President Petro meets with Lula in Brazil

The international agenda of the president of Colombia Gustavo Petro begins this Saturday in a meeting that he will hold with the president-elect of Brazil, Luis Inácio Lula da Silva in Cape Verde, in the state of Minas Gerais.

After this meeting, President Petro will travel to Egypt where he will attend the 2022 United Nations Conference on Climate Change – COP27. There he will make a call to save the Amazon jungle, one of the climatic pillars of the world, and will meet with various leaders and world leaders.

Later, the Head of State will arrive in the French capital, where he will speak at the opening of the Paris Forum on Peace, and will be received by President Emmanuel Macron. In addition, President Petro will be the lecturer at the prestigious Institute of Political Studies in Paris, Sciences Po – Paris, which celebrates its 150th anniversary.

In the meeting in which he will intervene in the COP27, which will take place in the Egyptian town of Sharm El-Sheikh, the Colombian Head of State will emphasize that the Amazon forest, which is home to eight South American countries, including Colombia, is one of the three or four climatic pillars that remain in the world, just like the oceans and the great forest tundras of the north of the planet.

President Petro will insist that “The Amazon jungle has to be saved for two fundamental reasons: one is local, and that is that if this region ends, there is no water in Colombia, and if there is no water, there is no life.”


President Petro arrives in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, this Sunday, November 6, and the following day he will participate in a working breakfast on ‘The conservation of vital carbon and biodiversity reserves: a key to more efficient and ambitious global action’ ‘, convened by the Government of France.

The presidents of France, Costa Rica, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, China, Argentina, South Africa, the Gabonese Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Philippines, Indonesia and Colombia.

Next, the President will be at the opening ceremony of COP27 at noon.

He will then intervene in the High Level Round Table on Just Transition.

Next, President of the Swiss Confederation and Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of that European nation, Ignazio Cassis, will have a private audience.

Next, the Colombian President will be at the General Debate of COP27 and at the launch of the Association of Leaders for Forests and Climate.

On Tuesday, President Gustavo Petro will start the agenda with his participation in the ‘High-Level Regional Dialogue: Amazonia as a pillar of climate and life balance’, and then he will intervene again in the General Debate of COP27.

On that day, President Petro will have an audience with the Director and Manager of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), Makhtar Diop.

At noon, he will participate in the High-Level Round Table on Climate Change and sustainability for vulnerable communities, and later in the event ‘Main Necessary Transformations in Latin America for Compliance with the Paris Agreement’.

On Wednesday 9, the Head of State will lead, as a witness, the signing of an agreement between the Ministry of Mines and Energy of Colombia and the European Bank.

Visit a France

On the same day, President Petro will travel to Paris for his visit to France, which begins with a conference he will give at Sciences Po – Paris, as the Paris Institute of Political Studies, founded in 1872, is known.

There, the Head of State will present the main programs and goals on which the Government of Change is working.

On Thursday, President Petro will have a meeting with the Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Mathias Cormann. This first meeting of the President with the director of the OECD will serve to define the roadmap for the next four years of relationship with the organization.

Likewise, the Head of State will participate in the OECD Council, to which he will present Colombia’s agenda in the fight against inequality and towards the energy transition, as well as the commitment to the peace agreements.

And it will also hold a meeting with the Ambassadors of the Ibero-American countries before the OECD (Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica, Spain and Colombia).

Next, he will attend a working lunch with renewable energy entrepreneurs who are members of the Movement of French Companies (MEDEF), to whom he will present the perspectives of the industry in Colombia.

In the afternoon, President Gustavo Petro goes to the Elysée Palace for a private audience with the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron.

He will then attend the reception offered by the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, on the occasion of the Peace Forum.

And at the end of Thursday’s agenda, he will be at a meeting of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), on digital civilization.

Participating are Audrey Azoulay, Director General of UNESCO; Melissa Bell, CNN journalist, Karine Perset, OECD Artificial Intelligence Expert; Frank McCourt, President and CEO of McCourtt Global; Bradford Smith, CEO of Microsoft; and other directors of the Paris Forum for Peace.

On Friday, November 11, President Gustavo Petro will deliver a speech at the opening of the Paris Forum on Peace, which takes place at the Brongniart Palace. This annual event has been held since 2018 and this year its theme is ‘Overcoming multiple crises’.

The Colombian Head of State will be received by the President of the Forum, Pascal Lamy; the founder and CEO, Justin Vaïsse, and the Secretary General, Fabienne Hara.

Also speaking at the event will be Queen Rania of Jordan and World Food Program Executive Director David Beasley.

The President will also meet in Paris with the Director of the French Development Agency AFD, Rémy Rioux.

Finally, he will go to the dinner offered by President Emmanuel Macron, at the Elysée Palace, to the attendees of the Paris Peace Forum.

The President of the Republic will be accompanied on the trip by the President’s Chief of Staff, Laura Sarabia; and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Peace, Álvaro Leyva Durán; Environment and Sustainable Development, Susana Muhammad, and Mines and Energy, Irene Vélez.

President Petro meets with Lula in Brazil