Canada as Gold Standard for UN International Decade for People of African Descent


Canadians Recognized among World’s Most Influential People of African Descent

Several Canadian trailblazers are named as part of the 2019 cohort of the 100 Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) Under 40. These finalists will receive the recognition at the MIPAD annual ceremony in New York, following the opening of the 74th UN General Assembly in September 2019.

During the Most Influential 100 Recognition Week – a series of events meant to celebrate the finalists and offer networking and capacity building support – MIPAD plans to host a roundtable discussion celebrating Canada as a gold standard in seeing civil society and government collaborate to recognize and implement the objectives of the International Decade. The session will feature representatives of Canadian civil society who will discuss the ways in which they successfully mobilized to convince Canada to become the only UN members State to officially recognize the International Decade and to earmark federal budget funding for IDPAD.

MIPAD 2019 Canadian Honorees on the global list are…

Politics & Governance
– Mallely Florian, Envoy to Africa, Dominican Republic & CEO, La Sima Consultants

Business & Entrepreneurship
– Liza Egbogah, CEO, Dr. Liza Shoes
– Thierry Lindor, President & Founder of Influence Orb & My Voice Matters

Media & Culture
– Abel Makkonen “The Weeknd” Tesfaye, Musician
– 2019 NBA Champions; Toronto Raptors and Masai Ujiri, President of the Toronto Raptors

Humanitarian, Activism & Religious
– Christine Edith Dikongué, Director, United Nations Association in Canada – Toronto Branch & Director of Young Professionals & Youth Affairs, Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce.
– Dahabo Ahmed Omer, Co-Founder, Justice for Abdirahman, Stakeholder Lead, Federation of Black Canadians
Ops Director & Somali Center for Family Services
– Marlihan Lopez, Vice President of Fédération des femmes du Québec (Quebec Women’s Federation)
– Quentrel Provo, Founder & CEO of Stop the Violence Activist
– Sandy Hudson, Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter TO

Law & Justice – Justice Donald McLeod, Ontario Court of Justice & Federation of Black Canadians
Diplomacy & Protocol – Nadia Theodore, Consul General of Canada

Learn more  about the Class of 2019 here 

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