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The relaunched and expanded Doha Debates, a Qatar Foundation (QF) production, has announced a diverse and exciting lineup of speakers for its first live event – a debate on the world’s urgent and worsening refugee crisis – on February 26.
The debut of the Doha Debates series will examine how best to solve the global refugee crisis, which has led to more than 25 million people being forcibly displaced across borders.
The programme, to be hosted at QF partner university Northwestern University in Qatar, will be livestreamed on Twitter and distributed through other digital outlets after the show.
The majority of the debate’s in-person attendees will be students from universities at QF’s Education City, with the audience, including those participating digitally, playing an active role in shaping the debate and solutions.
The initiative’s new concept features live debates, digital videos, a TV series, blogs and podcasts on the world’s most pressing challenges.
Doha Debates Managing Director Amjad Atallah emphasised the urgent need to address the global refugee crisis and explained the goals of the debate’s participants.
He said, “With more refugees than ever worldwide, we need answers on how best to deal with this crisis. As this live programme will show, in a world of increasingly vitriolic arguments, Doha Debates will stand out as a global platform for solution-focused dialogue.
“This edition of Doha Debates brings together a combination of perspectives with a shared goal: agreeing on ways to end this refugee emergency.”
Participating in the debate will be Muzoon Almellehan, a Syrian refugee, education activist and the youngest-ever UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador; Marc Lamont Hill, a US professor of Media, Cities and Solutions at Temple University, and an activist and award-winning journalist; Douglas Murray, a British author, award-winning journalist and political commentator; and Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini, who will be the debate’s bridge-building ‘connector’ and is the founder and executive director of International Civil Society Action Network as well as being an adjunct professor at Georgetown University in the US.
International journalist Ghida Fakhry will moderate the first season’s debates and Nelufar Hedayat, an Afghan refugee, international journalist and documentary-maker, will be the digital host for the debate’s livestreams.
The new Doha Debates will reach and engage people around the world through a variety of distribution platforms. Doha Debates’ strategic partners include TED, Fortify Rights, Storytegic and Shared_Studios, with its creative contributors including 2017 Oscar nominee Daphne Matziaraki and 2003 Sundance Best Documentary Director and Audience Award winner Jonathan Karsh, whose company is developing a TV programme around the core principles of Doha Debates.
Interested participants can register at www.dohadebates.com/refugees.
The exclusive livestream can be watched on Twitter @DohaDebates at 6pm GMT on February 26, and people can join the conversation by using the hashtag #DearWorld
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