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Getting to Know GRAN Issues


We invite you to dig deeper into GRAN issues through these upcoming and previously recorded webinars and online events and resources.

  • Beyond Declarations: African Women Leading on the Frontlines of the Climate Crisis -- As part of the lead-up to COP27, in a special series entitled "Beyond Declarations", The Elders are showcasing inter-generational conversations between Mary Robinson and youth activist Vanessa Nakate, as well as guest blogs from women leading on the frontlines of the climate crisis in Africa. As COP27 takes place in Egypt, it is vital that the experiences of people living on the frontlines of the climate crisis on the African continent are centered and heard.  Click here to access the Beyond Declarations hub for access to these interviews, blog posts and more.
  • What people are saying about Nature-based Solutions: Initial findings from research in sub-Saharan Africa and Canada -- Thursday, November 24, 10:00 a.m. ET -- This webinar, sponsored by Farm Radio International will share findings related to Nature-based Solutions for Climate Change Adaptation through: "state of play" reports in 6 countries; the first On Air Dialogue with rural people in Burkina Faso and Ethiopia; and an opinion poll conducted in Canada to assess Canadian attitudes about nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation, particularly in Africa. Click here to register.
  • Global Reads -- Tuesday, November 29, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. ET  This monthly book club series is sponsored by the Aga Khan Foundation Canada.  In Global Reads, participants explore a recent literary work focused on international affairs, policy, or practice—with an emphasis on innovation, new voices, and diverse perspectives. Notable leaders and thinkers from the international affairs, global development, and allied sectors facilitate lively and inclusive discussions, providing a structure for collaborative interpretation, learning, and growth. Join Global Reads in November for a lively discussion with New York Times bestselling author Kim Stanley Robinson, facilitated by Catherine McKenna (Chair of UN Secretary-General’s High-level Expert Group on Net-Zero Commitments). The discussion will focus on Robinson's novel, The Ministry for the Future, which uses fictional eyewitness accounts to tell the story of how climate change will affect us all. This event is available for in-person attendance (Ottawa) or online via Zoom.  Click here for registration info.
  • World AIDS Day -- Conversations on Blackness, Queerness, and Stigma -- Thursday, December 1, 10:00 a.m. ET. Join this live, virtual event hosted by the Stephen Lewis Foundation and Toronto Kiki Ballroom Alliance. Expect a rich discussion on the intersection of Blackness, queerness, mental health, and HIV status, and the inequalities that fuel the HIV pandemic in Black and LGBTIQ communities around the world. Hear from leaders of SLF partner organizations in Uganda and Kenya, and advocates from HIV and AIDS organizations in Toronto, Canada. This event will be broadcast live on Facebook, no registration is required.  Click here for more details and the Facebook Live video link.
  • Addressing Loss and Damage: COP27 Debrief -- Thursday, December 1, 9:30 a.m. ET -- Join Aga Khan Foundation Canada for a COP27 debrief conversation on the emergence and outcome of loss and damage financing as a critical issue. This panel discussion will feature representatives from the International Development Research Centre and Aga Khan Agency for Habitat.  This event is available for in-person attendance (Ottawa) or online via Zoom.  Click here for more details and to register.



​Links to recordings of past gRAN Learning events:

  • Global Hunger -- Presentation by Canadian Foodgrains Bank (October 26, 2022)  Video link here.
  • Presentation by HelpAge Canada with Executive Director Greggor Sneddon (May 25, 2022) Video link here
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Apartheid: Its Roots and Consequences with Dr. Madhukar Pai (April 20, 2022). Video link here.
  • Growing Her Future: Climate Financing and Global Food Security with Canadian Foodgrains Bank (October 26, 2021).  Video link here.
  • Saving the Okavango Delta Panel Discussion with activists Ina-Maria Shikongo and Rob Parker and MP Elizabeth May (May 28, 2021)  Video link here.
  • GRAN Food Sovereignty Presentation with Dr. Elizabeth Vibert (April 28, 2021)  Video link here.
  • GRAN Climate Justice Presentation with Dr. Louise Comeau (January 27, 2021)  Video link here.   


We will do our best to keep this page updated, so we encourage you to check back often! 


updated 11/2022

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