Where now for aid to Syria and what role for Britain? Caabu director Chris Doyle speaks on New Statesman/Islamic Relief panel at the Labour party conference

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Date: Monday, 23 Sep 2013 5:30pm to 7:00pm
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The Sandringham Room, The Hilton Metropole Hotel
The Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 2FU

Caabu's director Chris Doyle will be speaking as part of a New Statesman and Islamic Relief panel on Syria at the Labour party conference on Monday 23rd September at 17:30: Where now for aid to Syria and what role for Britain?

Panellists will include:

Rushanara Ali MP, Shadow Minister, International Development

Jehangir Malik OBE, UK Director, Islamic Relief

Becky Slack, Supplements Editor, New Statesman (chair)

Mehdi Hasan, Political Director, Huffington Post

Chris Doyle, Director of the Council for Arab-British Understanding

The panelists will discuss the challenges facing Syria. Questions to be discussed will include:

  • Now that parliament has ruled out military intervention in the short to medium term, where does the UK stand in the international response to the crisis?
  • What lessons can be learned from this humanitarian crisis to date?
  • How best can UK aid and diplomacy be used to make a positive difference from a humanitarian perspective?
  • How can the UK best contribute to international efforts to end the suffering in Syria by bringing about peace talks?
  • What can be done to improve international humanitarian access inside Syria, and to protect aid distributions and aid workers from harm?
  • How can donor countries that pledged support be encouraged to fulfil their promises?
  • How can aid agencies best serve the Syrian people in a crisis that is increasingly complex to operate in, and one where there are signs of donor fatigue both from governments and the wider public?

For more information on the event, and panellist biographies, please click here.