue and collaboration are key at the “crossroads” in Colombia

This content was published on July 13, 2022 – 19:22

Miami, Jul 13 (EFE).- The President of Colombia, Iván Duque, who will receive the 2022 Leadership Award from the Concordia organization this Wednesday in Miami, affirms that open dialogue and collaboration are key to advancing towards progress in the “crossroads” in which, according to what he said, his country is.

“As I reflect on my presidency over the past four years and as the country heads into uncharted waters, one thing is clear: open dialogue and collaboration, both across sectors and between neighboring countries, is key to moving forward,” Duque said in a message published by Concordia a few hours before the award ceremony.

The president was awarded in the public sector category, among other reasons, for helping Venezuelan refugees and prioritizing environmental sustainability on the agenda, according to the New York-based organization, which opened its sixth edition in Miami on Wednesday. Concordia Summit of the Americas.

Duque, who on August 7 will hand over power to the leftist Gustavo Petro, winner of the elections in Colombia with more than 50% of the votes, declared himself “honored” to receive the award instituted by an organization that “embodies the essence of global progress: collaboration, non-partisanship, partnership and inclusiveness”.

After the award ceremony, the Colombian president will participate in a public talk with Paula J. Dobriansky, former US Undersecretary of State for global affairs, and with the co-founder of Concordia Nick Logothetis, within the framework of the Concordia Summit of the Americas.

Previous recipients of the award in the public sector category include António Guterres, UN Secretary General; Hillary Clinton, former US Secretary of State, and Professor Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize winner.

According to Concordia, an organization founded in 2011 and dedicated to actively fostering, elevating and sustaining cross-sector partnerships for social impact, the award goes to Duque for “his exceptional leadership and immeasurable contributions” over the past four years.

Also for the support of his administration to tens of thousands of Venezuelans who left their country to escape the crisis.

Another reason is having put “environmental sustainability at the forefront of Colombia’s agenda, establishing an ambitious strategy to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, and, specifically, mobilizing climate finance at scale to accelerate the country’s transition to a green future.” according to Concord.

In addition to Duque, this year Sister Norma Pimentel, director of the charitable arm of the Catholic Diocese of Brownsville (Texas), was awarded for giving “immediate response to emerging needs in the community” of the Rio Grande Valley and for her humanitarian work in the border between the United States and Mexico.

Also receiving an award will be Virginia M. (Ginni) Rometty, who was chairman and CEO of IBM, a company she retired from in 2020 and left repositioned for the future.

“Under Ginni’s leadership, IBM has developed key capabilities in hybrid cloud, data and AI, quantum computing, security, and industry expertise, both organically and through acquisition,” notes Concordia. EFE


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Duque: Dialogue and collaboration are key at the “crossroads” in Colombia