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AMAZON COOPERATION TREATY ORGANIZATION SUPPORTS THE YASUNI-ITT INITIATIVE

Monday, December 26th, 2011

The Embassy of Ecuador in the United States is pleased to inform that during the XI Ministerial Meeting of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO), the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of all eight Member States signed the Manaus Commitment, in order to:

“Support the climate change mitigation initiatives being developed voluntarily in the region. They particularly value the Yasuni-ITT Initiative of the Republic of Ecuador and call on the international community to support the Ecuadorian proposal that seeks to protect biodiversity and indigenous peoples in voluntary isolation, and promote a sustainable development model.”

ACTO is now part of a group of world leaders, governments, multilateral organizations and scientists that are calling on the rest of international community to ensure the conservation of the Ishpingo Tambococha and Tiputini (ITT) zone. The area lies within the Yasuni National Park, a unique site covering nearly 2.5 million acres of primary tropical rainforest, recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a World Biosphere Reserve.

In order to receive and administer contributions to protect the Yasuní, the Government of Ecuador established the Yasuni-ITT Trust Fund in August 2010. The Fund, administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will support a robust renewable energy program, and contribute in the fight against climate change by avoiding carbon emissions due to deforestation, as well as exploration and use of oil that lies beneath the ITT zone.


YASUNIZATE TELETHON TO FIGHT GLOBAL WARMING

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

The Embassy of Ecuador in the United States is pleased to inform that the “Yasunízate” telethon will take place on Sunday, November 20, 2011, from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm at the headquarters of the Ecuadorian Culture House in Quito, in order to raise funds for the Yasuni-ITT Initiative.

Covering nearly 2.5 million acres of primary tropical rainforest, the Yasuní National Park is an area of extreme biodiversity, recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization as a World Biosphere Reserve, and the ancestral territory of indigenous people living in voluntary isolation. World leaders, governments, multilateral organizations and scientists are calling on the international community to ensure the conservation of this unique site of unparalleled biodiversity, protect the culture and livelihood of the region’s indigenous people and contribute to the fight against climate change by avoiding carbon emissions due to deforestation, exploration and use of the oil that lies beneath this National Park.

In order to receive and administer contributions to protect the Yasuní, the Government of Ecuador and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) established the Yasuni-ITT Trust Fund in August 2010, guaranteeing public transparency and accountability to its potential contributors. The Fund, administered by UNDP, will support a robust renewable energy programme, avoid deforestation, promote the conservation of ecosystems and advance social development.

The telethon is an opportunity to count on your support and continued dedication to reach international development objectives; among them, the Millennium Development Goals, which the Yasuní-ITT Initiative proposes to advance through an objective and pragmatic approach.

You can make a difference by donating during the telethon, which can be seen in the following websites:

http://www.ustream.tv/user/Yasunizate

http://www.facebook.com/YASUNIZATE?sk=app_196506863720166

You can also make a donation to the Yasuni Fund on the website established by UNDP’s Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office: http://mdtf.undp.org/yasuni.


ECUADORIAN IS FEATURED IN AN ARTS MANAGEMENT PROGRAM AT THE KENNEDY CENTER

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Consuelo Hidalgo, Scholarship Winner from the DeVos Institute and  Diego Bassante of the Ecuadorian Embassy

Consuelo Hidalgo, Scholarship Winner from the DeVos Institute and Diego Bassante of the Ecuadorian Embassy

The Kennedy Center of Washington DC selected 15 promoters of world class art to participate in a scholarship program at the DeVos Institute for Arts Management. Along with internships, studies, conferences, and work experience, participants receive a top-notch training in management, cultural administration, and grant-writing.

Despite a scarse presence from Latin America, Consuelo Hidalgo from Ecuador, was chosen after she had worked for 3 years at the Symphony Orchestra of Guayaquil. Mrs. Hidalgo began her professional career as a Director of Public Relations at Nahim Isaías, the Colonial Art Museum in Guayaquil, Ecuador. In 2006, she worked at the MAAC (Museum of Contemporary Art and Anthropology-the acronym is in Spanish), where she worked on a project called “Live the Culture”  which primarily offered free artists performances and exhibitions in poorer areas of the city. After this, in 2008, she participated in the Mentors Programs of the Office Education and Culture at the State Department.

The Embassy of Ecuador expresses its satisfaction for the presence of Mrs. Hidalgo in the program as this program will not only contribute to the bilateral relationship between Ecuador and the United States through cultural means, but it will also enrich the cultural life of our country.

Washington, DC July 21st, 2011


MOBILE CONSULATE IN RICHMOND, VIRGINIA

Friday, July 8th, 2011

The Consulate General of Ecuador in Washington DC is hosting a Mobile Consulate event in Richmond, Virginia.

The Mobile Consulate event will occur on Saturday July 16th from 9 AM to 4 PM at the Arthur Ashe Center (3001 N. BOULEVARD, RICHMOND, VA 23230).

The services that will be available are: Census Forms, Change of Residency, Passports, Birth Documents, and Return to Ecuador plans.


EXHIBIT ON THE CULTURE OF CARCHI OPENS IN WASHINGTON

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Yesterday, the Embassy of Ecuador in Washington DC opened the exhibit “From Carchi to the World.” The exhibit is a multifaceted display of artisan products, carpets, photography, and food from Carchi. The exhibit is open to the public until July 30th.

The Charge D’Affairs of Ecuador in the United States, Efraín Baus, spoke at the event’s opening reception about how Carchi is a significant part of the rich culture of Ecuador. Likewise, Steve Vergara, the Executive President of the CODESTAEE Corporation, an organization that works to promote development in the Carchi provence, related how this art being presented in Washington is inspired by the creations by the population of Pueblo Pasto that are characterized by a high quality of sensitivity with nature and the environment.

On top of appreciating the art from Carchi, the public in the American Capitol got to experience the typical foods from Carchi. At the event’s opening reception, Wilfrido Melo and architect Diego Escorza were in attendance. They are both Carchi artists that have studied the Pre-Columbian cultures of Ecuador, especially from the plains in its different phases, along with its ceramics and how the different colors contribute to the culture. Their stories and presence greatly contributed to the success of the exhibit’s opening reception.

Washington DC, July 1st 2011