ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment 2017

"Meeting urgent humanitarian needs: The UN humanitarian pooled funds in the post WHS era"
Friday, 23 June 2017 - 13:15 - 14:45
Conference Room XXVI - Palais des Nations, Geneva

Chair and moderator: 

  • Mr. Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)


  • Mr. Jürgen Schulz, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations and Vice-President of ECOSOC

  • Mr. Eugene Owusu,  Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, UN Resident Coordinator, and Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative of UNDP in South Sudan

  • Mr. Amir Abdulla, Deputy Executive Director of the WFP

  • Mr. James  Keah  Ninrew, Executive  Director, Universal Intervention and Development Organization (UNIDO) in South  Sudan

Key discussion points:

  • What comparative advantages do CERF and CBPFs bring in terms of advancing the commitments of the WHS and GB (particularly using examples from the countries facing or at risk of famine)?

  • How could larger pooled funds have further contributed to prevent and respond to 2016-2017 famine?

  • How do we ensure that OCHA’s pooled funds are resourced at a level that furthers WHS commitments?


Key documents

Opening remarks by Under-Secretary General and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien

About CERF and About CBPFs

CERF and the Grand Bargain and CBPFs and the Grand Bargain

"Too important to fail" - Report of the High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing”

Agenda for Humanity: Report of the Secretary-General for the World Humanitarian Summit

The Grand Bargain: A Shared Commitment to Help People in Need

WHS High-Level Leaders’ Roundtable – Financing: Investing in Humanity

Pooled funds support for famine prevention and response (Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen) 

CERF Results Report

CERF – Country Based Pooled Fund Complementarity Paper 

Biographies panelists