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Poland Special Session: Rebuilding Communities and Neighbourhoods After War and Natural Disasters

date June 28, 2022 | 14:30 - 16:30
Polish, Spanish, English, French, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, Ukrainian + ISL [Polish + English]


The war in Ukraine, the refugee crisis in Poland and in other countries hosting refugees from Ukraine, as well as natural disasters affecting various parts of the world, show how important the human aspect is in the social and economic recovery of post-conflict areas. Huge losses in housing infrastructure, rapid impoverishment of the population and mass migrations cause loss of stability that in the long-term may lead to a slowdown or even the end of the recovery process.

This session will reflect on how to involve organizations and institutions in the rebuilding process. In addition to expert discussions, it will be an opportunity to hear from cities that have experienced conflicts and natural disasters.

Guiding Questions for discussions

1. What kind of analytical tools can help to understand the social and economic dimension of the impact of war and other conflicts, ensuring a more comprehensive approach to damage assessments of housing, neighbourhoods and cities?  
2. What kind of programmes are needed to put the social and economic aspects of recovery and reconstruction front and centre, including through spatial planning and architecture, local financial planning and mechanism to the involvement of local stakeholders and communities?
3. How to engage social organizations in the social reconstruction of cities after the war, including their contribution in the process of planning and reconstructing urban space?

Concept Note:

Maimunah Mohd Sharif

UN-Habitat | Executive Director

Małgorzata Jarosińska-Jedynak

Secretary of State at the Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy

Marcin Krupa

City of Katowice | Mayor

Maria Trybus

Druha We Mnie Masz | Student

Ihor Terekhov

Mayor of Kharkiv

Raouf Mazou

UNHCR | Assistant High Commissioner for Operations 

Sehrii Zamidra

All-Ukrainian association of communities | First Deputy Head

Marcus Heinz

World Bank | Resident Representative for Poland & Baltic States

Livia Styp-Rekowska

International Organisation for Migration | Chief of Mission to Poland

Joanna Skoczek

Deputy Permanent Representative of Poland to the UN, New York, USA

Maciej Popowski

European Commission | Acting Director-General, DG NEAR 

Katarzyna Przybylska

Habitat for Humanity Poland | Board Member

Wojciech Wilk

Polish Centre for International Aid | President

Alina Konovalchenko

United Nations Global Compact Ukraine | COO

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