For several years, violent conflict and human suffering have marked north-eastern Nigeria and parts of Niger, Chad and Cameroon, located around the Lake Chad Basin. Boko Haram raids and suicide bombings targeting civilian populations have destroyed vital infrastructure, preventing people from accessing essential services, and have caused widespread trauma, suffering and displacement. Coupled with economic hardship in the region, the insurgency has depleted people’s resources and exhausted their coping mechanisms. In Nigeria alone, 26 million people live in the affected areas. The Humanitarian Response Plans identify 10.7 million people in need of life-saving assistance in the most affected areas in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria. Over 7 million people are struggling with food security, with children representing a majority of those in need. 2.3 million people are displaced, a number that has tripled over the last two years.
The humanitarian crisis unfolding in north-eastern Nigeria and in the Lake Chad region was largely overlooked in 2016. The crisis has reached grave proportions that require an immediate and strong response.
The objective of the conference is to draw attention towards the urgent humanitarian crisis within Nigeria and the Lake Chad region, and to generate support for the needs outlined by the Humanitarian Response Plans and appeals for the respective countries. In addition to emphasizing the need for an immediate response to the crisis, the Oslo Conference will highlight the need to foster resilience, to address medium- to long-term development needs and identify durable solutions for the affected people.
The Conference will focus on three thematic areas: food security; protection and access; and education in emergencies.
Expected outcomes are:
- Increased political attention to the serious humanitarian crisis in the region
- Financial contributions to address the urgent humanitarian needs
- Statements of political support to the region
- Increased awareness of the complexity of the crisis and the need for both emergency assistance and medium- to long-term development solutions
The deadline for applications for media accreditation is 21 February. You can apply for media accreditation by 21 February via the media page on the conference website: http://oslohumanitarianconference2017.org/media1.cfm
The conference is being held at Scandic Holmenkollen Park in Oslo on Friday 24 February from 10:00 to 17:30.
The conference will be live streamed on the Norwegian government website regjeringen.no
For programme and more information, please see the conference website: http://oslohumanitarianconference2017.org/