The Oslo Accords at 20: The Humanitarian Reality and Ways Forward

Event Date
Event Date: 
Friday, 22 November, 2013 - 09:00 - 12:30
Chair: 

Jan Egeland, Secretary General, Norwegian Refugee Council

Speakers: 
  • Leila Shahid, Ambassador of Palestine to the EU, Belgium and Luxembourg
  • Yossi Beilin, former Minister of Justice of Israel
  • Andreas Reinicke, EU Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process
  • Daniel Levy, Director for Middle East and North Africa, European Council on Foreign Relations
Venue: 

CEPS Conference Room

Venue address: 

1, Place du Congrès 1000 Brussels

Secretary: 
Anne-Marie Boudou
Responsible: 
Steven Blockmans

In cooperation with the Norwegian Refugee Council.

Participation in this event is exceptionally free of charge. Registration will start at 9.00am for a 9.30 start. An informal lunch will be served after the event, courtesy of the Norwegian Refugee Council. Click here to see the detailed programme.

2013 marks the 20-year anniversary of the Oslo Accords, signed between the Government of Israel and The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) in Washington.

20 years on, the “temporary” framework for administering the Palestinian territory established under the Oslo Accords is severely constraining almost every aspect of day-to-day life in Palestine. Access to land, water and basic services, freedom of movement and association, and economic development are undermined, leading to an increasing dependence on humanitarian aid.
 

Against this background, the Norwegian Refugee Council and the Centre for European Policy Studies will host a high-level symposium in Brussels to take stock of the impact of the non-implementation of the Oslo Accords on the humanitarian situation in Palestine.

  • Are the Oslo Accords still a viable basis for the administration to Palestine, or an obstacle to better options for protecting the rights of civilians?
  • How can external actors engage practically in improving the quality of day-to-day life in Palestine?
  • Have recent actions by European stakeholders been effective in improving the humanitarian situation and what are some new ideas for ways forward?