ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment 2015

CERF side-event
"The future of humanitarian affairs: the evolving role of CERF"
Thursday, 18 June 2015 - 12:30 - 14:30
Room XXIII - Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
It has been almost 10 years since CERF was established. During that time, the humanitarian landscape has undergone significant changes. There has been a sharp rise in demand for humanitarian assistance around the world but securing sufficient, timely and predictable resources for effective humanitarian action – covering both large and small emergencies - has become increasingly challenging.
Against this backdrop, this year’s CERF side-event at the ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment will focus on the following questions:  
How do changes in humanitarian landscape affect the future of CERF?
What is the comparative advantage of CERF and how can the Fund remain an effective mechanism for the future?
How do we ensure a well-resourced CERF for the years to come? 
The event’s discussion will be chaired by Mr. Stephen O'Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. The following distinguished guest will make up the panel:

Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General, IFRC
Carsten Staur, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Denmark to the United Nations in Geneva
Robert Piper, UN Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process / UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Aid and Development Activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
Barbara Noseworthy, Assistant Executive Director a.i., Partnership, Governance and Advocacy Department, World Food Programme 
Barnaby Willitts-King, author of the CERF for the Future study
Robert Filipp, President, Innovative Finance Foundation    


Key documents

CERF Concept Note on ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment Side Event
Panelists biographies
About CERF
A CERF for the Future: Summary Paper of CERF Scoping Studies 
Study on the Added Value of a Reformed CERF (Barnaby Willitts-King, 2015) 
Future Humanitarian Financing: Looking beyond the Crisis (2015) 
CERF Underfunded Emergencies Round I
CERF Allocation to Nepal
CERF Allocation to South Sudan