Full Name
H.E. Helder Barbalho
Job Title
Current Employer
City of Pará
Speaker Bio
Governor of the State of Pará, 2019 – present, and President of the Consortium of Governors of the Amazon Region since the beginning of 2023.

Born in 1979 in Belém, the capital city of the State of Pará, the 2nd largest of Brasil, Governor Barbalho has a degree in Administration by the Amazon University (UNAMA) and holds an executive MBA in Public Administration from Getúlio
Vargas Foundation – FGV. His proactive position and sense of urgency about an inclusive socialenvironmental-economic development model for the Amazon Region have placed him as an active voice of leadership in Brazil.Mr. Barbalho has held several key positions in the past 20 years: city Councilman and Mayor for Ananindeua City, Pará, and state Congressman. He is also former President of the Municipalities Federation of Pará (FAMEP). In the last decade he expanded his contributions to Public Administration in Brazil holding the office of Minister in important Ministries, such as Fishing and Aquaculture (2015), Ports (2015-16) and National Integration (2016-18). Elected the Governor of the 2nd largest state in Brazil (2018), Barbalho has been playing a leading role in vital issues for the nation, focusing on a new development model for the Amazon, pushing forward the Brazilian Amazon Consortium of Governors. In this collegiate, he strives for subnational empowerment and feasible paths for Green Economy and SDGs implementation. In 2019, at COP-25, he announced the Amazon Now State Plan (ANSP), Pará’s main strategy to restrain
deforestation and strength biodiversity conservation. In 2020, the ANSP was consolidated into a State Decree, committing Pará to GHG emission reduction in 86% by 2035, and aiming the net-zero stage. In 2021, Governor Barbalho elevated Pará’s climate ambition, by signing up the state as the first in the Amazon to join the Race To Zero campaign.

In 2022 he was reelected for a second term as governor with the highest percentage of votes in Brazil's general elections. In August 2023 President Lula da Silva and Governor Barbalho have hosted in Belém the Amazon Summit in Belém held by the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) which culminated with the signing of the Belém Declaration.
Helder Barbalho