MON, MARCH 02 2020-theG&BJournal- /AMA-African Symposium’s Inaugural Forum on Wildlife Conservation in Africa is launching on March 3, 2020 on the United Nations designated World Wildlife Day and in line with Sustainable Development Goal 15. H.E. Lazarus O. Amayo, Ambassador of the Permanent Mission of Kenya, H.E. Valentine Rugwabiza, Ambassador of Rwanda to the UN and H.E. Jean-Claude do Rego, Ambassador of Benin to the UN will be making opening remarks along with Dr. Djibril Diallo, CEO of The African Renaissance and Diaspora Network as the moderator.
The Forum is an interactive convening of experts, diplomats, activists and compassionate citizens, to discuss wildlife conservation in Africa in celebration of World Wildlife Day 2020 in line with Sustainable Development Goal 15.
This forum will take place at the Rubin Museum of Art and will focus on opportunities for the African Diaspora community and friends to play a more active, engaged and visible role.
The speakers include Angela Grimes of Born Free USA, Lexi Bowes-Lyon of Space for Giants, Edwin Tambara of African Wildlife Foundation, Alexandra Mor, Jewelry Designer, Esther Agbarakwe, Nigerian Climate Change Activist, Fleurie LeClercq, Children’s Book Author, NDE Media Group, Zigi Ben- Haim, showcasing THE MAGNIFICENT DOZEN: Endangered Animals paintings, Dr. David O’Connor, Permanent Observer of IUCN to the UN, Dr. Dale Jamieson, Director, NYU Center for Environmental & Animal Protection, and The Same Sky Foundation.
Of the estimated 415,000 Wild elephants on the continent, approximately 55 African Elephants are poached every day. Due to rampant poaching for Rhino horn, there are only two Northern White Rhinos left in the world, both of which are female, and with approximately 23,000 lions left in the wild, African lions face extinction by 2050. The United Nations General Assembly has designated March 3 as World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora, and to recognize the intrinsic value of wildlife and its various contributions to sustainable development and human well-being.