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Wildlife Day: Dignitaries to speak at NY inaugural conservation forum

Nigerian climate change activist, Esther Agbarakwe, will feature as a panelist and speaker as experts, diplomats, activists and compassionate citizens convene on Monday, March 3 to discuss wildlife conservation in Africa in celebration of World Wildlife Day 2020 in line with Sustainable Development Goal 15.

Rubin Museum of Art
The Rubin Museum of Art in New York will host the event

The African Symposium’s Inaugural Forum on Wildlife Conservation in Africa likewise features 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 who will be making opening remarks along with Dr. Djibril Diallo, CEO of The African Renaissance and Diaspora Network as the moderator.

This forum will take place at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York and will focus on opportunities for the African Diaspora community and friends to play a more active, engaged and visible role.

Besides Agbarakwe, the other 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; Fleurie LeClercq, Children’s Book Author, NDE Media Group; Zigi BenHaim, showcasing The Magnificent Dozen: Endangered Animals paintings; Dr. David O’Connor, Permanent Observer of IUCN to the UN; and Dr. Dale Jamieson, Director, NYU Centre for Environmental & Animal Protection, and The Same Sky Foundation.

Of the estimated 415,000 wild elephants on the continent, approximately 55 African elephants are said to be 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 recognise the intrinsic value of wildlife and its various contributions to sustainable development and human well-being.

The African Symposium is an event planning and management firm with a mission to catalyse social impact by raising the standard of Africa-focused events in line with the United Nations Social Development Goals (SDGs) promoting economic development in Africa.

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