ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment 2020
Since 1998, 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.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions on holding in-person meetings at the United Nations Headquarters, the 2020 HAS proceeded as a fully virtual meeting. Recordings of all sessions (with the exception of side events) are archived on UN WebTV.
On the basis of decisions agreed on 16 March (E/2020/L.4 and E/2020/L.5), this year's HAS formal sessions took place from 9 to 11 June in New York, under the chairmanship of His Excellency Omar Hilale, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Morocco to the United Nations, as ECOSOC Vice-President. The event jointly convened by the Vice-Presidents of the ECOSOC Operational Activities for Development Segment and the HAS to discuss the transition from relief to development was held on 8 June. A limited number of virtual side events were held on the margins of the HAS.
The theme for the HAS was “Reinforcing humanitarian assistance in the context of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the United Nations: taking action for people-centred solutions, strengthening effectiveness, respecting international humanitarian law and promoting the humanitarian principles” (E/2020/L.4).
The opening session of the HAS included a forward-looking discussion about the humanitarian landscape considering the impacts of COVID-19 together with global trends and emerging challenges. (Keynote Address by the H.E. Mr. António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General) (Video Message from Mr. Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross).
At the closing session of the HAS, the Chair launched the Call to Action in support of humanitarian response in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, briefed on the HAS resolution process and provided his statement summarizing the key findings and recommendations that emerged during the HAS. In addition, Acting Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Ramesh Rajasingham provided his closing remarks at the session.
|G77 and China; European Union; Afghanistan; Argentina; Brazil; Canada; Chile; China; Costa Rica; El Salvador; Germany; India; Indonesia; Ireland; Italy; Japan; Mexico; New Zealand; Nigeria; Norway; Pakistan; Poland; Russian Federation; Spain; Switzerland; Thailand; Turkey; Ukraine; United Kingdom; United States; UNICEF|
|Monday, 8 June, 10:00-12:30
The multidimensional and interconnected challenges in the central Sahel region: reducing needs, risks and vulnerabilities for people through closer humanitarian, development and peacebuilding collaboration
|Tuesday, 9 June, 10:00-12:30
Addressing the increasing complexity of health challenges in humanitarian contexts
|Tuesday, 9 June, 13:00-14:30
Combating and preventing sexual and gender-based violence in humanitarian crises
|Wednesday, 10 June, 10:00-12:30
Improving humanitarian effectiveness through new technology and innovation: opportunities and challenges
|Thursday, 11 June, 10:00-12:30
Mobilizing action to improve humanitarian assistance for internally displaced persons and achieve durable solutions
Wednesday, 10 June, 13:00-14:30
Wednesday, 10 June, 14:30-16:00
Thursday, 11 June, 8:00-9:30
Thursday, 11 June, 13:00-14:30
Friday, 12 June, 11:00-12:30
Friday, 12 June, 13:00-14:30
Mr. Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, delivered a statement at the Opening Session by recorded video message.
H.E. Ms. Sigrid Kaag, Netherlands Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, spoke in the High-Level Panel on Health Challenges.
Dr. Ibrahima Socé Fall, Assistant Director-General for Emergency Response, World Health Organization, spoke in the High-Level Panel on Health Challenges.
Mr. Jagan Chapagain, Secretary General of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), spoke in the High-Level Panel on Health Challenges.
Dr. Christos Christou, International President of Médecins Sans Frontiers spoke in the High-Level Panel on Health Challenges.
Ms. Atim Caroline Ogwang, Director, South Sudan Women with Disability Network (SSWDN), spoke in the High-Level Panel on Health Challenges.
H.E. Ms. Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide, Minister Foreign Affairs, Norway, spoke in the High-Level Event on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence.
Dr. Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund, spoke in the High-Level Event on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence.
Mr. Fabrizio Hochschild, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Commemoration of the United Nations’ 75th Anniversary, spoke in the High-Level Panel on New Technology and Innovation.
Ms. Valerie Guarnieri, Assistant Executive Director, United Nations World Food Programme, spoke in the High-Level Panel on New Technology and Innovation.
Mr. Balthasar Staehelin, Director of Digital Transformation and Data, International Committee of the Red Cross, spoke in the High-Level Panel on New Technology and Innovation.
Ms. Adelina Kamal, Executive Director, ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management, spoke in the High-Level Panel on New Technology and Innovation.
Ms. Federica Mogherini, Co-Chair, United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement, spoke in the High-Level Panel on Improving Assistance to Internally Displaced Persons.
Ms. Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, spoke in the High-Level Panel on Improving Assistance to Internally Displaced Persons.
Mr. Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, spoke in the High-Level Panel on Improving Assistance to Internally Displaced Persons.
Mr. António Vitorino, Director General, International Organization for Migration spoke in the High-Level Panel on Improving Assistance to Internally Displaced Persons.