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United Nations (OCHA) organizes a roundtable on “Enhancing the Role of the Media in Humanitarian Action”

United Nations (OCHA) organizes a roundtable on “Enhancing the Role of the Media in Humanitarian Action”

Amman(womeninjordan)—The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and TV Host, Presenter and Strategic Philanthropy Advisor, Ms. Muna Abu Sulayman, will organize a roundtable discussion and dinner with editor in chiefs and senior journalists on “Enhancing the Role of the Media in Humanitarian Action”.

The event will take place on 15 February 2015, 18.00-21.30, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Amman, Jordan. Participants will include a group of representatives of local, regional and international media outlets. In addition, representatives of humanitarian organizations will be invited to offer their perspectives.

The discussion is part of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) and is one of a series of preparatory meetings for the WHS Middle East and North Africa Regional Consultation, which will take place on 3-5 March 2015 at the Dead Sea in Jordan.

The WHS has come about in recognition of the immense changes in the humanitarian landscape over the past few decades, and the need to make humanitarian action more effective, inclusive, accountable and, overall, a better fit for a changing world.Thus, the aim of the summit is to develop a future agenda of work to ensure that different stakeholders in humanitarian action can meet growing humanitarian needs and be better equipped to address future challenges. The summit is a multi-stakeholder initiative that includes Governments, humanitarian actors, community responders and associated partners (e.g.: media, private sector, youth and academia).

The media have long proven to be a powerful force in shaping the perceptions and response of individuals, humanitarian organizations and Governments to humanitarian crises. As a result, various WHS preparatory consultations held to date have raised the need to engage the media in a conversation about their role in humanitarian affairs.
Thus, this roundtable discussion will instigate a dialogue with the media on the current state of humanitarian media coverage in the MENA region, the relationship between the media and humanitarian actors and the role of the media in promoting awareness of humanitarian values, accountability and transparency in the humanitarian sector. The outcomes will inform the agenda and focus of the WHS MENA Regional Consultation in Amman in early March.

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