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.

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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?

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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?

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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?

Thursday, January 23

Third level Foyer

This event is an open discussion space in which the Uniterra team offers those of you who are committed to sharing your impressions, recommendations and experiences the opportunity to help identify and build on the lessons learned during your mandates.

It is the opportunity for a unique and festive consultation, with relaxed conversations in small groups around the theme of your choosing.

By invitation only.

Cartier I & II

A reunion and evening of stories not to be missed for all those who have contributed to the success of the Uniterra program, implemented by WUSC and CECI since 2004 in 18 countries.

By invitation only.

Salon Mont Royal I

Friday, January 24

Foyer & Mezzanine Symposia

The Solutions Zone is a dynamic and lively space where you can learn, network and be inspired. Discover the
solutions proposed by the exhibitors in connection with the future of the planet, populations and work. Add
your own commitment to the Solutions Wall! 

Take part in an interactive game in the event’s app for a chance to win a prize!

Third Level Foyer

Take advantage of a unique experience brought to you through an exclusive collaboration with Phi, a
multidisciplinary cultural and artistic hub.

Phi has invited five artists from various disciplines and backgrounds to collaborate on an immersive video installation, based on our present environmental and geopolitical climates, to cast their visions of various scenarios the future might hold for us when we fast forward twenty years from now into the year 2040. This installation is an open invitation for the audience to share a contemplative and introspective experience in which the art will inspire them to take personal and collective action.

Learn more!

Third Level Foyer

Symposia

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

We are entering a period of high instability caused by some of the biggest challenges our global society has ever experienced: climate change, land degradation, water scarcity, biodiversity loss, overexploitation, and exponential population growth. Our environment is deteriorating at an alarming pace, and yet, by 2050, we will need to increase our food production by 70% to feed the growing population. The future depends on the sustainable restoration and return into production of degraded lands. It is through a comprehensive approach that we will be able to sequester carbon, enhance ecosystem resilience, protect water sources, create biodiversity hotspots, and produce environment-friendly goods and services while contributing to inclusive green economic growth and the 17 SDGs.

9:45-10:00 International I & II

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

Over the next few years, global warming is likely to multiply weather disruptions and jeopardize our lifestyles and the equilibrium of our societies. To avoid the worst, we must profoundly transform our means of transportation, heating, consumption, producing goods and services and caring for our planet. Through this necessary transition, some jobs will cease to exist, others will be created, and many will be transformed. In Quebec, the Fédération des travailleurs et des travailleuses du Québec (FTQ) has been working for the past five years to ensure a fair energy transition so that no one is left behind. This transition is based on social dialogue, making sure the solutions are focused on the people who will be impacted the most. It is through the construction of lasting alliances that the FTQ has managed to make this a key social justice issue in Quebec. The Fédération is also working to share this model locally and internationally.

9:45 - 10:00 Cartier I & II

A Global Reponse to the Refugee Crisis by Wenasa Alaraba, SRP alumna

On December 18, 2019, Wenasa Alaraba bravely stood in front of the international community at the first-ever Global Refugee Forum. On behalf of the refugee student delegation, Wenasa shared the realities young refugees face in their pursuit of education with the 3,000 representatives from governments, businesses, refugee communities, and humanitarian, development, and civil society organizations who had gathered in Geneva. She called on the global community to do more for refugee education, asking participants, “do not forget that your best investment is in our education and our future.” The global community has heard the call, with education emerging as a clear priority at the Forum and among the 770+ pledges made at the event in support for refugees and the communities in which they live. Among these pledges is the commitment of the WUSC Local Committee network, who, together, have pledged to increase the number of students supported by the Student Refugee Program and improve the sustainability of the program on their campuses. As a former SRP student herself, Wenasa was also in Geneva to share our unique program and promote the Local Committee pledge with Forum participants.

Hear from Wenasa as she reflects on her experience at the Global Refugee Forum and what’s next for refugees and the global community.

9:45 - 10:00 Mont-Royal I

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

Around the world, a wide variety of barriers are preventing disabled people from accessing decent economic opportunities. Globally, more than 80 percent of people with disabilities are unemployed, which, in addition to being unfair, represents a significant loss in economic growth. All stakeholders should focus on developing strategies that support disabled people’s participation in the labour market for the good of society as a whole. Humanity & Inclusion’s (HI) inclusive employment expertise is the result of decades of partnerships with businesses, NGOs, governments, vocational training centers, and disabled persons organizations. This inspiration talk will provide an overview of the most recent tools and best practices developed and collected by HI in the 26 countries of the global south where they operate to increase access to work for people with disabilities.

10:10 - 10:25 International I & II

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

Human trafficking is a particularly widespread crime at the borders between El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. It mainly affects women and other vulnerable populations, such as forcibly displaced people. This complex transnational crime, often committed by structured organizations, is mostly invisible and difficult to bring to justice. It also presents significant challenges for the victims and for civil society organizations working to prevent and put an end to this crime. Based on the lessons learned from a project implemented by Lawyers Without Borders Canada, this inspiring conference will present the challenges and sources of hope in the fight against human trafficking across these three countries. This inspiring talk will be presented by Karine Ruel, Senior Lawyer at Lawyers Without Borders Canada.

10:10 - 10:25 Cartier I & II

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 future of our planet and of its people largely depends on our ability to drastically reduce greenhouse gases emissions associated with agriculture and industry. These two sectors alone account for more than 40% of all greenhouse gases in Latin America and nearly 82% in Bolivia. In addition to being polluting, these economic activities deepen the inequalities and the vulnerability of the populations residing in the exploited areas. The dramatic fires that have recently wreaked havoc in the Amazon are further evidence that multinationals are currently decimating the world’s largest forest ecosystem, to the detriment of the common good. A ecological and energy transition that is fair and that integrates the needs of the most vulnerable populations is possible and necessary.

10:10 - 10:25 Mont-Royal I

**Please note this is a closed session for SRP students who arrived in 2019-2020 (and 2018).

This session will provide an opportunity for newly arrived SRP students to debrief their first few months in Canada with SRP alumni and WUSC staff, and discuss strategies to overcome some challenges.

Mont Royal II

You did not yet have the chance to see the film “Tomorrow”, which seeks to reinvent the world of tomorrow
by stringing together today’s best solutions? This documentary film by author Cyril Dion and actress Mélanie
Laurent, a true phenomenon sold across 30 countries, will be projected continuously throughout the duration
of the event. Don’t miss it!

THE STORY: As mankind is threatened by the collapse of the ecosystems, Cyril, Mélanie, Alexandre, Laurent, Raphäel and Antoine, all in their thirties, explore the world in search of solutions that can save their children, and with them, future generations. Using the most successful experiments in every area (agriculture, energy, habitat, economy, education, democracy…) they try to put back together the puzzle which may tell a new story of the future.

Learn more!

Symposia

                 

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

The climate crisis we are facing disproportionately affects the most vulnerable populations. Women, in particular, face multiple legal, economic, political, social and cultural barriers that hinder their resilience to climate change. The feminist approach to climate justice is based on an intersectional feminist analysis of unequal power relations, addressing this crisis as a complex social justice issue. The resulting solutions seek to address the root causes of the climate crisis and of inequalities, including modes of production, consumption and the model of trade agreements, while seeking to transform the balance of power and promoting women’s rights.

This workshop will be facilitated by Anne Delorme, Coordinator of the Quebec Committee on Women and Development and the community of practice "Genre en pratique" at the Quebec Association of International Cooperation Organizations (AQOCI); Elsa Beaulieu, feminist researcher and organizer; André-Yanne Parent, founding member of DestiNATIONS, a First Nations, Inuit and Métis cultural and artistic embassy in Montreal; and Rosalinda Hidalgo, researcher and Mexican activist for the defense of rivers and territories in Mexico and Latin America.

International I & II

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 global refugee crisis we are facing is unprecedented. It is characterized by both a record number of forcibly displaced people and the protracted nature of displacement crises. Today, more than two thirds of the world’s refugees, representing 13 million people, are in a situation of protracted displacement without any real prospect of reaching a durable solution. Refugee camps, initially conceived as a temporary response to the urgent and fundamental needs of individuals, have over the years been transformed into permanent settlements that are struggling meet the aspirations of the people living there. The development of sustainable economic opportunities in the camps and surrounding communities is a major challenge for the international community. The Canadian Research Institute on humanitarian crisis and aid (OCCAH) encourages the adoption of a value chain approach to provide vulnerable populations with opportunities for the creation of decent, sustainable employment that can add value to the local markets, at least.

This workshop will be facilited by François Audet, Professor at the École des Sciences de la Gestion (ESG) of the Université du Québec à Montréal and Executive Director of OCCAH.

Mont-Royal I

The Next Digital Economy, by Policy Horizons

Over the past decades, we have experienced significant economic change due to digitization. In the decades to come, we must prepare for even more disruptive change. Even if the outcomes of this transition may be positive for many, the changes it imposes could be difficult. The Next Digital Economy promises to revolutionise value chains, and introduce a different model for the production and consumption of goods and services. Much of our economic activity may become digitally intermediated, customized, on demand, and globally distributed. The presentation will expand on these changes to the economy as well as five key game changers that could disrupt work and employment.

This workshop will be facilitated by several members of the Policy Horizons Canada Team: Marcus Ballinger, Futurist and Manager; Avalyne Diotte, Policy Analyst; Steffen Christensen, Senior Policy Analyst and Researcher; Pierre-Olivier DesMarchais, Policy Analyst, and Martin Berry, Policy Analyst.

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

The 73rd Uniterra International Seminar, held in Malawi in July 2019, brought together a diverse group of 15 post-secondary students and recent graduates: Five Malawians, five5 youth with lived refugee experience, from Dzaleka camp, and five students from Canada. Supervised by academic advisors from Canada and Malawi, these student researchers worked alongside one another to frame, undertake and analyse the research, deepening their mutual understanding of and co- investigating the opportunities for greater self-reliance for refugee youth in Malawi. A few participants from the seminar will present about their research and findings in an interactive workshop.

Cartier II

Mont-Royal Foyer & Third Level Foyer

We all have the ability to exercise our power and take action to contribute to a healthier future. Our future
prospects for the planet, for its populations and for work are evolving rapidly, as we deepen our understanding
of the phenomena that surround us and of our role in their evolution. We have to make significant changes in
the way we make choices and understand the world. Such changes will not come without hurdles, but we will
be better able to overcome them if we act collectively. Through this participatory workshop, we will reflect
together on how we can exercise our leadership and increase our capacity for action, starting today.

Mont-Royal II & II

**Please note this is a closed session for SRP students who arrived in 2019-2020 (and 2018).

This session will provide an opportunity for newly arrived SRP students to debrief their first few months in Canada with SRP alumni and WUSC staff, and discuss strategies to overcome some challenges.

Cartier I & II

Let’s meet in a celebratory atmosphere to close this inspiring day, full of exchanges and discussions fuelling us
for action. 

During the evening, the award for the local committee of the year will be presented to a group of young
students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and community engagement. 

The evening will be hosted by DJ B’Ugo.

Mont-Royal I

Saturday, January 25

Mont-Royal Foyer

The Solutions Zone is a dynamic and lively space where you can learn, network and be inspired. Discover the
solutions proposed by the exhibitors in connection with the future of the planet, populations and work. Add
your own commitment to the Solutions Wall! 

Third Level Foyer

Take advantage of a unique experience brought to you through an exclusive collaboration with Phi, a
multidisciplinary cultural and artistic hub.

Phi has invited five artists from various disciplines and backgrounds to collaborate on an immersive video installation, based on our present environmental and geopolitical climates, to cast their visions of various scenarios the future might hold for us when we fast forward twenty years from now into the year 2040. This installation is an open invitation for the audience to share a contemplative and introspective experience in which the art will inspire them to take personal and collective action.

Learn more

Third Level Foyer

Student Refugee Program: How can we amplify our efforts and enhance SRP students’ experience?

This panel aims to spark discussion about how the positive impact of the Student Refugee Program can be amplified by fostering more welcoming communities for newcomers and increasing the number of opportunities for refugee youth to have access to postsecondary education in safe and welcoming environments. The panel will also explore how we can enhance the experience and the integration of the students that are resettled to Canada through the SRP. 

English and French with simultaneous interpretation.

Mont-Royal I & II

This session is intended for CECI members, but is open to the general public.

During three consecutive sessions, you will have the opportunity to learn more about certain CECI projects and initiatives, to reflect and discuss existing convergences, and the collaborations to be established with CECI members.

This session will include the following three sessions:

  • THE FUTURE OF THE PLANET
    Reflection and discussion on climate change adaptation 
  • THE FUTURE OF POPULATIONS
    Reflection and discussion on the role of feminist organizations and movements in achieving equal rights between women and men.
  • THE FUTURE OF WORK
    Female entrepreneurship as a way to eradicate poverty and guarantee women and young women access to decent jobs and economic opportunities.

Cartier I & II

In 2019, WUSC launched its new, five-year strategic plan, including an updated Theory of Change. The strategy includes a significant expansion of our work with and for refugee youth, in Canada and globally. As the longstanding WUSC-CECI Uniterra program draws to a close, a new, WUSC-led volunteer cooperation program will begin in April 2020. Our network of institutional members and partners are integral to WUSC’s ability to achieve the ambitious goals set out in the strategy. This participatory session offers an opportunity for representatives from those institutions to join WUSC to chart a path forward together, with ample time for discussion, knowledge sharing, and networking. 

International II

 Time to take action: Plan your strategy to enhance the SRP on your campus 

This session will enable participants to connect what they learn in the first panel to their own contexts. Facilitators will provide participants with tools to strategize for action on their campuses to improve and expand the SRP. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with and learn from each other as they develop their plans. 

This is a bilingual session.

Mont-Royal I & II

Providing support to WUSC Local Committees in a staff or faculty role 

This discussion-based session led by and for staff and faculty members that oversee WUSC Local Committees will create a space for participants to connect and share best practices.

International I

This lunch will include the CECI Awards, announcing the winners of the Rosario Demers Award and the Women in Action Award, to recognize the exceptional commitment of individuals who have marked CECI’s history and helped change lives.

Cartier II

Mont-Royal Foyer

This session is intended for CECI members, but is open to the general public.

Presentation and discussion around the new 2020 - 2025 strategic framework, to guide CECI's actions at the international level.

Cartier I & II

Mont-Royal I & II

Connecting the global to the local: How Local Committees contribute to WUSC’s work around the world

Participants will deepen their understanding of the impact of their local actions at the global level by exploring WUSC's work on education, economic opportunities, and empowerment, and how it relates to actions taken by Local Committees. 

English and French with simultaneous translation

Mont-Royal I & II

Sunday, January 26

Mont-Royal I & II

Mont-Royal I & II

World Cafe

In this unique session, WUSC members from across the country will share their skills and innovative ideas in group discussions as part of a WUSC World Café. Participants will choose from several topics related to newcomer integration, organizing events, engaging with media, overseas opportunities,  public engagement, and more.

This is a bilingual session. 

Mont-Royal I & II

World Cafe 

In this unique session, WUSC members from across the country will share their skills and innovative ideas in group discussions as part of a WUSC World Café. Participants will choose from several topics related to newcomer integration, organizing events, engaging with media, overseas opportunities public engagement, and more.

This is a bilingual session.

Mont-Royal I & II

Mont-Royal I & II