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EACD Webinar: Communicating on a Humanitarian Catastrophe

Tuesday 15 October 2013

The EACD is delighted to invite its members to join an online session discussing Communicating on a Humanitarian Catastrophe
 Communicating on a Humanitarian Catastrophe 
Over two years of horrific violence in Syria has caused two million Syrians to run for their lives and seek safety and assistance in neighboring countries. Half of the refugees are children. Millions more are displaced inside Syria. It is UNHCR's role to offer refugees life-saving assistance and basic shelter and care. With no end in site to the conflict, the financial needs to house and care for the victims are in the billions of dollars.  In this talk, I will reveal how we use strategic communications to engage media, drive global public sympathy and engage donors.
About the speaker:
As Head of Communications and Chief Spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Melissa Fleming leads all communications efforts around the globe and serves as chief spokesperson. Operating in 120 countries, UNHCR provides shelter and help for over 30 million people who have fled wars and persecution. In her role, Ms Fleming has introduced strategic communication planning designed to have more impact on the varied audiences, which include media, donors, governments and refugees themselves. She also serves a chief Spokesperson and leads global media outreach and campaigns with a new emphasis on social media. She joined UNHCR from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), where she served for eight years as Spokesperson and Head of Public Information during the period the organisation made headlines for its inspection work in Iraq, Iran and North Korea and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005. Prior to IAEA, she headed the Press and Information team at the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and as a Public Affairs Specialist at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
The Webinar will take place on Tuesday, October 15th and begins at 17.00pm (CET) and runs for an hour. Participants will have the chance to pose their questions. The session will run on the platform “Adobe Connect”; for technical requirements please refer to the following link:
 We look forward to an fruitful exchange with our members!