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The 2017 Concordia Annual Summit in New York

SEPTEMBER 18TH & 19Th

NEW YORK, new york 

 

DRAFT AGENDA

*SUBJECT TO CHANGE

8 am
9 am
10 am
11 am
12 pm
1 pm
2 pm
3 pm
4 pm
5 pm
6 pm
Main Plenary
Main Plenary
Main Plenary
Registration
8:00 am - 8:45 am
Registration
8:00 am - 8:45 am
Opening Remarks
8:45 am - 9:00 am
Opening Remarks
Mobilizing the Private Sector in Support of Refugees & Migrants
9:00 am - 9:50 am
Mobilizing the Private Sector in Support of Refugees & Migrants
9:00 am - 9:50 am
Location
Main Plenary
Time
9:00 am - 9:50 am

Session Description

Private individuals, community and faith groups, companies large and small have played a vital role in responding to the largest displacement crisis in history and to the broader challenge of integrating newcomers. The panelists will explore how the private sector can deepen its engagement on these issues, and also will assess progress on two initiatives launched at Concordia one year ago today—George Soros's commitment to invest in companies that are addressing migration-related challenges, and the Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative.

Speakers

Navigating the Digital Divide: Harnessing Partnerships for Equality
9:50 am - 10:10 am
Navigating the Digital Divide: Harnessing Partnerships for Equality
9:50 am - 10:10 am
Location
Main Plenary
Time
9:50 am - 10:10 am

Session Description

Award-winning NBC News journalist Kate Snow will discuss the digital divide with David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer of Comcast Corporation. Their conversation will focus on the reasons why approximately 25 percent of U.S. households still don't have broadband Internet connections at home, how Comcast NBCUniversal is tackling the problem, and how other companies and organizations can get involved.

Speakers

Partnership Announcement: PEPFAR & MasterCard Joining Forces to Help Control the HIV/AIDS Epidemic
10:10 am - 10:20 am
Partnership Announcement: PEPFAR & MasterCard Joining Forces to Help Control the HIV/AIDS Epidemic
A Role Without a Rulebook: The Influence & Leadership of Global First Ladies
10:20 am - 11:00 am
A Role Without a Rulebook: The Influence & Leadership of Global First Ladies
10:20 am - 11:00 am
Location
Main Plenary
Time
10:20 am - 11:00 am
Programming Partner
George W. Bush Institute

Session Description

A first lady’s podium can be a catalyst for positive change. Hostess, teammate, champion, and policy advocate, a first lady provides a distinct case study for women’s leadership. Unelected but official, spouses of state and government leaders have a unique opportunity to build bridges between civil society and government institutions. Both at home and abroad, they have leveraged their influence to champion causes including social and economic inclusion, education and healthcare, peace and security, and women and children’s rights, among many others. Naturally, the role varies by country and context—it may be endowed with financial resources or lack any budget at all, it may be staffed or un-staffed, and it may be legally or formally recognized or not. But even in countries where the role is most formally recognized culturally and politically, it is typically a role without a rule book.

This session will explore the role of first spouses, the value of women’s leadership, and how first spouses can be prominent voices for change around the world.

Speakers

The Middle Way: Consequences of Partisanship
11:00 am - 11:20 am
The Middle Way: Consequences of Partisanship
11:00 am - 11:20 am
BREAK
11:20 am - 11:40 am
BREAK
11:20 am - 11:40 am
Concordia Leadership Award Presentation
11:40 am - 12:00 pm
Concordia Leadership Award Presentation
11:40 am - 12:00 pm
Location
Main Plenary
Time
11:40 am - 12:00 pm

Session Description

The Concordia Leadership Award recognizes global leaders within the public, private, and nonprofit sectors who inspire others through their ability to turn vision into impact. Recipients of the award reflect a commitment to positive social and economic change, while promoting effective public-private collaboration to create a more prosperous and sustainable future.

Speakers

The Americas in Focus: Economic Development & Prosperity in the Western Hemisphere
12:00 pm - 12:25 pm
The Americas in Focus: Economic Development & Prosperity in the Western Hemisphere
12:00 pm - 12:25 pm
Freedoms, Diplomacy, and Human Rights in the Middle East
12:25 pm - 12:55 pm
Freedoms, Diplomacy, and Human Rights in the Middle East
12:25 pm - 12:55 pm
Main Plenary
12:25 pm - 12:55 pm

Session Description

Six years ago, the Arab Spring filled the Middle East with hopes of change, democracy, and social justice. Today, the space for human rights activists and civil society to operate and achieve the ambitions of the Arab Spring is increasingly shrinking. In fact, what we are witnessing today in the region is several governments institutionalizing policies that directly seek to curb freedom of speech, expression, and civil society. These policies have targeted and sought unlawful detentions and ongoing crackdowns that have left many in detention, banned from traveling, facing indictment, and exiled or seeking to exile themselves.

This plenary session will feature four experts in their respective fields who represent different aspects of the challenges of defending freedoms, diplomacy, and human rights in the Middle East. The discussion will feature Aya Hijazi, an advocate for street children’s rights who was recently released after three years in jail; Nancy Okail, a human rights defender in exile; and satirist Bassem Youssef, the "Jon Stewart of the Middle East," who has lived outside Egypt since the banning of his show. Panelists will explore the following questions: How can activists and civil society continue their work despite oppressive policies that threaten their funding, safety, and livelihoods? What role can public and private diplomacy play in supporting specific cases, persons, and organizations? What role can the private sector play privately and publicly in advocating for these causes, organizations, and individuals across the Middle East?

Speakers

Political Strategy in the Age of Information Overload
12:55 pm - 1:20 pm
Political Strategy in the Age of Information Overload
12:55 pm - 1:20 pm
BREAK
1:20 pm - 1:40 pm
BREAK
1:20 pm - 1:40 pm
Leadership for Economic Growth: Technology and the Future of the Workforce
1:40 pm - 2:10 pm
Leadership for Economic Growth: Technology and the Future of the Workforce
1:40 pm - 2:10 pm
Location
Main Plenary
Time
1:40 pm - 2:10 pm

Session Description

As a leading global researcher, developer, and manufacturer of high-technology products, United Technologies regularly comes face to face with the disruptive power of technology on the workforce. Recognized as the 87th largest public company by Forbes in 2017, employing over 200,000 people around the world, this truly global business plays a significant role in how the workforce is prepared to adapt to the changing demands of industry.

This plenary fireside chat will set the stage for a Strategic Dialogue session later in the day, which will bring together leaders from across industries and sectors to address the impact of technology on the future of the workforce.

Speakers

IFAD & MARS Partnership Announcement: Collaborating for Impact
2:10 pm - 2:30 pm
IFAD & MARS Partnership Announcement: Collaborating for Impact
2:10 pm - 2:30 pm
Location
Main Plenary
Time
2:10 pm - 2:30 pm

Session Description

Inclusive supply chains have the potential to simultaneously reduce poverty and drive sustainable profits, allowing both companies and communities to reap the benefits. The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Mars, Incorporated, have joined forces to strategically advance their shared commitment to boost access of smallholder farmers to technical capacity, knowledge and markets – results of which have already been achieved together with cocoa farmers in South East Asia. Frank Mars, Mars’ Board Member, and Gilbert F. Houngbo, IFAD President, will come together on stage to share how a new expanded global collaboration will help to increase smallholder farmer incomes and create thriving rural communities in the Mars’ supply chain globally.

Speakers

Solutions Across the Food System: Concordia Chat Series
2:30 pm - 2:50 pm
Solutions Across the Food System: Concordia Chat Series
2:30 pm - 2:50 pm

Session Description

Concordia Chat: Chef Dan Barber, Blue Hill Group ---- What kind of menu will meet the challenges of the future? Dan Barber, Chef and Co-Owner of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, explores a new recipe for good food—one that begins with the seed.

Concordia Chat: Jim Perdue, Chairman Perdue Farms ---- The treatment of farm animals has direct implications for trade policy, food security, overall sustainability, and trust in the food supply. Jim Perdue, Chairman of Perdue Farms, will speak on the business case for Perdue’s changes in animal care, and how Perdue Farms brought together diverse stakeholders – including leading welfare advocates – to make progress in this space.

Concordia Chat: Dr. Robb Fraley, Chief Technical Officer, Monsanto --- “Smart farming” is revolutionizing the way food and other agricultural products are grown, and there’s an explosion of agricultural innovation on the horizon. Dr. Robert Fraley, Chief Technology Officer at Monsanto, will speak about the transformation happening in Modern Agriculture, how it is reducing farming’s environmental impact, and what actions we all need to take to help farmers continue to meet the daunting task of feeding an increasingly hungry world.

Speakers

Red Cell Scenario: The Path Ahead for Syria
2:50 pm - 3:30 pm
Red Cell Scenario: The Path Ahead for Syria
2:50 pm - 3:30 pm
Location
Main Plenary
Time
2:50 pm - 3:30 pm

Session Description

When trying to solve the most complex and difficult security issues of our time, it is often necessary to step back and critically analyze both yourself, your adversary, and external forces. A red cell, a tactic often utilized by the U.S. intelligence community to improve effectiveness and security, works to identify flaws and vulnerabilities by exploring alternative futures from the point of view of other world leaders and powers. This innovative session will pit the top minds in the security field against each other through a red cell simulation in an effort to identify strategies that could be adopted to mitigate risk and build a path forward for the complicated humanitarian and security crisis in Syria.

Speakers will analyze the goals, weaknesses, and potential strategies of the major players in the Syrian conflict, shifting between first-person points of view to better understand and uncover hidden motivations. Led by the cell director, the team will analyze actions players would likely take in scenarios the director presents. The cell will pay particular attention to how intelligence gathering and reports, along with media and new coverage, has the potential to sway different actors. Ultimately, the discussion will aim to identify potential pitfalls that could trigger a worsening of the situation as well as possible strategic wins that could gradually move the country forward.

Speakers

Partnerships for Transportation in the United States
3:40 pm - 4:00 pm
Partnerships for Transportation in the United States
3:40 pm - 4:00 pm
Location
Main Plenary
Time
3:40 pm - 4:00 pm

Session Description

Much of the conversation on fixing the nation’s crumbling infrastructure centers around the same question: How are we going to pay for it? Yet amid this divisive debate, equally important questions are often lost. Among them: What are the new, cutting-edge technologies and projects that can update our infrastructure for the 21st century? How can the federal government better work with states and localities to provide tailored, community-specific repairs and innovation? What role can public-private partnerships play in modernizing the nation’s infrastructure, making it competitive again on a global scale? This session aims to change the way we look at infrastructure and break the endless loop of finance and funding questions that can too often dominate the conversation and impede progress.

Speakers

Harnessing Technology, Arts, and Culture to Solve Global Challenges
4:00 pm - 4:40 pm
Harnessing Technology, Arts, and Culture to Solve Global Challenges
4:00 pm - 4:40 pm
Location
Main Plenary
Time
4:00 pm - 4:40 pm
Programming Partner
MIT Solve

Session Description

From Mexico City to Berlin to Seoul, the technology and creative sectors have been vital in driving economic growth and sustainable development. While we all recognize the value of technology in driving growth, arts and culture are now increasingly being recognized as key to realizing sustainable development including as part of the 2030 SDG Agenda. Solve, an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), identifies and supports the best solutions to specific, actionable challenges through open innovation. This discussion will address how we can use technology and the creative economy to tackle challenges ranging from food and water scarcity to brain health and mental resilience. Yo-Yo Ma will also announce the winners of the Arts and Culture Mentorship Prize, which is awarded to Solvers whose creative solutions incorporate arts and culture.

Speakers

Remarks: The Importance of Health in Global Development
4:40 pm - 4:50 pm
Remarks: The Importance of Health in Global Development
Response & Recovery: Sustaining Health Services in Insecure Settings
4:50 pm - 5:30 pm
Response & Recovery: Sustaining Health Services in Insecure Settings
4:50 pm - 5:30 pm
Location
Main Plenary
Time
4:50 pm - 5:30 pm
Programming Partner
Americares

Session Description

Accessing quality health services is a significant challenge for people affected by poverty or disaster around the world. For people living in insecure settings the gap between urgent need for such services and compromised health systems is particularly troubling. Without reliable access to effective, sustainable health services, people are less able to maintain and improve their own health and that of their communities; with community resilience threatened, so is improved stability and economic and social opportunity. This session will bring together global leaders from the nonprofit, public and private sectors to explore opportunities to leverage cross-sector expertise to address strategies to sustain health services in insecure settings. Specific topics will include effective interventions to improve health outcomes during and after periods of insecurity, advocating for adherence to humanitarian laws and norms intended to protect health workers and people seeking care, leveraging the innovative use of technology and leveraging health to spur economic and social development.

Participants in this session will address questions such as: What have we learned from recent experiences that inform what we need to do to sustain health services during a period of instability, and also sustain health improvements in the period that follows? How do we advocate for international adherence to humanitarian laws to protect aid workers and people seeking care? How can we leverage the innovative use of technology during a period of instability to sustain critical communications between aid organizations, governments and providers in the field? How might technology improve programs, training, monitoring and accountability?

Speakers

Building Peace: Security & Development for the SDGs
5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Building Peace: Security & Development for the SDGs
5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Location
Main Plenary
Time
5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Session Description

Two years have passed since world leaders unanimously adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, binding governments, the private sector, and all members of civil society in their shared commitment to ending poverty, protecting the planet, and promoting peace across the globe. Since that time, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has contributed to the 17 SDGs through its work leading the Education 2030 agenda and promoting universal access to information, among other initiatives. A member of the SDG Advocacy Group and a UNESCO Special Envoy, artist Forest Whitaker has also contributed to this visionary agenda through support to violence- and conflict-affected communities by building local youth networks working for peace and development and by improving access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), which are fundamental to developing societies where everyone can learn and engage with one another. Through his foundation, the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative, the vision that networks and connectivity can help vulnerable communities on their path to peace is becoming more of a reality with every passing day.

Participants in this session will discuss the progress that has been made since the adoption of the SDGs and examine the work left to do in guaranteeing peace and security for all.

Speakers

Strategic Dialogue North
Strategic Dialogue North
Strategic Dialogue North
Registration
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Registration
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Private Meeting
12:00 pm - 1:20 pm
Private Meeting
12:00 pm - 1:20 pm
Strategic Post-Conflict Investment from Colombia to Cyprus
1:40 pm - 3:40 pm
Strategic Post-Conflict Investment from Colombia to Cyprus
1:40 pm - 3:40 pm
Location
Strategic Dialogue North
Time
1:40 pm - 3:40 pm

Session Description

The transition from a focus on the delivery of foreign aid to investment in economic growth is one that is critical for any country’s post-conflict, long-term development. While each country has its own unique dynamics that impact reconstruction and reintegration, history indicates a virtuous cycle between the prospect of peace and economic incentives for investment. From employment to education and from healthcare to social cohesion, strategic investments can transform an economy so that it can better provide for the needs of its citizens. Examining the lessons learned from Northern Ireland after the end of the Troubles, and following the discussions held at the Concordia Americas Summit in Bogota on the Colombian peace process and at Global Partnerships Week in Washington, D.C. on the peace process in Cyprus, this session will seek to examine the role of strategic investment in post-conflict settings.

Participants in this session will discuss questions such as: Has history proven a virtuous cycle between peace and investment in post-conflict settings? What lessons can be extrapolated from the peace process in Northern Ireland to countries such as Colombia and Cyprus? Is there a pattern or sequence of investment that has been particularly successful in the past? How do investors inject funds on a macro level so that there is leverage in ensuring stability? What steps must the public sector take to create a more investment-friendly climate? What political, social, and economic factors does the private sector take into consideration when making investment decisions? Is there a way to guarantee a successful model of development? How can investment in post-conflict countries contribute to the achievement of the SDGs?

Speakers

Disruptive Technologies: The Future of the Workforce
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Disruptive Technologies: The Future of the Workforce
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location
Strategic Dialogue North
Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Collaborators
McKinsey Global Institute, New America

Session Description

Robotics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning are already common in data processing and manufacturing industries around the world. Automation innovations can improve not only performance and efficiency, but also productivity. A report from the McKinsey Global Institute predicts that half of all jobs in the global workforce could be automated by 2055, which could increase annual productivity growth by as much as 1.4 percent. Yet many are fearful of new technologies in the workplace driving mass unemployment. Technological advancement and innovation has always led to the displacement of workers in certain industries, and the creation of new jobs in others. Is automation different?

This session will seek to address the changing demands for labor and the inclusive implementation of disruptive technologies in the workforce. What will the jobs of the future look like? Will job creation keep up with job automation? What role does education and training play in preventing mass unemployment? How can the private sector cooperate with policy-makers and education leaders in order to best prepare youth for the future workforce? How can employees displaced by automation be re-integrated into the workforce? What are the implications of a highly automated workforce on income distribution and inequality, and how can public private partnerships alleviate divisions that disruptive technologies might create?

Speakers

Strategic Dialogue South
Strategic Dialogue South
Strategic Dialogue South
Registration
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Registration
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Combating Corruption: Promoting Transparency in Colombia (Private Strategic Dialogue)
8:30 am - 11:00 am
Combating Corruption: Promoting Transparency in Colombia (Private Strategic Dialogue)
8:30 am - 11:00 am
Sustainable Infrastructure: Financing and Supporting Service Delivery in Africa
11:20 am - 1:20 pm
Sustainable Infrastructure: Financing and Supporting Service Delivery in Africa
11:20 am - 1:20 pm
Location
Strategic Dialogue South
Time
11:20 am - 1:20 pm

Session Description

Inadequate infrastructure across the continent remains a major challenge to Africa’s achievement of its full economic growth potential. Rapid population increase and high rates of urbanization have intensified demand for energy and agricultural production while also increasing pressure to aggregate resources from widely dispersed producers. These goals are both logistically and financially challenging given social and economic disparities throughout the region. The World Bank estimates that sub-Saharan Africa requires over $93 billion of investment with an annual funding gap of approximately $48 billion. This provides a huge market opportunity for investors to finance infrastructure projects, from roads and bridges to power stations and information communications technology. However, the presence of corruption and lack of transparency in many sectors also has a great impact on foreign investment and the ability to implement large-scale infrastructure projects, from the national to the local level. Public-private partnerships provide the opportunity to leverage the financial resources and innovation of the private sector and the scale and support of the public sector to develop sustainable infrastructure networks across the continent and create an environment where Africa can harness its full economic potential to substantially contribute to the global economy and improve the wellbeing of its citizens.

This session will seek to examine the challenges to and opportunities for investment in and implementation of infrastructure projects in Africa. Participants in this session will address questions such as: What are the economic and social impacts of the infrastructure gap in Africa? How do the current infrastructure deficits impact food and water security, access to healthcare, and education? To what extent does corruption and lack of transparency impact investment in and implementation of infrastructure projects on the continent? How can foreign investors best mitigate the risk of financing in projects which have long-term timeframes for completion and return on investment?

Speakers

New York City Global Mayors Summit (invitation only)
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
New York City Global Mayors Summit (invitation only)
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location
Strategic Dialogue South
Time
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Programming Partners
New York City Mayor's Office for International Affairs, New York City Mayors Office of Immigrant Affairs, Columbia University's Global Policy Initiative, Open Society Foundations

Session Description

The Global Mayors Summit will focus on how cities can, and are, implementing policies that promote migrant and refugee integration, rights protections, and civic engagement. In addition to a cities’ exchange, the Global Mayors Summit will also provide an opportunity for cities to express common values and objectives in this field, and to share city efforts with national and international counterparts. The program at the Concordia Annual Summit will be a learning exchange focused on ways to address the policy challenges facing cities, including through public-private partnerships.

SESSIONS IN DEVELOPMENT
City Innovations to Promote Integration, Protection, and Engagement
Legislative Opportunities and Impediments
Working Through City Networks
Engaging with the Private Sector, CSOs, and the Public

Main Plenary

DRAFT AGENDA

*SUBJECT TO CHANGE

7 am
8 am
9 am
10 am
11 am
12 pm
1 pm
2 pm
3 pm
4 pm
5 pm
Main Plenary
Main Plenary
Main Plenary
Registration
7:30 am - 8:00 am
Registration
7:30 am - 8:00 am
Toward a New Trust: Serving Public Interests through Transparency and Integrity
8:00 am - 9:45 am
Toward a New Trust: Serving Public Interests through Transparency and Integrity
8:00 am - 9:45 am
Location
Main Plenary
Time
8:00 am - 9:45 am
Programming Partner
The B Team

Session Description

Governments and businesses are facing a crisis of integrity. Inequality combined with concern about elite capture and corruption scandals have contributed to declining public trust in elected officials, corporate executives, and the institutions they represent. Leaders in government, business and civil society face a common challenge to create new conditions for trust and integrity through greater transparency, accountability and by countering and preventing corruption. This dynamic session will convene global business and civil society leaders with policy makers in open conversation to explore commitments in this effort, progress to date and the challenges which remain. This discussion will contribute to a UN General Assembly review of commitments made by governments at the 2016 London Anti-Corruption Summit.

Participants in this session will address questions such as: What progress has been made since the 2016 London Anti-Corruption Summit? What are the barriers to ensuring anti-corruption commitments are realized? What reforms are necessary to achieve these commitments? How can anti-corruption advocates best articulate the business case for beneficial ownership and opening contracting to catalyse corporate support? To what extent can partnerships between sectors assist in promoting transparency and accountability?

Speakers

Beyond the Glass Ceiling: Women's Leadership and Economic Empowerment as Key Drivers of Global Development
9:45 am - 10:20 am
Beyond the Glass Ceiling: Women's Leadership and Economic Empowerment as Key Drivers of Global Development
9:45 am - 10:20 am
Time
9:45 am - 10:20 am
Programming Partner
Wilson Center

Session Description

Though women make up half the world’s population, deeply entrenched cultural and structural barriers keep them from reaching the top levels of leadership across both the public and private sectors. This lack of female representation is not only detrimental to the way women are viewed and treated in the world; it is an overall drag on global development, which would be better served with a diverse set viewpoints at the highest levels of decision-making. Meaningful and lasting change is possible only if women can have a seat at the table.

Christine Lagarde and Jane Harman will discuss the importance of women’s leadership in entrepreneurship, as well as the connection between women’s economic empowerment and global development. They will explore questions such as: How can the public and private sectors promote gender parity in education, labor force participation, and leadership positions? What policies can help women acquire the necessary skills to grow their careers and become leaders in their sectors? What do current women leaders need to teach the next generation about overcoming gender bias? How would global development progress with more women involved in finding and implementing solutions?

Speakers

Bridging the Gap: Cross-Sector Collaboration for Skills Development
10:20 am - 11:00 am
Bridging the Gap: Cross-Sector Collaboration for Skills Development
10:20 am - 11:00 am
Location
Main Plenary
Time
10:20 am - 11:00 am
Collaborator
Miami Dade College

Session Description

Across sectors, the skills gap in the U.S. is a main topic of concern as it relates to education outcomes, industry productivity, and sustainable economic growth. Both businesses and job-seekers often find difficulty in matching open positions to suitable, qualified candidates. This may result from declining labor force participation rates in the U.S. and increasing skill standards for jobs globally. As technology changes the future of education and dynamics of the workforce, the number of unfilled jobs in areas such as cybersecurity, data analytics, logistics, engineering, and information technology is growing exponentially. Addressing the skills gap will require collaboration between the government, business, and nonprofit communities to leverage resources, share knowledge, and identify appropriate solutions.

Participants in this session will address questions such as: To what extent have the public, private and nonprofit sectors been unsuccessful in preparing students and jobseekers with the education and skills necessary to meet employers’ needs, and how can partnerships fill this gap? What are the implications of the skills gap for American competitiveness and economic growth? How has technology impacted the future of the workforce and what skills will be needed to prepare students for this job market shift? How does course completion and college debt impact the ability of young people to prosper?

Speakers

Break
11:00 am - 11:20 am
Break
11:00 am - 11:20 am
C-Suite Rises to the Challenge
11:20 am - 12:00 pm
C-Suite Rises to the Challenge
11:20 am - 12:00 pm
Location
Main Plenary
Time
11:20 am - 12:00 pm
Walk Free Foundation

Session Description

Aimed at catalyzing action among the private sector, this panel is an opportunity for leading multinational companies to demonstrate their commitment to clean supply chains, raise awareness about modern slavery in supply chains, and encourage industry-wide action. The panel will showcase best practices from companies who are leading their respective industries in working to eradicate the risks of labor trafficking and modern slavery in their supply chains. Rising to the challenge requires a commitment to action, and these companies are exploring ways to collaborate across sectors and leverage their influence to promote responsible labor practices. As a call to action for the global business community, Andrew Forrest, Chairman of Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) and Founder of the Walk Free Foundation, will demonstrate the scope of the challenge by announcing the joint estimate on modern slavery by the Global Slavery Index and International Labour Organisation (ILO).

Speakers

Environmental Policy in the United States
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Environmental Policy in the United States
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Risks and Returns: Corporate and Policy Planning for the Energy Transition
12:30 pm - 1:10 pm
Risks and Returns: Corporate and Policy Planning for the Energy Transition
12:30 pm - 1:10 pm
Location
Main Plenary
Time
12:30 pm - 1:10 pm

Session Description

Despite ongoing partisan debate, there is a strong consensus among public and private sector actors that the threat posed by climate change is real. Across the globe, investors and companies are waking up to the real physical and regulatory risks—and potential opportunities—posed by a warming climate. At the same time, policies to support the shift to a new low-carbon economy, including actively pricing carbon, are moving forward globally. The transition to a low-carbon future raises serious questions for stakeholders throughout the entire economy. Major oil, gas, and coal companies are now faced with the imperative of designing and implementing new practices, tools, and initiatives that allow them to bring products to market that can be both competitive, and also contribute to a cleaner energy future. By giving policymakers and stakeholders a better understanding of carbon pricing in action, modeling tax scenarios can be a crucial tool in helping to design and implement effective carbon tax policy.

Taking place 30 years after the finalization of the Montreal Protocol, an historic global agreement to protect the stratospheric ozone layer, this panel will examine key questions facing traditional energy companies as they undergo a sustainable energy transition. Among those questions: How will energy companies navigate a path through this policy transition? How are companies using scenario planning, including around physical and regulatory climate risks, to prepare for external policy and market shifts? What might these shifts look like in operation – will they result in company diversification, or will higher costs across the board threaten these companies’ basic ability to survive? How are they currently accounting for, and reporting on, climate related risks to their investors and shareholders, and how might they do this accounting in the future? The panel will also will examine what tools companies and policymakers can use as they explore the issues in order to ensure that they make thoughtful and effective decisions.

Speakers

Public-Private Collaboration in the United States
1:10 pm - 1:30 pm
Public-Private Collaboration in the United States
1:10 pm - 1:30 pm
Break
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Break
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Maximizing Global Impact: The Role of U.S. Philanthropy in International Development
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Maximizing Global Impact: The Role of U.S. Philanthropy in International Development
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Main Plenary
Main Plenary
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Programming Partner
Council on Foundations

Session Description

Annually, American philanthropy grants more than $6 billion to internationally-implemented initiatives, equaling about 27% of overall philanthropic giving in the United States. Through cross-border grant making, foundations work directly with foreign governments to improve government services, enable grassroots civil society organizations to undertake advocacy and implement critical programs, and provide vital “risk capital” to finance innovation for international development. Today, this globally-focused work continues amidst growing political trends in the US and UK that are leading governments to look more inward, resulting in renewed concerns of significantly reduced official development assistance (ODA). Within this changing global context, this session will bring together leaders in philanthropy to discuss how to build effective partnerships to leverage resources and increase impact globally.

In this session, participants will address questions such as: What is the impact of possibly reduced ODA on philanthropy around the world? How is philanthropy working to finance and support implementation of the SDGs around the world? As many countries are proposing to and/or starting to look more inward (i.e. America First, Brexit), why will/should American philanthropy continue to engage globally? What unique strengths can philanthropy bring to the table alongside governments, civil society, and the private sector to create a better world? How can public-private partnerships (P3s) benefit from the philanthropic agenda? To what extent do P3s appeal to philanthropists for their potential to scale impact?

Speakers

Democracy in West Africa: What Lies Ahead?
2:45 pm - 3:10 pm
Democracy in West Africa: What Lies Ahead?
2:45 pm - 3:10 pm
Location
Main Plenary
Time
2:45 pm - 3:10 pm

Session Description

According to the United Nation’s 2015 World Population Prospects report, Africa’s population is set to more than double in the next 30 years, climbing over the 2 billion mark. By 2100, the continent will be home to nearly 40 percent of the world’s population. High fertility rates, a decrease in infant mortality rates, and a major increase in average life expectancy will all feed into this population expansion. Within this incredible growth period, there needs to be an emphasis on development in order to attain sustainability. President Obasanjo was Nigeria’s first military ruler to hand over power to a democratically elected civilian government. Despite recent economic gains in many West African countries, Mr. Obasanjo views a lack of leadership as the primary inhibitor of success: in terms of performance, governance, administration and management. Nigeria has a strong economy, at times functioning as Africa’s largest, yet on a per-capita basis, many economists still see Nigeria as underperforming.

In this session, Mr. Obasanjo will discuss major challenges facing West Africa, from navigating extremist threats from Boko Haram, to oil production, to education and economic development. Mr. Obasanjo will share his perspective on cross-sector collaboration, and how to achieve viable solutions to promote a more stable and productive civil society in West Africa.

Speakers

Dr. Oz’s Prescription For The Nation
3:10 pm - 3:20 pm
Dr. Oz’s Prescription For The Nation
Main Plenary
Main Plenary
3:10 pm - 3:20 pm
3:10 pm - 3:20 pm

Speakers

Concordia Leadership Award Presentation
3:20 pm - 3:30 pm
Concordia Leadership Award Presentation
Location
Main Plenary
Time
3:20 pm - 3:30 pm

Session Description

The Concordia Leadership Award recognizes global leaders within the public, private, and nonprofit sectors who inspire others through their ability to turn vision into impact. Recipients of the award reflect a commitment to positive social and economic change, while promoting effective public-private collaboration to create a more prosperous and sustainable future.

Speakers

Meeting the Challenge: How Partnerships are Addressing Global Humanitarian Crises
3:30 pm - 3:50 pm
Meeting the Challenge: How Partnerships are Addressing Global Humanitarian Crises
3:30 pm - 3:50 pm
Location
Main Plenary
Time
3:30 pm - 3:50 pm

Session Description

The global refugee crisis is the largest humanitarian crisis of our time. Conflict from Syria to South Sudan has led to a record 65.6 million people displaced around the world, and more people have been forced to flee their homes by conflict and crisis than at any time since World War II. While the scale of global displacement is unprecedented, solutions do exist and close collaboration between the public, private and nonprofit sectors can help save millions of lives. This session between the President of the International Rescue Committee, David Miliband, and Airbnb's Co-founder and Chief Product Officer, Joe Gebbia, will explore how organizations can leverage resources across sectors to address some of the most challenging humanitarian crises facing our world today.

Speakers

Insights from Rt. Hon. Lord Michael Hastings
3:50 pm - 4:00 pm
Insights from Rt. Hon. Lord Michael Hastings
Concordia Leadership Award Presentation
4:00 pm - 4:10 pm
Concordia Leadership Award Presentation
Location
Main Plenary
Time
4:00 pm - 4:10 pm

Session Description

The Concordia Leadership Award recognizes global leaders within the public, private, and nonprofit sectors who inspire others through their ability to turn vision into impact. Recipients of the award reflect a commitment to positive social and economic change, while promoting effective public-private collaboration to create a more prosperous and sustainable future.

Speakers

P3 Impact Award Announcement
4:10 pm - 4:20 pm
P3 Impact Award Announcement
Location
Main Plenary
Time
4:10 pm - 4:20 pm
U.S. Department of State Secretary's Office of Global Partnerships
University of Virginia Darden School of Business Institute for Business in Society

Session Description

The U.S. Department of State Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships (S/GP), Concordia, and the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Institute for Business in Society (IBiS) created the P3 Impact Award to recognize public-private partnerships (P3s) that are changing our world in the most impactful of ways.

Closing Remarks and Performance
4:20 pm - 4:45 pm
Closing Remarks and Performance
4:20 pm - 4:45 pm
Location
Main Plenary
Time
4:20 pm - 4:45 pm

Speakers

Strategic Dialogue North
Strategic Dialogue North
Strategic Dialogue North
Registration
7:30 am - 9:00 am
Registration
7:30 am - 9:00 am
The Practicalities of Partnership-Building: Best Practices from P3 Impact Award Finalists
9:00 am - 11:00 am
The Practicalities of Partnership-Building: Best Practices from P3 Impact Award Finalists
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Location
Strategic Dialogue North
Time
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Programming Partner
Palladium
Programming Collaborators
U.S. Department of State's Office of Global Partnerships, the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Institute for Business in Society

Session Description

This strategic dialogue session will bring together organizations who exemplify hands-on experience with partnership building structured to create enduring economic and social value. Participants will discuss best practices and practical experiences related to several common challenges with partnership, first through a workshop focused on the mechanics behind partnership building led by Palladium, and then a showcase of the 2017 P3 Impact Award Finalists. The full session will address questions such as: How can new opportunities be identified within relevant “ecosystems”? What allows partnerships to be sustainable and scaled? What are key governance and organizational features of successful partnerships? And, under what circumstances can partnerships address social issues at scale?

The objective of uniting these programmatic elements is to first explore the best practices, rationale for metrics, and common obstacles in partnership formation in order to apply the evidence based approach to the evaluation of the Award finalists. P3 Impact Award Judges will deliberate their decision following this session, with the results being announced on the plenary stage later that day. Immediately following this session, audience members will have the opportunity to vote on the first-ever Audience Choice Award for the P3 Impact Finalists.

P3 Impact Award
The U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Partnerships, Concordia, and the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Institute for Business in Society (IBiS) created the P3 Impact Award to recognize and honor best practices of public-private partnerships (P3s) that are improving communities and the world in the most impactful ways. The award seeks to highlight leading practices and actionable insights in the P3 arena. For this award, a P3 refers to any cross-sector collaboration that features public, private, nonprofit, or non-governmental organizations and addresses societal problems.

Speakers

Break
11:00 am - 11:20 am
Break
11:00 am - 11:20 am
Location
Time
The Future of the Free World Order
11:20 am - 1:20 pm
The Future of the Free World Order
11:20 am - 1:20 pm
Location
Strategic Dialogue North
Time
11:20 am - 1:20 pm
Programming Partner
Atlantic Council

Session Description

The Free World order, often called the liberal world order, is under threat from outside aggression and doubts within Europe and the United States. Economic stresses, high levels of immigration, terrorism after years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq, and widespread frustration over political responses to these challenges, have fueled nationalist reactions on both sides of the Atlantic. Strong political forces, some inside the US Administration, are skeptical about the Free World’s institutions such as NATO and the European Union (EU), and even its core values of democratic and rules-based, transnational solidarity. At the same time, nation-states are being joined on the global stage by powerful individuals, groups, and other actors who are disrupting the traditional order and setting in motion a new dynamism in global affairs; Russia has resumed acting as malign political spoiler, using military aggression and active measures to weaken the West’s institutions and discredit Western values; and the rise of China and other emerging powers has generated questions about the future of the Free World order – and whether and how these powers may seek to adapt or even challenge this system.

For all its challenges, the Free World order brought the greatest period of peace, mass prosperity, and democracy, and remains the best global framework available. Participants in these sessions will discuss strategies for defending and adapting this global framework. This session will enlist experienced and rising leaders from Europe, America, and allies across Asia who uphold the Free World’s core values, to discuss key policy challenges facing the Free World, among them: countering Russia aggression and disinformation while keeping open the possibility of a better relationship with a less malign Russia; supporting the sovereignty and reforms of the countries of Europe’s east and southeast; integrating a rising China into a Free World system; accelerating growth of free market economies while extending the benefits throughout our societies, including a sustainable way forward on free trade; adapting transatlantic and other structures to help the Free World function and deliver for its citizens and the world; securing borders while protecting refugees and integrating newcomers; and challenging nationalists’ narratives by defining and embracing a higher, values-based patriotism. The fundamental issue at stake is whether the United States, Europe, China, and other leading powers will converge around shared norms and principles for governing the Free World order, or instead find themselves increasingly at odds.

Speakers

Break
1:20 pm - 1:40 pm
Break
1:20 pm - 1:40 pm
Location
Strategic Dialogue North
Time
1:20 pm - 1:40 pm
Turning the Tide: Harnessing Partnerships Against Modern Day Slavery
1:40 pm - 3:40 pm
Turning the Tide: Harnessing Partnerships Against Modern Day Slavery
1:40 pm - 3:40 pm
Location
Strategic Dialogue North
Time
1:40 pm - 3:40 pm
Winrock International
NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights

Session Description

An estimated 20.9 million people are trapped in human trafficking worldwide, with 76% of them being exploited for economic purposes. Modern day slavery nets annual profits of $150 billion, touching nearly every industry and country, and leaving every consumer culpable. However, only $120 million in OECD government resources is going to a coordinated, global response. Public-private partnerships are critical to driving down demand and developing mechanisms to eliminate slavery supply chains. Concordia’s Campaign Against Labor Trafficking is leveraging the power of cross-sector collaboration to help create industry-wide change, with a focus on ending modern slavery in the Thai seafood industry. Concordia envisions a future where everyone is paid a fair wage for their contributions to the global market, and human rights are upheld by governments and companies alike.

This session will uncover or propose public-private partnership responses to three obstacles to eliminating modern day slavery from corporate supply chains: data collection & sharing; creating an industry-wide movement; and, successfully implementing anti-trafficking initiatives to avoid negative effects up or down stream. Participants in this session will seek to answer questions like: What technology can be leveraged to optimize the use of the data that is available? What incentives are needed to push non-consumer facing companies to adopt rigorous standards? And, how can cross-sector collaboration feed into the creation of labor standards?

Speakers

Strategic Dialogue South
Strategic Dialogue South
Strategic Dialogue South
Registration
7:30 am - 9:00 am
Registration
7:30 am - 9:00 am
Location
Strategic Dialogue South
Shortage & Scarcity: Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Shortage & Scarcity: Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Location
Strategic Dialogue South
Time
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Collaborator
Atlantic Council

Session Description

The economic and humanitarian situation in Venezuela has continued to become ever more severe, sparking national protests and international concern. Today, Venezuela experiences acute hyperinflation, which has led to widespread shortages of basic supplies, including food. A recent national study showed that 75 percent of Venezuelans have lost 19 pounds in weight from food shortages and one-third of Venezuela's people, some 10 million, are eating no more than two meals a day. Thus far, domestic actors have been unable to sufficiently cope, resulting in rising rates of infant and maternal mortality and disease. While democratic and political processes are fraught with contention and there is difficulty obtaining reliable data on the situation in the country, there is little doubt that the international community is aware of the need to provide humanitarian assistance. If and when there is a change in government in Venezuela, the private sector will have a large role to play in rebuilding industries, economic markets, infrastructure, and social services. A strategic discussion between key stakeholders will be critical to identifying opportunities for partnership to drive social impact.

Participants in this session will discuss questions such as: Why has the international community been thus far slow to respond to the humanitarian situation in Venezuela? How can the international community obtain a realistic assessment of the humanitarian need? How can regional actors improve the current state of affairs? What does analysis of data regarding asylum-seekers, foreign investment, foreign currency reserves, and inflation indicate about the current situation in Venezuela? To what extent is private sector investment critical to Venezuela’s future development?

Speakers

Break
11:00 am - 11:20 am
Break
11:00 am - 11:20 am
Food Policy and Our Future
11:20 am - 1:20 pm
Food Policy and Our Future
11:20 am - 1:20 pm
Location
Strategic Dialogue South
Time
11:20 am - 1:20 pm
Volcani Institute

Session Description

The global food system is expected to feed a population of 9 billion by 2050 in an ethical, safe, and sustainable manner. The current system cannot meet this demand without irreversibly depleting natural resources and risking livelihoods, which would make everyone vulnerable to food insecurity. Public-private partnerships provide a vehicle by which to tackle this challenge. Concordia’s Campaign for a Sustainable Global Food Supply is working to develop lasting cross-sector solutions that meaningfully advance the international discussion on food sustainability, with a focus on farm animal welfare. Concordia envisions a sustainable global food supply as one that produces nutritious diets for everyone, uses resources efficiently at every stage along the way from farm to fork, and protects the capacity of future generations to feed themselves.

Much of the U.S. federal government’s food, nutrition, and farm policy is determined every half-decade in an omnibus law which has come to be known as the “Farm Bill.” Next up for reauthorization in 2018, the Farm Bill debate is heating up. How do we create a food system that ensures access to healthy foods for all Americans, secures fair wages for food workers, reduces our carbon footprint, limits marketing to children, safeguards the wellbeing of animals being used in food production, and protects the environment for future agricultural needs? Properly balancing these demands in an anti-regulationist era requires bipartisan agreement and cross-sector collaboration. This strategic dialogue will be broken into several potential scenarios possible under the 2018 Farm Bill. In a real world ‘choose your own adventure’, participants will react and adapt to changing outcomes feasible through changes to the U.S. Farm Bill. Tackling issues like sustainability, food access, and trade, participants will bring to life the implications of U.S. farming on the global food supply.

Speakers

Break
1:20 pm - 1:40 pm
Break
1:20 pm - 1:40 pm
Location
Strategic Dialogue South
Time
1:20 pm - 1:40 pm
Risk & Reward: Innovative Financing Solutions to Achieve the SDGs
1:40 pm - 3:40 pm
Risk & Reward: Innovative Financing Solutions to Achieve the SDGs
1:40 pm - 3:40 pm
Location
Strategic Dialogue South
1:40 pm - 3:40 pm

Session Description

According to the Brookings Institute, achieving the UN SDGs by 2030 will require $5-7 trillion dollars of incremental annual investment. While this figure seems daunting, the private and nonprofit sectors are in a unique position to tackle problems that do not necessarily remain within national boundaries. The practicality of identifying and mobilizing capital investments is critical if we are to seriously undertake the challenges set by the Global Goals. Cross sector collaboration in this regard will be fundamental in creating effective strategies and scaling impact across a wide range of issues.

In follow-up to discussions on the role of partnerships in achieving the SDGs at the 2016 Concordia Annual Summit, the Concordia Americas Summit, Global Partnerships Week, and the 2017 Concordia Europe Summit, participants in this session will further explore innovative financing solutions to achieve the SDGs by 2030. This session will address questions such as: What role can impact investing play in financing the SDGs? To what extent does digital finance play a role in advancing issues such as: gender parity, health, financial inclusion, and security? How can private wealth investors best support current efforts? How can cross-sector collaboration work to mitigate risk and ensure competitive return on investment in social impact projects?

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