German Federal Government and UNDP conclude expert meeting on creating jobs, livelihoods for refugees

Nov 3, 2017

Mourad Wahba, Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States, and Chair of United Nations Development Group for Middle East, North Africa, and Arab States while participating in the meeting

 Bonn – The German Federal Government and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today concluded a meeting of policymakers and experts on creating jobs and economic opportunities for refugees and communities hosting them in neighboring countries.

The meeting follows the Supporting the Future of Syrians and the Region conference held in Brussels in April 2017, and the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees hosted by the United States during the United Nations General Assembly in September 2017. Participants reviewed policy and programming progress to date and priorities ahead for sustainable livelihoods opportunities that can help the most vulnerable people and communities affected by crisis recover and maintain dignity and hope for the future with a specific focus on the Syria region.

Co-hosted by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and UNDP, and in cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office, the two-day meeting brought together policymakers from more than ten countries, several representatives of UN agencies, and international and local NGOs involved in job creation, to share lessons learned and join hands to strengthen the evidence base for effective livelihoods responses.

“Jobs create income and are essential to move towards self-reliance and maintain dignity. This is why Germany’s Partnership for Prospects Middle East employment creation drive puts this issue centre-stage. This meeting has again demonstrated the value of the BMZ-UNDP partnership,” said Elke Löbel, BMZ Deputy Director General and Commissioner for Refugee Policy.

“Creating jobs and expanding economic opportunities for refugees and host communities impacted by the Syria crisis is essential to build and strengthen resilience in the region. UNDP thanks the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development for its leading voice in support of this vital work at the policy and operational levels,” said Mourad Wahba, Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States, and Chair of United Nations Development Group for Middle East, North Africa, and Arab States.

Since the crisis in Syria began over seven years ago, the international community has sought increasingly to complement immediate humanitarian assistance inside Syria and in neighboring countries with support that helps refugees and vulnerable communities hosting them to build and strengthen resilience and regain livelihoods.

At the London Conference on Supporting Syrians and the Region, in February 2016, political leaders agreed to coordinate efforts to support the creation of 1.1 million jobs for refugees and host community members in countries neighboring Syria.

Contact information

Amman: Noeman AlSayyad, Noeman.alsayyad@undp.org

New York: Theodore Murphy, Theodore.murphy@undp.org

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