Pre-Conference Workshop

11 March 2019 | Pearl & Emerald Meeting Room, 1st Floor, Novotel World Trade Centre

Theme: “Humanitarian Response for the Returning Population”

08:30 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 – 09:05 WORKSHOP OPENING

Mr. Imran Khushnud Shah, Special Advisor to ASG for Humanitarian Partnerships with the Middle East & Central Asia

09:05 – 09:50 OVERVIEW OF THE CURRENT “HUMANITARIAN NEEDS AND THE MIGRATION LANDSCAPE”

Mr. Iyad Nasr, Head of OCHA Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa

Setting the ground for the day and sharing first-hand information on the current Humanitarian Needs and Migration Landscape.

09:50 – 10:35 CHALLENGES FOR RETURN AT NATIONAL LEVEL FROM A TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE PROSPECTIVE

(CASE STUDIES FROM SYRIA AND IRAQ)

Mr. Igor Cvetkovski, IOM Middle East and North Africa

This session will highlight (at expert level) the challenges of the people in need while they are on the move back to their countries or place of origin.

10:35 – 10:50 Tea/Coffee Break & Networking
10:50 – 11:30

 

SYSTEMS, SERVICES AND TOOLS

Ms. Ameera Salem Azzam, Protection Officer, UNHCR

Mr. Sune Hjelmervik Gudnitz, Associate Director, Strategy & Partnerships, RedR Australia

This session will discuss the different Systems, services and tools available to support such returns and ensure livelihood of such people. To consider the domestic and social fabric at national level where some refugees will settle at home, while others will remain as IDPs for various reasons.

11:30 – 12:10 IMPACT OF RETURN OF REFUGEES ON THE HOST COUNTRIES OR COMMUNITIES

Mr. Luay Shabaneh, Regional director UNFPA Arab States

Mr. Guillaume Charron, Director Independent Diplomat

This session will discuss the role played by the host countries and communities and how will the expected returns affect them.

12:10 – 13:30 Luncheon & Networking
13:30 – 14:10 IMPORTANCE OF HUMANITARIAN AND DEVELOPMENT NEXUS

Mr. Michael Moroz, UNDP Facility in Jordan for the Syria 3RP

What does such returns mean for humanitarian and development nexus and how will these two areas converge to support such people and also support to host communities.

14:10 – 15:00 ROLE, OBLIGATION AND ENGAGEMENT OF THE DIFFERENT OTHER ACTORS

Ms. Ruth Coverdale, Head of the DFID Gulf team

Representative from Turkey (TBC)

Representative of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO)

This session provides opportunity to highlight role of different humanitarian actors such as donors, host governments, host communities and private sector etc.

15:00 – 16:30 Wrap Up & Distribution of Certificates

 

Historically Pre-DIHAD workshops were organized to introduce participants to the multilateral humanitarian system. However, this event has evolved since it was originally conceptualized and is now aligned to the main conference theme. The workshop aims to provide in-depth information on the theme, bringing technical experts to share their experiences and case studies.

As underlined in the Global Humanitarian Overview of 2019, despite the development gains one in every 70 people needs humanitarian assistance. Natural disasters and climate change have a high human cost. In the past few years more people, especially in the Middle East, were being displaced because of conflicts. Current indications suggest that some these of these conflicts affected countries might be turning a new page that will encourage returns of refugees or IDPs. This will again trigger a different phenomenon of “People on the Move” this time to their places of origin. Therefore, we intend during the workshop to focus on the humanitarian needs and response for this category of “People on the Move”. The objective to discuss with technical experts the different areas of services required, the challenges faced by both the people and the host communities.