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The Independent is hosting an event as part of our Stop The Illegal Wildlife Trade campaign at a prestigious summit convening amid the 75th meeting of United Nations General Assembly.

The event, to be held on Thursday with conservation partners Space for Giants (SfG), will explore how conservation can benefit from new approaches to environmental sustainability and supply chains. It is part of the Concordia Annual Digital Summit 2020, where heads of state, CEOs, NGO executives, and changemakers come together to discuss issues causing division across the globe.

The Independent’s event will take place at 1.30pm (EST) (6.30pm BST) with the Rt Honorable Lord William Hague, former British foreign secretary and leader of the Conservative party; Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, veterinarian and founder of Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH), an award-winning NGO that protects endangers gorillas and other wildlife; and Professor Lee White CBE, Minister of Water, Forest, the Sea and Environment for the Gabonese Republic.


It will be hosted by SfG founder, Dr Max Graham. The Independent’s Stop the Illegal Wildlife Trade campaign, which was launched earlier this year, seeks an international effort to clamp down on poaching and the illegal trade of wild animals.

For the past decade, Concordia has hosted a large summit each fall in New York, parallel to the UN General Assembly. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s events are being held digitally.

Other Concordia speakers this week include Bob Woodward, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter and author of the recent Trump biography, Rage. Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General; Kelly Craft, US Ambassador to the UN, and Bernard Looney CEO of BP are also scheduled to speak.