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The ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment (HAS) provides a unique opportunity for Member States, United Nations entities, humanitarian and development partners, the private sector and affected communities to discuss emerging and pressing humanitarian issues. Since 1998, the HAS has also been an essential platform for discussing the activities and issues related to strengthening the coordination of the humanitarian assistance of the United Nations.

This year's HAS took place in Geneva from 21 to 23 June 2017 under the theme 'Restoring Humanity and Leaving No one Behind: Working together to reduce people’s humanitarian need, risk and vulnerability'.

The HAS enables Member States to engage with the humanitarian and development community - both within and outside the United Nations - the private sector, affected people and other actors from a range of geographic groups, on current humanitarian challenges.


Official documents
Synthesis report
Strengthening of the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance of the United Nations, Report of the Secretary-General [A/72/76–E/2017/58]
ECOSOC resolution - Strengthening of the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance of the United Nations [E/2017/L.24]


Meetings and events

The organization of the HAS included a General Debate, including the adoption of the annual ECOSOC humanitarian resolution, three High-Level Interactive Panels, and twenty-three side-events. A Transition Event that links discussions between the ECOSOC Operational Activities for Development Segment and the HAS also took place before the opening of the Segment.

High-Level Events
Thursday 22 June 2017, 10.00 to 13.00
Panel A: Reaching people in need and promoting respect for international humanitarian law and the humanitarian principles (Room XIX - ECOSOC Chamber)
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Thursday 22 June 2017, 15.00 to 17.45
Panel B: Protracted crises: meeting needs and reducing needs, risk and vulnerability (Room XIX - ECOSOC Chamber)
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Friday 23 June 2017, 10.00 to 13.00
Panel C: Addressing humanitarian challenges linked to disaster and climate change induced mobility (Room XIX - ECOSOC Chamber)
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Side Events
Wednesday 21 June 2017, 08.30 to 09.45
Wednesday 21 June 2017, 13.00 to 14.45
Wednesday 21 June 2017, 13.15 to 14.45
Wednesday 21 June 2017, 18.00– 19.15
Thursday 22 June 2017, 08.30 to 09.45
Thursday 22 June 2017, 13.15 to 14.45
Thursday 22 June 2017, 18.00– 19.15
Friday 23 June 2017, 08.30 to 09.45
Friday 23 June 2017, 13.15 to 14.45


Transition Event
Wednesday 21 June 2017, 10.00 to 12.45