Shelter Meeting 12a

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Shelter Meeting 12a

Shelter Meeting 12a themed "Environment" took place on 24th - 25th May 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting was supported by the Norwegian Refugee Council with funding from Norad and the "Qatar Shelter Initiative", a CoDI project of Qatar Foundation

Shelter Meeting 12a involved participation in Geneva and online by representatives from 34 countries from 60 different agencies, including 6 donors, 5 IASC Clusters which presented updates, 5 United Nations bodies, 1 International Organisation, 7 Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, 30 International NGOs, 35 independent consultants and 9 academic institutions. 


Individual presentations can be downloaded through links below. Agenda is also available for download as pdf

Day 1 Shelter Meeting 12a Thursday 24th May 2012
09:00 Welcome, agenda, and introduction Jake Zarins, Chairperson and host, NRC
09:25 Launch: 'Sustainable Reconstruction in Urban Areas, a Handbook' Sandra d'Urzo, IFRC and Claudia Schneider, SKAT
09:45 Energy efficient post disaster housing- option and challenges Charles Kelly, ProAct
10:05 Managing risk in shelter programming Lizzie Babister, Care International
10:25 Update on HfHI initiatives around the globe Nurlan Moldosherip, Habitat for Humanity International
10:45 Coffee break  
11:15 Environmental impact of building materials Magnus Wolf-Murray, DFID from Pakistan
11:35 NARRI flood resistant shelter program in SW Bangladesh Laura Heykoop, Solidarities International from Bangladesh
11:55 Housing, land and property (HLP) in emergency shelter programmes Szilard Fricska, UN-HABITAT
12:15 Tapping private sector resources for humanitarian shelter projects Gavin White, World Economic Forum
12:35 Agreeing to the date of the next Shelter Meeting  
12:45 Introduction to plenary session  
13:00 Lunch  
14:00 Environment: developing a decision making tool Dan Smith, Shelter Centre
14:20 Plenary session- panel question time.  
15:20 Conclusions  
15:30 Coffee break  
16:00 HFHI's Santo Development in Leogane, Haiti HFHI from Haiti
16:15 Lessons from shelter and settlement sector experience Eddie Argenal, USAID/OFDA
16:30 Haiti reconstruction Maggie Stephenson, UN-HABITAT from Haiti
16:45 Education- an integrated neighbourhood approach Amelia Rule, British Red Cross from Haiti
17:00 Presentation on ESPAS KOM Ben Noble, Internews from Haiti
17:15 Sustainable development- case study from Haiti Matti Kuittinen, Finn Church Aid
17:30 The GRTT toolkit Anita van Breda, WWF from the United States
17:45 End of day  


Day2 Shelter Meeting 12a Friday 25th May 2012
09:00 Welcome address                        Bowman Heiden, Chairperson and host, The Qatar Foundation
09:15 Meeting of the CORE Regional Advisory Group Alistair Hung, Shelter Centre
09:50 ECB update and work of the CBHA Lizzie Babister, Care International
10:10 Shelter Library redevelopment project Tom Corsellis, Shelter Centre
10:30 Housing practices which support durable solutions for IDPs Nadine Walicki, Norwegian Refugee Council
10:50 Building for safety Charles Parrack, CENDEP
11:00 Coffee break
11:30 Launch: 'Transitional Shelter Guidelines' Stephen Fitzmaurice, Shelter Centre
11:45 Cluster updates: Early recovery, CCCM, WASH, Emergency shelter                              Hossein Kalali, UNDP/BCPR; Andrew Cusack, UNHCR; Paul Shanahan, UNICEF; Miguel Urquia, UNHCR
12:20 The work of the 'UNHCR Shelter and Settlement Section' Monica Noro, UNHCR
12:30 Qatar shelter initiative key findings The Qatar foundation
12:50 Introduction to breakout groups Chaired by Joseph Ashmore
13:10 Lunch  
14:00 Breakout groups on 'Urbanization' Chaired by Joseph Ashmore
15:00 Feedback  
15:15 Conclusions  
15:30 Coffee break  
16:00 Learning from the urban transitional shelter response Seki Hirano, CRS from Kenya
16:05 Results of the InterAction 60 second survey and SSWG update Hilmi Mohamed, Interaction from United States (Presentation Cancelled)
16:25 Launch: Presentation and distribution of 'Shelter Projects 2010' Sandra d'Urzo and others, IFRC/UN-HABITAT/UNHCR
16:45 2 day test review of transitional shelter and UNHCR type tent Alexander Angemaier, Caritas Switzerland
17:00 Transitional tents Johannes Whittam, Engineering student
17:15 TLS compendiums Annika Grafweg and Carlos Vasquez, UNICEF
17:35 End of day  

Video conferencing

Participants could attend the Meeting interactively or present from around the world using video conferencing. This service is free and requires no download, using Cisco Systems WebEx. 


Shelter Meeting 12a was held at Geneva airport at the IATA Geneva Conference Center, Route de l’Aeroport 33, 1215 Geneva-Airport, Switzerland.

Previous Meeting

As an indication of the participation and topics covered at Shelter Meetings, the previous event hosted by IOM involved participation in Geneva and online by representatives from 73 different agencies, including 3 donors, 4 IASC Clusters, 5 United Nations bodies, 1 International Organisation, 5 Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, 34 International NGOs, 23 independent consultants and 6 academic institutions. The leads of the 4 IASC Clusters offered updates. 

All of the presentations from the event may be found at: 




We look forward to welcoming you and other participants from around the world,

The Shelter Meeting Team

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