Norwegian MFA and major humanitarian organizations will assess aid to Syria and lessons learned

“The Berm” in desert areas between Syria and Jordan. Photo: UNHCR / J. Kohler

10 March 2020, the Norwegian MFA, in collaboration with Norwegian Refugee Council, Norwegian Peoples Aid, Norwac, Save the Children Norway, Norwegian Church Aid, Norwegian Red Cross and Care Norway, will host a seminar on lessons learned 10 years after the conflict in Syria broke out. The event will be held at Litteraturhuset in Oslo, Norway, and take place from 14:00 – 17:00. To see the full event description on Facebook, click here.

2020 marks nine years since the start of the conflict in Syria. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed or injured, millions have been displaced and infrastructure has been devastated. The humanitarian consequences of the conflict are widespread within Syria and throughout the region. Four years ago, the Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg pledged NOK 10 billion over four years (2016 – 2019) to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Syria and neighbouring countries. This constitutes the largest humanitarian effort by Norway in recent times. The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with Norwegian Refugee Council, Norwegian Peoples Aid, Norwac, Save the Children Norway, Norwegian Church Aid, Norwegian Red Cross and Care Norway, invite you to a discussion on achievements, dilemmas and lessons learned from the past four years.

The event will be opened by Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide and Panos Moumtzis, previously UN Assistant Secretary General and Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis. Secretaries General Bent Apeland (Norwegian Red Cross) and Birgitte Lange (Save the Children Norway) will give introductions, followed by panel discussions with the humanitarian organisations. The event will be moderated by Kristoffer Lidén, the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies (NCHS) and PRIO.