The ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment (HAS) has been an essential platform for discussing the activities and issues related to strengthening the coordination of the humanitarian assistance of the United Nations. The HAS provides a key opportunity for Member States, the United Nations system, development actors, the private sector and other humanitarian partners to discuss emerging and pressing humanitarian issues.
This year's HAS took place from 24-26 June in Geneva. The theme for the HAS was “Promoting action to save lives, reach those in need and reduce humanitarian risk, vulnerability and need: looking towards the seventieth anniversary of the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949 and the climate summit called for by the Secretary-General”, as adopted by ECOSOC on 11 April (E/2019/L.6).
The HAS enables Member States to engage with the United Nations and non-United Nations humanitarian and development community, the private sector, affected people and other actors from a range of geographic groups on current humanitarian challenges.
Official meetings and other events
The organization of the HAS will include a General Discussion, including the adoption of the annual ECOSOC humanitarian resolution, High-Level Panels and side-events. A Transition Event that links discussions between the ECOSOC Operational Activities for Development Segment and the HAS will also take place before the Segment.