World Economic Forum on Latin America

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Below is the listing of the sessions which will be webcast live from Lima as well as archived sessions which have already passed with photos, session summaries and, in some cases, archived broadcasts and video analysis. 

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Building Resilience to Natural Disasters

How can multistakeholder collaboration help to build resilient communities?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Developing a holistic approach to resilience
  • Understanding stakeholder roles and impact
  • Sharing best practices
  • Maximizing technological efficacy

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Closing the Gender Gap

How can the gender gap be closed to the advantage of society at large?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Fostering the role of women in breaking the poverty cycle
  • Supporting women entrepreneurs
  • Adopting new employment practices to ensure work-life balance
  • Providing tools to unleash female talent

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Delivering a Promising Future

In the past decade, Latin America has maintained consistent levels of growth and lifted thousands out of poverty. The co-chairs of the 2013 World Economic Forum on Latin America discuss with regional leaders the actions needed to address the challenges and seize the opportunities that lie ahead, to ensure the delivery of sustained and inclusive growth in the region.

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A Demographic Advantage?

How can the region ensure that its current demographic bonus is harnessed for present and future prosperity?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Understanding demographic shifts in Latin America
  • Empowering youth through job creation and social engagement
  • Ensuring the sustainability of social protection systems

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Designing Sustainable Solutions

How can the private sector be engaged to address sustainable development challenges?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Incorporating sustainability in business models
  • Modernizing governance and regulation frameworks
  • Scaling up investments in green development

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Drugs Policy: Untangling the Knot

Is it time to shift the strategy for tackling drug trafficking and organized crime?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Taking a new look at drug policy in the hemisphere
  • Developing transnational cooperation frameworks
  • Exploring innovative practices to curb drug-related violence and organized crime
  • Connecting policy to what is happening at street level This session was developed in partnership with Univision.

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Education for Employment

How can education and training better equip Latin Americans for skilled and productive employment?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Ensuring access to quality education
  • Bridging gaps through technology-enabled education
  • Rethinking training and apprenticeship models
  • Addressing the skills mismatch through partnerships 

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Empowering Rural Areas

How can the steady rise of demand for agri-commodities contribute to the development of rural areas?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Closing the development gap with urban areas
  • Connecting communities through key infrastructure
  • Creating rural corridors, value chains and new models of agricultural innovation
  • Guaranteeing access to quality social services

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Family and Private Companies: Sustaining Growth, Improving Society

As a major driver of economic and societal value, how can family and privately-run companies (FPCs) continue to deliver growth and be a driver of positive change for society?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Transferring best practices of multi-generational approaches to long-term growth
  • Going beyond short-term decision-making
  • Enhancing FPCs' role as a vehicle for positive societal change

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The Future of the Amazon

How can the region make progress towards a common vision for the Amazon that harnesses its natural wealth for both the local and the global common good?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Managing a shared resource through regional governance frameworks,
  • Harnessing natural wealth to support vibrant and sustainable economic development,
  • Accelerating innovation to empower local communities..

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Infrastructure: A Gateway to the Future

How can sound infrastructure networks become a key driver of the region's future growth?

Dimensions to be considered:

  • Addressing the infrastructure gap through an integrated, multi-sectoral approach
  • Designing infrastructure projects for industrial development, competitiveness and social welfare
  • Increasing investments and optimizing efficiency through maintenance and upgrading
  • Highlighting innovative regional projects

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The Innovation Ecosystem

How can an environment conducive to innovation and entrepreneurship be fostered in the region?

Dimensions to be discussed:

  • Creating policy frameworks for rapid growth and diversification
  • Developing talent, culture and innovation for entrepreneurship
  • Incorporating small and medium-sized enterprises into value chains
  • Ensuring access to capital

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An Insight, An Idea with Edwin Bernbaum

A conversation with mountaineer and leadership authority Edwin Bernbaum on using celebrated mountains around the world as peak paradigms for developing leadership skills and values

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An Insight, An Idea with Gastón Acurio

A conversation with world renowned Peruvian chef Gastón Acurio on the power of culture and gastronomy to create social inclusion 

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An Insight, An Idea with Oscar Naranjo

A conversation with internationally renowned security expert Oscar Naranjo on how to revamp public policy to ensure citizen security

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An Insight, An Idea with Paul Polak

A conversation with author and social entrepreneur Paul Polak on how market-based solutions can be designed to raise millions out of poverty

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Integrating Latin America

What new models of economic integration are emerging in the region?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Exploring the challenges and opportunities of current regional integration processes
  • Injecting dynamism through pragmatic approaches
  • Ensuring broad multi-sectorial participation

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Latin America in the Current Global Context

How is the region's role evolving in the current global context?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Understanding the new role of emerging economies
  • Leveraging relations with other regions
  • Opening new trade and investment flows This session was developed in partnership with Deutsche Welle.

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Latin America: Delivering Growth, Strengthening Societies

What innovative approaches will ensure sustained economic growth and societal progress in the region??

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Understanding global trends
  • Designing inclusive policies
  • Guaranteeing long-term stability

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Latin American Business: A Global Take

How is Latin America contributing to shaping the global business landscape?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Transitioning from Multilatinas to Globalatinas
  • Performing in globalized value chains 
  • Balancing strategies for global and local markets

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Natural Resource Management

With fossil fuel and mineral resources being key drivers of economic growth in the region, how can they be managed in a responsible and sustainable way?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Analysing the potential of turning commodity wealth into long-term prosperity
  • Boosting social benefits and environmental protection
  • Aligning natural resource ownership with investments for development
  • Addressing the risks of illegal mining

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New Engines of Growth

What sectors need to be boosted to ensure diversification of the region's economies and its long-term competitiveness?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Avoiding the "Dutch disease"
  • Boosting key sectors for quality growth
  • Increasing regional productivity and competitiveness
  • Diversifying into the services sector by investing in human capital

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New Financing Mechanisms

Which innovative financing mechanisms will facilitate the region's development and growth plans?

Dimensions to be discussed:

  • Creating an enabling environment for public-private partnerships
  • Revamping existing models
  • Matching financial resources and investment schemes
  • Scaling the impact of investment for social development

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Old Problems, New Solutions

As Internet penetration and connectivity continue their rapid pace towards ubiquity, a new generation of Latin American change-makers is collaborating to implement digital solutions to some of the region's most long-standing problems.

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Using digital tools to promote job creation, spawn new industries and transform existing models
  • Developing new means for citizens to engage with government
  • Enabling civil society to organize and engage in non-traditional manners

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The Perils and Promises of Urbanization

With four-fifths of Latin America's population living in cities, how can rapid urbanization be managed?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Designing sustainable infrastructure, energy and transport systems
  • Creating poles of sustainable economic growth
  • Building safe and healthy environments for city dwellers
  • Showcasing innovative projects across the region

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Social Entrepreneurs Award 2013 for Latin America

Social Entrepreneurs design and implement innovative solutions to social and environmental problems. The Schwab Foundation announces the 2013 Latin American Social Entrepreneurs of the Year working in different sectors and countries across the region.

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Social Innovation Goes Mainstream

A convergence of trends has moved social innovation from the shadows into the spotlight -- especially in Latin America, where many exciting models and policy experiments are being pioneered. But, how do social innovation models contribute to economic and social prosperity?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Applying social innovation to social and environmental challenges
  • Fostering innovative partnerships and financing models
  • Sharing inspiring success stories from the region and around the world

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Strengthening Institutions

How can the region consolidate its democratic institutions to guarantee long-term progress?

Dimensions to be discussed:

  • Transcending political cycles to ensure long-term commitments
  • Creating confidence through transparency and participation
  • Enforcing frameworks for accountability
  • Understanding the private sector's role in safeguarding ethics 

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Unleashing the Power of the Middle Class

How can emerging economies respond to the needs and aspirations of a rising middle class?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Adjusting to evolving social and economic shifts
  • Creating policy frameworks for a sustainable middle class
  • Adapting to dynamic business trends
  • Balancing consumption and environmental concerns

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Weaving the Social Fabric

How is Latin America reducing inequality and increasing upward social mobility?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Bridging key social gaps: housing, education, health
  • Moving from poverty alleviation to long-term social development
  • Designing effective policies to address the needs of vulnerable groups
  • Implementing sustainable social protection policies 

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