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Access: Are We Delivering Where The Needs Are? Practical Examples From The Field.

The Senior Transformative Agenda Implementation Team (STAIT) 
invites you to a

webinar on 15 December 2015 at
09:30 GVA

and 15:00 GVA

Humanitarian operations are increasingly impeded by limited access and a volatile operating environment in conflict situations. Humanitarians' ability to access people affected by the crisis as well as the ability of affected people to access assistance and essential services is increasingly constrained and often dangerous.  Humanitarian access is limited by a number of factors:  insecurity, bureaucratic impediments, logistical and resource constraints.  The STAIT is pleased to present in this 90-minute session three different contexts and approaches to access from three of the most challenging humanitarian environments:  Mali, South Sudan and Syria, that will be represented by the Civil Military Advisor, the NGO Forum Coordinator, and the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator respectively.  We look forward to your participation.

The panellists will be:

  • Mr. Kevin Kennedy, Regional Humanitarian Coordinator (RHC), Whole of Syria
  • Ms. Lucia Goldsmith, NGO Forum Coordinator, South Sudan
  • Ms. Sophie Solomon, Humanitarian Affairs Officer (Civil-Military Coordination), Mali

The webinar is facilitated by Panos Moumtzis, Director of the Senior Transformative Agenda Implementation Team (STAIT).
Questions are welcome! Send them in before the webinar to or submit them to the presenters live via the chat.
All the documents relevant to this webinar, and the recordings of past webinars can be found on the STAIT website: For help logging on to the webinar, see the Webex login guide.

We hope you can join us next Tuesday, 15 December!

Panos Moumtzis
Director, IASC Senior Transformative Agenda Implementation Team

Click here to register for 09:30 Geneva,
10:30 Amman, 08:30 Bamako 

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16:00 Amman, 14:00 Bamako,
09:00 New York 


Mr. Kevin Kennedy, Regional Humanitarian Coordinator, Whole of Syria
Mr. Kevin Kennedy is the RHC for the Syria Crisis and has worked for the United Nations since 1993. Mr. Kennedy brings extensive experience of organizing the international community’s response to humanitarian emergencies worldwide at the strategic, political, policy, and field levels. His previous posts include Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq, Acting Head of the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) and Deputy Special Representative for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).  He has also served as Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle-East Peace Process and as UN Coordinator for Humanitarian and Development Activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. He spent thirteen years in the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) as the Director of the Coordination and Response Division and in other senior positions across the organization. Additionally, he has held senior UN humanitarian positions in Sudan, Iraq, the Balkans, Timor-Leste and Somalia.

Ms. Lucia Goldsmith, South Sudan NGO Forum Coordinator 
Ms. Lucia Goldsmith has over eight years' experience in humanitarian aid and development programming. Prior to joining the South Sudan NGO Forum in early 2014, she held various positions with NGOs at HQ and field level, including a CD role with People in Need in the Middle East in 2008-2011. Most recently, Lucia was in charge of new business development and donor relations management at Pact in South Sudan.
Lucia holds a doctorate and a master's degree in international relations with a specialization in peace and conflict studies.

Ms. Sophie Solomon, Humanitarian Affairs Officer (Civil-Military Coordination), Mali
Ms. Sophie Solomon, Humanitarian Affairs Officer (Civil-Military Coordination) is currently working for OCHA Mali. Ms. Solomon is a graduate from La Sorbonne and the Institut des Relations Internationales et Stratégiques, France. For the past 10 years, she has worked with INGOs, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the UN at field (Darfur, Central African Republic, Nigeria and Mali) and at headquarters. She joined the Civil-Military Coordination Section of OCHA Geneva in 2011 and is currently based in Bamako, Mali. Sophie is an expert in civil-military coordination, humanitarian negotiations and access.  She led the development of country-specific policy documents on engagement with armed groups and interaction with military actors. She recently contributed to the development of the access strategy of the Humanitarian Country Team in Mali.
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