Opening Ceremony

4.00 – 4.10 pm

Speech by:

  • Firmin Edouard Matoko, Assistant Director-General for Priority Africa and External Relations, UNESCO
  • Dr. Ramiz Alakbarov, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director, UNFPA

Message from Artists

4.10 – 4.20  

  • Video Message by Marcus Miller
  • Musical Moment by Anjali Strange Fruit

Keynote Speakers

4.20 – 5.50     

“Racism and Health: Historical perspective from Slavery”
Prof. Myriam Cottias, Historian, Director of research at the CNRS, former President of the French Committee for the Memory and the History of Slavery

“Race and Health in US in the context of Covid19: Epidemiological and Political perspectives”
Prof. Nancy Krieger, Epidemiologist, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School Of Public Health

“Racism, Vulnerability, and Refuting Black Pathology”
Prof. Ruha Benjamin, Sociologist, African American Studies at Princeton University

“The impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable women in the Caribbean”
Prof. Opal Palmer Adisa, Gender Specialist, Director of The Institute for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies

“Risk and Disease: Black Bodies, Inequality, and Epidemics in Latin American and Caribbean History”
Prof. Pablo Gomez, Historian, History of Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison

“Covid19 in the favelas, a geography of race in Brazil”
Dr. Jurema Wermeck, Director Amnesty international Brazil

“Race and social distribution of health in the Indian Ocean”
Prof. Rose Boswell, Anthropologist, Nelson Mandela University

Closing remarks

5.50 – 6.00 pm

Speech by representative of UNESCO

Closing Music

Musical Moment: Tribute to the victims of the Covid19 by Anjali
Amazing Grace

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