Latino Impact Summit to be held at the United Nations for the second time; Thalía to receive the event’s main prize


NEW YORK, Nov. 30, 2017 — The Latino Impact Summit, organized by the PVBLIC and Ismael Cala foundations, is taking place today and tomorrow at the United Nations. The event discusses alliances for achieving progress in Latin America that are centered on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, and is one of the few forums held in Spanish at UN headquarters.

Mexican singer, actress and entrepreneur Thalía will receive the 2017 Latin Impact Summit Award, in recognition of her humanitarian work in support of children, women, and health campaigns throughout her 35+ year career.

Other personalities from the region who will also be honored include:

  • Celia Daniel de Mizrahi – Latino Philanthropist of the Year Award
  • Facundo Garreton – Millennium Latino Leader of the Year Award
  • Bettina Bulgheroni – Latin American Social Leadership Award
  • Palmas de Ixan – Latin American Sustainability Award
  • Cementos Progreso – Business Product Innovation Award
  • Marcos Galperín – Latin American Businessman of the Year Award
  • Carlos Gutiérrez – Latin American Excellence Award

The summit brings together dozens of leaders from different sectors in search of new opportunities and solutions for the region. Among this year's attendees are Angélica Fuentes, President of the Angélica Fuentes Foundation; Marcos Galperín, Founder of Mercado Libre; Raúl de Molina, Host of the El Gordo and La Flaca TV show; Carlos Bremer, President of Value Grupo Financiero; Margarita Herdocia, President of Génesis Desarrolladores; and Estrella Flores, CEO of Grupo Montaigne.

“Hosting the Latino Impact Summit is a clear manifestation of our commitment to create awareness in Latin America in view of the challenges the world is facing and our potential to achieve change. Through the new agenda, the 193 participating countries and the UN can make a greater impact by using our combined resources and connecting with each other through media and advanced technology,” said Sergio Fernández de Córdova, President of the PVBLIC Foundation.

Ismael Cala, President of the Ismael Cala Foundation, added: “With three root problems on our shoulders −selfishness, greed, and apathy−, the world is torn between poverty, climate change, social inequality and the poor quality of education. Let's call upon leaders in all areas to promote life and peace, in order to guarantee a better future for new generations.”

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are a universal call for action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.


An innovative, non-profit organization that harnesses the power of the media to drive social change, PVBLIC aggregates media on all platforms and works in partnership with the United Nations, as well as other IGOs and NGOs, to create awareness and activate citizens all over the world around the Sustainable Development Goals.


A non-profit organization that seeks to impact communities in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Ismael Cala Foundation promotes leadership and entrepreneurship training for adolescents, fosters social development organizations serving children and adolescents with cognitive disabilities, and connects youth with our allies to advance their education and training.

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