Building a Mechanism for Assessing Risks and Vulnerabilities in the Arab Region

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7 November 2019

Building a Mechanism for Assessing Risks and Vulnerabilities in the Arab Region
Photo: Youssef Chaitani, ESCWA

Just as the protests crystallized in the streets of Beirut, a group of approximately 30 policy-makers, practitioners, and academics, met under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) in Beirut on 17 and 18 October, to discuss the design of a new Risk Assessment Framework for the Arab region.

​The Expert Group meeting was informed by a comprehensive draft report, laying out the rationale for the framework and its integration with the Sustainable Development Goals; the key trends and risk factors in the Arab region; the methodological approach; as well as the way to build capacity and institutions. The draft report will be thoroughly revised based on the discussion in the Expert Group.

The event was a collaboration between ESCWA, the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), the United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

More details on the meeting can be found here.

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