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We’re transforming the 10th Concordia Annual Summit into a five-day digital experience, and we’re excited to be bringing you a fully-immersive event, with cutting-edge content, a powerful speaker roster, and interactive networking opportunities, right to your door! From the ongoing fight for racial justice to the future of technology in a post-COVID world, what major themes can you expect to come under the spotlight at this year’s Annual Summit?

Keynote Town Halls

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Concordia’s keynote sessions will be a series of town hall-style conversations with the world’s top leaders and luminaries around how to leverage this moment of global transition to “build forward”, instead of building back, toward a brighter, more equitable future.

U.S. Elections & Civic Engagement

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Monday, September 21, 2020
Programming Block I

With the 2020 U.S. presidential election right around the corner and civic movements confronting police brutality and racial equity gaining momentum in the midst of a global pandemic, this year’s election is sure to be historic. Against this unprecedented backdrop, it is of utmost importance that cross-sector leadership come together to discuss what is at stake and how the world will be affected by the outcome of November’s election.

Concordia Action Alliance Forum

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Monday, September 21, 2020
Programming Block II

The Concordia Action Alliance Forum will engage thought leaders around how to best create partnerships addressing ongoing disaster and pandemic preparedness, response, and resiliency. This critical mass of thought leaders will create a blueprint for recovery through meaningful partnerships and innovation, and will be the flagship forum for private sector coordination and collaboration during UNGA week.

Financing the Future

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Programming Block I

With the global economy on a roller coaster ride due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this programming block will address the ways in which the world will have to adapt to new realities, evaluating the role of cross-sector partnerships to help level the international economic playing field. Concordia will also continue its Innovative Financing Coalition discussions, leveraging its platform towards its goal of facilitating partnerships in the blended finance space.

Equality & Human Rights

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Programming Block II

Amid ongoing civil rights protests around the killing of George Floyd and countless other black lives, a public spotlight has been shone on racial injustice and inequality. Concordia will gather thought leaders to discuss how unity can be established and human rights advanced in the U.S. and on a global scale, making space for tough conversations that can appear uncomfortable to some, to address core issues such as systemic racism, implicit biases, gender inequality, and what we can all be doing to lead the way to a more just and equal world.

Sports for Good

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Programming Block I

For centuries, spectators have gathered to cheer on their favorite sports teams from Roman gladiators to Manchester United; these events have become drivers of economic and social growth, and provide a key platform for cross-sector partnerships to engage youth and the wider population in a positive and transformational manner. Concordia will convene important stakeholders from the sports industry to discuss how sports are agents of change, as well as the shifting nature of both professional and collegiate sports in the aftermath of COVID-19.

The Future of Technology

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Programming Block II

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly underscored the importance of technology and connectivity in today’s world. Concordia will continue to foster conversations around the future of technology and the world’s digital transformation, leveraging its network to inspire innovative solutions to deploy technology for growth, success, and inclusivity.

Food Security

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Thursday, September 24, 2020
Programming Block I

Every day in every country around the globe, there are people who go to bed hungry and entire communities struggling to produce enough food for their people; COVID-19 is adding an additional layer of complication that will exacerbate food insecurity for years to come amid regional economic shutdowns. Concordia will continue to explore the impact of climate change on food accessibility, the role of technology in improving accessibility of produce, the political implications of food deserts, and the challenges facing the next generation of farmers.

Environmental Sustainability

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Thursday, September 24, 2020
Programming Block II

This year the world experienced huge environmental shifts in just a few weeks of economic shutdown—grounded aircraft fleets, empty Los Angeles freeways, and the Himalayas visible from 200 kilometers away are just a handful of examples. How can cross-sector partnerships combat ongoing environmental challenges created by economic growth and swelling global populations? What shifts in human behavior can we realistically expect in a post-COVID world, and how will that change our resource consumption?

Education & Workforce Development

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Friday, September 25, 2020
Programming Block I

With entire industries being disrupted by today’s pandemic, we need to generate ideas for global education and viable virtual employment in the wake of the coronavirus. What can the world’s biggest corporations do to help bring low-wage, hands-on workers into a virtual world? Will higher education ever be the same after sending students home for semesters of virtual learning?

Global Trade & Supply Chains

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Friday, September 25, 2020
Programming Block II

The dismantling and restructuring of decades-old international trade agreements and a looming trade war between China and the U.S. has created unexpected challenges with the U.S. economy and commercial relations across the globe. The unpredictable nature of global commerce can present immense opportunities for collective cooperation and multilateral alliances. Concordia will facilitate discussions and engagements between cross-sector leaders on this matter.

10th Anniversary Celebration

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Taking place on the evening of Thursday, September 24, our 10th Anniversary Celebration will provide a digital extravaganza to celebrate 10 years of Concordia. It will mark the official launch of the Concordia Action Alliance, as well as announcing the recipients of this year’s Leadership Award, among much more.

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