About the Forum

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will bring together key humanitarian and development stakeholders, including UN agencies; international financial institutions; donors; and representatives of international and national non-governmental organizations, and the private sector alongside senior representatives of Governments in the immediate sub-region affected by the Syria crisis, to collectively consider a new vision of the response to the protracted crisis, now well into its fifth year.

The Government of Jordan will host the gathering, held under the title, Resilience Development Forum: Integrating Responses, Expanding Partnerships, on 08-09 November 2015, in the Dead Sea, Jordan.

Focusing on the wide range of resilience-building responses required to address the devastating situation inside Syria and for refugees from Syria as well as communities in neighboring countries grappling with consequences of hosting them, The Forum comprises 3 main components:

Resilience-building Innovation Marketplace on 8-9 November 2015, which will provide a platform for knowledge sharing and networking on innovative approaches to resilience-building employed by stakeholders involved in the Syria crisis response in the form of 30 exhibition booths.

Topical Roundtable Discussions on 8 November 2015, hosted by a number of leading UN agencies and partners debating priority challenging topics related to resilience building in the context of the Syria crisis, including, UNICEF’s No Lost Generation initiative, resilience of municipal services, and sustainable livelihoods and employment.

High Level Panels on 9 November 2015 that will debate and build consensus on specific policy and strategic actions to address main bottlenecks and unresolved challenges in the current approach to the Syria response, including:

  • Changes required to make the international aid architecture fit for resilience;
  • Means to maintain stability and harmony in host communities while ensuring inclusiveness;
  • Effective private sector engagement in the response; and
  • Means to strengthen Resilience inside Syria in the context of continuing conflict

Outcomes of the Forum will be captured in a set of key milestones that will form the basis for a bolder, collectively-endorsed Resilience Agenda, integrating humanitarian and development components of the responses of the international community, national counterparts and development partners, strengthening existing collaboration and expanding partnerships to include new critical actors, including the private sector.

The Resilience Development Forum (RDF) is organized within the framework of the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP), and the Regional United Nations Development Group. The scope of the RDF includes the six countries that are most affected by the Syria crisis – Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey, in addition to Syria itself.