It has indeed been a remarkable week at the just concluded Global Diaspora Week which had in attendance, various Diaspora Organizations’ leaders who shared their valuable contributions on the 7 activities discussed- Coordination, Academy, Expo, Fair, Forum, Festival and Awards.
The Continental Days discussions, summarized at the Global Diaspora Assembly highlighted the challenges, needs and recommendations of Diaspora Organizations as it pertains to the 7 activities. These include but not limited to access to information through Coordination, capacity building through Academy, recognition of the work done by diasporas through Awards, creation of opportunities for diaspora-owned businesses through Fair, transnationalism and networking through Festival and the Forum serving as a platform for discussion on different topics of interest to diasporas.
We wish to extend our gratitude to Ms. Ugochi Daniels, Deputy Director General, IOM UN-Migration for her support and inspiring words at the Assembly.
Thanks to the support of the Global Board: Peter Kwok, Luiza Soares, Kazeem Ojoye, Maria Cartay, Ekanath Khatiwada, Felix Amoako Boampong, Michaël Fontaine.
We also wish to thank our panelists Mirana Rajoharison, Africa-Europe Diaspora Development Platform (ADEPT); Mandy Preville-Findlay, BEYOND IYANOLA; Juan Carlos Viloria Doria, Coalición por Venezuela; Georgemay Figaro, HAITI RENEWAL ALLIANCE INC; Dr. Badri K.C & Bhim Udas, Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA), Ema Tora Vueti, Pacific Islands Council QLD; Russell Dalgleish, Scottish Business Network; Maria Catalina Moisescu, The Diaspora Initiative; Natalia Nemyliwska, Ukrainian World Congress - Свiтовий Конґрес Українців, for their valuable contribution that helped enrich and deepen the understanding of the issues discussed.
To our Continental panelist, Martin Russell, Global Diaspora Insights; our Moderators, John Neugebauer, Samantha Zimmermann & Paddy Siyanga Knudsen, the GDC-UCL team; Sophie Xu-Tang, Ikaay Ebi, Tatjana Tranaeus, Selma C., Abigail Davies, all attendees and indeed the entire GDC team who worked tirelessly to ensure the success of the GDWeek, we say thank you!
On this International Migrants Day, we are in solidarity with all diasporas in need at the moment.