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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 will take place from 24-26 June in Geneva. The theme for the HAS is “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).

Key Documents
Secretary-General’s Report on Strengthening of the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance of the United Nations
Draft programme
Information note for participants


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.

Monday 24 June
Children and Armed Conflict - Protecting children during and after war
Challenging the humanitarian system to do better: Operationalising Joint Needs Assessments and Accountability to Affected People
Principled action at risk: Safeguarding humanitarian space in counterterrorism and sanctions contexts
Towards the seventieth anniversary of the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949: Achieving collective commitment to international humanitarian law and putting fundamental protections into practice


Tuesday 25 June
Anticipatory humanitarian action: Managing crisis and risks through effective financing
Attacks on Health Care – Prevent, Protect, Provide
Conflict and Hunger: Implementing United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 2417 for Humanitarian Impact
Addressing Unmet Needs: Humanitarian Funding Trends and Gaps


Wednesday 26 June
Localisation under the looking glass: what we have learned and where we are headed
Making Gender Equality a Reality: From Standards to Transformation