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The humanitarian landscape has changed dramatically since the current international humanitarian system was established in 1991. More and more people are affected by crises that are increasingly complex and protracted. The cost of responding to these crises is escalating rapidly.

The 2014 UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Humanitarian Affairs Segment, taking place in New York between 23 and 25 June, is a unique platform for Member States, UN agencies, humanitarian and development partners, the private sector and affected communities to discuss new and pressing humanitarian issues.

The theme of this year’s meeting is: The future of humanitarian affairs: Towards greater inclusiveness, coordination, interoperability and effectiveness.

More on the ECOSOC website.


Closing remarks to the ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment 2014
Opening remarks and brief on the Secretary-General’s report to the ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment 2014
Official Agenda



High-level Panels and Meetings

Monday 23 June - High-Level meeting on Humanitarian Action in the Central African Republic and Neighbouring Countries

Regional Impact of the Crisis

Tuesday 24 June - High-Level Panel A

Effective Humanitarian Assistance (official programme)

Wednesday 24 June - High-Level Panel B

Serving the needs of people in complex emergencies (official programme)


Side Events

Monday 23 June

Humanitarian Goals – Should the international community develop a set of ‘humanitarian goals’?
08.15 – 09.30, Room 5 NLB

Nutrition as an input and an outcome of resilience
08.15 – 09.30, Room 7 NLB

Saving Lives Today and Tomorrow: RC/HC debate on crisis risk management
Denmark and OCHA
13.15 – 14.30, Room 7 NLB

Avoiding the tragedy of the commons: how to improve aid effectiveness by mainstreaming environmental sustainability
Finland (co-chair GHD) and OCHA/UNEP
13.15 – 14.30, Room E NLB

Putting beneficiaries in the driver's seat of humanitarian action: AAP - Flyer
Switzerland, Germany
18.15 – 19.30, Room 5 NLB

The protection of children in conflict
Save the Children, UNICEF and WVI
18.15 – 19.30, Room 7 NLB


Tuesday 24 June

A new generation of analytical tools for preparedness and resilience
European Union and OCHA
08.15 – 09.30, Room 5 NLB

The role of partnerships in humanitarian response: lessons learned from Typhoon Haiyan
The Philippines, ActionAid, CAFOD, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Tearfund and OCHA
08.15 – 09.30, Room 7 NLB

Strategic use of the CERF support to large scale emergencies
13.30 – 14.45, Room 2 CB

Effective humanitarian civil-military coordination in a natural disaster setting
The Philippines, Canada and OCHA
15.00 – 16.15, Room 5 NLB

Trends in humanitarian assistance: do the resources meet the needs?
United Arab Emirates, GHA and OCHA
15.00 – 16.15, ROOM C CB

Cash Transfers, Local Purchases and Social Safety-Nets: Bridging the Divide Between Assistance and Development
16.30 – 17.45, Room 5 NLB

Strengthening the protection of civilians from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas
Norway and OCHA
16.30 – 17.45, ROOM C CB

Humanitarian Dimension of urbanization
UN-Habitat and DFID
16.30 – 17.45, Room D CB

Humanitarian priorities in the post-2015 development agenda
Japan, Oxfam, UNDP and OCHA
18.15 – 19.30, ROOM 5 NLB

People Displaced by Conflicts and Disasters: Improving principled delivery of aid
Norway, the Philippines, IFRC and NRC
18.15 – 19.30, ROOM 7 NLB


Wednesday 25 June

Trends in UN peace and security operations and humanitarian action
08.15 – 09.30, Room 5 NLB

The role of the diaspora during and after crisis situations
08.15 – 09.30, Room 7 NLB

Turkey and OCHA
13:15 – 14:30, Room 2 CB

Impact of Gender Equality Programming on Humanitarian Outcomes
Ireland, IASC Reference Group on Gender
13:15 – 14:30, ROOM 5 NLB

Reaching people; Reaching assistance; Saving lives
18.15 – 19.30, Room 5 NLB

Better laws, safer communities:  How domestic legislation can reduce disaster risk
Switzerland, UNDP and IFRC
18.15 – 19.30, ROOM 7 NLB


Thursday 26 June

The Illusion of Safety: Challenges of nuclear weapons detonations for United Nations humanitarian coordination and response
14.00 – 15.15, ROOM E NLB

Homegrown Solutions to African Problems & Innovative Practices in Humanitarian Action
Libya and OCHA
15.30 – 16.45, ROOM E NLB




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Humanitarian Action in the Central African Republic and Neighbouring Countries