ERC Amos calls for strengthening of humanitarian partnerships

20 July, 2011
The humanitarian financing system needs to strengthen the predictability, coordination and speed of humanitarian assistance. Photo: Djibouti 2011 Drought Appeal
The humanitarian financing system needs to strengthen the predictability, coordination and speed of humanitarian assistance. Photo: Djibouti 2011 Drought Appeal

ERC Valerie Amos opened this year’s ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment on 19 July in Geneva, and called on UN Member States to help strengthen coordination and partnerships to improve humanitarian response in a changing world. The event is a key annual opportunity for countries and partners to discuss pressing humanitarian issues and developments.

“We need to continue strengthening existing partnerships – at the international, regional, national, and local levels,” stressed Ms. Amos, “We must also build new ones with innovative private sector actors, and others perhaps not traditionally involved in humanitarian assistance. We need to harness their ideas and capacities.”

In the context of intensifying global challenges that are increasing people’s vulnerability and humanitarian needs, ERC Amos noted that, “the United Nations and its partners will have to continue to adapt, to help us shift from a reactive system that responds to emergencies, to a more prepared and anticipatory system.” She added that partnership with all stakeholders, especially governments, would “also help make an effective transition between relief and long-term development in every crisis.”

This year also marks the 20th anniversary of General Assembly resolution 46/182, which remains the common basis for the provision of humanitarian assistance, including the principles guiding the work of Member States, UN agencies and other humanitarian partners such as the Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies and NGOs. “The humanitarian system has continued to evolve over the years, and is larger and stronger than ever before,” underscored Valerie Amos.

Over the next two days key elements of the discussions will include improving the humanitarian financing system, the Mid-Year Review of the 2011 Consolidated Appeal, and side events on protection in natural disasters, food insecurity and improving accountability. “I am confident that the work of ECOSOC will help improve the effectiveness, coordination and operational coherence of humanitarian response. We all need to work together to ensure that we forge partnerships in serving those in need.”

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