This is a closed-door High-Level Roundtable on peace processes, conflict and humanitarian needs in Myanmar.

The event will be held on Tuesday, 2 July.

The roundtable aims to facilitate a high-level policy dialogue on three pressing interrelated issues: the ethnic peace process; the crisis in Rakhine State; and the Buddhist-Muslim violence in Myanmar and the wider ASEAN region. It will bring together government representatives, representatives of the donor community, policy-makers and humanitarian agencies currently involved in Myanmar.

This first section of this roundtable will seek to provide a forum to discuss the ongoing peace processes throughout Myanmar. Speakers, including Charles Petrie (Coordinator of the Myanmar Peace Support Initiative) will share progress made, but also the challenges that remain.

Rushanara Ali MP (Labour Member of Parliament for Bethnal Green and Bow and Shadow Minister for International Development) will speak on her recent visit to Rakhine State and her views on how the international community should respond to the crisis. Melanie Teff (Senior advocate, European representative, Refugees International) and Chris Lewa (Founder and coordinator, The Arakan Project) will then present their research findings and analysis on the situation in Rakhine State, followed by an in-depth discussion of possible strategies to address both the humanitarian crisis as well as the root causes of the conflict.

Finally, the roundtable will cover the spread of violence between Burmese Buddhists and Muslims in Myanmar and spill over into the wider region, particularly in Malaysia and Indonesia. Other speakers at the roundtable will include Oliver Lacey-Hall (Head, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific at UN OCHA), Kyaw Win (Secretary of the Burmese Muslim Association) and Dr Jemilah Mahmood (ODI Council Member).

The meeting will be hosted by the Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) and co-organised with Refugees International, Muslim Charities Forum and The Cordoba Foundation.

The discussion will be held under the Chatham House Rule and participation is by invitation only.

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