Fragility Forum 2016: Take Action for Peaceful and Inclusive Societies

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Date: Tuesday, March 1 and Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Time: Tuesday, March 1: 9:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. (ET) / 14:00 - 16:15 (GMT) and 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (ET) / 17:00 - 18:00 (GMT) ; Wednesday, March 2: 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. (ET) / 14:00 - 15:15 (GMT) or convert time
Location: Atrium & Preston Auditorium, World Bank Group HQ & Online

Convened under the theme Take Action for Peaceful and Inclusive Societies, the Fragility Forum 2016 comes at a time when the world appears particularly volatile, from the conflict in Syria and the tragic refugee crisis to extremist activities that threaten to undermine development progress. Citizen security is a growing concern in middle-income countries, closely linked to rising inequality.

Against this backdrop, this year’s Forum includes over 70 sessions which build on the momentum of the Global Goals, and takes a hard look at how to implement this ambitious agenda in fragile environments. It also highlights emerging challenges including forced displacement and violent extremism, where development actors have an important role to play, working in close collaboration with humanitarian, security, and diplomatic partners.

The following sessions will be live-streamed here:

Leaving No One Behind in Fragile States

March 1- 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. (ET) / 14:00 - 15:00 (GMT) or convert time

How can we push forward the sustainable development agenda and reduce poverty in a world affected by fragility, conflict and violence? Inspired by Sustainable Development Goal 16 – peace, justice and strong institutions – the Fragility Forum opens in collaboration with the United Nations with a panel of distinguished leaders to discuss what it takes to turn the ambition of 17 goals and 169 targets in to reality in conflict-affected and fragile states.

Strengthening the Global Response to Forced Displacement

March 1- 10:10 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. (ET) / 15:10 - 16:15 (GMT) or convert time

As the Syrian refugee crisis galvanizes attention, forced displacement has emerged as a growing development challenge which requires close collaboration between humanitarian and development partners. In the run up to the World Humanitarian Summit, this high level panel brings together perspectives from development agencies, governments and voices of the displaced to explore how the international community can take collective action to help both the displaced and host communities, in support of the sustainable development agenda.

Resilience Dialogue: Fragility, Conflict and Disaster Risk – Connecting the Dots

March 1- 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (ET) / 17:00 - 18:00 (GMT) or convert time

Conflict and natural disasters intersect in the developing world, with consequences from exacerbating poverty rates to forcing displacement. Both strongly impact the lives, livelihoods, environment, and the social fabric of affected communities, growing unsustainably. This round of the Resilience Dialogue will gather experts and thought leaders to explore the links between natural disasters and fragile/conflict situations, and approaches to addressing these growing challenges in the poorest and most vulnerable parts of the world. The discussion will also take an in-depth look at the similarities and differences of recovery in post-disaster and post-conflict situations.

Back to Business: How the Private Sector Can Help Transform Fragile and Conflict Situations

March 2- 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. (ET) / 14:00 - 15:15 (GMT) or convert time

The 2015 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the Tunisian Quartet underscored the importance of the private sector in development, shedding light on its emerging role in actively building stability in fragile and conflict affected areas. Taking inspiration, this event hosted in collaboration with World Economic Forum brings together four unique perspectives—government, local business, foreign investor and impact investor—to share lessons learned, explore complementarities, and improve coordination to catalyze investment and boost business in fragile environments.

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