Telebriefing: Will G20 Leaders Act Decisively on Syrian Crisis?

November 15-16, leaders from the world's major advanced and emerging economies will meet in Antalya, Turkey. It remains uncertain, however, how prominently the historic crisis in Syria will feature on the official agenda. This follows a recent call by EU leaders for the G20 to develop a more effective global response to the current Syrian refugee crisis.

On Tuesday, November 10, InterAction hosted a special press telebriefing featuring experts from several leading NGOs on what steps G20 leaders should take to address this historic crisis. The speakers discussed the need for a political solution to the conflict in Syria, explored the current state of refugee relief efforts, and shared key insights gained by the NGO community from on-the-ground efforts to aid Syrian refugees in Europe, Turkey, and the Middle East.

Featured speakers included InterAction Vice President for Humanitarian Policy and Practice Joel Charny, Save the Children Vice President of Policy and Humanitarian Response Michael Klosson, Catholic Relief Services Chief Operating Officer Sean Callahan, and International Rescue Committee Director of UN Humanitarian Affairs Kristele Younes.

To learn more about the NGO's recommendations to the G20, listen to the full conversation.


InterAction Policy Paper -- Syria and Regional Crisis: 2015 G20 Summit Recommendations

G20 Online Policy Resources Overview:

InterAction Members Respond to the Syrian Refugee Crisis:

To help members of the press, InterAction has compiled a list of members available to speak to the media on issues relating to the refugee crisis, such as fundraising and advocacy in the U.S., working on the ground in Europe with refugees and addressing the displaced populations in Syria and neighboring nations.

Media for the three participating members are below.

Catholic Relief Services

  • Overview: Catholic Relief Services is working with its Church partners in Greece, Albania, Macedonia and Serbia to provide immediate assistance, including food, water, access to sanitation and medical care. CRS is also providing legal and translation services to help families better their rights, and be able to make informed decisions about their future.

  • Media Contact: Kim Pozniak, Communications Officer, Global Emergencies and Sub-Saharan Africa | Office: 410-951-7281| Email | Twitter: @KimPoz

International Rescue Committee

  • Overview: For over 80 years the International Rescue Committee has been helping refugees find safety and rebuild their lives. IRC is working around the clock to aid uprooted families inside Syria and across the region, as well as exhausted refugees who have reached Greece after a perilous journey by sea.

  • Media Contacts: Lucy Carrigan, Senior Media Relations Officer | Email | Office: 212-551-0969 | Alternative Contact: Akshita Bhanjdeo | Email | For urgent press requests, please call: 646-761-0307.

Save the Children USA

  • Overview: Save the Children is in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria working with governments and our partner agencies to respond to the needs of Syrian children and their families. Save the Children is also working in Italy and starting to work in Greece with Syrian refugees.

  • Media Contact: Michael Kiernan | Email