Rana Najiib, a young Syrian woman who manages AVSI educational projects in Lebanon will talk at the UN Headquarters in New York
Rana Najiib, a young Syrian woman who manages AVSI educational projects in Lebanon will talk at the UN Headquarters in New York.
On Monday, July 18, 2016 Ms. Najiib will participate in an interactive multi-stakeholder hearing, organized as part of the preparatory process toward the United Nations Summit “Migrants and Refugees”, which will take place in September
Inside conference room #4 at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, Ms. Rana Najib will have the unique opportunity to share her experience working with children and their families in the refugee camps of Lebanon. Manager of AVSI educational projects funded by UNICEF in Lebanon, Ms. Najiib was invited as a panelist in the interactive multi-stakeholder hearing involving several international organizations. The hearing intends to provide an opportunity for member States to exchange views and to inform the inter-governmental negotiation toward the finalization of an outcome document for the United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants. The Summit will be held on September 19, 2016 at the UN headquarters in New York (https://refugeesmigrants.un.org/summit-refugees-and-migrants).
During this hearing, Ms. Najiib will exchange ideas with a diverse group of speakers representing other international NGOs about the specific theme “Reframing the narrative on migration and refugees in the context of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda”. The hearing will be regionally and gender balanced, and will reflect a broad array of thematic expertise and constituencies.
Ms. Najiib was selected as a speaker because she is both Syrian and an active leader of a successful educational project funded by UNICEF and implemented by AVSI in Lebanon. Under her leadership, this project has improved the lives of thousands of Syrian and Iraqi refugees. With her testimonial, Ms. Najiib will share her practical experience with refugees as part of the international response at the UN, where leaders are deciding how best to face fundamental global issues. She will not share empirical research about immigration, but experiences from her daily life in which she is exposed to the most fundamental needs of those who have fled their homes. Ms. Najiib will also talk about how AVSI helps to address these needs on an everyday basis.
Ms. Najiib’s experience is part of a wider plan of action that AVSI is implementing in different countries facing the refugee crisis: from a place called home in Syria, to the camps and shelters in Iraq and Lebanon, and finally to our cities in the US. Ms. Najiib will present at the UN headquarters a more personal approach. This is in consonance with AVSI’s beliefs that it is important to work closely with families, women, men and children who are living the refugee crisis, but also in partnership with the civil society and institutions around the world.
Founded in Italy in 1972, AVSI was able to develop this unique way of working with refugees thanks to its experience in 30 countries, developing 130 projects and managing a staff of 1,300 people. Ms. Najiib’s participation in the panel in New York represents an important contribution coming directly from the field to the public debate and that of global experts about the current refugee crisis.
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