US former president Bill Clinton will speak about sustainable development and happiness on the II Annual Costa Rica Sustainability & Environmental Business Forum on May 8 and 9, at Hotel Intercontinental in Escazú, San José.
In addition to Clinton’s presentation, there will also be speeches from former Ministry of Environment of Brazil and ex-presidential candidate Marina Silva, and the President of the Centre for Bhutanese studies, Dasho Karma Ura.
Javier del Campo, director of Terra Partners, organizing firm of the event, said in a press conference that “this is a very important chance to create awareness, open dialogue and listen to proposals and new ideas about the urgent need for the world to take sustainable development, before that it is too late for the human race”. Del Campo explained that this second meeting “includes a vital issue for human development that constitutes a global goal: how to measure the happiness index of a nation”.
Is why the example of Bhutan will be one of the strong forum dishes, that this country adopted even within internal gross happiness as an indicator to measure development, next to the traditional gross domestic product (GDP).
“Is an issue that has a direct link with Costa Rica, considered to be one of the happiest Nations in the world and also boasts a recognized vocation of sustainable development,” added Campos.
Costa Ricans report the highest life satisfaction in the world, have the second-highest average life expectancy of the Americas (second only to Canada) and have an ecological footprint that means that the country only narrowly fails to achieve the goal of ‘one-planet living’: consuming its fair share of the Earth’s natural resources, according to Happy Planet Index information.
The topics that discuss the Forum attendees include “the social and environmental problems of transport;” Agriculture, energy and sustainable tourism ; “and the challenge of small and medium-sized enterprises in a green economy.”
Last year, Al Gore, former U.S. vice president and a leading voice in battling global climate change, spoke on the I Sustainability and Environment Business Forum.
Gore, 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winner, on the heels of his 2006 Academy Award-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” gave a 60 minute-long presentation in which he mentioned evidence of global climate change and environmental impact of continuous release of carbon-based emissions into the atmosphere.
Clinton will be responsible for the Conference’s closing of the Forum, May 9th, in which the participation of businessmen and Government officials is expected.
To register go to: www.forosostenibilidadcostarica.com, tickets are sold on :www.laboleteria.co.cr and cost per person is $750.Share on Facebook