WAZA announces keynote speakers for 75th annual conference

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the global alliance of regional associations, national federations, zoos and aquariums, has announced the keynote speakers for its upcoming conference.

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is pleased to announce the keynote speakers for its virtual conference. This is the 75th WAZA Annual Conference and takes place from 12 – 15 October 2020.

Keynote sessions at WAZA conference

Firstly, James Gomme, Director of Sustainable Development Goals from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), will deliver a keynote address on Tuesday 13 October. In this session, he will explore how the world is progressing towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as how the global pandemic has impacted on this progress.

Gomme will also look at the work of WBCSD and how WAZA members can engage with the SDGs.

Then, on Wednesday 14 October, Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), will deliver a keynote address on how WAZA members can support the goals of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Finally, on Thursday 15 October, Ivonne Higuero, Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), will examine how WAZA zoos and aquariums can support CITES Parties in the implementation of the Convention.

75th Annual Conference

During the three day event, attendees can view panel discussions and expert presentations on topics such as COVID-19, animal welfare, conservation and sustainability, as well as updates from WAZA. Registration is free for all staff of WAZA Member organisations, and there is a discounted rate for non-members if they are a member of one or more of WAZA’s recognised regional and national associations.

To register and to view the full programme, please click here.

WAZA recently announced the updated version of its Animal-Visitor Interaction Guidelines, which are based on scientific recommendations from the World Zoo and Aquarium Animal Welfare Strategy.