Good Growth Conference2019-05-07T23:42:31+00:00

Sharing knowledge, inspiring action, cultivating change

Join us in the Peruvian Amazon for a unique learning and networking experience
designed to put sustainability at the heart of agricultural commodities.

May 13, 2019

LIMA high-level opening session

May 13–17, 2019


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The Good Growth Conference is an immersive learning experience, which
brings policymakers, producers, local communities, companies,
development practitioners and conservationists to the frontiers of
agriculture and deforestation, in some of the world’s most important
ecosystems and landscapes.

Co-designed and convened by the Good Growth Partnership to inspire new
understandings and foster meaningful global connections, this one of a kind
gathering equips delegates with the network and tools needed to influence
the way we produce, finance and demand agricultural commodities.

Why attend?

What’s on the agenda

Join us in the Peru Gallery for some strong Peruvian coffee.

A warm welcome with some thought-provoking ideas and questions from our hosts and partners.

MARTIN VIZCARRA, President of Peru
NAOKO ISHII, Chief Executive Officer, The Global Environment Facility (GEF)

Discover the latest on public private collaboration action and results in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru to eliminate deforestation in the Amazon.

FABIOLA MUÑOZ, Minister of Agriculture, Peru
LUCÍA RUIZ, Minister of Environment, Peru
XAVIER E. LAZO GUERRERO, Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Ecuador
MARCELO MATA GUERRERO, Minister of Environment, Ecuador
RICARDO LOZANO PICÓN, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Colombia*
ANDRÉS VALENCIA PINZÓN, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Colombia*

Moderator: MARIA DEL CARMEN SACASA, United Nations Resident Representative, Peru

Inspire yourself with the real possibilities and tensions of how we create and keep alive a sustainable model for growth in commodities. Witness and participate in this high-level multi-stakeholder debate.

LIZARDO CAUPER, President, Interethnic Association for the Development of the Peruvian Amazon (AIDESEP)
THORSTEIN WANGEN, International Climate and Forest Initiative, Ministry of Climate & Environment, Norway
SEBASTIAN TROENG, Executive Vice President, Conservation International
REPRESENTATIVE, Private and banking sector to be confirmed

Moderator: LISE MELVIN, Good Growth Conference Facilitator, UNDP

When we work to change whole sectors, weaving relationships between initiatives and organizations is essential. Here you get to explore how potent initiatives can accelerate transformation through new partnerships across production, financing and market demand actors.

Responsible Market Demand: Examine different commodities, markets, incentives and practices that drive responsible practices along commodity value chains.

Moderator: CRIS CLOSE, Global Markets Practice Leader, WWF International

Sustainable Production: Explore how standards, jurisdictions, regulations, markets, financing and people can help change our production models so they are sustainable for all.

Moderator: ANDREW BOVARNICK, Global Head, Green Commodities Programme, UNDP

Pathways to Sustainable Finance: Get familiar with the role of blended finance in bringing about sustainable commodity systems, from farmers to policies. A workshop hosted by UN Environment and the International Finance Corporation.

Moderator: GUILLERMO TEROL, Operations Officer, IFC Paraguay

Where do we go from here?

As leaders of change we need to build trust in relationships, be able to hold multiple views in mind at one time, and lead with sustained attention. How can mindful leadership support us as changemakers for a sustainable and just world?

We are delighted to welcome GELONG THUBTEN who specializes in non-religious mindfulness workshops and training for Hollywood A-listers and global organizations such as Google, LindkedIn, Siemens, Deutsche Bank, and HSBC.

Enliven your taste buds with some of Peru’s world famous fare and refreshments.

Today we leave Lima behind us for some inspiration in the Amazon. There are several morning flight options from Lima to Tarapoto. See the logistics information for more details.

Register your arrival to the Amazon in the Peru Gallery where you can learn more about partner efforts to transform commodity supply chains.

Fuel your body and mind for the afternoon ahead.

Join us to welcome communities from far and wide. In this session we will learn more about our Amazonian host community Sauce, the UNDP’s Green Commodities Community and the global community of changemakers and partners working to combat deforestation in commodity supply chains.

Meet your learning group and facilitator. Establish goals and learning intentions for the week ahead.

Achieving sectoral change requires people to work together nationally and internationally. In this session we’ll consider what we have learned about the joy, pain, benefits, and difficulties of joining forces for change.

Join the Connected Conversations dinner for paired discussions over dinner, picking questions from a “conversation menu”. The questions will help you meet and connect with other conference participants at a deeper level.

A Live Example! See the different perspectives of partnering from public and private actors.

1) A framework for implementing deforestation-free commitments
Hosted by WWF

2) The realities of multi-stakeholder collaboration for systemic change
Hosted by the UNDP’s Green Commodities Programme

3) Fourth industrial revolution and sustainable commodity supply chains
Hosted by UNDP-Costa Rica

Fuel your body and mind for the afternoon ahead.

Join conference designer and UNDP Senior Advisor LISE MELVIN, and an impressive group of female changemakers, as they discuss the realities and opportunities of empowering women throughout the commodity supply chain.

1) Forest Finance: public-private partnerships for low-emissions development
Hosted by UNDP Climate & Forests

2) Human relationships at the center of alliances
Hosted by the Tropical Forest Alliance

3) Connecting district, landscape, and national level change.
Hosted by GIZ

4) Fisheries, governance and sustainability
Hosted by UNDP

Continue your discussion over dinner and connect with like-minded colleagues.

With an early departure from El Sauce Resort we expect to arrive at one of five selected sites in the region by 10am. A variety of learning visits will be offered. We will send more details so you can register your preferences in advance.

1) Community transformation with commodities
2) The land that hosts us
3) The wisdom of the forest people
4) The journey to make chocolate

Spend the day with those who know the land best. Learn about the social and environmental changes that the commodities sector has brought to the community of Sauce. Witness the consequences of unsustainable commodity production and speak with communities who are leading the charge for change.

The conference will reconvene at El Sauce Resort after a day of experiential learning.

It’s been a long week! With one day to go, this evening is about kicking back and reflecting on the conference so far. The inaugural Carlos Diaz prize will be presented in memory of our very dear and dedicated colleague.

1) How can companies collaborate effectively with government?
Hosted by UNDP’s Green Commodities Programme

2) National dialogue and action — a platform approach
Hosted by UNDP’s Green Commodities Programme

3) Drawing boundaries so they matter*
Hosted by Conservation International

1) Blended finance and impact investments
Hosted by IFC

2) Your story, my story. Communications and sustainable commodities.
Hosted by UNDP’s Green Commodities Programme

3) Supporting producers: a systems approach
Hosted by UNDP’s Green Commodities Programme

Engage in a series of curated learning groups over lunch.

Collectively design and shape the Green Commodities Community for the year ahead, emphasise commitments, reflect on the week that has been and look to the future with new-found energy, partners and ideas. Following this session delegates are free to depart for the airport.

To view a more detailed and updated version of the agenda please down the conference app via Whova or contact for assistance. 


Keynote Speakers

Martín Vizcarra

of Peru

Martín Alberto Vizcarra Cornejo is a Peruvian engineer and politician who is the 67th and current President of Peru. Vizcarra previously served as Governor of the Moquegua department, Minister of Transport and Communications of Peru, and Ambassador of Peru to Canada.

Naoko Ishii

Global Environment Facility

Naoko Ishii has served as the CEO and Chairperson for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) since August 2012. During this time she led the implementation of the GEF’s first-ever long-term strategy to catalyze transformation in energy, cities and food systems. Read more.

Gelong Thubten


A Buddhist monk with 26 years of experience, Gelong Thubten  is a world pioneer in providing non-religious mindfulness workshops and training programmes at major global companies and organizations, including Google, LindkedIn, Siemens and Deutsche Bank.

Speakers and Moderators

Fabiola Muñoz

Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation
Government of Peru

Minister Muñozis the first female leader of the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation. Before her appointment, she was the Minister for Environment. Previous to this, she was the Executive Director of Peru’s National Forest and Wildlife Service.

Lucía Delfina Ruíz Ostoic

Minister of Environment
Government of Peru

Minister Ruiz has more than 25 years’ experience in heading high-impact social and environmental organizations, processes and projects. Pervious to her appointment in March she was Vice Minister for Strategic Development of Natural Resources.

Xavier Lazo Guerroro

Minister of Agriculture and Livestock
Government of Ecuador

Minister Xavier Lazo is a proud Guayaquileño, and comes from a family with a long tradition in agricultural production. He is an expert in organic production, fair trade and natural resource management, and a specialist in integrated crop and sustainable forestry production systems.

Marcelo Mata Guerrero

Minister of Environment
Government of Ecuador

Minister Mata is a lawyer who managed environmental issues in the hydrocarbon sector. He was responsible for the environment at oil company Repsol Ecuador and advised on environmental and social issues at state company Petroecuador. He has also held several environment-related positions in the ministry of mines and petroleum.

María del Carmen Sacasa

United Nations ResidentRepresentative for Peru

María del Carmen Sacasa  is a Nicuraguan diplomat who has served the United Nations for more than a decade. Her career has spanned throughout Latin America, civil society and the private sector.

Karin Kreider

Executive Director
ISEAL Alliance

Karin is one of the world’s leading experts on ecolabels, sustainability standards and certification. Before joining ISEAL in 2009, she was involved in the start-up of Rainforest Alliance, and worked there for more than 20 years.

Cristianne Close

Global Markets Practice Leader
WWF International

For the last ten years, Cristianne has focused on sustainable agriculture,working in companies and foundations to directly design, develop and implement projects on the ground with farmers. She is based in Brazil.

Paul Hartman

Senior Environmental SpecialistGlobal Environment Facility

Paul is a natural resources management professional with nearly 20 years of experience in sustainable forestry, biodiversity conservation, and engagement of government and private sector in practical development solutions. Paul is the GEF Coordinator for the Good Growth Partnership.

Andrew Bovarnick

Global Head
Green Commodities Programme, UNDP

Andrew Bovarnick is the UNDP’s Lead Natural Resource Economist, in charge of overseeing the UNDP’s Green Commodity Programme and the Good Growth Partnership. Read more.

Lise Melvin

Conference Facilitator
Green Commodities Programme, UNDP

Lise is a Senior Advisor at UNDP’s GCP, focusing on best practices for National Commodity Platforms. Previously, Lise served as the founding Chief Executive of the Better Cotton Initiative. She is a certified somatic leadership coach with expertise in facilitating cross-sector and cross-cultural dialogue.

Sebastian Troëng

Executive Vice President
Conservation International

Sebastian works across the globe on some of CI’s most high-profile initiatives, including the development of its Ocean Health Indexthe first assessment tool that scientifically measures all elements of global ocean health.

Simon Cooper

Communications Lead
Green Commodities Programme, UNDP

Simon is an international strategy consultant, and a UK based broadcaster, who has worked with a number of sustainability organizations including ISEAL Alliance and Better Cotton Initiative. Read more.

Lara Yacob

ESG Integration Expert

Lara manages the Good Growth Partnership’s Sustainable Transactions, which aims accelerate innovation and forest friendly commodities at the production end of the supply chain. Read more.

María Reye

Leader & advocate

María Reyes leads the Asociación de Seleccionadoras de Mineral de Cuatro Horas, which represents a group of 70 Pallaqueras women who work in MACDESA, a Peruvian concession mine located in Arequipa.

Monica Andrade

Programme Officer

For the past 15 years Monica has focused on environmental policy and management in Latin America and the Caribbean. She is interested in national commodity platform development and sharing her experience in participatory processes.

Leisa Perch

Gender Specialist
Green Commodities Programme, UNDP

A development specialist for more than eighteen years, Leisa previously set up and led the Rural and Sustainable Development Cluster at the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) in Brasilia,and worked with the UNDP Sub-regional Office for Barbados.

Rini Indrayanti

Palm Oil Platform Manager
Green Commodities Programme, UNDP

Rini brings more than 15 years of experience to her role as the Platform Manager for the Indonesian Palm Oil Platform (FoKSBI). Before joining the UNDP she was the Executive Director of Indonesia’s Cocoa Sustainable Partnership.

Workshop Hosts

Elizabeth Schueler

Senior Director

Lizzie Schueler is the Senior Director of Markets and Food at WWF and serves on the Good Growth Partnership Steering Committee. She leads the Partnership’s Generating Responsible Demand Project.

John Buchanan

Vice President, Sustainable Production
Conservation International

John has held several different roles at CI, focusing mainly on food and agriculture. John is currently leading the development and implementation of sustainable agriculture and supply chain initiatives within Conservation International’s Center for Environmental Leadership in Business (CELB).

Fabíola Zerbini

Regional Coordinator
TFA 2020

Fabíola leads the TFA 2020’s engagement in Latin America and the work of the Latin America Initiative, while based in São Paolo, Brazil. She holds a PhD in Environmental Political Science. Read more.

Silke Peters

Team Leader

Silke leads GIZ’s Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chains Initiative. She is also an author and an expert in sustainable business and fair trade with expertise in the global flower and ornamental plant sector.

Alexis Arthur

UNDP Support Governors’
Climate and Forests Task Force

Alexis currently supports the GCFT, which works to protect tropical forests, reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and promote realistic pathways to forest-maintaining rural development.

Kifah Sasa Marín

Senior Adviser,
Green Commodities Programme, UNDP

Based in Costa Rica, Kifah provides technical expertise to UNDP’s National Commodity Platforms. This includes Costa Rica’s pineapple and fisheries initiatives as well as ‘ Mocupp, ’ a sustainable land use mapping tool. Read more about Kifah’s work.

Charles O’Malley

Senior Partnerships Adviser
Green Commodities Programme, UNDP

Charlie is a UK-based entrepreneur, consultant and change agent who works worldwide to address a diverse range of social and environmental challenges. Read more.

Nicolas Petit

Senior Commodities Adviser
Green Commodities Programme, UNDP

Currently focusing on the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Liberia and Papua New Guinea, Nicolas specializes in sustainable agricultural commodities, rural livelihoods and rural labour markets. Read more.

Sandra Andraka

Fisheries Platform Coordinator
UNDP-Costa Rica

Sandra is currently focused on the implementation of Costa Rica’s National Action Plan for Large Pelagic Fisheries, the first of its kind to be launched at a global level. Read more.

Learning visits

In addition to the Amazon learning visits, which are an integral part of the conference, our partners are also organizing optional field trips
(before and after the conference). Register to receive more information and updates.

Visit  Pucacaca  where cocoa is the driving force behind this rural economy. Witness and
participate in the very beginning of the supply chain from growing cocoa crops and
processing chocolate to preparing stock for export.


River conversations, cocoa
production, and chocolate


Storytelling and the
transformation of Sauce,
our host community.

Travel to Tres Unidos district where local guides will take participants on a storytelling
journey charting the recent economic transformation of this unique Amazonian community.

A rare opportunity to be welcomed into an indigenous territory in the region of Chambria to learn more about the Amazon from some of the people who know it the best.


A focus on trees, the
ecosystem and culture.

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The Good Growth Conference begins in Lima on May 13 before delegates travel to the Amazon on May 14 for four days of immersive learning and knowledge sharing.

How to get there

We look forward to meeting you in Peru.

Travel to the Amazon

Delegates must take early flights on Tuesday May 14th leaving from Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport and arriving at the Cadete FAP Guillermo del Castillo Paredes airport in Tarapoto. Delegates must aim to arrive in Tarapoto before midday.

Recommended airlines are: LATAM, Viva Air and Peruvian Airlines. Delegates are encouraged to buy tickets with the most anticipation possible as flights are in high demand.

Traveling from Lima to Sauce takes around three and a half hours: an internal flight of one hour 30 minutes and a one hour 45 minute ride from the airport to the venue. Download more details below.

Delegates are encouraged to stay in the Amazon on Friday evening and return to Lima on Saturday 18th. The last airport transfer on Friday 17th is at 4.30pm, so please plan your travel accordingly.

Internet Access

Stable and fast-speed internet cannot be guaranteed in Sauce due to its remote location. Organizers will provide WiFi routers with limited internet capacity to share among participants. To ensure a more stable internet connection it is suggested to purchase a prepaid Bitel SIM card and purchase a data package. Details on how to purchase the data package can be found in the logistics note below.

Accommodation Recommendations

Delegates need to make their own hotel reservation in Sauce by directly contacting the hotels via email or Download the logistics note below to learn about corporate rates.

Suggested hotels: El Sauce Resort, Bella Terra, Maloca Inn, Qasikay Selva Lodge, Las Jawas, Sauce Lodge, Sumaj Lagoon Lodge, Hotel Rustica Sauce.

All suggested hotels are either walking distance of around 10 minutes or are across the lake and participants can reach the venue with a short boat ride for $1.50.

Visa Recommendations

Delegates are responsible for their own visa arrangements and should contact the nearest embassy or Peruvian consulate as soon as possible. Please also check whether you need a transit visa for countries in which you may need to transfer or stop over during your trip to and from Peru. More details can be downloaded below.


The Good Growth Conference is invite-only and free to attend. Lunch is provided each day as well as a welcome dinner in the Amazon on Tuesday night. Please factor in travel costs from Lima to the Amazon, return flights to your home country, accommodation and some personal expenses when considering your budget.

Need some more advice?

Contact our conference coordination


Join us

A powerful gathering where local communities, indigenous leaders, national producers and farmers will be represented and welcomed as partners in the global effort to advance sustainable solutions and leave no one behind.”

María del Carmen Sacasa
UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Peru

It’s not often commodity practitioners and conservationists from all corners of the globe get the opportunity to deep dive into problem solving. The Good Growth Conference is a unique chance to be inspired while sharing knowledge and experience with international peers.”

Christine Montenegro McGrath
Mondeléz International – Vice President and Chief of Global Impact and Sustainability

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