8-9 November 2015: Resilience Development Forum

Location: the Dead Sea, Jordan
Time: 08-09 November 2015

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will bring together key humanitarian and development stakeholders, including UN agencies; international financial institutions; donors; and representatives of international and national non-governmental organizations, and the private sector alongside senior representatives of Governments in the immediate sub-region affected by the Syria crisis, to collectively consider a new vision of the response to the protracted crisis, now well into its fifth year.

The Government of Jordan will host the gathering, held under the title, Resilience Development Forum: Integrating Responses, Expanding Partnerships, on 08-09 November 2015, in the Dead Sea, Jordan.

Focusing on the wide range of resilience-building responses required to address the devastating situation inside Syria and for refugees from Syria as well as communities in neighboring countries grappling with consequences of hosting them, The Forum comprises 3 main components:

Resilience-building Innovation Marketplace on 8-9 November 2015, which will provide a platform for knowledge sharing and networking on innovative approaches to resilience-building employed by stakeholders involved in the Syria crisis response in the form of 30 exhibition booths.

Topical Roundtable Discussions on 8 November 2015, hosted by a number of leading UN agencies and partners debating priority challenging topics related to resilience building in the context of the Syria crisis, including, UNICEF’s No Lost Generation initiative, resilience of municipal services, and sustainable livelihoods and employment.

High Level Panels on 9 November 2015 that will debate and build consensus on specific policy and strategic actions to address main bottlenecks and unresolved challenges in the current approach to the Syria response, including:

  • Changes required to make the international aid architecture fit for resilience;
  • Means to maintain stability and harmony in host communities while ensuring inclusiveness;
  • Effective private sector engagement in the response; and
  • Means to strengthen Resilience inside Syria in the context of continuing conflict

Outcomes of the Forum will be captured in a set of key milestones that will form the basis for a bolder, collectively-endorsed Resilience Agenda, integrating humanitarian and development components of the responses of the international community, national counterparts and development partners, strengthening existing collaboration and expanding partnerships to include new critical actors, including the private sector.

The Resilience Development Forum (RDF) is organized within the framework of the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP), and the Regional United Nations Development Group. The scope of the RDF includes the six countries that are most affected by the Syria crisis – Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey, in addition to Syria itself.

The crisis in Syria demands a consistent and collective vision that clearly articulates short, mid and long-term goals to tackle pressing challenges in Syria and neighboring countries.

A Resilience Development Forum (RDF) will be convened at the ministerial level to deepen the resilience agenda in the sub-region. The RDF is organised by UNDP within the framework of the 3RP platform and the Regional United Nations Development Group and in close partnership and coordination with key humanitarian and development partners, including the World Bank. Governments in the sub-region, UN agencies, international organisations and financing institutions will take active part in the RDF. The Government of Jordan has agreed to host the event, which will take place in November.

The Objectives of RDF

* Broaden and deepen partnerships amongst governments, the UN system, international and national NGOs, CSOs, think tanks, and the private sector for a more comprehensive and sustainable response to the crisis.

* Take stock of key achievements in the resilience agenda, identify gaps, and exchange good practices, lessons learned and knowledge in the response to the crisis as well as provide examples/ideas and encourage innovative responses to a multidimensional crisis.

* Contribute to the mobilization of capacities, knowledge and financial resources for more resilience investment in the sub-region.

* Build a regional resilience roadmap as a framework for regional action, based on commitments and key policy recommendations driven through a country-led process.

The RDF provides a unique forum for governments in the region to determine sub-regional priorities and a long-term vision. Governments will have the opportunity for additional outreach to a wide range of partners with the objective of filling critical capacity, knowledge and financial gaps in the achievement of national strategies and plans for the Syria crisis.

The country-consultations in preparation of the Forum will also give national counterparts the opportunity to discuss innovative initiatives and policy options to overcome some of the major constraints in addressing the impact of the Syria crisis on their social and economic fabric. As a regional event, the RDF will enhance regional cooperation amongst country representatives, facilitating the sharing of good practices and lessons learned.

Outcomes

  •  Partnerships amongst governments, the UN system, international and national NGOs, CSOs, think tanks, and the private sector for resilience investment have been established or deepened.

  • Key achievements and critical gaps in the resilience agenda have been identified, and governments and partners have better access to good practices, lessons learned and new knowledge in the response to the crisis.

  • Capacities, technologies and financial resources have been mobilized to better address the development impact of the Syria crisis in the sub-region.

  • A common resilience roadmap, with relevant milestones, has been endorsed to coordinate and focus the collective action of the international community, national counterparts and development partners in addressing the crisis.

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