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Funded by  the European Union

The Regional Office for Arab States of the International Labour Organization and the Committee for Employment of Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon (CEP) organized a Seminar on “Social Security as a Human Right: What Options for Palestinian Refugees Living in Lebanon” on June 1, 2011 at the Hotel Holiday Inn – Dunes, Verdun.

This initiative – which falls within the framework of the EU-funded project “Improving access to employment and social protection for Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon” – aimed at discussing and reviewing the issue of social security to Palestinian refugees and propose policy options that can set the basis for a social protection strategy for Palestinian workers and their families. It brought together experts and key players in the field of social protection including representatives of government institutions, international organizations, the Lebanese and Palestinian civil societies, professional syndicates and the private sector.

List of Participants
Project Briefing (English)
Project Briefing (Arabic)
Seminar's Report (Arabic)

Welcoming Notes
- Committee for Employment of Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon 
Delivered by the CEP Chair, Ambassador Samir el Khoury.

- The ILO Regional Office for Arab States 
Delivered by Dr. Mary Kawar, Senior Skills & Employability Specialist

- Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon
Delivered by Mr. Diego Escalona Paturel, Second Secretary.

Speeches & Presentations
Session One: International and National Context of Social Security 
Moderated by Dr. Kamal Hamdan (Executive Director, Consultation & Research Institute.

- Introduction to the Project “Improving Access to Employment and Social Protection to Palestinian Refugees Living in Lebanon” 
Ms. Sawsan Masri, Project Coordinator, ILO Regional Office for Arab States,

- International Context of Social Security with Focus on Vulnerable and Marginalized Groups 
Ms. Ursula Kulke, Senior Regional Social Security Specialist, ILO Regional Office for Arab States.
- Social Security to Non-Lebanese: History and Prospects 
Mr. Joseph Khalifeh, Head of the Directorate General by interim, National Social Security Fund.
Session Two: Social Security for Palestinian Refugees: The Way Forward
Moderated by Dr. Iman Khazaal Head of Mount-Lebanon Office, Ministry of Labour & Member of the CEP and the LPDC.

- Social Security for Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon: The Ideal Picture
Mr. Souheil El Natour, Director General of the Human Development Center & Vice Chair of the Palestinian Jurists Union.
- Social Security Options for Palestinian Refugees from a Lebanese Angle
Dr. Amer Abdul Malak, Professor of Law - Former Legal Advisor to the National Social Security Fund & Member of the International Social Security Association, ISSA.
- Social Security for the Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon: Practical Feasibility
Mr. Samih Geha, Executive Chair of ‘Actuscope, Consulting Actuaries’ & Fellow of the Conference of Consulting Actuaries.

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