In Partnership with the World Bank, The Emergency Coordination Centre under the auspices of the Ministry of Budget and National Planning is convening a Nigeria led national dialogue on bridging the Humanitarian – Development - Peace Nexus (HDPN). 150 dignitaries, delegates, experts are expected at this high-profile event entitled a National Conversation “Beyond the immediate NE Humanitarian Crisis,” 4th – 8th June 2018 at the Transcorp Hilton in Abuja. Eminent and distinguished guests including Federal Government Ministers, Members of the Senate and House of Representatives, State Governors, delegates from a wide range of government bodies, Ambassadors and Heads of Development Cooperation and Heads of Global International Organisations are confirmed to attend.

The Federal Government of Nigeria’s leadership of rapid scale-up relief and recovery efforts offers a unique opportunity to explore the nexus as part of a week-long national conversation, potentially with global implications. Representatives from other regions of the country with invaluable insights and input, for example from the Niger Delta, North West, South-South and Middle Belt of the country will all have a seat at the table. Using NE Nigeria as a test case, the event will:

• Delineate donors’ involvement in the region and what they are funding.

• Consider current global best practice and lessons learned both internally and externally in line with the New Way of Working (NWoW).

• Formulate recommendations to enlarge the intersection of humanitarian action – sustainable development – peacebuilding nodes in the context of the crisis.

• Identify avenues for agreement on concrete outputs around governance, capacity building, flexible models for implementation, recovery coordination architecture and feedback mechanisms.

• Provide a foundation for a multi-stakeholder accountability framework.

Youth, media, and sector-specific side events will take place on the 4th and 5th June and later in the week. A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGOs), International Non-Governmental Organisation (INGOs) and Civil Society Organisation (CSO) Forum will be hosted on 6th June 2018. This has been planned in close consultation with stakeholders and will include a frank exchange on their concerns and challenges. A special rapporteur will present to the main conference on 7th June with their recommendations for action.

The National Conversation will culminate on the 7th and 8th June with the much-anticipated high-level plenary. The conference will undertake a stocktake of humanitarian and development programmes; be introduced to an interactive digital platform of case study activities demonstrating humanitarian- development synergies and formulate concrete outputs around governance, capacity building, implementation, coordination and feedback mechanisms.

It is also anticipated that the event will be live streamed.