6 maj, Syria - 3 years on: Make or break?
What started with popular protests in March 2011, demanding democratic and economic reform, has turned into one of the worst humanitarian disasters since the end of the Cold War according to the United Nations. Close to 3 million Syrians have fled the country, some 6.5 million are internally displaced and 9.3 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian aid inside of Syria. Half of the affected population are children.
More than 60 percent of the hospitals in Syria are closed. The country's largest city Aleppo had 2,500 working doctors before the war - today the number is estimated to be around 36. Around 100.000 children have died since the beginning of the war from treatable diseases such as diabetes and asthma. Aid and health workers are systematically being targeted by armed actors from all sides of the conflict.
This seminar asks the question: Is the world´s attention and commitment still on Syria and the humanitarian crisis?
Date: Tuesday 6th of May
Time: 09.00 – 11.00 (registration from 08.30)
Venue: Oasen, Sida, Valhallavägen 199, Stockholm
Please register before May 5, 14 PM!
Moderator: Elisabeth Dahlin, Secretary General, Save the Children
09:00 Welcome and opening remarks
Joachim Beijmo, Director of Communications, Sida
09:05 Introduction and setting the scene
Elisabeth Dahlin, Secretary General, Save the Children
09:15 Syria 2011-2014: From political and peaceful demonstrations to the worst humanitarian crisis since the end of the Cold war: What has happened during these 3 years and where are we today?
John Rydqvist, Security Policy Analyst, FOI Swedish Defence Research Agency,
09:30 A fading interest? Media & the crisis.
Jonathan Lundqvist, President, Reporters Without Borders Sweden
09:45 Are donors showing their backs to the Syria crisis?
Anders Frankenberg, Head of MENA Unit, at Department for Asia North Africa and Humanitarian Assistance, Sida
10:00 Neighbours sharing the burden: Lebanon at the brink of self-destruction - Saving lives in a hostile & fragile environment.
Sonia Zambakides, Country Director, Save the Children Lebanon.
10:20 Panel discussion