A high-level side event on "Boosting Opportunities for Higher Education in Emergencies" was held on Monday, 19 September 2016, from 1:15 pm to 2:45pm at the United Nations (Conference Room 12), NY.
This event, co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of the State of Qatar and Portugal to the United Nations in NY in association with the Global Platform for Syrian Students, and a number of leading organizations, took place in the context of the United Nations High-level Summit to Address Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants.
The high-level side event brought together governments, UN agencies, humanitarian organizations, academia, and youth affected by humanitarian crises to promote the role of high-level education in crises situations.
The main objectives of the high-level meeting were:
- To celebrate the progress achieved at the political level with the recognition of the unique role played by higher education and higher education institutions in emergencies;
- To call for action and engage with a range of actors involved in the protection and rebuilding of higher education in conflict and emergency settings in order to expand the emerging global network of policy, practice and research in higher education in emergencies;
- To showcase some successful initiatives and programs that make a difference which participants can replicate or join up;
- To release the first animation film ever produced on a rapid response mechanism for higher education in emergencies (RRM) to galvanize public opinion and mobilize further support.
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