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Republic of Ecuador
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Location  South America
Capital  Quito
Area  283,561 sq km
Population  15,007,343
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  • A team of students from Ecuador, Team Falcon Dev, won one of the four inaugural Imagine Cup grants from Microsoft worth $3 million on 27 January 2012 for their project SkillBox. SkillBox is an affordable solution to help children who are hearing impaired by translating audio received from a teacher in a classroom into sign language.[1]

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  • Ecuadorian scientists have discovered a hammerhead shark nursery on the Ecuadoran islands of Galapagos, where they have been born safely for millions of years, as the local biologist Eduardo Espinoza revealed on 29 January 2018.

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  • Ecuadorian politician Rosalía Arteaga Serrano served as the country's first female president for only two days from 9 to 11 February 1997.[2]

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  • Dr. María Fernanda Rivera Velásquez of Ecuador was named as one of the winners of the 2017 Elsevier Foundation Awards for early-career women scientists in the developing world for her research in Environmental engineering.

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  • Two new species of woodlizards (Hoplocercinae, Enyalioides) have been discovered in the mountain rainforests of northeastern Peru, according to a study published by researchers from Ecuador, Peru and the USA on 15 March 2013 in the open access journal Zoo Keys.[3]

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  • Researchers have discovered a new species of yellow-green frog with eye-catching stripes in Ecuador's cloud forest and named it the Ecuadorian rainfrog. The new species is described in a paper published on 22 March 2017 in the journal PLOS ONE.[4]

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  • Ecuadorian and American researchers have discovered a new frog species, called Pristimantis mutabilis, in Ecuador that has the ability to change skin texture in minutes. Their findings were published in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society on 1 April 2015.[5]

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  • Researchers from Ecuador and their international colleagues have located three new species of dragon-like Woodlizards among the cloud forests of South America's majestic mountain range in Andes. Their findings were reported on 6 April 2015 in the journal ZooKeys.[6]

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  • The UN Economic and Social Council on 19 April 2017 elected Ecuador as a member of its Commission on the Status of Women for a four-year terms.[7]

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  • Leonardo Stagg of Ecuador was elected as a member of Fifa's Disciplinary Committee from South America on 11 May 2017.[8]

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  • Ecuador broke the world record for reforestation on 16 May 2015, as the Ecuadorians planted 647,250 trees in a single day across the country.

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  • Ecuadorian Minister for Foreign Affairs Maria Fernanda Espinosa was elected as the UN General Assembly president on 5 June 2018.[9]

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  • Ancient Qhapac Ñan road system built by the Inca Empire spanning six countries in South America including Ecuador was granted World Heritage status by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2014.[10]

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  • Preciado Lenin of Ecuador won gold in Men's-60 kg Judo event at the 2015 Pan American Games.[11]

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  • Chocho Andres of Ecuador won gold in Men's 50km Walk event at the 2015 Pan American Games.[12]

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  • Galapagos Islands of Ecuador was recognised as the South America's Leading Beach Destination at the 2018 World Travel Awards.[13]

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  • Italian multinational oil and gas company Eni has made a significant oil discovery, potentially about 300 million barrels, in Ecuador at the Oglan-2 exploration well located in Block 10, approximately 260 kilometers southeast of Quito, as revealed on 18 September 2014.[14]

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  • On 23 September 2011, the United Nations (UN) hailed the Ecuadorian-UN accord that puts ecology over oil drilling as model for world. The agreement was signed in order to leave vast oil reserves, conservatively valued at $7.2 billion, untapped to protect biodiversity in a national park in Ecuador in return for half that amount from the international community.[15]

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  • A team of ornithologists in Ecuador has identified a new species of hummingbird, named Oreotrochilus cyanolaemus or blue-throated star, as detailed in the journal called The Auk: Ornithological Advances on 27 September 2018.

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  • Ecuador and Morocco on 2 October 2014 signed a partnership agreement in the field of export promotion. The agreement aims to reinforce exchange of information and know-how between the two countries, including promotional activities, assistance, support, planning, best practices and lobbying.[16]

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  • Ecuador was ranked as the Most Empathetic Country in the world according to a study by Michigan State University published on 14 October 2016. The study measured people’s compassion for others and their tendency to imagine others’ point of view.[17]

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  • Scientists have discovered a new species of giant tortoise in the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. The new species was named Chelonoidis donfaustoi and was detailed in PLoS ONE on 21 October 2015.[18]

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  • Katherine Elizabeth Espín of Ecuador was crowned Miss Earth 2016 at the pageant's grand coronation night in the Philippines.

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  • Former President of Ecuador and internationally renowned economist Rafael Correa was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Université Grenoble Alpes in France on 7 November 2017.[19]

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  • Olga Álava from Ecuador won the Miss Earth 2011 crown at the 11th edition of the Miss Earth beauty pageant on December 3, 2011.[20]

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  • Ecuador named World's Leading Green Destination at the World Travel Awards (WTA) Grand Final 2015 in Morocco.[21]

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  • Scientists in Ecuador have discovered a new treefrog species, Hyloscirtus hillisi, during a two-week expedition to a remote tabletop mountain at Cordillera del Cóndor, a largely unexplored range in the eastern Andes. Their discovery was detailed in the journal ZooKeys on 19 December 2018.[22]

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  • Ecuadorian researchers and their international colleagues have identified a new dolphin species, named Urkudelphis chawpipacha, based on a small dolphin skull discovered in Ecuador. Their findings were detailed in the journal PLOS ONE on 20 December 2017.[23]

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  • Ecuador was admitted as a member of the United Nations (UN) on 21 December 1945.

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References


  1. http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/press/2012/jan12/01-27ICGrantsPR.mspx
  2. http://www.speedylook.com/Rosalía_Arteaga.html
  3. http://www.pensoft.net/journals/zookeys/article/3594/abstract/two-sympatric-new-species-of-woodlizards-hoplocercinae-enyalioides-from-cordillera-azul-national-park-in-northeastern-pe
  4. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0172615
  5. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/zoj.12222/abstract
  6. http://zookeys.pensoft.net/articles.php?id=5032
  7. https://www.un.org/press/en/2017/ecosoc6824.doc.htm
  8. http://resources.fifa.com/mm/Document/AFFederation/Administration/02/88/36/92/20170511_CommitteeMembers_final_Neutral.pdf
  9. https://www.un.org/pga/72/2018/06/05/formal-meeting-to-elect-the-president-of-the-73rd-session-of-the-general-assembly/
  10. http://whc.unesco.org/en/news/1156
  11. http://results.toronto2015.org/IRS/en/judo/event-overview-men-s-60-kg.htm
  12. http://results.toronto2015.org/IRS/en/athletics/event-overview-men-s-50km-walk.htm
  13. https://www.worldtravelawards.com/award-south-americas-leading-beach-destination-2018
  14. http://www.eni.com/en_IT/media/press-releases/2014/09/2014-09-18-discovery-ecuador.shtml
  15. http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=39734&Cr=biodiversity&Cr1
  16. http://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2014/10/140581/morocco-ecuador-sign-partnership-agreement-in-export-promotion-2/
  17. http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2016/is-america-still-an-empathetic-and-generous-giant/
  18. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0138779
  19. https://www.univ-grenoble-alpes.fr/en/direct-access/news/news/uga-awards-honorary-doctorate-to-rafael-correa-265829.kjsp
  20. http://www.missearth.tv/
  21. http://www.worldtravelawards.com/award-worlds-leading-green-destination-2015
  22. https://zookeys.pensoft.net/article/25207/element/8/52586/
  23. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0188380