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[UN Observance] International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

Every year on November 29, the United Nations commemorates the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. To learn why, and how you can participate, please visit https://www.un.org/en/observances/international-day-of-solidarity-with-the-palestinian-people.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, please visit facebook.com/NGOCoRIP. For more information on the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values, and Global Concerns, please visit csvgc-ny.org. For more information on the Decolonization Alliance, please email Pres. Bautista at lbautista@umcjustice.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Social Development, please visit ngosocdev.org

Nuclear Weapons and International Law in the Contemporary Era

You are invited to: A Virtual Conference on Nuclear Weapons and International Law in the Contemporary Era

12 November 2020, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST

Seeking to address the huge gap in public awareness of nuclear weapons risk and applicable international law, the New York State Bar Association International Section is holding an all-day virtual conference that will bring together leading public officials, thought-leaders, policymakers, and experts for a comprehensive look at this often ignored subject.

According to Professor Charles J. Moxley, Jr., an LCNP director and a conference organizer, “International law may well hold the world’s best prospect for addressing and getting ahead of the existential risks posted by nuclear weapons.”

Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy (LCNP) is one of the co-sponsors of the conference and is well-represented in the program.

Register (no charge) and see the agenda here.

Among the speakers:

  • Professor Moxley, Kathleen Lawand of the International Committee of the Red Cross, and Professor David Koplow of Georgetown Law
  • Izumi Nakamitsu, UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, will deliver a keynote address, followed by a panel on the role of the United Nations featuring her, LCNP Senior Analyst John Burroughs, Allison Pytlak of Reaching Critical Will/WILPF, and LCNP Executive Director Ariana Smith (moderator)
  • Jerry Brown, former Governor of California and Executive Chairman, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, will engage in a dialogue on responding to the greatest threats to humanity with Jonathan Granoff, President of Global Security Institute and an LCNP director
  • A panel on advancing the rule of law and morality in relation to nuclear weapons includes Jacqueline Cabasso, Executive Director of Western States Legal Foundation, LCNP advisor Laurie Ashton, an attorney who served on the legal team for the Marshall Islands in its nuclear disarmament cases in the International Court of Justice, and Tom Collina, Director of Policy, Ploughshares Fund, and co-author with William Perry of The Button

Additional panels will address nuclear weapons risks, consequences and responses, and the treaty regime on nuclear weapons.

Conference co-sponsors in addition to LCNP are Fordham Law School, Center on National Security; Georgetown University, Berkley Center for Religion, Ethics and World Affairs; American Bar Association, International Law Section; New York City Bar Association, Committees on International Law, Military and Veteran Affairs, Nuclear Policy and the United Nations, and Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice; New York County Lawyers Association, Committee on Foreign & International Law; Global Security Institute.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace, and Security, please visit ngocdps.wordpress.com. For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-Vienna, please visit ngocsdvienna.org.

Holocaust Education in Crisis? Challenges and Responses

To mark the anniversary of the November 1938 Pogrom, The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme and UNESCO are hosting an online discussion Holocaust education in crisis? Challenges and responses to examine the implications of recent surveys about Holocaust education and possible responses to the challenges and opportunities they raise.
Discussions about Holocaust education usually focus on three main questions: what should be taught, how should it be taught, and to what end? Recent surveys have shown that historical knowledge of the Holocaust is in decline, while related dis- and misinformation is on the rise. Simultaneously, research suggests a connection between students’ positive attitudes towards human rights and activism and their exposure to Holocaust education. Our diverse expert panel considers the implications of this research for their field.
Speakers:

Gretchen Skidmore, Director of Education Initiatives, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, United States

Debórah Dwork, Founding Director, The Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity, Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, The Graduate Center – CUNY, United States

Stuart Foster, Executive Director of the Center for Holocaust Education, University College London, United Kingdom

Elke Gryglewski, Head of the Educational Department, Memorial and Educational Site House of the Wannsee Conference, Germany

Yael Siman, Associate Professor at the Department of Social and Political Science, Iberoamericana University, Mexico

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations, please visit rngos.wordpress.com. For more information on the NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief, please visit unforb.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values, and Global Concerns-NY, please visit csvgc-ny.org. For more information on the Decolonization Alliance, please email President Bautista at lbautista@umcjustice.org. 

Target 2045: A New Rallying Call for Nuclear Weapons Elimination

Target 2045: A new rallying call for nuclear weapons elimination

Co-sponsors: In-Depth News, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, UNFOLD ZERO and #wethepeoples2020

A number of calls have been made recently, by non-nuclear governments and civil society organisations, to the nuclear armed and allied countries to commit to achieving the global elimination of nuclear weapons at least by 2045, the 100th anniversary of the United Nations (if not sooner). These include recent statements to the UN High Level Meeting on the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, and global appeals launched by #wethepeoples2020 and World Beyond War.

This target of 2045 appears far into the future for those of us who believe that nuclear disarmament can and should be achieved much earlier. However, setting a goal of 2045 could provide a global rallying call to build a stronger movement, and would avoid being dismissed as unrealistically early by those who rely on nuclear deterrence. (See 2045: A New Rallying Call for Nuclear Abolition, In-Depth News, Oct 22, 2020)

This webinar will explore the political value of setting 2045 as the target date by which the global elimination of nuclear weapons should be achieved, if not before.

Register here!

Speakers:

H.E. Mr Magzhan Ilyassov, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United Nations

Mr. Saber Chowdhury, MP, Honorary President, Inter-Parliamentary Union, Co-President, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament

Mr. Ramesh Jaura, Editor-in-Chief & Director-General, IDN-InDepth News, flagship agency of the non-profit International Press Syndicate group

Ms. Vanda Proskova, Vice-Chair, PragueVision Institute for Sustainable Security, Co-chair, Abolition 2000 Youth Network

Chair: Mr. Alyn Ware, Member, World Future Council, Global Coordinator, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace, and Security, please visit ngocdps.wordpress.com. For more information on the NGO Committee on Human Rights, please email the co-chairs at bknotts@uua.org or bobbinassar@gmail.com. 

[UN Observance] International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

The United Nations recognizes the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists every year on November 2.

Help keep the investigations of killed journalists alive and perpetuate their legacy by sharing their articles and their stories. Learn more about the #TruthNeverDies campaign, developed jointly by UNESCO and DDB Paris, here: https://unesco.exposure.co/truth-never-dies.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Drugs and Crime, please visit nyngoc.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Human Rights, please email the co-chairs at bknotts@uua.org or bobbinassar@gmail.com. For more information on the NGO Committee on Social Development, please visit ngosocdev.org.

Supporting gender mainstreamed policies, programs & actions in the fight against small arms trafficking/misuse

The European Union & the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs present:

Supporting gender mainstreamed policies, programmes and actions in the fight against small arms trafficking and misuse, in line with the Women, Peace and Security agenda

Register here: eventbrite.com/e/gender-mainstreaming-in-small-arms-control-in-line-with-the-wps-agenda-tickets-125967477115

The event presents initiatives in support of more effective, gender-responsive small arms control. Overview of opportunities and challenges to gender-responsive small arms control; In-country training programmes for national small arms commissions in Africa; Partnerships with parliamentarians, women’s organizations and the Women, Peace and Security community in Asia and the Pacific; Firearms investigations from a gender perspective & linkages between small arms legislation and the elimination of Violence against Women in Latin America and the Caribbean; Increasing engagement for a gendered approach to small arms control at the grass-root level.

This is a virtual, open event in the margins of the UN General Assembly’s First Committee and the UN Security Council debate on WPS.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace, and Security, please visit ngocdps.wordpress.com. For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-Vienna, please visit https://ngocswvienna.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-New York, please visit https://ngocsw.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-Geneva, please visit ngocsw-geneva.ch.

Islamophobia & Race: What Are We Afraid Of?

Islamophobia and Race: What Are We Afraid Of?

October 23, 2020 at 10AM EST 

Join the Unitarian Universalist Association at the United Nations (UUA), the NGO Committee on Human Rights, and the Burma Task Force for a global conversation on faith-based discrimination and ethnic genocide. This discussion will explore the experiences of the Muslim community worldwide, while examining the intersectional ways in which Islamophobia and racism interact to perpetuate harmful preconceptions and prejudice. Speakers representing Myanmar, Sudan, Tibet, and the United States will reflect on their unique sociocultural identity and how Islamophobia continues to intricately impact multiple dimensions of their lives. Our esteemed panelists include: Zaw Win Nyunt, Intercommunal Peacemaker in Burma; Mariam Abdalgadir, Sudanese community activist and artist based in Bay Area, California; and Mariam Osmanu, Ghanaian and Nigerian graduate student from NYU Silver School of Social Work based in the Bronx, New York. As we interrogate structural and interpersonal bias against those who practice Islam, we should be asking ourselves: What are we afraid of?

Register in advance for this meeting: https://uua.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYkceuprDIsHNTk4eU8OiubL-GmdvgA_-r3

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Human Rights, please email the co-chairs at bknotts@uua.org and/or bobbinassar@yahoo.com. For more information on the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations, please visit rngos.wordpress.com.

Safeguarding the Right to Freedom of Religion or Belief and Cultural Rights at a Time of Crisis

Safeguarding the Right to Freedom of Religion or Belief and Cultural Rights at a Time of Crisis

Featuring Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, and Karima Bennoune, Special Rapporteur in the Field of Cultural Rights

Thursday, October 22, 2020, 12:00 – 1:15 Eastern Time

RSVP (include name and affiliation) to unforb@gmail.com – registered attendees will be emailed with link & password just prior to the event

Please join us for a conversation in which Dr. Ahmed Shaheed and Ms. Karima Bennoune will discuss their most recent reports to the UN General Assembly as well as several areas in which they have both engaged in their recent work as UN Special Procedures mandate holders. These include their efforts to encourage States to advance the rights to freedom of religion or belief and cultural rights in ways that are consistent with the principle of the universality of rights; their efforts to promote greater recognition of rights defenders in their respective fields; and their concern about the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the essential rights they monitor.

This event is free and open to all. Advance registration is required. For more information about the NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief, please visit unforb.org.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations, please visit rngos.wordpress.com. For more information on the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values, and Global Concerns-NY, please visit csvgc-ny.org.

Nuclear Weapon Free World: Global civil society commemoration of the UN Day for Nuclear Abolition

September 26, 2020, will be the 7th International Day for Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

Join people around the world in celebrating the vision of a nuclear weapons free world, raising awareness and calling on their leaders to advance nuclear disarmament.

Organised by #WeThePeoples2020, an initiative of over 100 participating organizations, to promote and engage in the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and key UN days and events.

The Nuclear Weapon Free World event takes place in two parts:
Part 1: Timed to suit people in Asia and the Pacific
Part 2: Timed to suit people in the Americas, Europe and Africa

Registration:

  • Click here to register for Part 1: Asia/Pacific event
  • Click here to register for Part 2: Americas/Europe/Africa event

Each part will have three sessions:

Session 1: 10-12 presentations on nuclear disarmament issues
Session 2: Practical workshops on key approaches to nuclear disarmament, including using the arts, how to move the nuclear weapons budgets/investments to better things, how to engage and empower women and youth, how to engage your legislators (mayors, parliamentarians)…
Session 3: A panel discussion followed by Q&A on how to achieve nuclear disarmament, how to move the nuclear-armed states to relinquish nuclear deterrence, the role of non-nuclear states, how to build on the connections between nuclear disarmament and other key UN issues.

PROGRAM:

Moderators:

  • Part 1: Vanda Proskova (Czech Republic), Deputy Chair of the PragueVision Institute for Sustainable Security, PNND Program Director for Women, Peace and Security;
  • Part 2: Kehkashan Basu (UAE/Canada), Youth Ambassador for the World Future Council, former United Nations Environment Programme Global Coordinator for Children & Youth, and winner of the 2016 International Children’s Peace Prize.

Opening comments:

  • Part 1: Yuriy Kryvonos (United Nations), Director of the UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific;
  • Part 2: Izumi Nakamitsu (United Nations), UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs.

Presentations, messages and panels with:

Maria Fernanda Espinosa (Ecuador), President of the 73rd UN General Assembly (2018-2019), former Ecuador Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Defence and a poet; Mani Shankar Aiyar (India), Chair of the Rajiv Gandhi Action Plan Group for a Nuclear-Weapon-Free and Nonviolent World Order and former member of the Indian Parliament; Yasmeen Silva (USA), Partnerships Manager for Beyond the Bomb; Solomon Yeo (Solomon Islands), Co-founder of World Youth for Climate Justice; Prof Azza Karam (Netherlands), Secretary-General of Religions for Peace; Gareth Evans (Australia), Chair of the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network or Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament and Co-convenor of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament; Dr Hedy Fry MP (Canada), Special Representative on Gender Issues for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE); Rev Emma Jordan-Simpson (USA), Executive Director of Fellowship of Reconciliation USAKaripbek Kuyukov (Kazakhstan), Artist, second generation victim of nuclear tests and Honorary Ambassador of the ATOM ProjectJeremy Corbyn (UK), Vice-President of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and former Leader of the UK Labour PartyKathleen Burkinshaw (USA), Daughter of a Hiroshima nuclear bomb survivor and Author of The Last Cherry Blossom;  Mikyung LEE (Republic of Korea), President of the Korea International Cooperation AgencyJohn Hallam (Australia), People for Nuclear Disarmament and the Human Survival ProjectJackie Cabasso (USA), Director of Western States Legal Foundation and North America Coordinator for Mayors for PeaceFabian Hamilton MP (UK), Shadow Minister for Peace and DisarmamentDouglas Roche (Canada), Former Senator, Member of Parliament and Canadian Disarmament Ambassador; Marzhan Nurzhan (Kazakhstan), Convenor of the Abolition 2000 Youth Network, PNND Coordinator for CIS (former Soviet) Countries; Bill Kidd (Scotland), Convener of the Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Nuclear DisarmamentEla Gandhi (South Africa), Founder of the Gandhi Development TrustKelly Slater (USA), 11 times world surfing championCynthia Lazaroff (USA), Founder, NuclearWakeUpCall.EarthAntony Owen (UK), Poet and Patron of the Campaign for Nuclear DisarmamentSooyoung Hwang (South Korea), Disarmament Program Manager, Peoples Solidarity for Participatory Democracy, General Bernard Norlain (France), Vice-President, Initiatives pour le Désarmement Nucléaire. Former Air Defense Commander and Air Combat Commander of the French Air Force; and more to come.

Event outline and program: Click here for the event flyer and program outline with session times. Click here for the full program. Click here for guidance on taking specific action.

For further information contact vanda@pnnd.org or  info@unfoldzero.org.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security, please visit ngocdps.wordpress.com.

 

{Virtual} UN75 Global Governance Forum (Day 3)

UN75 Global Governance Forum (Day 3)

September 18th – Community-Driven Sessions – 9:00am – 1:30pm

Concurrent Sessions 9:00am – 10:20am

Reaching the Summit: Promoting the Potential of the UN75 Declaration – Baha’i International Community, UN2020, and Together First

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81158216396

Speakers: Karin Eneström, Permanent Representative of Sweden to the United Nations and UN75 Declaration Co-Facilitator; Alya Al-Thani, Permanent Representative of Qatar to the United Nations and UN75 Declaration Co-Facilitator; Daniel Perell, Representative to the UN for the Baha’i International Community; Jeffery Huffines, Senior Advisor, UN2020 & Together First; Enyseh Teimory, Communications Officer, Together First, United Nations Association – UK; Cristina Petcu, Research Associate, The Stimson Center; Joshua Lincoln, Senior Fellow, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Community Peace as a Foundation of Security – Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89501354102

Speakers: Oshita Oshita, Director-General of the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, and Member of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nigeria Ademola Lawal, Head of Defence and Strategic Studies, Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy & Development

One Earth System, One Heritage, One Pact: Stockholm+50, an Opportunity to Restore a Well-functioning Earth System/Stable Climate – Common Home of Humanity

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88335338518

Speakers: Maria Fernanda Espinosa, President of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly; Izabella Teixiera, former Minister of the Environment of Brazil, Co-chair of the International Resource Panel; Paulo Magalhães, Founder and President of Common Home of Humanity; Earl James, Board Member, Common Homes of Humanity; Magnus Jiborn, Senior Researcher, Global Challenges Foundation

Empowering Traditional Conflict Resolution Mechanism in Peacebuilding – Sophia University in Tokyo

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82604317117

Speakers: Lual Deng, President of Eboni Center in South Sudan Eisei Kurimoto, Professor at Osaka University in Japan; Daisaku Higashi, Professor at Sophia University in Tokyo

Concurrent Sessions 10:30am – 11:50am

Policy Review of a UN Parliamentary Assembly – Democracy Without Borders

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81387087548

Speakers: Andreas Bummel, Co-founder and Executive Director of Democracy Without Borders; Nomsa Tarabella Marchesi, Member of Parliament of the National Assembly of South Africa; Domenec Devesa, Member of the European Parliament of Spain; Alhagie Mbow, Member of the Pan African Parliament of Gambia; Lilita Puig, Member of the Parliament of PARLASUR; Darren Bergman, Member of the Parliament of South Africa

Reinventing the Role of International and Regional Organizations in Promoting Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Institutions in Times of Crisis: What has Been Done and What is Next? – International IDEA

Webex Webinar Link: https://idea.webex.com/idea/onstage/g.php?MTID=e 7ce6ca4a5f0d9e0ddd91d931b34c4d48

Speakers: Patricia Galdamez, Senior Advisor to the Secretary-General, Community of Democracies; Francisco Guerrero, Secretary, Strengthening of Democracy, Organization of American States; Khabele Matlosa, Director for Political Affairs, African Union Commission Max Gilbert, Focal Point for the SDGs and Senior Advisor for External Relations, Council of Europe Massimo Tomassoli, Permanent Observer to the United Nations, International IDEA

Cutting costs of remittance flows – wrapping up the unfinished business from Agenda 2030 – International Organization for Migration and RTpay

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89075262758

Speakers: Marina Manke, Head of Labour Mobility and Human Development Division, Department of Migration Management, International Organization for Migration; Chris Williams, Chairman of RTpay; Amit Sharma, CEO, FinClusive; Ralph Chami, Assistant Director, International Monetary Fund; Francis Mugisha, Member of Leadership Team, TransferLink

Concurrent Sessions 12:00pm – 1:20pm

How the Beijing Women’s Conference speaks to us today – Feminist and Women’s Movement Action Plan

Zoom Webinar Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_isML-WsLTjiIB ziCqVacXg

Speakers: Soon-Young Yoon, Representative to the UN for International Alliance of Women, co-driver of the fwMAP; Charlotte Bunch, founder and Senior Scholar, Center for Women’s Global Leadership, Rutgers University; Zonibel Woods, Gender consultant, Sustainable Development and Climate Change, Asian Development Bank; Uzma Gul, human rights advocate and youth leader; Rahima Sajid, American Pakistan Fellow and youth representative to the UN

“Global Governance and the Emergence of Global Institutions for the 21 st Century” book presentation – Global Governance Forum Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87346359062 Speakers: Fabrizio Hochschild, UN Under-Secretary-General and Special Advisor to the Secretary-General for the Commemoration of the United Nations 75th Anniversary Mark Wolf, Senior United States District Judge, Chair, Integrity Initiatives International Maja Groff, Visiting Professor from Leiden University Arthur L. Dahl, President of International Environment Forum August Lopez-Claros, Chair of Global Governance Forum Robert Rotberg, Professor from Harvard University, Kennedy School Joseph Baratta, Historian, Author of The Politics of World Federation Maria Ivanova, Associate Professor and Director, Center for Governance and Sustainability

Joining Capacities to respond to regional crises: Calling on Latin American and the Caribbean’s regional organizations? – Plataforma CIPÓ and Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict

*closed-door session

Speakers: Yadira Pinilla Soto, Advisor to the Director of the Department of the Sustainable Democracy and Special Missions at the Organization of American States ;Luis Consuegra, Strategic Partnerships Advisor at International IDEA; Marina Kumskova, UN Liaison for Global Partnership of Armed Conflict (GPPAC); Adriana Abdenur, Co-founder of Plataforma CIPÓ

A fourth pillar for the United Nations? Protecting the United Nations by reforming counter-terrorism – SaferWorld

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83511237817

Speakers: Jordan Street, Policy and Advocacy Adviser at SaferWorld; Marc Batac, Regional Officer at Initiatives for International Dialogue; Ali Altiok, Program Officer for Interpeace USA; Fionnuala Ni Aolain, Special Rapporteur on Protecting Human Rights while Countering Terrorism; Ottilia Anna Maunganidze, Head of Special Projects at the Institute for Security Studies Ali Altiok, Author and Youth Expert; Lorraine Degruson, Network Coordinator at UNOY

Conserving the Amazon: Financing and Sustainability – Global Governance Philanthropy Network

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83123759934

Speakers: Daniel Nepstad, Executive Director, Founder, and President of Earth Innovation Institute; Renata Piazzon, Executive Manager of Climate Change at Arapyau Institute; Jonah Wittkamper, Founder of Global Governance Philanthropy Network Walter Vergara, Secretariat at Initiative 20×20; Felipe Cruz Tuxa, Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil

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