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Paths to Prosperity in Latin America

The pursuit of development and modernization has been a constant in Latin American history. From the legacy of extractivist colonialism to import substitution industrialization, neoliberalism and 21st century socialism, the region has yet to achieve sustainable levels of prosperity for its growing population.

Join the UN Initiative in welcoming a panel drawing from members of government, academia, and political consultancy in exploring prospective visions for Latin America’s future. The panel will seek to contemplate sustainable social and economic development solutions for Latin America. How can the region overcome its poverty and inequality? What are the roles of government and the international community? What lessons can be drawn from past and current endeavors?


-H.E. Ambassador Sacha Llorenti Soliz, the Permanent Representative of Bolivia to the UN.

Prior to being appointed to the Permanent Representative position in 2012, Ambassador Llorenti served as Minister of the Interior. A seasoned government official, Mr. Llorenti contributed to the creation of a United Nations’ sovereign debt restructuring framework and is a staunch advocate of international human rights. Previously, he served as Deputy Minister for Coordination with Social Movements and Civil Society between 2007 and 2010.
Before entering politics, Ambassador Llorenti was Dean of the Faculty of Social and Humanistic Sciences at the University of Aquino Bolivia from 2005 to 2007 and served as President of the Permanent Assembly of Human Rights (APDH) from 2003 to 2005.

Ambassador Llorenti holds a Bachelor’s degree in law from University of Saint Andres and the University of Aquino Bolivia.

-Professor Pablo Querubín Borrero.

Professor Querubín is an Associate Professor of Politics and Economics at NYU. He holds a PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as a Master’s and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Universidad de los Andes.

Professor Querubín is the author of Economía Política de la Política Económica (Ediciones Uniandes, 2018) and has published articles on political economy, development, and comparative politics.

As of Spring 2019, Professor Querubín teaches Latin American Politics in the Undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences; The Political Economy of Development in the Undergraduate Leonard N. Stern School of Business; and Comparative Politics of Developing Countries in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

-Mr. Jorge Chediek, Director of the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), and Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on South-South Cooperation.

Mr. Chediek has worked as the UN Resident Coordinator for the UN Development Program (UNDP) in Brazil and Director of the International Policy Center for Inclusive Growth from 2010 to 2015; as Resident Coordinator and UNDP Representative in Peru from 2005 to 2010 and in Nicaragua from 2001 to 2005; Deputy Representative in Cuba from 1999 to 2001 and in Uruguay from 1996 to 1999. He has also worked as Programme Management Officer of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States in New York from 1994 to 1996 and as Programme Officer and Assistant Resident Representative in Turkey from 1990 to 1994. Before joining the United Nations, Mr. Chediek was a consultant to the Argentinean legislative.

He holds a Master’s degree in Economics in Foreign Service from the University of Georgetown and a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the Universidad Católica of Argentina.

Submit your questions for the panel here!