1st International Conference - Gateway to Africa (GTA)

Venue: Intercontinental Hotel

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Event Date/Time: Apr 04, 2011 End Date/Time: Apr 06, 2011
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Gateway to Africa is a unique conference. While there have been a proliferation of Africa- related conferences in recent years, most have recurring themes: AIDS, Conflict Resolution, Democracy, Political Transparency, Hunger, and Education. Others originate from advocacy, relief agencies and NGOs, and are by nature one-dimensional.

After months of deliberation and consultation, we have concluded that what is conspicuously lacking in the international discourse on Africa, is the interdisciplinary approach. Health, education, access to and the harnessing of technology, energy policy, politics, Africa’s role and standing in world affairs– as a continent and as individual states- are all substantial topics. The underlying idea of this conference is to integrate them.

We believe that by combining a serious discussion on the critical issues in Africa with an outsider’s perspective we can develop a more robust and broad conference. People outside Africa routinely refer to it as a monolithic continent. It is not. Yet there are common denominators that arguably justify this generalization.

So we came up with Gateway to Africa. We plan to have several prominent non-African keynote speakers, and prominent African leaders and opinion makers who will discuss issues of particular concern to Africa and their respective countries.

We have divided the sessions into very different topics: Critical Areas of Development, Environment and Energy, Challenges in African Health, The Future of Democracy, Conflict Resolution, Education, and the Empowerment of Women.

Integration of these topics will produce a conference as diverse and informative as possible. This concept will accompany Gateway to Africa in the first conference, April 4- 6, 2011 in Geneva and in subsequent conferences in the next few years. We hope that you will join us. Please contribute your invaluable ideas and thoughts.


Additional Information

Gateway to Africa is the first annual, international conference which will tackle pressing issues that Africa faces today through an integrativeand multidimensional approach. It will bring together leaders of Africa withprominent featured speakers such as Mr. Gordon Brown, former Prime Ministerof Great Britain and Northern Ireland (2007-2010); former Vice President,USA, Mr. Al Gore; Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and founder of The Green BeltMovement, Dr. Wangari Maathai; and Mr. Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations. The conference will take place in Geneva from April 4-6, 2011.