2082 : Jane Goodall to speak at Lisbon convention
- Jane Goodall to speak at Lisbon convention
Jane Goodall, a renowned primatologist and conservationist, will be a keynote speaker at the 2013 RI Convention in Lisbon, Portugal, 23-26 June.
Goodall, PhD, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and a UN Messenger of Peace, will join explorer and filmmaker Céline Cousteau, the daughter and granddaughter of ocean explorers, and Craig Kielburger, co-founder of Free The Children and Me to We, as speakers on Wednesday, 26 June, in a program that will focus on promoting peace by protecting the environment.
In January, Rotarians adopted a "Green Path to Peace" declaration during the Rotary Global Peace Forum in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. The declaration urges Rotarians to act as catalysts for peace through efforts to conserve and protect the planet, and to empower young people to perpetuate the values that will assure a peaceful future.
Goodall, who was a speaker at the 2009 RI Convention, gained worldwide attention more than 50 years ago for her pioneering research on chimpanzee behavior -- research that transformed scientific perceptions of the relationship between humans and animals.
In 1977, she founded the Jane Goodall Institute to continue her research. Today, the institute is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. It also is widely recognized for establishing innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa. Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots, a global environmental and humanitarian youth program, has groups in more than 120 countries.
Céline Cousteau is founder and executive director of CauseCentric Productions, a nonprofit that produces and distributes multimedia content with an emphasis on short films. This content tells the stories of grassroots organizations and individuals working on solutions to environmental and sociocultural problems.
A member of the Council on Oceans for the World Economic Forum, Cousteau has also been an ambassador to the Clean Up the World Campaign since 2009. She is the daughter of marine conservationist and filmmaker Jean-Michel Cousteau and granddaughter of legendary ocean explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau.
Craig Kielburger is a social entrepreneur, best-selling author, and syndicated columnist. He co-founded the Free The Children education organization in 1995, when he was 12 years old. Today, more than 1.7 million young people are involved in its programs. In North America, the organization provides comprehensive service-learning programs, including its We Day celebrations attended annually by more than 100,000 students from 3,000 schools. Internationally, Free The Children works in eight developing countries to provide a sustainable development model that includes education, health care, food security, clean water, and alternative income programs.
In addition to the speakers scheduled to address the convention's larger assemblies, Rotarians will have a chance to hear from experts and exchange ideas during smaller breakout sessions.
Dr. Rudolph Tanzi, an expert on Alzheimer's disease, will discuss the latest treatment developments during a breakout session on 24 June. Participants will learn how clubs in districts 7930 and 7950 are working with the Cure Alzheimer's Fund research organization to educate local communities about the disease.
Also on 24 June, two executives from Coca-Cola Pakistan will participate in the breakout session PolioPlus -- Help Rotary Make History. Fahad Qadir is public affairs and communications director for Coca-Cola's Pakistan and Afghanistan regions, and Rizwah Ullah Khan is the region's general export manager.
Coca-Cola Pakistan has teamed with Rotary's Pakistan PolioPlus Committee to build awareness for the polio eradication campaign and to promote immunization nationwide. Among other efforts, Rotarians, Rotary partners, and Coca-Cola employees joined forces on World Health Day last April for a cleanup campaign in an area of Karachi.
The annual RI convention brings together Rotarians and friends of Rotary from all over the world, providing an opportunity to exchange ideas, connect with old and new friends, have fun, and advance the work of Rotary.
Source : Rotary International
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