Responding to the Crisis in Syria –Supporting Livelihoods, Mitigating Impacts, and Preserving Development Gains in the Region

03 okt 2013

As the crisis in Syria deepens, and moves towards the three-year mark, world leaders are trying to determine how to respond to the massive human cost in deaths and displacement and to the overall devastation of Syrian social fabric. Whilst the socio-economic costs of the crisis within Syria are increasingly documented, much less is known about its implications for medium/long-term development prospects in the neighboring countries of Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.  However, the massive flows of refugees is reportedly affecting economic and social fabrics in host communities/areas, especially poor and more vulnerable communities, placing increased pressures on the delivery of basic services and infrastructures, labor markets, prices and  incomes, in some instances also leading to social tensions.

UNDP along with other development partners have embarked on a number of assessments that will determine the impact of the crisis in Syria and neighboring countries, which will inform the development of a joint response and the roadmap ahead.
A seminar will be held with Sima Bahous, Assistant UN Secretary-General and UNDP Regional Director for Arab States. She will present the efforts of UNDP and the UN to respond to the development and humanitarian challenges in Syria, its neighbors, and the Arab World. Jens-Otto Horslund, Head of the MENA Department at the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs will follow with a short intervention on Danish assistance in response to the Syrian crisis.

Thursday 3 October, 9:30-11:00
UN City, room 02.17, Marmorvej 51, 2100 Copenhagen

For participation, please register on:
Entry is free. The event will be held in English.
For further information: Mette Fjalland, UNDP Nordic Office,, phone: 5183-6228  

Sima Sami Bahous

Sima Sami Bahous is the Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator and Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States.


9:30    Welcome remarks by UNDP Nordic Representation Office

9:35    Presentation by Sima Bahous, UNDP Regional Director for Arab States, on the development and humanitarian challenges in Syria, its neighbors, and the Arab World, and UNDP and the UN’s efforts to address these

10:00    Intervention by Jens-Otto Horslund, Head of Department for Middle East and North Africa, Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Danish assistance in response to the Syrian crisis

10:15    Q&A