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2017 Humanitarian Policy Forum

OCHA’s sixth annual Global Humanitarian Policy Forum (GHPF) will take place on 13 December 2017 in New York under the theme of: “Reaching for the future: Humanitarianism in 2030.”

The event will explore the following overarching question: What is the scale and depth of change required by the humanitarian sector to contribute toward lifting the most vulnerable out of crises between now and 2030?

While maintaining the broader objectives of building a more inclusive policy community, identifying latest trends and showcasing research, the GHPF 2017 will focus on the following:

  1. To identify specific measures that can be adopted or scaled to bring about the systemic and structural changes required for the humanitarian sector to contribute to lifting out the most vulnerable of humanitarian crises, between now and 2030.
  2. Through multi-stakeholder dialogue, to identify areas where progress can be accelerated on the transformations identified in the Agenda for Humanity.

As a background for discussion, participants will be provided with snapshots from the first Annual Synthesis Report on progress since the World Humanitarian Summit and World Humanitarian Data and Trends 2017.

The GHPF 2017 will provide the basis for a blog about the future of humanitarianism that will be produced after the forum, based on inputs from and discussion among participants, including actionable steps forward.

The event will take place between 9:30 AM and 12 PM at the ECOSOC Chamber. It is open to all UN Staff and Member States and will be broadcast on UNTV at


In the last two years, a range of global change agendas and processes have drawn attention to the scale of global challenges and their impact on increasing humanitarian needs, risk and fragility. The 2030 Agenda opened new opportunities for how development actors manage and finance issues of risk, fragility, and sustainability. The World Humanitarian Summit also confirmed that a new and coherent approach for reducing needs and vulnerabilities was needed.

As reforms begin to make significant changes to the development sector, the Global Humanitarian Policy Forum will provide an opportunity to explore how the humanitarian sector is evolving, what is the scale and depth of change required, and how we can better work together toward the 2030 Agenda.


  • Keynote address by the UN Deputy-Secretary-General, Ms. Amina Mohammed. The DSG will reflect on the universal vision provided by the 2030 Agenda, and provide examples of how some of the UN development system reforms will decrease people’s humanitarian need, risk and vulnerability over the coming years.
  • Launch of the first Annual Synthesis report on Progress since the World Humanitarian Summit Mr. Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.
  • High Level Panel Debate: “The future is here: the scale of change required to the humanitarian sector to contribute toward the 2030 Agenda for people in crisis.”

Speakers include:
Ms. Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Chair, Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
H.E. Ms. Koki Muli Grignon, Deputy Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations
Mr. Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
Mr. David Miliband, President and Chief Executive Officer, International Rescue Committee
Ms. Gwen Pang, Head of East Asia, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Former Secretary-General, Philippines Red Cross

The event will be moderated by Ms. Laura Trevelyan, anchor and correspondent, BBC News America

Watch the event