MHPSS conference programme for Tuesday, 8 October

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Segment 3: Specific needs and situations
07.45 – 08.30 Registration and security check
08.30 – 09.00 Welcome and opening
09.00 – 11.45

Parallel in-depth breakout sessions

1. Children, adolescents and their families
Zeinab Hijazi (UNICEF), Mark Jordans (War Child)
2. MHPSS during public health emergencies
Janice Cooper (Liberia), John Mahoney (UK), Sarah Kline (UK), Marcio Gagliato (Brazil)
3. Staff support
Nana Wiedemann (IFRC), Winnifred Simon (Antares Foundation)
4. Addressing gender-based violence
Milena Osorio (ICRC), Guglielmo Schinina (IOM)
5. Mobilising displaced and host communities to support MHPSS
Ananda Galappatti (, Sri Lanka), Peter Ventevogel (UNHCR)

11.45 – 13.15 Lunch
Segment 4: High-level event
13.10 – 13.20 Presentation of children’s petition to Minister Sigrid Kaag
13.30 – 14.45


Moderator: Fionnuala Sweeney, former CNN anchor, communications director Atlantic Institute, Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health

Welcome and opening
Sigrid Kaag, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation (Netherlands)

Keynote speech
Sir Mark Lowcock, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator

World Health Organisation (WHO) MHPSS experiences & plans
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General World Health Organisation (WHO)

TED-like talk: From growing up during conflict to star ballerina in the Netherlands
Michaela DePrince (Sierra Leone), soloist at Dutch National Ballet

Panel discussion

Experience from Syria
Heba Alibrahim, psychology student VU Amsterdam

The importance of MHPSS
Princess Mabel van Oranje, chair of Girls Not Brides and VOW – to End Child Marriage

Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement experiences & commitments
Elhadj As Sy, Secretary-General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

Aeham Ahmad, ‘the pianist of Yarmouk’

14.45 – 15.45 Break
15.45 – 17.20

Commitment session opening statement
Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management (ECHO)

Commitments, 3 minutes per guest, facilitated by moderator
High-level guests

17.20 – 17.30

Closing and handover to France (2020)
Minister Sigrid Kaag

17.30 Drinks
All day Connect & Exchange
Showcases of MHPSS activities by humanitarian organisations

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