The world is facing unprecedented challenges due to population and economic growth, climate change and the crisis triggered by Covid-19. Both the EU and Latin America need to work to achieve a sustainable recovery. The commitments towards a green and climate-neutral economy will trigger an increased demand for and diversification of raw materials. This will bring opportunities to resource-rich countries but also considerable pressure, as the raw materials need to be produced sustainably and responsibly and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals, starting at the level of local communities.The EU and Latin America share the interest to look into these opportunities and challenges and discuss how to address them in the context of existing cooperation, with a view to building integrated value chains for key industrial ecosystems such as renewable energy, e-mobility and digitalisation.
The Conference will deliver insights on how to strengthen cooperation between the EU Member States and Latin American countries, how to build partnerships to integrate European and Latin American raw materials value chains and how to trigger investments and technological development. Starting with a high-level political event on the first day, the Conference will offer a programme of key thematic sessions during the second day. Networking opportunities will be organised to facilitate contacts. Simultaneous interpretation for participants in English, Spanish and Portuguese will be available both days except for the networking event.