European Progressives in Lebanon to tackle Refugee crisis
On Saturday 31 October key political actors from Europe and the Middle Eastern will take action for refugees, and the countries hosting them. Means of improving the situation will be discussed at a conference, debates, and during visits to refugee camps in Beirut, Lebanon.
‘Working together to address the refugee crisis’
On Saturday 31 October progressive political forces from across Europe will be in Beirut to address the impact of the refugee crisis with local partners. At a conference, key players from Europe and the region will debate the causes of the crisis and how host countries can be supported to deal with it.
After the conference all will visit a refugee camps to witness the impact first hand.
The Party of European Socialists is organising this event with the Global Progressive Forum, the S&D group in the European Parliament and the Arab Social Democratic Forum.
Walid Jumblatt, PSP Leader
Sergei Stanishev, PES President
Gianni Pitella, President of S&D Group in European Parliament
Nabeel Shaath, Commissioner for International Relations, Fatah, Palestine
Mireille Girard, UNHCR Representative Lebanon
Yvette Cooper, UK Member of Parliament
Deiderik Samson, Leader - PvdA
9.00 – 9.30 SPEECHES: Walid Jumblatt (PSP Leader) and Gianni Pitella (S&D President)
9.30 – 11.00 DEBATE: Addressing the root causes of the refugee crisis
11.20 – 11.30 SPEECH: Christos Stylianides – EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management
11.30 – 13.00 DEBATE: How can the EU support host countries?
13.00 – 13.30 SPEECH: Sergei Stanishev, PES President
13.30 – Press Point with Sergei Stanishev, PES President, in Press room in Bristol Hotel
15.00 – 18.00 VISIT to refugee camps (Telyani Camp, Awdi Camp, Sabra and Shatila).
Conference: BRISTOL HOTEL, Verdun, Mme Curie street, Beirut 1107 2080, Lebanon
Refugee camps: Telyani Camp (Bar Elias), Awdi Camp, and Sabra and Shatila (Beirut).