Ministerial summit day started with a star filled opening plenary (Brad Pitt was in the audience)
but first …
police cars and media vans in the parking lot early in the morning
we had to get through airport style security
before we could enter the huge hall for the
laser light show plenary
Bill and Ang
and then LOTS of speakers
and the best of the first panel Nobel Prize winner Leymah Gbowee
Sarah Sewall Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights at the U.S. State Department was the first speaker at any plenary to acknowledge service providers and the provision of services for survivors. She deserves special mention.
and then more speakers
Not much to say about ministerial “dialogues” in the afternoon
no new commitments by governments at the session about services but UNHCR’s António Guterres IRC’s Heidi Lehmann, and UNFPA’s Kate Gilmore provided data and made clear recommendations about what was needed to ensure access to services for survivors.
Tomorrow is the big closing ceremony… word has it some “big” announcements will be made before the circus leaves town. We hope these include real money (6 or is it 5 million GBP for services is a nice start but doesn’t go far ) and investments in helping survivors and the organizations that work for them and not only the entities and processes focused on the perps.