The 9th Middle East and North Africa (MENA) conference is being held from 24 to 26 January 2017 in Amman, Jordan.

The conference is hosted by Jordan National Red Crescent Society with the support of the IFRC.

The MENA conference brings together the leadership of 17 National Red Crescent and Red Cross Societies from the region; along with key decision-makers and influencers from the IFRC, ICRC, partner National Societies from outside the region, as well as selected observers including the Arab League, UN, the private sector, etc.

Overall objectives

  • Resilient National Societies and resilient communities in the MENA region.
  • Strengthened and well-coordinated Movement humanitarian response in the region.
  • Agreed strategies for stronger youth and volunteer engagement and empowerment within National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Themes

The agenda topics and panel discussions are built around the three key themes:

  • Response to emerging challenges in the Middle East and North Africa region
  • Volunteers, their services and safety
  • Effectiveness and efficiency of the Movement humanitarian response
Daily activities

Day 1

  • Youth gathering
  • Field visit
  • Opening ceremony

Day 2

  • Promoting peace and culture of tolerance and non-violence
  • Engaging for enhanced protection and response to the needs of displaced people
  • Reducing urban risk and enhancing humanitarian response in cities

Day 3

  • Promoting a multi-stakeholder approach to tackling climate change in the MENA region
  • Volunteers, their services and safety
  • Effectiveness and efficiency in the Movement humanitarian response
  • Press conference
  • Official closing
Background to the conference

Panel discussions and plenaries

Each of the sessions will have panel discussions and plenaries. Session design will vary by topic, based on input from participants as to how they would like to shape discussions and outcomes. Click on the tabs below to find out more about each panel.

Promoting peace and culture of tolerance and non-violence

Discussing the current humanitarian crises in the region and the Red Cross and Red Crescent role and contribution towards the promotion of peace and culture of tolerance and non-violence, by benefiting from their common humanitarian principles and values as well as their strengths and capacities such as youth and volunteers.

Concept note

People on the move

Focused on discussing the current situation of migrants, refugees and displaced people in the region and the humanitarian response provided by the humanitarian actors including the Red Cross and Red Crescent, and ways and means to improve the response.

Concept note

Reducing urban risks and enhancing humanitarian response in cities

Will review the growing disaster risks in the cities and urban areas of MENA and discuss the role of Red Cross and Red Crescent in reducing urban risks and responding to disasters in cities.

Concept note

Climate change

Focused on reviewing the negative impacts of climate change on the region and the Red Cross and Red Crescent response to its humanitarian consequences.

Concept note

Volunteers, their services and safety

Elaborating on the work volunteers are undertaking in very challenging contexts and measures which can be taken to ensure better safety of volunteers considering the current situation in MENA.

Concept note

Effectiveness and efficiency in the Movement humanitarian response

Main focus on ways to strengthen National Society response to humanitarian needs including improving better planning, implementation and reporting, as well as communication and profiling of Movement and National Societies services with the public.

Concept note

Market place

Will open on the evening of 24 January continuing through until the morning of 26 January. This opportunity for National Societies and observers to showcase, interact and explain their plans and strategies and to forge partnership is a key part of the conference activities.