Launch of the Synthesis Report

London launch

On Friday 14th July, the TEC launched its Synthesis Report in London and Geneva simultaneously.

Jan Egeland, Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and the UN's Emergency Relief Coordinator made the keynote address in Geneva, while Michael Mosselmans, Head of UK DfID's Conflict, Humanitarian and Security Department launched the report in London.

Each launch consisted of a 20 minute presentation by one of the Synthesis authors, followed by a 30 minute panel discussion and additional time for Q & A.

Panellists for Geneva included:

  • Mr Tissa Abeywickrama, Chair of the Task Force of SLRCS Tsunami Operation;
  • Ms Fathimath Afiya, Executive Director of the Care Society in the Maldives;
  • Mr Jan Egeland, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Humanitarian Relief Coordinator;
  • Ms Ibu Nanie Hudwati, Head of External Services for BRR (Indonesia's Bureau of Reconstruction and Recovery);
  • Mr Ashok Saikia, Executive Director, Asian Development Bank (ADB);
  • Mr Eric Schwartz, Deputy Special Envoy, Office for the Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery.

In London, Michael Mosselmans' co-panellists included:

  • Mr Mihir Bhatt, Honorary Director of the All India Disaster Mitigation Institute;
  • Mr Simon Maxwell, Director of the Overseas Development Institute;
  • Ms Rachel Perera, Director, Donor, NGO and Civil Society Coordination for the GoSL RADA (Recovery & Development Agency in Sri Lanka);
  • Ms Puteri Watson, Head of International Stakeholder Relations, Agency for Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, NAD-Nias.