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2019 Annual Summit Agenda

– AGENDA IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE –

September 22nd

SUNDAY

 

Registration will open from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm at the Grand Hyatt New York. All guests are welcome to pick up their passes at this time.

A Concordia Africa Welcome Reception will take place from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the Grand Hyatt New York. This reception is invite-only. If you have any questions, please email rsvp@concordia.net.

September 23rd

MONDAY

September 23rd

7 am
8 am
9 am
10 am
11 am
12 pm
1 pm
2 pm
3 pm
4 pm
5 pm
6 pm
7 pm
8 pm
Plenary
Sessions that will take place in the Main Plenary throughout the Summit
Plenary
Plenary
Registration & Breakfast
7:00 am - 8:00 am
Registration & Breakfast
Opening Plenary Session
8:00 am - 10:45 am
Opening Plenary Session
8:00 am - 10:45 am
Coffee Break
10:45 am - 11:10 am
Coffee Break
Morning Plenary Session
11:10 am - 1:00 pm
Morning Plenary Session
11:10 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch
1:00 pm - 1:40 pm
Lunch
Afternoon Plenary Session
1:40 pm - 4:00 pm
Afternoon Plenary Session
1:40 pm - 4:00 pm
Coffee Break
4:00 pm - 4:20 pm
Coffee Break
Closing Plenary Session
4:20 pm - 6:30 pm
Closing Plenary Session
4:20 pm - 6:30 pm

Session Description

- Lynne Doughtie: Concordia Leadership Award Presentation
- Head of State Address: Prime Minister Al-Sarraj of Libya
- Flashpoint Presentation: US Energy Policy & Regulation
- Rethinking the Role of Small State Actors in International Politics
- Designing for Inclusivity
- Healthy People, Healthy Economies: Strategic Public Private Partnership Delivering Results
- Global Hotspots: US Special Envoys Briefing

Speakers

Women Lead Reception
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Women Lead Reception
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Strategic Dialogue
Strategic Dialogue
Strategic Dialogue
Registration & Breakfast
7:00 am - 8:00 am
Registration & Breakfast
For Health and Humanity: Transitioning to a Global Plant-Based Future
9:15 am - 10:45 am
For Health and Humanity: Transitioning to a Global Plant-Based Future
9:15 am - 10:45 am
Programming Sponsor: Upfield

Session Description

Whether driven by concerns over the environment, nutrition, global food shortage, or non-communicable diseases, consumers and food companies are increasingly moving towards plant-based foods. According to Fortune Business Insights, plant-based protein supplements market is on track to reach a valuation of US$ 7.38 Billion by the end of 2025. As of 2017, its current market value is US$ 4.16 Billion, indicating an impressive compound annual growth rate of 7.48% over a short eight-year period. Is this a trend, or the future of food? This strategic dialogue will gather industry experts, researchers, food policy regulators, investors, and advocates for a discussion on the most promising mechanisms of increasing adoption, industry trends & forecasts, and opportunities not yet uncovered. The discussion will also tackle misnomers, myths, and unintended/unforeseen negative consequences associated with a global shift to plant-based foods, and end with the goal of putting forth realistic and well-founded policy recommendations that work for a diverse global community.

Speakers

Coffee Break
10:45 am - 11:15 am
Coffee Break
Investing in Youth Employment & Entrepreneurship
11:15 am - 12:45 pm
Investing in Youth Employment & Entrepreneurship
11:15 am - 12:45 pm

Session Description

Africa represents the fastest growing and youngest population, but as a continent, it faces challenges around industry growth, capacity building, and attracting long-term sustainable investment. System inefficiencies must be addressed to effectively and equitably manage this population surge, to include harnessing the power of the diaspora, identifying local solutions to contextual challenges, leveraging dynamic opportunities within the global economy, and strengthening coordination within the entrepreneur-investment value chain. This programming will build on prior Partnership Accelerator initiatives held throughout 2019 with the aim of uncovering models that have proven effective, shaping youth and employment-oriented policy, and spurring investment in leading interventions from across the continent.

Speakers

Lunch
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Lunch
Supporting Children in Crisis
2:00 pm - 3:25 pm
Supporting Children in Crisis
2:00 pm - 3:25 pm

Session Description

One hundred years ago, Save the Children was founded by Eglantyne Jebb, a visionary who fought to save children whose lives were devastated by World War One. Jebb believed that all children have the right to be healthy, educated and protected. Progress has been made, but today, at least one in five children in the world are still suffering the unacceptable impact of conflict. If the world is to achieve Jebb’s vision and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals in the next decade, we must collectively ensure children in crisis are protected. While our political leaders have a responsibility to uphold laws and promote peace, NGOs and businesses play an equally critical role in bringing their knowledge, skills and resources to bear to protect children and help them rebuild their lives. Children are resilient but must be given the education, mental health, and psychosocial support, and other programs they need to recover and look to the future. Save the Children and Concordia will examine the importance of public and private sector programming, strategic partnerships, and the need for greater investments and advocacy for children in crisis.

Speakers

Coffee Break
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Coffee Break
Government Digital Transformation: Modernizing How Governments Serve All People, Everywhere
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Government Digital Transformation: Modernizing How Governments Serve All People, Everywhere
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Session Description

National and local governments, led by digital service teams formed to promote government use of technology to better serve citizens, are increasingly becoming incubators for technology driven innovations and data driven policy reforms. In some instances this has led to cost savings, efficiency, and effectiveness in policy implementation. In other instances, it has led to security breaches, frustration, and increased skepticism from the public around governments’ ability to leverage technology. It has also shifted the dynamic of employment and retention between public and private sector. The ability to work within and alongside governments while using modern, agile methods has resulted in public, private, and civil society stakeholders collectively coming together to continue to push for adoption of modern service delivery methods in government. At this year’s Concordia Summit, leaders from digital service teams exhibiting early leadership around the world will gather with civil society leaders in the sector to discuss where the government digital service delivery movement is headed next, and how stakeholders and partners can help get it there faster.

Speakers

September 24th

TUESDAY

September 24th

7 am
8 am
9 am
10 am
11 am
12 pm
1 pm
2 pm
3 pm
4 pm
5 pm
6 pm
7 pm
8 pm
Plenary
Sessions that will take place in the Main Plenary throughout the Summit
Plenary
Plenary
Registration & Breakfast
7:00 am - 8:00 am
Registration & Breakfast
Opening Plenary Session
8:00 am - 10:50 am
Opening Plenary Session
8:00 am - 10:50 am
Coffee Break
10:50 am - 11:10 am
Coffee Break
Morning Plenary Session
11:10 am - 1:00 pm
Morning Plenary Session
11:10 am - 1:00 pm

Session Description

- Transforming Transportation, Again
- Global Citizenship: The Social Impact of Sustainable Investments
- Responding to US Leadership on the UNGA Stage
- Cross Sector Collaboration for Income Equality
- Rise of the Rest: Fostering Entrepreneurship Across America

Speakers

LUNCH
12:45 pm - 1:20 pm
LUNCH
Afternoon Plenary Session
1:20 pm - 4:00 pm
Afternoon Plenary Session
1:20 pm - 4:00 pm
Coffee Break
4:00 pm - 4:20 pm
Coffee Break
Closing Plenary Session
4:20 pm - 6:15 pm
Closing Plenary Session
4:20 pm - 6:15 pm
Strategic Dialogue
Strategic Dialogue
Strategic Dialogue
Registration & Breakfast
7:00 am - 8:00 am
Registration & Breakfast
Action-Oriented, Meaningful, and Profitable Sustainability Efforts
9:15 am - 10:45 am
Action-Oriented, Meaningful, and Profitable Sustainability Efforts
9:15 am - 10:45 am
Programming Partner: Boston Consulting Group

Session Description

This Strategic Dialogue session seeks to explore executive leadership’s role in driving the creation of multi-stakeholder frameworks for sustainability, supply chain transparency, and consumer business responsibility. The session will serve as an incubator for a global conversation on how societal impact has become an integral element of strategy formulation and value creation for businesses and investors alike, as concept advanced by BCG through its total societal impact lens.

Speakers

Coffee Break
10:45 am - 11:15 am
Coffee Break
Building an Inclusive and Ethical Digital Future
11:15 am - 12:45 pm
Building an Inclusive and Ethical Digital Future
11:15 am - 12:45 pm
Programming Partner: GSMA

Session Description

Digital technology contributes significantly to our society, delivering live-enhancing services to people of all backgrounds in all corners of the world. With almost the entire world’s population living within the range of a mobile network, mobile technology has enormous potential to include historically alienated populations in the digital economy. While leaving no one behind remains a core priority, without strong leadership from the private sector and cooperation across sectors and regions, there remains the risk of digital technology creating new forms of exclusion. As we enter the fourth industrial revolution, this conversation of business leaders will seek to create a roadmap for mobile technology business that promotes continued growth and success in ways that also seeks a better, more inclusive future for their consumers and societies.

Speakers

LUNCH
12:40 pm - 1:20 pm
LUNCH
Concordia Innovative Financing Coalition
2:00 pm - 3:25 pm
Concordia Innovative Financing Coalition
2:00 pm - 3:25 pm

Session Description

Innovative financing can unlock whole-of-society solutions towards achieving the SDGs, but it has not yet succeeded at the scale and rate required. Enhanced efficiency in funding scalable projects, brought forth via multi-sectoral dialogue, the public mapping of viable financing opportunities, and the creation of a universal agenda for investing groups, is essential for effectively leveraging innovative financing. This Strategic Dialogue will feature representatives from global development finance industries, state & private actors leveraging blended finance to achieve impact goals, and participants within the Concordia Innovative Finance Coalition reacting to specifics project frameworks shaping global, regional, and national action plans.

Speakers

Cannabis Industry, Regulation, and Investment: A Rapidly Changing Global Landscape
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Cannabis Industry, Regulation, and Investment: A Rapidly Changing Global Landscape
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Session Description

No industry is evolving as quickly as the cannabis industry, driven by rapidly shifting public perception, legal regulation, and market viability. The design of innovative products and launch of new companies is fueling this evolution, but there remains a lack of global cohesion or direction to manage this process, with implications towards restorative justice, global health, economic empowerment, and agricultural sustainability practices vulnerable to whether the industry will experience exponential growth or epic failure. This strategic dialogue will tackle several important themes coloring the international debate surrounding the cannabis industry, as well as draw on global case studies to inform projections on where the U.S. industry will go. As Concordia’s inaugural gathering on this issue, this discussion will chart a path for Concordia and partners to follow over the next 12 months, towards the end goal of designing a roadmap for partnership driven impact within the cannabis industry.

Speakers