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ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment 2021

Since 1998, the ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment (HAS) has been an essential platform for discussing the activities and issues related to strengthening the coordination and effectiveness 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 current and emerging humanitarian challenges and priority themes and share experiences and lessons learned.

The 2021 HAS took place from 23 to 25 June in Geneva and was chaired by Her Excellency Pascale Baeriswyl, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations, as the ECOSOC Vice-President for the HAS.

On the basis of the ECOSOC decision agreed on 20 April 2021, the theme for the 2021 HAS was “Strengthening humanitarian assistance to face the challenges of 2021 and beyond: mobilizing respect for international humanitarian law, inclusion, gender, innovation and partnerships” (E/2021/L.14).

Three high-level panel discussions were held during the HAS under the following themes:

  1. “Health care in times of COVID-19: a global protection agenda”
  2. “Innovation as a driver of change: the use of new and emerging technologies and humanitarian data”
  3. “Humanitarian action and climate change: advancing anticipatory approaches, strengthening resilience and enhancing collaboration in response to the climate crisis”

A high-level event was held on Gender Equality - Leadership, decision-making, and participation of women and girls in humanitarian settings.

The informal 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 22 June 2021, under the theme “Preventing the looming risk of multiple famines and addressing rising acute food insecurity: taking action to save lives and reduce people’s needs, risks and vulnerabilities through closer humanitarian, development and peacebuilding collaboration” (E/2021/L.13).

In addition to the high-level panel discussions, the organization of the HAS included opening and closing sessions and adoption of the annual ECOSOC humanitarian resolution. A series of virtual side events were also held on the margins of the HAS from 21 to 25 June 2021.

Statements and Remarks

Transition Event: Preventing the looming risk of multiple famines and addressing rising acute food insecurity: taking action to save lives and reduce people's needs, risks and vulnerabilities through closer humanitarian, development and peacebuilding collaboration

Remarks by ECOSOC Vice-President Pascale Baeriswyl (French / English)

Remarks by United Nations Acting Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Ramesh Rajasingham

Opening Session

Remarks by ECOSOC Vice-President Pascale Baeriswyl (French / English)

Remarks by United Nations Acting Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Ramesh Rajasingham

High-Level Panel on Health care in times of COVID-19: A global protection agenda

Remarks by ECOSOC Vice-President Pascale Baeriswyl (French / English)

Remarks by United Nations Acting Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Ramesh Rajasingham

High-Level Panel on Innovation as a driver of change: The use of new and emerging technologies and humanitarian data

Remarks by ECOSOC Vice-President Pascale Baeriswyl (French / English)

Remarks by the Acting Director of the Coordination Division, Wafaa Saeed

High-level Panel on Humanitarian action and climate change: Advancing anticipatory approaches, strengthening resilience and enhancing collaboration

Remarks by ECOSOC Vice-President Pascale Baeriswyl (French / English)

Remarks by Ms. Anja Nitzsche, Chief, OCHA Partnerships and Resource Mobilization Branch

High-level Panel on Gender Equality: Leadership, decision-making, and participation of women and girls in humanitarian settings

Remarks by ECOSOC Vice-President Pascale Baeriswyl (French / English)

Closing Session

Remarks by ECOSOC Vice-President Pascale Baeriswyl (English)

Remarks by United Nations Acting Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Ramesh Rajasingham

 

General Statements
African Group; Albania; Algeria; ArmeniaBelarus; Bulgaria; Brazil; Canada; China; Colombia; Costa Rica; Egypt; EthiopiaEuropean Union; Group of 77 and China; IFRC; Indonesia; Iran; IraqItalyJapan; Kenya; Lebanon; MIKTA; Netherlands; Norway; Organization of Islamic Cooperation; Pakistan; Poland; Portugal; Qatar; Russia; Saudi Arabia; South AfricaSweden; Syria; Thailand; Turkey; United Kingdom; United States; Zimbabwe

 

High-level Events

Tuesday, 22 June, 16.00-18.00

Transition Event: Preventing the looming risk of multiple famines and addressing rising acute food insecurity: taking action to save lives and reduce people's needs, risks and vulnerabilities through closer humanitarian, development and peacebuilding collaboration

Transition Event Panel

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Wednesday, 23 June, 10.00-12.00

Opening Session

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Wednesday, 23 June, 15.00-17.00

Health Care in Times of COVID-19: A global protection agenda

Health Care Panel

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Thursday, 24 June, 10.00-12.00

Innovation as a driver of change: the use of new and emerging technologies and humanitarian data

Innovation Panel

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Thursday, 24 June, 15.00-17.00

Humanitarian Action and Climate Change: Advancing anticipatory approaches, strengthening resilience and enhancing collaboration in response to the climate crisis

Climate Change Panel

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Friday, 25 June, 10.00-12.00

High-Level Event on Gender Equality: Leadership, decision-making, and participation of women and girls in humanitarian settings

Gender Panel

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Friday, 25 June, 15.00-17.00

Closing Session

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Side Events

Monday, 21 June, 13.00-14.30
Advancing the localization agenda: locally-led humanitarian action

Side Event Summary

Flyer

Monday, 21 June, 14.30-16.00
Collective efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic: lessons learned and way forward

Side Event Summary

Monday, 21 June, 16.00-17.30
Preventing and responding to gender-based violence in humanitarian contexts

Side Event Summary

Flyer

Tuesday, 22 June, 8.30-10.00
Impacts of COVID-19 on the protection of displaced children

Side Event Summary

Flyer

Tuesday, 22 June, 10.00-11.30
A multisectoral approach towards mental health and psychosocial support in humanitarian settings: needs, achievements and gaps

Side Event Summary

Flyer

Tuesday, 22 June, 11.30-13.00
Fully protecting all: advancing access to COVID-19 vaccines for people on the move

Side Event Summary

Tuesday, 22 June, 13.00-14.30
Human mobility in the face of the climate crisis: prevention, protection and solutions

Side Event Summary

Flyer

Tuesday, 22 June, 14.30-16.00
Humanitarian financing in the current global environment: opportunities, challenges and lessons from the COVID-19 response

Side Event Summary

Wednesday, 23 June, 8.30-10.00
Education in emergencies: disruptions and opportunities – how humanitarian crises affect children and youth and what we can do about it

Side Event Summary

Flyer

Wednesday, 23 June, 12.30-14.00
Promoting accountability to protect from sexual exploitation and abuse

Side Event Summary

Flyer

Wednesday, 23 June, 17.00-18.30
The challenges ahead: equipping the future with anticipatory action

Side Event Summary

Flyer

Thursday, 24 June, 8.30-10.00
Young people with disabilities and climate action: our voices count

Side Event Summary

Thursday, 24 June, 12.30-14.00
Preventing, anticipating and reducing risks of climate induced disasters: why locally-led gender transformative actions matter

Side Event Summary

Flyer

Thursday, 24 June, 17.00-18.30
Preventing famine and responding to extreme food insecurity in the COVID-19 era

Side Event Summary

Flyer

Friday, 25 June, 8.30-10.00
Implementing international humanitarian law: innovative programming and best practices in the age of COVID-19

Side Event Summary

Friday, 25 June, 12.00-13.30
Improving and safeguarding the humanitarian data ecosystem

Side Event Summary

Flyer

Friday, 25 June, 13.30-15.00
Protecting children in situations where counterterrorism approaches are being implemented

Side Event Summary