Humanitarian aid in the age of the SDGs: today’s challenges, tomorrow’s solutions

30 November, 2015
A comprehensive study on humanitarian effectiveness in the age of the SDGs titled “Leaving no one behind” will be launched this week. It proposes five overarching shifts in the way we must all work together.
A comprehensive study on humanitarian effectiveness in the age of the SDGs titled “Leaving no one behind” will be launched this week. It proposes five overarching shifts in the way we must all work together.
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The coming years will be extremely challenging and also full of opportunities for humanitarian responders worldwide. In a context of increased pressure on all of us to deliver more aid more effectively than ever before, it is important to take a step back and reflect on the way we do business: What is working? What is not? What needs to change? How can we try to build a better sustainable future for the people we strive to help?

This year's Global Policy Forum

On 1 and 2 December 2015, OCHA's Policy Analysis and Innovation Section will hold the Fourth Annual Global Humanitarian Policy Forum in New York. The event will bring together humanitarian practitioners, international and national NGOs, academics, private sector partners, and government representatives from all over the world to discuss how to discuss how humanitarian action supports the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and concrete ways to put into practice the promise to leave no one behind.

A panel discussion on these issues will take place at 10:30 am EST, and can be watched live at http://webtv.un.org. Among the confirmed panellists:

  • Amir Abdulla, Deputy Executive Director, World Food Programme
  • Kate Gilmore, Deputy Executive Director (Programme), UN Population Fund
  • Yasmin Ali Haque, Deputy-Director, UNICEF Office of Emergency Programmes
  • Abdurahman Sharif, Director, Somali NGO Consortium
  • Philip Spoerri, Permanent Observer of the ICRC to the United Nations 

Leaving no one behind by 2030

A comprehensive study on humanitarian effectiveness in the age of the SDGs titled “Leaving no one behind” will be launched this week. It proposes five overarching shifts in the way we must all work together:

  • reinforcing rather than replacing national and local capacities,
  • reducing and moving toward ending humanitarian need,
  • strengthening connectivity and supporting strategic leadership,
  • a 360-degree analysis of needs and risks, amd
  • measuring shared results for collective accountability.

Where we stand today: 2014, the big picture

Also hot off the press this week is OCHA’s annual publication “World Humanitarian Data and Trends,” which presents global and country-level data and analysis for 2014. Did you know that the economic cost of conflict in 2014 was of over US$14 trillion – or 13.4 per cent of the global GDP? Did you know humanitarian funding needs have increased by 600 per cent in the last decade?
The study also highlights baselines and projections on major humanitarian concerns such as food security, health, urbanization, migration and climate change, among others.

For more information on these two reports, visit: www.unocha.org/humanity360