Fortaleza, Brazil, July 13th – Registrations are now open for Brazil Africa Forum 2021. The event will be held virtually on November 23rd and 24th with the theme “Natural Resources: environmental protection and sustainable development”.
Consolidated as the main space for debate between Brazilian and African leaders and fostering dialogue with actors from third regions, Brazil Africa Forum repeats this year the successful 2020 virtual format, when it remotely brought together more than 60 speakers, reaching an audience of more than 1,200 registered participants.
“The pandemic forced us to make a significant adaptation to the forum’s dynamics, all to ensure that urgent debates could be held. In 2020, our focus was to identify the main challenges brought by the crisis and propose solutions. Now we will continue analyzing the effects of the pandemic, but focusing on the necessary actions so that we can stop the impacts on the exploitation of natural resources”, says the President of the Brazil Africa Institute, João Bosco Monte.
Natural resources, severely affected by the pandemic, are at risk of irreversible disruption if there are no concrete actions to stop exploration, invest in recovery and prevent future crises.
The international scientific community has solid evidence that there is a direct link between the destruction of nature and outbreaks of COVID-19. Rural areas face increasing pressure, deforestation is on the rise in many vital regions, and there are reports of illegal mining and poaching emerging in the daily news.
BAF 2021 agenda will be divided into four axes, each addressing central themes for the natural resources agenda: land, water, forests and action.
Each axis will bring together the main stakeholders to discuss courses of action, public-private partnerships and solutions that can bring results for Brazil and African countries when dealing with their own challenges, as well as those shared globally.
Confirmed speakers so far include Agnès Kalibata – Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the 2021 Food Systems Summit; Gilbert Houngbo – President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD); Otaviano Canuto – Former Vice President and Executive Director at the World Bank; Patrick Dlamini – Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and Jennifer Blanke – Non-Executive Director at African Risk Capacity Insurance Company Ltd.
The event will show once again that even connected only virtually, it is possible to strengthen dialogues, create opportunities, encourage investments and contribute to overcoming this unprecedented crisis.
Info and registrations: https://forumbrazilafrica.com/
BAF 2020 teaser