Global Forum

Once every month the Templar Corps International promotes a global online Conference with exclusive access to active members. Some of the most relevant current topics are discussed, with a special focus on the leading projects carried out across the world. There is an invited guest as keynote speaker and everyone has the opportunity to bring their own questions and comments to the Forum.

Since there is a 100 members participation limit, subscribing early to the Global Forum is essential. The participation is free for all members.

Please click on the link to download the Global Forum available Reports:


JULY 12, 2020
“The Homeless in Europe – The numbers, the action”
Keynote Speaker: H.E. Luis de Matos, Executive Head of the Templar Corps International, Chancellor General of the OSMTHU
Invited Speakers: H.E. José Carlos Mateus; CFO at CEMG – Caixa Económica Montepio Geral
5pm CET | 11am EST | 8am PST

According to FEANTSA & Foundation Abbé Pierre estimations in their 4th Overview of Housing Exclusion in Europe, at least 700,000 homeless people are sleeping rough or in emergency/temporary accommodation on one night in the European Union. It is an increase of 70% compared to ten years ago.

Over the last ten years, the number of homeless people has increased at an alarming rate in almost all European Union countries. The numbers are staggering. The latest COVID19 crisis may have contributed to make matters worse.

What can local humanitarian service associations do to help the needed. How can an international network like the Templar Corps International raise awareness and get members involved in voluntary aid programs?

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AUGUST 9, 2020
“Forests Burning – Helping Change the Trend”
Keynote Speaker: H.E. Jorge Amador, Vice-National Commander Relief/Humanitarian Efforts – Templar Corps Portugal
Invited Speakers: H.E. CN. DAEN. Alex Segovia Fernández, Director General de Emergencias y Auxilio Viceministerio de Defensa Civil, Estado Plurinacional de Bolivia; H.E. Victor Varela Martins, Knight Commander of the Algarve Outpost
5pm CET | 11am EST | 8am PST

In 2018 the Grand Priory of Portugal created an Operational Center to help firefighters who were overwhelmed by forest fires. The year before over 70 people were killed and a record extension of forest – most of which located in traditional Templar territories of old – burned to the ground in Portugal. The last 5 summers have seen uncontrollable forest fires in Spain, Greece, Germany, Russia, United States and Australia.

H.E. Jorge Amador, Vice-National Commander Relief/Humanitarian Efforts – Templar Corps Portugal will speak about his many years experience in helping civil protection authorities, firefighters and the men on the ground fight forest fires. Their needs, the support, the aid. H.E. Victor Varela Martins, Knight Commander of the Algarve Outpost and one of the leading operationals involved in the 2018 initiative will complement the information and expose a blueprint that other Templar Corps service units may use in their countries.

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SEPTEMBER 13, 2020
“Poverty in Africa – The numbers, the action”
Keynote Speaker: Frei Fernando Ventura, Minor Capuchin; International Public Relations of the Powder Milk Bank São Tomé e Príncipe
5pm CET | 11am EST | 8am PST

São Tomé e Príncipe is a small African nation, located in the equador Atlantic shores of the continent.  It consists of two archipelagos around the two main islands of São Tomé and Príncipe, with a total population of about 200,000.

Franciscan Capuchinho Frei Fernando Ventura has been instrumental in creating and helping forward a few humanitarian projects in the islands. One of the most innovative and impactful is the Powder Milk Bank, that supports young adolescent mothers that have no survival means and no way to feed their newborn children. Frei Ventura will tell us of his own hands on experience and how a lot of passion and drive make all the difference in countries and communities where the people and their faith are the most important assets.

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OCTOBER 4, 2020
“Poverty in South America – The numbers, the action”
Keynote Speaker:
Invited Speakers:
5pm CET | 11am EST | 8am PST

South American countries in the last decade have generally made great efforts to develop the local economy and advance social causes, some with more success than others. We will discuss some of the more endemic problems, such as poverty and the informal and parallel economy that have a great impact in every day life. We will take o look at the main indicators and find ways to work at the local level to help those in need.

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NOVEMBER 8, 2020
“Health Emergencies in Africa – Getting involved”
Keynote Speaker: H.E. Helder Vaz, Diplomat, Guiné Bissau
Invited Speakers:
5pm CET | 11am EST | 8am PST

Pandemics, regional outbreak of health threats and weak health care systems cyclically put African communities in the front pages of newspapers around the world. While there is a significant will of international organizations and individuals to contribute and get involved, Africa has characteristics that are very particular and regional regulations, uses and cultural specificities have to be taken into account when aid initiatives are implemented. H.E. Ambassador Helder Vaz will guide us on a few topics and real world cases that will help frame the problem in a better light.

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DECEMBER 13, 2020
“The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals – Education”
Keynote Speaker: To be announced
Invited Speakers:
5pm CET | 11am EST | 8am PST

The Sustainable Development Goals are a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection. More important than ever, the goals provide a critical framework for COVID-19 recovery.

Education enables upward socioeconomic mobility and is a key to escaping  poverty. Over the past decade, major progress was made towards increasing access to education and school enrollment rates at all levels, particularly for girls. Nevertheless, about 260 million children were still out of school in 2018 — nearly one fifth of the global population in that age group. And more than half of all children and adolescents worldwide are not meeting minimum proficiency standards in reading and mathematics.

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