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Opening Ceremony - Placing Protection at the Heart of Access Negotiations

This opening ceremony will launch the Thematic Segment of the 2022 Global Protection Forum. The one-hour session will frame the Forum’s focus on access that protects and examine why protection should be placed at the core of humanitarian access. It will attract participants to the coming week’s sessions and highlight the role of the Forum as a consultative process to develop messages and learnings around access.

Moderated by Bernadette Castel-Hollingsworth, Deputy Director of the Division of International Protection UNHCR, the Ceremony will include a Keynote Speech from Ramesh Rajasingham, Director of Coordination, UNOCHA, a video from the Protection Cluster in South Sudan, and a panel discussion featuring  Tiffany Easthom, Executive Director of Nonviolent Peaceforce, Hichem Khadhraoui, Head of Operations at Geneva Call and Sameera Noori, Deputy Director General of the Citizens' Organization for Advocacy & Resilience, Afghanistan. Closing remarks will be from Samuel Cheung, Global Protection Cluster Coordinator.

Simultaneous interpretation is available in French, Spanish and Arabic.


Tiffany Easthom, Executive Director of Nonviolent Peaceforce, shares her experience with Women’s Protection Teams in South Sudan


GPC Coordinator Sam Cheung shares 4 ways forward to advance protection to the core of humanitarian access.


Hichem Khadraoui, Head of Operations at Geneva Call, reveals what can be done to better support engagement for access for protection in places under control of armed groups.


Access that Protects in South Sudan