Kumi Naidoo, Amnesty International’s Secretary General, will participate in the PAGE Conference. On 9 January at 18:00 Mr. Naidoo will participate in the media debate “What Makes Your Country Wealthy”. On 10 January in the morning Amnesty’s Secretary General will join the Keynote Conversation on Economic and Social Inclusion, together with the Barbados Minister of Environment H.E. Trevor Prescod, the UN Executive Director Ms Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and BUSA’s CEO Tanya Cohen.
Kumi Naidoo is a South African-born human rights activist of Indian descent. Naidoo was the first African head of Greenpeace, serving as its International Executive Director from 2009 to 2015. After battling apartheid in South Africa in the 1970s and 1980s through the Helping Hands Youth Organisation, Naidoo led global campaigns to end poverty and protect human rights. He has served as the Secretary-General of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty and of Civicus, an international alliance for citizen participation, from 1998 to 2008. Recently, he led the Global Call for Climate Action, which brings together environmental aid, religious and human rights groups, labour unions, scientists and others and has organised mass demonstrations around climate negotiations.