The Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs, Edgardo Riveros, participated this Wednesday, December 13, in the VIII Conference Italy Latin America and the Caribbean, held in Rome, Italy.
In his speech during the conference - which was attended by ministers and representatives of the countries of the region - Undersecretary Riveros raised the need to reinforce the idea of the importance of collaboration to overcome inequalities, facing challenges such as immigration, the environment and the generation of clean energy.
Thus, in environmental matters, Undersecretary Riveros highlighted that Chile, in the last year, has taken an important step forward by advancing towards the protection of 46% of its ocean, through the creation of Marine Protected Areas; the prohibition, by law, of the use of plastic bags in coastal areas; and the considerable expansion of the network of national parks. As for the generation of non-conventional renewable energies, the Undersecretary pointed out that for the first time in Chile's history they contributed around 20% to the energy matrix, a goal initially programmed for 2025.
In addition, Undersecretary Riveros also greeted the Instituto Italo Latinoamericano for its 50 years of existence, while congratulating its Secretary General, Donato di Santo, who - during Thursday the 14th, at an event held at the Chilean embassy in Italy - was decorated with the Order Bernardo O' Higgins in the rank of Commander.
During his visit to Rome, Undersecretary Riveros also met with Italy's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mario Giro, and also with Gianfranco Astori, advisor to the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella.