Gustavo Luz, Fundo Vale’s director, attended a series of discussions on how to accelerate positive social and environmental impacts in the Amazon 

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Between June 11 and 13, Manaus, the state capital of Amazonas in northern Brazil, hosted IDB Invest Sustainability Week 2024, organized by the private sector arm of the Inter-American Development Bank, IDB Invest. The conference, whose theme was “Co-Creating Impact,” attracted leaders from many countries and offered lectures, plenary sessions, fireside chats and various networking opportunities. The event brought together around 800 in-person participants and 10,000 online attendees, including business leaders from a wide range of sectors, investors, representatives of civil society organizations, ESG specialists and government officials. 

With the aim of fostering progress on the sustainable development agenda and providing spaces and mechanisms for collaboration in Latin America and the Caribbean, the event focused on five high-priority topics: Impact Investing, Climate Change, the Amazon, Inclusion, and the Bioeconomy. 

“IDB Invest Sustainability Week 2024 was an important milestone for advancing social and environmental impact investment strategies. The diversity of perspectives and the focus on innovative solutions provided a clear vision of how an ecosystem of partnerships can generate positive impact together with social inclusion, conservation and recovery of ecosystems, and measures to combat the climate crisis. It was inspiring to see how global collaboration can accelerate sustainable development in the Amazon and other critical regions,” said Gustavo Luz, Fundo Vale’s executive director.