On the 23rd and 24th of February 2017 the international community will convene in Oslo, Norway to discuss how to address the humanitarian crisis in North East Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin. The Oslo donor conference is a welcome chance to raise the profile of the crisis, address the urgent humanitarian needs, raise more money from a wider set of donors, and come up with a concrete set of recommendations and proposals to strengthen the collective response to the crisis and the long-term needs in the region.
On 23rd February a preparatory civil society meeting will take place at the Scandic Holmenkollen Park (Oslo) from 11 am until 4 pm. The participants will give their analysis and share knowledge of the context, highlighting challenges and solutions. There will be panels and discussions on the themes that will be addressed in depth during the donor conference, and the conclusions and recommendations from these sessions will be presented as input at the official event discussions on 24th February.
COOPI will be represented at the Civil Society Meeting by Massimo Salvadori, Area Manager – West Africa. In fact, COOPI is one of the first Non-Governmental Organisations which endorsed the Seven Steps to Saving Lives and Assisting People in Nigeria and Lake Chad Basin statement.
All participants on the Civil Society Meeting are invited to watch the live streaming of the conference on 24th February in Scandic Holmenkollen Park, and will have access to break areas and joint lunch with participants.