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Towards Durable Solutions: Addressing Humanitarian Challenges in Bangladesh and Myanmar

January 12, 2022 • 9:00 – 10:00 am EST

Please join the CSIS Humanitarian Agenda for a panel discussion to address the main humanitarian challenges in Myanmar and Bangladesh and opportunities to move toward durable solutions for those displaced or in need of humanitarian assistance. The virtual event will take place on January 12, 2022 at 9:00 –10:00 am EST.

The February 1, 2021, military coup in Myanmar has led to a growing displacement and humanitarian catastrophe. Nearly one year in, more than 250,000 people have been newly displaced and the number of people in need of humanitarian aid has risen dramatically to an estimated 14 million people. The Covid pandemic, a collapsed economy, and ongoing atrocities and blocking of humanitarian aid by the military junta are exacerbating the challenges. Additionally, nearly one year since the Myanmar coup, the prospects for safe, dignified, and voluntary return of some 900,000 Rohingya refugees from the largest refugee settlement in the world in Bangladesh seem even more distant.

The panel will feature Naw K’nyaw Paw, General Secretary of the Karen Women’s Organization (KWO) and Dan Sullivan, Deputy Director for Africa, Asia, and the Middle East at Refugees International with opening remarks by Representative Steve Chabot (R-OH), Ranking Member, House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia, and Nonproliferation. The discussion will be moderated by Elizabeth Hoffman, Director of Congressional and Government Affairs at CSIS.

This event is made possible through general support to CSIS

Deputy Director for Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, Refugees International

Naw K’nyaw Paw

General Secretary, Karen Women’s Organization (KWO)

Representative Steve Chabot (R-OH)

Ranking Member, House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia, and Nonproliferation