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The Humanitarian Affairs Segment (HAS) provides a unique opportunity for Member States to address challenges, operational and normative progress on the humanitarian policy agenda. This year’s HAS will take place from 17–19 June in Geneva and will focus on "the future of humanitarian affairs: towards greater inclusiveness, coordination, interoperability and effectiveness".

The HAS also includes two main high-level panel discussions on:

Addressing Capacity and Resource Constraints through Humanitarian Financing;

Protecting Civilians by Upholding International Humanitarian Law.

The annual, informal ECOSOC event on the transition from relief to development also represents an important opportunity to discuss the issue of transition. The event will focus on how recovery and resilience-building activities in countries which are experiencing humanitarian crises can increase the effectiveness of the overall assistance effort. More specifically, since 1998, the HAS has become an essential platform for discussing the activities and issues related to strengthening the coordination of the humanitarian assistance of the United Nations.


2015 Humanitarian Affairs Segment - Calendar
2015 Humanitarian Affairs Segment - Agenda
High-level Panels  -  High-level Events  -  Side Events  -  Trade Fair


Who participates

The Humanitarian Affairs Segment (HAS) enables Member States to engage with the United Nations and non-United Nations humanitarian and development community, the private sector, civil society, affected people and other actors from a range of geographic groups on current humanitarian challenges and opportunities.

Meetings and events

The Segment will be comprised of a general debate, two high-level interactive panel discussions. In the margins, some 23 informal side-events provide participants with up-to-date information on current humanitarian issues, opportunities and challenges as highlighted by humanitarian partners and other stakeholders, including Member States, private sector and civil society. For the third time this year, a humanitarian trade fair will be organized that provides insight into what it feels to live and/or work in humanitarian settings, by showcasing equipment/material used in the field and visual projects showcasing the reality of humanitarian settings depicting the voices of affected people.