Domiz refugee camp, in northern Iraq, hosts around 65,000 Syrian refugees

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Supporting Syria and the Region conference

Bond is co-facilitating a civil society conference on 3 February, the day before the Supporting Syria and the Region London conference, co-hosted by the UK, Kuwait, Germany, Norway and the United Nations.

The civil society conference will raise awareness of the situation in Syria, with an emphasis on making the voices of Syrians heard and putting a spotlight on the experiences of Syrian people affected by the conflict.

The afternoon will channel civil society voices to heads of state attending the following day. The input and views of those working and living in the region will contribute to a long-term and holistic plan to support refugees inside Syria and in neighbouring countries.

Alongside the event, Bond is curating a Syria hub, showcasing examples of the work of NGOs with Syrian people in and around the country.

The hub provides context of what Bond members and other NGOs are doing in Syria and the region, to amplify that work and to create a useful resource of material to share on social media.

Visit the Syria hub


Discussions on the day will be focused around four main issues: education; livelihoods; protection and women, peace and security.

Due to limited capacity, this is a closed event, but we will be live streaming the afternoon and widely sharing the discussions that take place.

If you would like to watch the live stream, visit our Syria hub on 3 February from 12:45.

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12:00 – 12:45 Registration

Opportunity for delegates to network over light lunch. An installation and interactive experience to highlight the daily challenges faced by Syrian refugees.

12:45 – 13:00 Opening Plenary

Welcome address by conference chairs: Dr Rouba Mhaissen, Sawa for Development and Aid and Mark Goldring, Oxfam, on why this conference matters, what are the key broad civil society asks and how to channel messages from today to the conference on 4 February.

13:00 – 13:10 Welcome

From Norwegian Foreign Minister, Borge Brende

13:10 – 14:00 Spotlight on Syria and the Region

Panel discussion with Hivin Kako, Bihar Relief Organisation/Syrian Women’s Network; Marcell Shehwaro, Kesh Malek and Raed Al Saleh, Syria Civil Defense; Amin Awad, UNHCR Regional Refugee Coordinator to outline the current realities around the provision of education, protection and livelihoods in Syria and the region. Chaired by Mike Wooldridge, OBE.

14:00 – 14:10 Welcome & Response

From Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening

14:10 – 14:40 Break

14:40 – 15:55 Supporting Syrian civil society: Breakout sessions

On education; livelihoods; protection and women, peace and security. Representatives from Syrian and regional civil society organisations, co-host government and INGO representatives to bring to life the concerns outlined in the NGO joint policy position and discuss what is needed to make progress around the four core themes.

15:55 – 16:05 Move to plenary room

16:05 – 16:25 Rapporteurs report

Four rapporteurs from Syrian and regional civil society to summarise key points captured in thematic breakout sessions.

16:25 – 17:10 Looking forwards

Panel discussion to reflect on key rapporteur points and on pursuing solutions & outcomes from 4 February conference. Chaired by Mike Wooldridge with panelists: Dr Samah Bassas, Syria Relief Network; Salma Kahale, Dawlaty; Tove Wang, Save the Children, Norway; Reza Kasrai, ICVA and Jane Lewis, Syria Crisis Coordinator, ECHO

17:10– 17:45 Closing plenary

Chair to present the CSO statement to conference. Chairs to invite a final response from Anne Richard, U.S. Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees and Migration. Final conclusion from chair.