More about awha 2018
It is not possible to organize all sessions within the United Nations headquarters. Setting a date for the conference is already a challenge that must take into account other international events, summits, conferences, regular sessions. 
The UN Geneva has already announced that we could use the Council Chamber and the Assembly Hall for the opening ceremonies. But no room can hold 2,500 participants. In response we decide upon a retransmission system with concurrent sessions in the two rooms. We might also employ the room of human rights. 

We will also hold meetings at the Geneva International Conference Centre. This is at five minutes walk from the Palais des Nations. 
For the less mobile, we plan to make available a shuttle bus.  

For coffee breaks, the Salle des Pas Perdus at UN will be available to us.

Program of the Three days
Day 1 :  

9:30-10:00: Reception of participants  
10:00-11:15: Opening ceremony - official speeches 
11:15-11:30:  Break 
11:30-13:00:  First series of workshops 

13: 00-14:00: Lunch break 

14:00-15:30: Second Series of workshops 
15:30-15:45: Break 
15:45 - 17:15:  Third series of workshops 

20:00: Gala Dinner and AWHARDS Ceremony

Day 2 :  

9:30 - 11:00: 4th series of workshops 
11:00 - 11:15: Break 
11:15 - 12:45: 5th series of workshops 

12:45 -14:00: Lunch break 

14:00-16:00: Plenary Session, pooling synthesis and Discussion 
16:00-16h15: Break 
16:15-17:30: Closing Ceremony 

Day 3 :  Refugees day

9:30-10:00: Reception of participants 
10:00-11:15: First series of workshops 
11:15-11:30: Break 
11:30-13:00: Second Series of workshops
13:00-14:00: Lunch break 

14:00-15:30: Third series of workshops
15:30-15:45: Break 
15:45-17:30: Joint debate – summary 

The Workshops
During the AWHA, we propose the following workshops: 

  1. New humanitarian challenges: ethical and legal limits 
  2. Political interest, religious beliefs and humanitarian aid 
  3. Syria: responding to a genocidal crisis 
  4. Iraq: New approaches to an unprecedented humanitarian  
  5. Yemen intervention in a war zone 
  6. Palestine: urgent needs - extreme difficulties 
  7. Financial Limits: how to do more while spending less? 
  8. Organizational problems: Reconciling the local groups, industry, the government, the UN and other actors to involve in the project 
  9. Organizing a project: human, technical, logistical, legal issues 
  10. Project management: internal and external governance (donors) 
  11. Project monitoring: how to avoid a skid (financial, technical, human, time)? 
  12. Working with UN agencies 
  13. A successful project
  14. Collaborating with other NGOs 
  15. Controlling project governance 

Refugees day
UNHCR estimated the number of refugees by the end of 2015 at 65 million. The number increased by 12 million from 2015 This is a record number. Every minute, 24 people are forced to flee their homes. This figure is four times greater than it was ten years ago. 20 million people have fled their countries. More than 40 million are IDPs. 3 million people sought asylum in industrialized countries. Worldwide, 1 in 113 is a refugee. The number of refugees returning to their country for 20 years has been steadily declining. 51% of the 12 million new refugees in 2015 come from three countries: Syria, Somalia and Afghanistan. Of the six countries that receive the most refugees, two are Arab countries, Lebanon and Jordan, and one is a peripheral country, Turkey. The Arab world is at the center of the refugee issue. The situation of those who have fled their country is hardly better than that of those who decided to remain: overcrowded camps, lacking basic facilities, and lack of prospects. Mafia consider the influx of refugees as the source of new incomes in the same way as trafficking in drugs or human beings. In 2015 alone, 3771 refugees lost their lives in the Mediterranean, victims of unscrupulous smugglers. The mass influx of refugees is not without impact on Western public opinion. The rise of populism, racist acts and growing Islamophobia have their origin in the images of refugee hordes arriving on their shores. 

Program of the Refugees day
During this day, we especially want to give the floor to the participants in order to allow them to exchange their opinions and experiences. 
The list of workshops will be determined taking into account the choices made by our partners. 
Two workshops should focus on general issues: 
What reception policies for refugees in Europe and the United States? 
Welcome or maintain on site? 
How to organize a return to the countries of origin? 
How to manage public opinion? 
Workshop will address the refugee crisis in various circumstances. 
Three Workshops will address crises in particular by attempting to address two very different situations: 
  • Syria 
  • Rohingyas 
  • Yemen 
Participants will participate in three of the five workshop
With these AWHARDS, humanitarian workers will receive some of the recognition that they deserve 
During the gala dinner, we will also raise funds for a new humanitarian project. 
We have already provided wide television coverage of the ceremony. 
Draft regulations, stipulating the terms and conditions of participation, has already been drafted. They must still be approved by the sponsor. It remains to determine prize categories. We are currently considering the amount and the character of the following prizes: 
  • Humanitarian project of the year 
  • Most innovative project 
  • The private humanitarian initiative of the year 
  • Humanitarian reportage of the year 
  • A public Prize 
  • The country of the Year 
Composition of the jury 
Prizes should not be chosen by a single committee.  
A quarter of the votes will be allocated to our sponsors, a quarter to representatives of Arab countries at the UN, a quarter to UN agencies and finally, a last quarter of the vote to the public at large. 
Regarding the public vote, we expect to employ the internet. We'll upload a specific site dedicated to visualizing the projects and tallying the vote. 
Regarding prizes for humanitarian reportage, however, we decided that only ten projects would be submitted to the vote. A committee will have the difficult task of selecting the winning projects. 

For the public prize, we ask the participants to the AWHA to express their choice by slipping a ballot into a ballot box after the first day. 

The Gala Dinner
We have planned a gala dinner for 2,500 participants at the space “Hippomène” which offers several important advantages: 
A central position 
Easy access with lots of parking 
Sufficient capacity  
Several additional rooms to create more private spaces 
Useful facilities for prestigious events 
A park 
A confined space that is easy to secure. 
We will also have a three-course meal. 

We have planned a rather classic ceremony. For each award, the names of three nominees will be announced. A very brief presentation will be made in the form of a 30-second film. Then the winner will be announced. We will determine an appropriate  master of ceremonies: we already have some possible choices in mind from celebrities who have confirmed their attendance and who are engaged in human rights work.  

They support us
They help us
The AWHA 2018 is organized by the Belgian NGO AWHA (an NGO which brings together Arabs, Europeans and Americans) in collaboration, assistance or support of 15 international NGOs and three universities from Arab countries, Europe and the United States. 

AWHA teams also work closely with several local Arab NGOs and several UN agencies.  
The AWHA wants to give voice to both the academic world and the world of the field. It also does not want to forget decision-makers and donors who, if they are not involved in the field, influence the actions taken there.

We have already approached a number of high-profile personalities who have expressed interest in participating in the conference.

They follow us
We have already approached a number of high-profile personalities who have expressed interest in participating in the conference.
George Clooney
Senator Bernie Sanders
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