Calendar

Sep
21
Fri
Current human rights situation in Cuba @ Press room 2
Sep 21 @ 14:00 – 15:00

Speakers:

Sirley Avila Leon, human rights defender, Il Cenacolo
John Suarez, human rights activist, Freedom House

Sep
24
Mon
Current human rights situation in Sri Lanka @ Press room 2
Sep 24 @ 11:00 – 12:00

Current human rights situation in Sri Lanka

Dr. Nalaka Godahewa:
Convenor of World Sri Lanka Association.
Former Chairman of Securities & Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka.

Dr. Prathiba Mahanamahewa:
Former Commissioner Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission.
Founder Dean Faculty of Law, Kotalawala Defence University.

Global Wetland Outlook – Embargoed briefing to ACANU members @ Press room 2
Sep 24 @ 14:00 – 15:00

Global Wetland Outlook – Embargoed briefing to ACANU members

Date: 24 September 2018

Time: 1400

 

Embargo until: 0001 CEST 27 September, 2018

Speaker: Martha Rojas Urrego, Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands

Bio:

A Colombian and French national, Martha Rojas Urrego, has been Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands since August 2016. A biologist specializing in ecology, geography and natural environment management, she has more than 25 years’ experience in national and international policy making on conservation, sustainable development and social equity. Prior to heading the Ramsar Secretariat, she held various senior-level posts in national government and international non-governmental organizations, including IUCN and as Executive Director of National Parks of Colombia. Ms Rojas Urrego speaks fluent English and French, as well as Spanish.

Subject:

In the first report of its kind by the Ramsar Convention, the Global Wetland Outlook provides a compelling overview of the state of the world’s wetlands, the most valuable ecosystem on our planet. It identifies a very serious loss of wetlands in recent decades and details the current trends and pressures that continue to threaten them and through them, the delivery of key global commitments on climate change, sustainable development, biodiversity and disaster risk reduction.

The deeply worrying findings of the report underline the need for urgent global action at both national and international levels to save an ecosystem that is critical to both human survival and development and that of 40% of the world’s species. It provides recommendations for such action.