Silvia Ribeiro is the Latin American Director of ETC Group, an international civil society organization with headquarters in Philippines and offices in Canada, Mexico and USA, that works to address the socioeconomic and ecological issues surrounding new technologies and its impacts on the world’s most vulnerable peoples. ETC Group has consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
Her areas of work include research on the impacts of new technologies, including geoengineering, on biodiversity, rural livelihoods and indigenous peoples. She is a well-known lecturer, writer, editor and educator and a respected advocate for responsible international policies on emerging technologies. She has written over 300 articles for newspapers, books and magazines across Latin America, Europe and North America.
As a civil society representative with ETC Group, Ribeiro has participated regularly in meetings of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and its Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA), the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN General Assembly process towards the adoption of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), the UNGA Structured Dialogues on Technology Development and Transfer, the UNGA High Level Dialogues on SDGs, and the United Nations Science, Technology and Innovation Forum.