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The ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment (HAS) provides a unique opportunity for Member States, United Nations entities, humanitarian and development partners, the private sector and affected communities to discuss emerging and pressing humanitarian issues. Since 1998, the HAS has also been an essential platform for discussing the activities and issues related to strengthening the coordination of the humanitarian assistance of the United Nations.

This year's HAS took place from 27 – 29 June 2016 in New York. It followed the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, which took place in Istanbul from 23 - 24 May. The HAS will be an important occasion to discuss the themes and outcomes of the World Humanitarian Summit and the contribution towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the commitment to leave no-one behind.  

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 an opening of the Segment by the Secretary-General, a General Debate, including action on the annual ECOSOC humanitarian resolution, High-Level Interactive Panels, and a number of side events. The annual informal ECOSOC event on the transition from relief to development which links discussions between the ECOSOC Operational Activities for Development Segment and the HAS will take place before the opening of the Segment.

To request a side event application form please contact OCHA’s Intergovernmental Policy Section at

For more administrative information, please refer to the UN Journal.


Remarks by USG Stephen O'Brien
Remarks at the Global Humanitarian Overview 2016 Status Report ‘Investing in Humanity: Meeting the needs of vulnerable people in 2016'
Opening remarks to the Humanitarian Affairs Segment
Moving beyond business as usual: Working together to reduce need, risk and vulnerability


Key documents
Synthesis report
2016 Secretary-General report
2016 ECOSOC resolution




High-Level Panels and Transition Event
Concept Note - High-Level Panel on “Moving beyond business as usual: Working together to reduce need, risk and vulnerability”
Concept Note - High-Level Panel on “Leaving No One Behind: Addressing Forced Displacement” 
Concept Note - High-Level Panel – "Impediments to the Protection of Civilians" 
Concept Note - Transition from relief to development: Understanding the Humanitarian-Development nexus


Side Events
Concept Note: Investing in Humanity: meeting the needs of vulnerable people in 2016
Concept Note: Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in the Post-WHS Landscape: Taking the Gender Commitments Forward 
Concept Note: Urban Crises and the New Urban Agenda
Concept Note: Better humanitarian- development cooperation for sustainable results on the ground
Concept Note: The Humanitarian Data Landscape: From Local to Global Use and Impact
Concept Note: Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA): Translating Articulated Commitments into Concrete Action for Preventing and Addressing SEA
Concept Note: The role and contribution of collective response evaluation for accountability and learning to accelerate progress towards the 2030 Agenda 
Concept Note: Including the Excluded: Addressing Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Situations of Risk and Humanitarian
Concept Note: One month on from the World Humanitarian Summit: What next for humanitarian financing? 
Concept Note: UN Humanitarian Pooled Funds in the Post-WHS Era 
Concept Note: The Future of Global Humanitarian Health Response 
Concept Note: Ending Needs in the Lake Chad Basin: Working Together to Leave No One Behind 
Concept Note: Addressing protracted internal displacement: a multi-faceted challenge 
Concept Note: Colombia’s humanitarian efforts: Benchmarking the comprehensive attention to victims of the internal conflict 

Concept Note: Maximizing the contribution of cash-based programming to ending extreme poverty and achieving zero hunger

Concept Note: Reducing risk, promoting resilience and aiding recovery: New York Launch of the Inter-agency Standing Committee Guidelines for Integrating Gender-based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Action
Concept Note: Safeguarding health access in conflict, upholding international humanitarian law - Global Protection Cluster
Concept Note: Strengthening Africa’s effectiveness for humanitarian action
Concept Note: Resilience to Natural Hazards and Climate-Induced Disasters
Concept Note: Taking the Agenda for Humanity Forward: The Secretary-General’s report on the outcomes of the World Humanitarian Summit 


Background Documents
2015 ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment Synthesis
A/71/82 - E/2016/60 - Report of the Secretary-General on Strengthening of the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance of the United Nations
All ECOSOC reports