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Tuesday, September 28 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Council Welcome and Opening Keynote with Amali Tower - Climate Change and Displacement, a Human Rights Challenge

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Welcome to our Second Annual Virtual Summit! You will hear from Council team members, partners, and global issues speakers alike in this grand opening to our weeklong schedule of events!

At 4:00PM we will kick off with a land acknowledgement and performance, followed by an announcement from the Council team. Then at 4:30PM we will welcome Amali Tower, Executive Director of the nonprofit Climate Refugees, on how climate change intersects with displacement, forced migration, conflict, security, and vulnerability.

According to a World Bank Report, climate change could push over 200 million people to migrate in the next 30 years. Global surface temperatures have risen faster since 1970 than in any other 50-year period over the past 2,000 years. However, those who leave their countries because of climate change or disasters do not qualify for protection under international law, leaving them even more vulnerable. Together we will learn where the global governance framework for forced migration exists and what public "people-centered" actions we can all take to help address this issue.

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Betty Cruz

President & CEO, The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh
Betty Cruz assumed the role of President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh in January 2020. Prior to joining the Council, Betty served as the leader of Change Agency, a social enterprise which she founded in 2016, and Project Director for All for All, an immigrant... Read More →

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Amali Tower

Founder and Executive Director, Climate Refugees
Amali Tower is the Founder and Executive Director of Climate Refugees. She has extensive experience promoting the rights and protection of refugees and forcibly displaced persons in a variety of contexts, including in refugee resettlement, protection, evaluation and research with... Read More →
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Hannah Young

Acting Consul General, British Consulate, New York
Hannah Young is Acting Consul General at the British Consulate in New York City, covering New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Fairfield County in Connecticut. Hannah was previously the Prime Minister’s lead official on home affairs policy, a brief that covered policing and criminal... Read More →

Tuesday September 28, 2021 4:00pm - 5:30pm EDT