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2030 & beyond : Solutions Without Borders

The year 2030 is the current target agreed upon by the Member States of the United Nations to eradicate poverty, protect the planet, and guarantee prosperity for all. These are ambitious objectives—some may say utopian—but they are within reach.

The objectives are premised on the active engagement of governments, as well as from all actors involved in the humanitarian and sustainable development sectors, including you. As a young leader, a member of civil society, a representative of the public or private sector, an international development practitioner, a humanitarian worker, a researcher, a student, a newcomer, an engaged citizen, a man, a woman, or a non-binary person, you are a part of the solution!

Come to the International Forum 2020 and share the lessons learned from your experiences, find inspiration in the ideas of others, and discover new tools and practices to implement in your own sector. Together, let’s build innovative solutions for a future where no one is left behind.


Future of the Planet

The climate crisis affects every country on every continent, and disproportionately impacts the most vulnerable among us. How can we make sure the needs of those individuals, especially women and youth, are taken into account as we design solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, build climate resilience, and prevent future disasters? And how can we make sure they are fully involved in the decision-making processes that concern them and are taking an active role in building clean, resilient economies?


Future of Populations

Today, the world is experiencing an unprecedented crisis, with some 68.5 million people displaced due to conflicts, persecution, natural disasters, or a changing climate. A new Global Compact for Refugees provides an opportunity to transform the way the world responds to refugee situations. What actions must we take to build a future in which the movement of people is motivated more often by opportunities rather than threats, and by choice rather than force? How do we ensure host communities also benefit from durable and equitable solutions that provide protection, dignity, and quality of life—thereby contributing to a more peaceful, prosperous future for all?


Future of Work

The workplace and the nature of work are changing rapidly to adapt not only to the evolution of technology, but also to the reality of climate change and to shifting markets. If work is to be a means to eradicate poverty, how can we guarantee access for all—especially women and youth—to decent jobs and economic opportunities that won’t contribute to widening the gap between rich and poor? How can we make sure all workers can adapt to and benefit from the changing work environment, on a local or international scale?

Friday, January 24

07:30 - 09:00 Registration and Networking Breakfast

9:00 - 18:30 Connections Zone

Connections Zone : 

  • Solutions Zone
  • Immersion Zone
  • Networking Zone

09:00 - 09:30 Opening Remarks


09:45 - 10:45 Inspiration | Inspirational talks

Restoring degraded landscapes: key to achieving the 17 sustainable development goals of United Nations by Martin Beaudoin Nadeau, CEO, Viridis Terra International

A Quebecois Transition Plan Towards a Green Economy, by Patrick Rondeau, Regional Counsellor,  Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec

Human Trafficking: The Need for an Approach Beyond Borders, by Karine Ruel, Senior Attorney, Lawyers Without Borders Canada

Inclusion of Persons With Disabilities in the Workplace  by Agata Turbanska-Liautaud, Institutional Partnerships Manager, Humanity & Inclusion

Deforestation and Climate Change : What Do We Do Now ? by Martin Vilela, Responsible for climate change, extractivism and international advocacy, Plataforma Boliviana frente al Cambio Climático

The Time for Transition is Now! by Laure Waridel, Spokesperson for Pact for Transition  

Building Hope for Internally Displaced Youth in Northeastern Nigeria by, Aisha Zannah, Future Prowess Islamic Foundation

10:45 - 11:15 Coffee break


11:15 - 12:30 Discussion | Collaborative Workshops

Feminist Climate Justice, by Association québécoise des organismes de coopération internationale (AQOCI)

Refugee Camps: From Prisons to the Notion of Cities. New Ways to Value the Local Economies of Refugee Camps, by Observatoire canadien sur les crises et l’action humanitaires (OCCAH)

The Next Digital Economy, by Policy Horizons

Youth Leadership for Refugee Self-Reliance: Lessons from the 2019 International Seminar, by World University Service of Canada (WUSC)

12:30 - 14:00 Lunch


14:00 - 17:00 Action | Participatory Activity


18:30 – 22:00 Evening Gala


Saturday, January 25

08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast


09:00 – 12:00 WUSC Local Committee Training


09:30 - 12:00 WUSC Members / Partners Session


10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break

10:00 – 12:00 CECI Members / Partners Session


12:00 – 13:30 Lunch


13:30 – 15:00 CECI Members / Partners Session


13:30 – 15:00 WUSC General Assembly


15:00 - 15:30 Coffee break

15:30 – 17:00 WUSC Local Committee Training

Sunday, January 26

08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast


09:00 - 12:00 WUSC Local Committee World Café


10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break

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