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UNICEF/NGO webinars on COVID -19 WASH

UNICEF/NGO webinars on COVID -19 WASH

UNICEF, in co-organisation with three NGO consortia ICVA, SCHR and InterAction, is pleased to continue its NGO briefings on Humanitarian partnerships in COVID-19 response. As part of the ongoing dialogue between UNICEF and its partners and a follow-up to the UNICEF’s Executive Director’s communication to all partners on 8 April 2020, this series of webinars aims to ensure that the impact of COVID-19 and the response needed is discussed and built upon jointly by UNICEF and NGO partners, to ensure our better collaboration on the ground in our collective response for children.

The next briefing and last one in this series before we resume in September (more detail to follow) with be a session on UNICEF’s WASH on response to COVID-19.

ThemeUNICEF’s WASH response to COVID-19 (60 minutes)

When: Thursday 9 July 2020 2.30pm-3.30pm GVA/ 8.30am-9.30am NY

How: These webinars will be held using Zoom- please email secretariat@icvanetwork.org for login instructions.

We look forward to your participation. There will be an interactive Question and Answer component: you are welcome to ask questions during the webinar or submit in advance to Eilish Hurley Humanitarian Partnerships Manager (ehurley@unicef.org)

 

Webinar resources are available here through the UN Partner Portal Resource Library

 
With best regards,
 
ICVA, UNICEF, SCHR and InterAction
Event Date: 
Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 14:30 to 15:30
Organiser or Host: 
UNICEF
Venue: 
Online
Language: 

WEBINAR: Understanding and Handling Misinformation in the COVID-19 Context

WEBINAR: Understanding and Handling Misinformation in the COVID-19 Context

Facilitated by: BBC Media Action and First Draft

 

When: July 2, 2020 

What time: 2:00 PM Pakistan Standard Time

Where: ZOOM – Link to be shared

Language: English 

How long: 90 minutes 

Format: Panel discussion, Presentation and sharing of strategies and experiences

Who is it for: Colleagues from National, Regional and Global Humanitarian and Development organisations, Bloggers, Journalists and Civil Society Organisations involved in the COVID-19 response and working on countering or mitigating misinformation related to the coronavirus and COVID-19.

Facilitator: Genevieve Hutchinson, BBC Media Action

Presentations:  Victoria Kwan, Ethics and Standards Editor at First Draft

                             Radharani Mitra, Global Creative Advisor at BBC Media Action

 

To REGISTER CLICK HERE

                            

Purpose: To share approaches and experiences for countering and mitigating rumours and mis- and dis-information related to the coronavirus and COVID-19. Through this webinar, participants will:
 

  • Hear about some of the issues facing media and communication organisations in addressing mis/disinformation
  • Understand some of the strategies being used to counter and mitigate mis- and disinformation

 

Background

Community World Service Asia and BBC Media Action are jointly hosting this webinar on Understanding and Handling Misinformation in the COVID-19 context.

 

Misinformation, rumours and disinformation about health are not new. But the rise of digital and social media has enabled the spread of misinformation at a speed and scale not seen before, causing what has been referred to as an “infodemic”. Misinformation about the coronavirus, COVID-19 and the pandemic in all its forms has at best created confusion, and at worst led to fear, extreme anxiety, stigma, discrimination and people taking actions that have caused themselves or others harm, and in a few cases, death. We are aware of these stories as they make headlines, but how can organisations help to challenge the spread of misinformation in a way that cuts through rather than adds to the mass of information out there, help people to engage with and trust the facts, and builds audiences’ skills so that they can identify factual accuracy for themselves and engage with information that is helpful and supportive.

 

This webinar will share some of the experiences and strategies being used by First Draft and BBC Media Action countering and mitigating rumour, mis- and disinformation in the context of COVIVD-19.


A specific focus will be laid on:

 

  • An overview of the rumour, mis- and disinformation challenges faced so far during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Examples of strategies for understanding and handling rumour, mis- and disinformation

 

This 90-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.

 

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.

 

BBC Media Action is the BBC’s international charity. In a world where media can be divisive and untrustworthy, BBC Media Action believes in the power of media and communication to do good. Their work reaches millions of people facing insecurity, inequality and poverty with information they can trust. BBC Media Action supports the independent media essential to democracy and development. And they inform, connect and inspire change in their audiences, providing trusted information, stories and ideas that generate debate and discussion and bridge divides.

 

First Draft is a training and research organisation that provides newsrooms, academics and other information providers with tools and strategies for tackling the challenges posed in an age of disinformation. With headquarters in London and bureau in New York and Sydney, its mission is to empower societies around the world with accurate information in critical moments.

 

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

Applicants will be informed by June 29th 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 Handling Misinformation in the COVID-19 content. Those interested may indicate in the registration form and up to participants will be selected to share their experiences.


Webinar Facilitator:

 

Genevieve Hutchinson is a Senior Health Adviser at BBC Media Action. Genevieve has over 15 years of experience in designing, managing and advising health-focused communication and community-based projects and strategy for organisations and teams in the UK, Asia and Africa.  Key areas of work include sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, HIV, malaria, polio, vaccination and health communication in emergencies, including the current pandemic.  In addition to health advice and strategy development, Genevieve also developed BBC Media Action’s strategy for working with and for young people. Before joining BBC Media Action, Genevieve managed support services for adults living with HIV and set up community-based programmes and information services in Ghana to support young people’s sexual and reproductive health rights. Since joining BBC Media Action in 2012, in addition to her Advisory role, Genevieve has also worked in Nigeria managing BBC Media Action’s health projects there, and in Ethiopia as Country Director.  

 

 

Speakers:

 

Victoria Kwan is the Ethics and Standards Editor at First Draft where she helps develop the organisation’s thought leadership on the effective reporting of mis- and disinformation, and ensures that the organisation's recommended practices are implemented across its own output. Previously, she worked as a Senior Attorney Editor at Thomson Reuters. Victoria is the co-creator of several interactive tools that aid legal journalists and educate the public about the Supreme Court of the United States, including SCOTUS Map and SCOTUS Watch. She holds a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Radharani Mitra is Global Creative Advisor at BBC Media Action. With three decades of experience, Radharani mines insights, formulates strategies and tells stories using digital and legacy media platforms to bring about social and behaviour change. Radharani has created several unique and impactful communication interventions such as the Condom Ringtone; the TB Superhero Mr Sputum; Nugget, an Android mobile game for teenagers; the Mr Plan-Plan radio drama series for Ebola, Klahn 9 Dream Station, a TV reality show for youth in Cambodia; BBC Janala (Window) a digital learning service in Bangladesh, to name just a few. She has played a key role in designing BBC Media Action’s mHealth innovations Mobile Academy and Kilkari (Baby’s Gurgle) that have been scaled up nationally by the Government of India. She has masterminded two TV dramas - AdhaFULL (Half-full), a whodunit series on gender and adolescence and Navrangi Re! (Nine to a Shade), on urban sanitation. She has presented on SBCC and Human Centred Design at various global platforms and her work has won several Indian and international awards

Event Date: 
Thursday, July 2, 2020 - 14:00 to 15:00
Organiser or Host: 
Community World Service Asia and BBC Media Action
Venue: 
online
Language: 

WEBINAR: FATF and COVID-19

WEBINAR: FATF and COVID-19

Facilitated by Karen Janjua and Lia van Broekhoven

 

When: June 25, 2020 

What time: 2:00 PM Pakistan Standard Time

Where: ZOOM – Link to be shared

Language: English 

How long: 90 minutes 

Format: Presentation & Discussion

Who is it for: Humanitarian and development practitioners who wish to learn more about the impact of counter-terror regulations and policies on their operating environment; including, their capacities to respond to COVID-19?

 

Speakers:   Karen Janjua, Community World Service Asia (CWSA);

                     Lia van Broekhoven, Human Security Collective (HSC)

 

Purpose:

As a non-profit organization (NPO), explore the impacts of Terror Finance regulations at national and international levels:

  • Is your NGO unable to register with ease?
  • Is your NGO perceived as being “at risk” of being used as a conduit for terrorism financing?
  • Are your day-to-day operations hampered?
  • Are your bank transfers delayed or blocked?

 

This webinar will help explore:

  • The drivers behind some of the issues you might be facing, which stem from the counter-terrorism and the architecture which countries have constructed countering the financing of terrorism (CFT)
  • The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and its standards on anti-money-laundering (AML) and countering the financing of terrorism (CFT)
  • The impact of the FATF standards on NPOs, including the unintended consequences
  • How to mitigate the unintended consequences and advocate for a proportional, effective and risk-based approach which does not impede charitable activity in any way (based on country case studies and examples)
  • How the COVID-19 crisis is impacting the already challenging situation

 

Background

Community World Service Asia and Human Security Collective (HSC) are jointly hosting this webinar on FATF and COVID-19 on June 25th, 2020.

 

National and international efforts to counter the financing of terrorism, including the policies and regulations formulated at the supra-national level, have had negative consequences on the operational environment of civil society organizations worldwide.  A one-size-fits-all approach to regulations, instead of a risk-based and proportionate implementation of the rules has resulted in humanitarian and development activity being hampered via administrative and financial channels. The Global Non-Profit Organizations (NPO) Coalition on the FATF, of which HSC is co-chair and CWSA a member, has been working for many years on revising the standards and on their effective implementation.

 

This webinar will outline the standards and detail their impacts, chief among which is the financial exclusion of NPOs. It will then discuss the advocacy that led to important changes in the standards, as well as the ongoing engagements at both international and national levels on issues such as Risk Assessments of the NPO sector and financial inclusion. Country case studies will further illustrate these engagement strategies. 

 

The webinar will aim to deepen an understanding of the structural nature of the drivers of some of the shrinking civic space issues that NPOs face as well as provide engagement and advocacy avenues that are working to alleviate the negative regulatory impacts, going forward. Given that the COVID-19 crisis is only exacerbating some of these challenges, and at a time when humanitarian need is at its peak, it is important to leverage this understanding into mitigating action.   

 

This 90-minute webinar will also be an opportunity to learn from participants on whether they recognize some of the issues outlined and to share best practice, engagement and advocacy strategies tailored for their contexts. 

 

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 a member of the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) Alliance and a Sphere regional partner.

 

Human Security Collective (HSC) is a foundation based in The Hague working on issues of development, security and the involvement of citizens in their communities and societies. We believe that the idea of Human Security with its focus on people, relationships and human rights provides an organizing frame for action. Based on the elements of trust-creation, local ownership, empowerment and collective action, we facilitate conversation between civil society, policy shapers and other actors to promote alternative approaches to current security practice.

 

Register here:  FATF and COVID-19

 

Applicants will be informed by 20th 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 the topic under discussion.

Moderator & Facilitator:

 

ImageKaren Janjua

Karen is a Deputy Regional Director at CWSA and a Board member of ACT Alliance.   She has worked extensively with civil society organizations, International organizations and governments across the globe on post-crisis recovery, governance, human rights and democratization. Since 2017, she has focused on civil society sustainability; particularly, engagement with government entities and NGOs in Pakistan to build awareness around the unintended consequences of CFT/AML regulations.

 

Speaker

Lia van Broekhoven

Lia is the co-founder and Executive Director of Human Security Collective based in The Hague. She is co-chair of a Global Coalition of Nonprofit organization that engages with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the global standard-setter on Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Measures to ensure that governments apply the FATF standards adequately and proportionally in relation to terrorism financing risks to avoid negative impacts on civil society.

Event Date: 
Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 14:00 to 15:30
Organiser or Host: 
Community World Service Asia and Human Security Collective (HSC)
Venue: 
online
Language: 

Empowered Aid: Transforming Gender & Power Dynamics in the Delivery of Humanitarian Aid - Phase 1 Findings

This webinar will share Empowered Aid's Phase I findings and recommendations on reducing risks of sexual exploitation and abuse when accessing humanitarian aid in Lebanon and Uganda. Utilizing participatory action research, Empowered Aid engaged a group of refugee women and girls to share their lived experiences with aid delivery and provide recommendations on how to make distribution and access to aid safer. The research was conducted in partnership with The Global Women's Institute and CARE International in Lebanon and the International Rescue Committee in Uganda. Tag #EmpoweredAid on social media when sharing!

Speakers:
GWI: Alina Potts (PI), Research Scientist & Elizabeth Hedge, Empowered Aid Research Associate
CARE Lebanon: Loujine Fattal, Empowered Aid Research Manager & Farah Hallak, Empowered Aid Project Officer
IRC Uganda: Harriet Kolli, Empowered Aid Research Manager & Fatuma Nafish, Empowered Aid Project Officer

To learn more about Empowered Aid, and access the results reports, full set of policy briefs, and accompanying tools and resources visit globalwomensinstitute.gwu.edu/empowered-aid.

Jun 22, 2020 09:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

 

Register -  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Sw673-l-T_KCr52JxIkxmg

Event Date: 
Monday, June 22, 2020 - 09:00 to 10:00
Organiser or Host: 
IRC, Care, Global Women's Institute
Venue: 
Online
Language: 

A conversation on Multilateralism in the time of COVID-19

A conversation on Multilateralism in the time of COVID-19

 

Around the world, the United Nations’ 75th birthday has provided the backdrop for a global discussion about the future of the organization and the role multilateralism can play in resolving today’s challenges and leveraging opportunities that come with global collaboration. The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic has brought a new urgency to this discussion, highlighting even more the benefits of cooperation across borders, sectors and generations. 

 

As part of the #UN75 global initiative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the UN Office at Geneva is very pleased to invite you to join the second edition of the #UN75 Dialogues in international Geneva, a conversation on Multilateralism in the time of COVID-19, this time with a special focus on culture, sports and tourism. The event will take place on Thursday, 25 June 2020 from 12 noon to 1.30 p.m. CET.

 

The dialogue is organized in cooperation with the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, the University of Geneva and foraus. Students and young researchers from these three academic institutions will be sharing their thoughts and questions with heads of key international agencies, including:

 

  • Audrey Azoulay, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Thomas Bach, International Olympic Committee
  • Fabrizio Hochschild-Drummond, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Commemoration of the United Nations 75th Anniversary
  • Mukhisa Kituyi, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
  • Mami Mizutori, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Zurab Pololikashvili, World Tourism Organization
  • Tatiana Valovaya, United Nations Office at Geneva

 

Guests will be welcomed with a special message by the well-known Brazilian footballer Marta.

 

The event will be streamed live on https://youtu.be/aacK8cZ7kxM.

Event Date: 
Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 12:00 to 13:30
Organiser or Host: 
UN Office at Geneva & Graduate Institute
Venue: 
Online
Link: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aacK8cZ7kxM&feature=youtu.be
Language: 

Armed Conflict and Covid-19: A double crisis for displaced civilians

Armed Conflict and Covid-19: A double crisis for displaced civilians

Wednesday 18 June 11.00-12.00 EST

 

Details and registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/armed-conflict-and-covid-19-a-double-crisis-for-displaced-civilians-tickets-107865957984

 

 

As Covid-19 spreads, intensified conflict persists. This poses both grave risks to already vulnerable populations living in deteriorating conditions and unique challenges to humanitarian organizations, such as access to those in need. This double crisis has forced people to flee yet again in search of safety. To mark World Refugee Day, the Norwegian Refugee Council USA (NRC USA) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) illuminate how the pandemic complicates access to support and protection for refugees and internally displaced people in conflict-affected countries. Our panel likewise discusses the implications of the pandemic’s secondary effects within these contexts, proposing concrete solutions to this double crisis.

 

Event Date: 
Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 11:00 to 12:00
Organiser or Host: 
Norwegian Refugee Council USA
Venue: 
Online webinar
Link: 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/armed-conflict-and-covid-19-a-double-crisis-for-displaced-civilians-tickets-107865957984
Language: 

GBV Risk Mitigation

2nd session – Wednesday, July 29 | 11:30  AM to 1:00 PM Bangkok time 

Topic: GBV Risk Mitigation ​

 

 

 

Objectives: 

  • To be informed about relevant elements of the IASC GBV Guidelines on GBV risk mitigation
  • To learn about good practices on GBV risk mitigation from various clusters/sectors
  • To understand accountability measures to track progress of GBV risk mitigation measure

 

To Register

 The registration for the first session on Wednesday, Jun 24, 2020 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Bangkok Time is now open at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUsd-CupzsiGdzpmvqz7Jhc966jpMcMjkUJ. You will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting after registering. Please feel free to forward this information to your colleagues/networks too.

Event Date: 
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 11:00 to 13:00
Organiser or Host: 
ICVA and GBV AOR Asia & Pacific
Venue: 
Online
Language: 

GBV in Emergencies Basics + Overview of humanitarian response architecture and GBV coordination mechanisms

GBV in Emergencies Basics + Overview of humanitarian response architecture and GBV coordination mechanisms

Wednesday, Jun 24, 2020 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Bangkok Time

 

Objectives: 

  • To become familiar with the definition of gender-based violence
  • To understand root causes, contributing factors and consequences of GBV
  • To understand how to refer GBV survivors for care and support

To Register

 The registration for the first session on Wednesday, Jun 24, 2020 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Bangkok Time is now open at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUsd-CupzsiGdzpmvqz7Jhc966jpMcMjkUJ. You will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting after registering. Please feel free to forward this information to your colleagues/networks too.

 

Event Date: 
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - 13:00
Organiser or Host: 
ICVA and GBV AOR Asia & Pacific
Venue: 
Online
Language: 

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
Venue: 
Online
Language: 
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