ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment 2013

CERF Policy Side-Event
"The Right Place, the Right Time: Understanding CERF's Impact"

Tuesday, 16 July 2013
13.15 - 14.00
Palais des Nations, Geneva

CERF will be holding its first policy side-event under ECOSOC's Humanitarian Affairs Segment this year. Panel members at the event will discuss whether there is a phase of an emergency when CERF’s impact is maximized: e.g. at the earliest stages when funds can help kick-start initial response efforts, or at an emergency’s height where needs are better defined? Through this dialogue, the panel will:

  • discuss the optimal timing and size of CERF allocations;
  • explore CERF’s ability to leverage additional funds for a crisis; and
  • debate the effectiveness of providing CERF funds to mega-emergencies where its impact may be negligible given the overall operational needs of a crisis.

Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ms. Valerie Amos, will host the event and will be accompanied by the following distinguished panel members:

  • Ms. Elisabeth Rasmusson, Assistant Executive Director, World Food Programme
  • Mr. Robert Piper, Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel
  • Mr. Radhouane Nouicer, Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria
  • Mr. Eugene Owusu, Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator for Ethiopia


Key documents

Geneva, CERF's Concept Note on ECOSOC Side Event, to be held on 16 July 2013
Draft Calendar of the ECOSOC's Humanitarian Affairs Segment Event
Documentation on Special economic, humanitarian and disaster relief assistance: Report of the Secretary-General on the strengthening of the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance of the United Nations