United Nations (UN)

Supporting the future of Syria and the region - Brussels Conference, 30 June 2020

The European Union and the United Nations will co-chair the fourth Brussels Conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region”, which will take place on 30 June 2020. In light of the necessary social distancing measures, the Conference will be held in a virtual format.




The Conference’s Ministerial meeting will take place on 30 June and will be web-streamed. Events will already start the week before.

The Conference’s Days of Dialogue Side Events will take place on 22 and 23 June, allowing to pursue dialogue between civil society, NGOs, International Organisations, refugee-hosting countries, the EU and the UN community.



Virtual civil society consultations

In light of the social distancing measures in place in Europe and the Middle East, this year's consultations with civil society organisations active in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and elsewhere in the region will be held online ahead of the conference.

The aim of these consultations is to gather recommendations on key issues affecting the Syrian people and their possible solutions, so to streamline the international community’s response to the conflict and mobilise the necessary resources. These recommendations will feed into the Ministerial event on 30 June.


Further information

The Conference schedule, including side events, will be released in the next few days. Please check this page for regular updates.

Event Date: 
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 00:00
Organiser or Host: 
European Union and the United Nations

ECOSOC HAS side Event:Humanitarian consequences arising from the use of explosive weapons on populated areas

Invitation to ECOSOC HAS side event via Zoom


Friday 12 June, 11am - 12.30am EDT / 5pm - 6:30pm CET

Co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Austria, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ireland, Mozambique, New Zealand, Norway and Uruguay.


Data shows that when explosive weapons are used in populated areas, approximately 90% of those reported killed and injured are civilians. Beyond those killed, injured and psychologically traumatised, an even greater number of civilians are affected as a result of damage and destruction to essential infrastructure and services. Hospitals are damaged, hampering the provision and quality of medical care to civilian populations. Damage to sanitation systems creates additional problems around maintaining basic levels of hygiene, resulting in further illness and disease. In the current context of the COVID 19 pandemic, the impact of explosive weapons on access to healthcare and water and sanitation is potentially catastrophic for civilian populations.

The side event will give an overview of the humanitarian consequences resulting from use of explosive weapons in populated areas, in Yemen in particular, and the practical actions states and other actors can take to address short and long-term harm to civilians.

Chair Mr. Brian Flynn, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Ireland in New York.

Introductory remarks: Ambassador Luis Gallegos, Permanent Representative of Ecuador in New York


Ms. Alison Bottomley, Humanity & Inclusion (HI)

Ms. Eirini Giorgou, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Mr. Simon Bagshaw, Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)

Ms. Alma Taslidžan Al-Osta, on behalf of International Network on Explosive Weapons (INEW)


To attend the side event, please register HERE. Read the technical note attached with guidelines to attend 

Event Date: 
Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 17:00 to 18:30
Organiser or Host: 

ECOSOC HAS side event on counterterrorism and humanitarian space

Counterterrorism, Sanctions and Principled Humanitarian Action in the COVID-19 response

We look forward to welcoming you to this virtual side event during the ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment.

Date: Thursday 11 June
Time: 13.00 - 14.30 New York
19.00 - 20.30 Geneva
Platform: The Side Event will be convened virtually. Registered participants will receive a link the day before the event.
RSVP herecall details to follow.

This event will explore the impact of counterterrorism and sanctions measures on principled humanitarian action, as well as how they impact the humanitarian response to the Covid-19 pandemic. A number of challenges are reflected in a growing body of research, and in the daily operational difficulties they present to humanitarian organisations as they carry out their work, such as the independent selection of beneficiaries, carrying out bank transfers, engagement with non-state armed groups and the provision of healthcare. The discussion will look at steps taken by humanitarian actors to overcome these challenges, as well as how they monitor and mitigate the risks that may arise from the need to comply with counterterrorism and sanctions measures.

Chair and moderator:
Ms Mihela Zupancic, Head of Unit, International and Inter-institutional Relations, Legal Framework, Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG-ECHO), European Commission.

Panel composition:
Gabriella Waaijman – Humanitarian Director, Save the Children
Emma O’Leary – Senior Humanitarian Policy Advisor, Norwegian Refugee Council
Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism
Marc Porret, Legal and Criminal Justice Coordinator Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate


Event Date: 
Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 13:00 to 14:30
Organiser or Host: 
NRC, Save the Children, EU, Belgium, Switzerland

ECOSOC HAS Side Event Inclusive Humanitarian Action = Effective Humanitarian Action

ECOSOC HAS Side Event Inclusive Humanitarian Action = Effective Humanitarian Action


Co-Sponsors: Asia Pacific Network of Refugees, Australia, CARE, Danish Refugee Council, Finland, Global Independent Refugee Women Leaders (GIRWL), HelpAge, Humanity and Inclusion, International Disability Alliance (IDA), Plan International, Settlement Services International, UNHCR, UNICEF, UN OCHA, United Kingdom, Women Enabled and the Women’s Refugee Commission


Wednesday, 10 June 2020 at 2:30-4:00pm ET Virtual event


This is one of the side-events to be convened during the ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment (HAS), which builds on this year’s HAS theme: “Reinforcing humanitarian assistance in the context of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations: taking action for people-centred solutions, strengthening effectiveness, respecting international humanitarian law and promoting the humanitarian principles.”


Discussion point-  Participants will discuss how to accelerate progress for inclusive humanitarian action and ensure meaningful participation by using an intersectional approach. The event will discuss best ways on how to support those most affected and their representative organizations, acknowledging that diverse factors can shape an individual’s experience and contribute to multiple forms of discrimination.


Format The 90-minute moderated dialogue will feature 3-5 min interventions by select panelists on current and future challenges and recommendations. After the panel, the moderator will open the floor for questions to panelists from audience members.

Chair and moderator: Charlotte V. McClain-Nhlapo, Global Disability Advisor, World Bank Group

Opening Remarks H.E. Ambassador Mitch Fifield, Permanent Representative of Australia to the UN



  • Mia Farah, Self-Advocate Lebanon
  • Foni Joyce Vuni, Co-Founder of Youth Empowerment Mentoring Initiative and Co-chair of UNHCR’s Global Youth Advisory Council
  • Rahma Mustafa, Sudan National Union of Persons with Physical Disability
  • Kizito Chiwala, Country Director, HelpAge-Mozambique


Concluding remarks from Finland


A link will be sent to those who register at: https://forms.gle/NHNUiHg2v43D2b9HA


Event Date: 
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 14:30 to 16:00
Organiser or Host: 
Asia Pacific Network of Refugees, Australia, CARE, Danish Refugee Council, Finland, Global Independent Refugee Women Leaders (GIRWL), HelpAge, Humanity and Inclusion, International Disability Alliance (IDA), Plan International, Settlement Services Interna
Online meeting

COVID-19 and People on the Move



Wednesday, 10.06.2020, 16h -17h CET

A discussion to be led by the Director-General of IOM, António Vitorino, as Coordinator of the UN Network on Migration.

In support of the UN Secretary-General’s Policy Brief on COVID-19 and People on the Move.

Other speakers TBA.


To register here for this webinar



Event Date: 
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 16:00 to 17:00
Organiser or Host: 
UN Network on Migration
Webinar online

Cash and Voucher Assistance in COVID-19 Response

WEBINAR: Cash and Voucher Assistance in COVID-19 Response

Facilitated by: José Jódar, The Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP)


When: June 17, 2020 

What time: 2:00 PM Pakistan Standard Time

Where: ZOOM – Link to be shared

Language: English 

How long: 75 minutes 

Format: Presentation, discussion and sharing of Best Practices

Who is it for: Humanitarian and development practitioners requiring a better understanding of Cash and Voucher Assistance with a special focus in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Purpose: To ensure participants have a sound understanding of Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) as a modality response to different types of crises and emergencies with a special focus on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through this webinar, participants will:

  • Understand CVA as a modality response to crises
  • Discuss how CVA will be adapted to COVID-19 response
  • Share best practices about CVA and COVID-19 response



Community World Service Asia and the Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) are jointly hosting this webinar on Cash and Voucher Assistance in response to COVID-19.


Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) is being increasingly used as a response modality to different types of crises and in very diverse contexts. CVA is able to cover a wide range of needs contributing to restoring the dignity to people affected by crises. The COVID-19 pandemic is negatively impacting the global economy and will have a long-lasting impact, particularly on low-income countries and crisis contexts, if not mitigated in a timely and well-targeted manner.  CVA is seen by some as a safer option for providing rapid relief where conditions allow and is able to cover the needs of the various affected populations, adapting to remote management styles and better integrates with local systems. This webinar will focus on how delivery through cash can effectively meet needs and promote recovery at scale and within the timeline required to mitigate the worst impacts of this pandemicWorking with, and alongside social protection systems to mitigate the economic impacts of COVID-19 on the most vulnerable people will also be discussed.

A specific focus will be laid on:


  • CVA fundamentals as a modality response to crisis
  • CVA and COVID-19 response- main considerations throughout the programme cycle
  • CVA and COVID-19 response- best practices and experiences from the field


This 75-minute webinar will also give participants an opportunity to share existing best practices and ask practical questions about CVA key debates and policies, practices, common standards and other issues.


Recommended reading & learning prior to the webinar:



Community World Service Asia (CWSA) is a humanitarian and development organization, registered in Pakistan, head-quartered in Karachi and implementing initiatives throughout Asia. CWSA is member of the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) Alliance, a member of Sphere and their regional partner in Asia and also manages the ADRRN Quality & Accountability Hub in Asia.


The Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) is a global partnership of humanitarian actors engaged in policy, practice and research within Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA). CaLP currently has over 80 members who collectively deliver the vast majority of CVA in humanitarian contexts worldwide. Our members include UN agencies, Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, local and international NGOs, donors and private sector organisations. CaLP believes that when appropriately incorporated into humanitarian response planning, CVA presents opportunities for effective and efficient programming to meet the needs of people and communities affected by crises. With the number, scale and complexity of humanitarian crises increasing, CaLP acts as a catalyst for positive transformation within the sector. Bringing organizations together to strengthen capacity, knowledge, coordination and policy for CVA.


If you wish to participate, kindly register here: Webinar Registration

Applicants will be informed by 12th June 2020 about their confirmation status. Up to 200 participants will be accommodated on a first come first serve basis. We would appreciate anyone willing to share some best practices on CVA, kindly indicate in the registration form and up to participants will be selected to share their experiences.

Webinar Moderator & Facilitator:


José Jódar is the Senior Technical Officer at CaLP and joined them in July 2019 after more than 12 years of work experience in multi-sectoral emergencies, livelihoods/food security and Cash & Vouchers Assistance programs with different organizations (mainly Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation AECID, Spanish Red Cross/International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and Action Against Hunger) and in several contexts: Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and, lately, MENA region. José holds a PhD in International Cooperation and Development Studies (University of Murcia, Spain) and a Master’s degree in Africa Studies (major in African Politics) at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, London). He has a wide range of experience in CVA design and implementation, technical advisory, capacity building and both technical and institutional coordination.




Regina “Nanette” Salvador-Antequisa is the founding Executive Director of the Ecosystems Work for Essential Benefits, Inc. (ECOWEB) in the Philippines and convenor of the Community Led Emergency Action Response Network (CLEARNet) in the Philippines that actively promotes survivor and community-led response (sclr) to crisis approach – a humanitarian-development-peace nexus advocacy in action. She has been involved with peace and development work for over 25 years and is engaged in local and national policy advocacy on the issues of disaster, poverty, conflict, environment and governance. Regina is currently the sectoral representative of the Victims of Disaster and Calamities sector to the government’s National Anti-Poverty Commission. She is actively involved in international advocacy on localization of humanitarian aid through her engagement with the global Alliance for Empowering Partnerships (A4EP), Charter4Change, Local to Global Protection and participation in the World Humanitarian Action Forum.


Sudhanshu S. Singh is a humanitarian and development professional with over 32 years of global experience in the sector. Sudhanshu is founder and CEO of Humanitarian Aid International (HAI) which aims to become the first Indian organisation, working globally with the Indian identity on poverty alleviation and disaster management. HAI is also currently hosting the international secretariat of Charter4Change.


Sudhanshu has worked with several international organisations at the Asia-Pacific level, and has been involved in managing responses to almost all major disasters in the Asia-Pacific region since 2001. He has been closely engaged with Agenda for Humanity, Grand Bargain and Charter for Change and was member of the steering group of World Humanitarian Action Forum (WHAF). Sudhanshu is also one of the founders and the international coordinator for Alliance for Empowering Partnerships (A4EP).

Event Date: 
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 14:00 to 15:30
Organiser or Host: 
Community World Service Asia and the Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP
Online webinar

ProCap and GenCap: Addressing protection and gender concerns during COVID-19

Wednesday, 10 June 2020    

Facilitator & Host

Ms. Najat Rochdi

Team Leader & Director Peer2Peer Project


Mr. Jan Egeland

Secretary General, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Ms. Mervat Shelbaya

Director, Inter-Agency Support Branch and Chief, Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC) secretariat


Ms. Bernadette Castel-Hollingsworth

Deputy Director, Division of International Protection, UNHCR



New York 09:00;   Dakar 13:00;   Geneva 15:00;   Beirut / Amman 16:00;   Addis Ababa / Nairobi 16:00


Register here


The Protection Standby Capacity (ProCap) and Gender Standby Capacity (GenCap) Projects are inter-agency projects established in 2005 and 2007 respectively to strengthen inter-agency gender and protection capacity and leadership in humanitarian operations. The Projects provide strategic and operational support and expertise through the deployment of senior Protection and Gender Advisers (upon request) and provide capacity building on gender and protection.


This webinar aims to inform humanitarian leadership in the field and at global level on how they can avail themselves of this valuable resource, particularly at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic poses new challenges to humanitarian operations and there are increased reports of protection and gender concerns. It will also be an opportunity for Resident/Humanitarian Coordinators (RC/HCs), Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) members as well as other entities at global level who have already had the experience of deployments and other support from the Projects in the past to share their experiences. 


The webinar will last for 90 minutes. For help logging on to the webinar, see the login guide here. You can e-mail questions to the Peer-2-Peer project before the webinar or submit them to the presenters live during the webinar, via the chat function. All documents relevant to this webinar and a recording of the event (and previous webinars) are posted on the P2P Support website.

The webinar will be facilitated by Ms. Najat Rochdi, Team Leader & Director of the Peer2Peer Project. 

We look forward to seeing you!


Best Regards,

Peer-2-Peer Support Team

Event Date: 
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 15:00 to Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 16:00
Organiser or Host: 
IASC & Peer 2 Peer
Online webinar