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The Pacific Alliance Promotes International Innovation in the United States

The 7th edition of the LAB4+ Summit brought together more than 550 entrepreneurs, startups, investors, incubators and accelerators from San Francisco and innovators from Peru, Chile, Colombia and Mexico
Press Release – updated: Dec 17, 2019 19:02 EST

LIMA, Peru, December 17, 2019 (Newswire.com) – The Pacific Alliance’s LAB4+ Summit made its U.S. debut in November, resulting in investment agreements totaling more than US$6.3 million. The 7th edition of the event – the Pacific Alliance’s largest innovation, technology and business summit – connected more than 550 attendees, including two dozen of the Bay Area’s top investors with innovators and entrepreneurs from Peru, Chile, Colombia and Mexico, from Nov. 20-21.
“During the two-day summit, LAB4+ hosted more than 100 meetings that have since resulted in investment agreements totaling more US$5.27 million,” said Mario Ocharan, director of export promotions for PROMPERU. “This was an excellent first step to bridge Latin America’s top-producing economies with San Francisco – the world’s capital of innovation, and beyond.”
Most investment agreements – a little over US$5.27 million – were made during the event’s business rounds and over US$1.03 million corresponds to investments in tech startups. A total of 176 meetings took place, including 97 business meetings and 79 entrepreneurial pitches.
The Pacific Alliance represents the sixth-largest economy in the world, with more than 230 million inhabitants and an outstanding business, start-up and public innovation ecosystem and global market. The LAB4+ Summit is its main platform to showcase, connect and generate growth and business opportunities.
Along with Ocharan, representatives of the four countries that make up the Pacific Alliance included Peru’s Vice Minister of Foreign Trade Sayuri Bayona, Director of ProChile’s California office Nicolas Vives, ProColombia’s Vice President of Exports Juliana Villegas and the Consul General of Mexico in San Francisco’s Ambassador Remedios Gómez Arnau.
Guests were able to hear from more than 35 different speakers who spoke of their success as startups from the Pacific Alliance as well as attend expert-led workshops and pitch meetings. The keynote speaker was Felipe Buitrago, vice minister of creativity and orange economies for Colombia’s Ministry of Culture, followed by some of LATAM’s key players who founded Bay Area-based companies like Rodrigo Lopes, co-founder of Arrivedo; Alberto Yepez, co-founder of Forgepoint Capital; Adrian Magendzo, senior specialist at Inter-American Development Bank and more.
About the Pacific Alliance
The Pacific Alliance is an initiative of regional integration comprised of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. Its three main objectives are: to build in a participatory and consensual way an area of deep integration to move progressively towards the free mobility of goods, services, resources and people; drive further growth, development and competitiveness of the economies of its members, focused on achieving greater well-being, overcoming socioeconomic inequality and promoting the social inclusion of its inhabitants; and to become a platform of political articulation, economic and commercial integration and projection to the world, with emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region.
​Media Contact: ​Nicolette Amico, nicolette.amico@newlink-group.com
Source: The Pacific Alliance

Standing United for the Rights of All People

On Human Rights Day 2019, volunteers in some 60 countries raised the bar on human rights through education, activism, and raising awareness of the world’s premier human rights instrument, the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
Press Release – updated: Dec 11, 2019 13:24 PST

LOS ANGELES, December 11, 2019 (Newswire.com) – United for Human Rights, an international human rights nonprofit supported by the Church of Scientology, celebrated Human Rights Day 2019 by generating a whirlwind of activity, with more than 300 events lined up this week in over 60 countries to raise awareness of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Although the UDHR was adopted on Dec. 10, 1948, violations of human rights abound: Human traffickers earn roughly $150 billion annually. Some 3 billion people survive on $2.50 or less a day. And nearly 80 percent of the population lives in areas where the right to religious freedom is highly restricted.
United for Human Rights (UHR) holds that education is the catalyst for changing the state of human rights. But this requires effective and engaging materials that are freely available and simple to use. By creating and providing these materials free of charge to educators, human rights organizations, religious and civic groups, law enforcement and other community partners, UHR and its program for young people, Youth for Human Rights International, is changing the paradigm and bridging cultural differences by generating understanding of the 30 rights everyone possesses simply by being human.
2019 has been a stellar year for United for Human Rights. Just a few of the highlights include:
At the program’s annual International Human Rights Summit at the United Nations in New York, Nobel Peace Laureate José Ramos-Horta acknowledged Youth for Human Rights for addressing the challenges of extreme poverty, illiteracy and public health in East Timor by educating more than 25,000 children on the UDHR. 
The World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates awarded United for Human Rights President Mary Shuttleworth their 2019 Medal for Social Activism for her vision and leadership in bringing human rights to life for youth.
United for Human Rights participated in a Human Rights Day conference on December 9 and 10 at Palais des Nations, the UN Office at Geneva, and focused on the urgency of raising awareness of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to bring about true reform.
Central to Scientology beliefs and tenets is a conviction that all people are endowed with the inalienable rights as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In accord with those convictions, United for Human Rights has grown to the largest nongovernmental human rights awareness campaign on Earth, providing materials to individuals, groups and government agencies in 190  nations. Its booklets and films educate youth and adults on the 30 Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in terms anyone can understand.
For more information, visit the United for Human Rights website, or watch documentaries about human rights activists on Voices for Humanity on the Scientology Network.
Source: Church of Scientology International