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CECI Holds the 6th Annual International Forum - January 20 and 21 in Montreal

January, 20 2017

Around 760 people are currently gathered at the Centre Mont-Royal for the sixth edition of the International Forum, jointly organized by CECI and World University Service of Canada (WUSC). The Forum is an annual event where the great debates of international development are tabled.


A new look at today’s issues


CECI is the largest and most longstanding international cooperation organization in Quebec. Over nearly sixty years, it has built a solid expertise in the field of international development. Today, it employs some 300 people around the world and works with hundreds of Canadian volunteers and a network of over 150 partners in 20 countries.

The International Forum is a chance for CECI to share the expertise it has acquired over its six decades of wide-ranging experience.

What should we think about the humanitarian implications of private businesses? What about the notion of climate justice? How do we reconcile protecting nature and ensuring the survival of aboriginal peoples? How can women transform the food industry to help other women? When responding to emergencies, how do we take into account the needs of refugees with disabilities? These questions will be discussed and debated under three streams: People, Profit and Planet.


International expertise


Actors of international development face a host of challenges that are often complex and sometimes unexpected. Under the theme “Reaching the Tipping Point – How to Cultivate a Brighter Future,” renowned speakers hailing from civil society in the global South, or representing the private sector, universities, and governments and international cooperation organizations from the North will address these challenges. 

Speakers include: Ayman Cherkaoui, Senior Legal Advisor for the Climate Change Program at the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (Canada/Morocco); Luisa Cifuentes de Gramajo, Director of the Sustainable Management Authority for the Lake Atitlán Basin and Surrounding Areas (Guatemala); Oumar Diack, Development Project Manager and Humanitarian Project Coordinator for CECI in Northern Senegal; Tareq Hadhad, a Syrian immigrant who arrived in Canada in December 2015, founder of Peace by Chocolate; Keshava Koirala, Director of CECI Nepal; Alimata Konaté, IT and Communications Director at Farm Radio International (Burkina Faso); Eugene Orejas, Director of NGO and CECI partner, the Centre for Emergency Aid and Rehabilitation (Philippines); Ketty Paquiot, Chair of CECI’s advisory committee in Haiti; Dr. Rajendra Prasat Adhikari, academic and consultant, member of CECI’s advisory committee in Nepal.

What: the International Forum
When: Friday, January 20 and Saturday, January 21, 2017
Where: Centre Mont-Royal , 2200 Mansfield Street

For more information, contact France-Isabelle Langlois, Director of Communications and Development for CECI, at (514) 774-7527, or france-isabellel@ceci.ca.

www.internationalforum.ca  / www.ceci.ca

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CECI is an international development and cooperation NGO founded in 1958 whose mission is to combat poverty and exclusion among the world’s most marginalized populations in Africa, Asia and the Americas. CECI is involved in various humanitarian assistance, development and volunteer cooperation projects. It works in twenty countries with more than 150 partners. With nearly 60 years in operation, CECI has trained over 10,000 volunteers in Canada and 30 other countries, helped more than 5,000 local organizations and improved the lives of over 25 million people.