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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.

Statements and Remarks
Chair’s Statement on the Occasion of the ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment
USG/ERC Mark Lowcock – Remarks at the Opening Session of the ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment
ASG/DERC a.i. Ramesh Rajasingham – Remarks at the Closing Session of the ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment
ASG/DERC a.i. Ramesh Rajasingham – Remarks at the ECOSOC Event on the Transition from Relief to Development
USG/ERC Mark Lowcock – Opening Remarks at the High-Level Panel on Addressing the increasing complexity of health challenges in humanitarian contexts
ASG/DERC a.i. Ramesh Rajasingham – Opening Remarks at the High-Level Panel on Improving humanitarian effectiveness through new technology and innovation: opportunities and challenges
USG/ERC Mark Lowcock – Opening Remarks at the High-Level Panel on Mobilizing action to improve humanitarian assistance for internally displaced persons and achieve durable solutions
USG/ERC Mark Lowcock – Opening Remarks at the High-Level Event on Combating and preventing sexual and gender-based violence in humanitarian crises

 

General Statements
G77 and China; European UnionAfghanistanArgentina; BrazilCanadaChile; ChinaCosta Rica; El SalvadorGermany; IndiaIndonesia; IrelandItaly; Japan; Mexico; New ZealandNigeria; NorwayPakistanPoland; Russian Federation; SpainSwitzerlandThailand; Turkey; UkraineUnited Kingdom; United States; UNICEF

 

High-level Events
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

 

Side Events

Wednesday, 10 June, 8:00-9:30
Saving lives, building trust, and informing humanitarian action: How good practice and lessons learned from community engagement can help beat COVID-19

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Wednesday, 10 June, 13:00-14:30
Strengthening the protection of children during COVID-19: Launching the Child Protection Minimum Standards

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Wednesday, 10 June, 14:30-16:00
Inclusive Humanitarian Action = Effective Humanitarian Action

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Thursday, 11 June, 8:00-9:30
Anticipatory Approach to COVID-19 and other crises

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Thursday, 11 June, 13:00-14:30
Counterterrorism, Sanctions and Principled Humanitarian Action in the COVID-19 response

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Friday, 12 June, 9:00-10:30
Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for Displaced and Migrant Populations during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

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Friday, 12 June, 11:00-12:30
Humanitarian consequences arising from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas

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Friday, 12 June, 13:00-14:30
Towards more inclusive and disaggregated data on displacement

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Recorded Videos of HAS Events
ECOSOC Event on the Transition from Relief to Development: The multidimensional and interconnected challenges in the central Sahel region: reducing needs, risks and vulnerabilities for people through closer humanitarian, development and peacebuilding collaboration
Opening session of the 2020 ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment
High-level panel on Addressing the increasing complexity of health challenges in humanitarian contexts
High-level event on Combating and preventing sexual and gender-based violence in humanitarian crises
High-level panel on Improving humanitarian effectiveness through new technology and innovation: opportunities and challenges
High-level panel on Mobilizing action to improve humanitarian assistance for internally displaced persons and achieve durable solutions
Closing session of the 2020 ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment