- A Nigerian activist is joining global leaders to deliberate on Canada’s foreign policy
- The deliberations will border on interests and institutions that became universal over the last 75 years
- The two-day summit will take place on Wednesday, November 27 and Thursday, 28 in Ottawa
The chief executive of one of Africa’s leading civil society organisation, Connected Development [CODE] Hamzat Lawal, will be joining thought leaders from all sectors of Canada’s foreign policy at the annual summit on Canada’s global leadership.
Stakeholders for the event are drawn from defence, diplomacy, security, climate change and international aid sectors and they will be deliberating on reshaping Canada’s foreign policy.
The deliberations will border on interests and institutions that became universal over the last 75 years- economic liberalism, state sovereignty, human rights, collective security and multilateral organizations – no longer unify global actors.
The two-day summit will take place on Wednesday, November 27 and Thursday, 28 in Ottawa.
Lawal will be giving a keynote address linking climate change and migration for better Canadian foreign policy.
He will also join an expert high level panel session alongside Canada’s chief of defence staff, General Jonathan Vance, and Canada’s ambassador for women, peace and security, Jacqueline O’Neill and president to the Rideau institute and former ambassador to the United Nations, Peggy Mason.
At a side event, the founder of Follow The Money will speak on dispatch from the frontlines of a conflict caused by climate change and the needed resources for advancing the implementation of the Great Green Wall.
This will mark the launch of social action, Nigeria's latest report, “Boiling Over: Global Warming, Hunger and Violence in the Lake Chad Basin.”
Lawal will also touch on how Follow The Money is holding government to transparency standards.
Lawal who recently emerged winner of The Future Awards Africa Prize for Advocacy, will be giving a TEDStyle presentation on the importance of advocating for social justice, at the Youth/CEO Forum of the summit.
According to the president and CEO of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation, Nicolas Moyer, “the vision of the summit is to create a cross-cutting dialogue that will support an ambitious strategic commitment to Canada’s global cooperation and leadership based on comparative advantages.”
A month ago, Lawal spoke about the implications of illicit financial flows on humans at the 2019 Innovation Partos Festival on Thursday, October 11 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
The activist spoke at a high-level expert panel, alongside Anika Altaf, co-author of Trickle Up & Eddie Krooneman, a political analyst at the Netherlands; to explore current challenges and the changing landscape of support for development and social justice.
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