Date(s) - 20/09/2023
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm


This side event is organized by CWS and will be a unique opportunity for a variety of development and humanitarian actors to come together and listen firsthand to refugees and implementing program officers. Attendees will be invited to engage with one another over hors d’oeuvres and drinks and enjoy a program with special guests sharing their lived experience and best practices and principles for supporting people on the move.

The special guests will share their lived experience through a “gestalt” method discussion, wherein they will engage with one as panelists in a conversational and inquisitive approach – likened to a live podcast. They will also offer insight into their resilience and problem solving as it relates to their own emotions throughout their time on the move. This will, undoubtedly, bring attendees a very humbling and humanizing sentiment behind the numbers and statistics that more commonly frame the narrative of forced displacement.

Panelists will employ banter of the “gestalt” methodology in their remarks, which requires them to speak in the past tense, “feel emotion” and describe it, and story tell with names, places and dates.

Hors-d’oeuvres and drinks will be served.


  • This event will be held at the Church Center of the United Nations located at 777 UN Plaza New York, NY 10017, 10th Floor.
  • A valid UN Grounds Pass or building pass is needed to enter the blockade that will be at 2nd Ave and 44th St.
  • If you do not have a UN Grounds Pass: Attendees must RSVP by 12 PM EST, Wednesday, September 20 to be put on the list for allowed entry.

Register here to attend this event.