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2021 Global Humanitarian Policy Forum

Where to from Here? Humanitarian Action Between Rising Needs and Distant Solutions

On 9-10 December 2021, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, convened the tenth Global Humanitarian Policy Forum (GHPF). This year’s GHPF assessed the current landscape through a series of thematic, interactive panel discussions including the growing humanitarian climate crisis, persistent challenges around access and humanitarian negotiations, increasing cyber threats impacting humanitarian action, and the linkages between COVID-19 and conflict and the importance of vaccines in humanitarian settings. Discussions were held virtually on Zoom. 

Since 2012, the Forum has convened members of the humanitarian community and experts from other fields to anticipate future trends, launch new policy ideas and explore the practical challenges and opportunities of shifting policy to practice in crisis contexts. Over the past nine years, the GHPF has been at the forefront of shaping the international humanitarian community’s policy agenda.

Draft Programme

Thursday, 9 December 2021

9.00 a.m. - 10.00 a.m. EST

High-level Opening Panel: Risks, Threats and Challenges: The Growing Global Demand for Humanitarian Action


Thursday, 9 December 2021

10.15 a.m. - 11.30 a.m. EST 

From Checkpoints to High Politics: Humanitarian Access Negotiations in Action


Thursday, 9 December 2021

11.45 a.m. - 12.45 p.m. EST

Sparks on the Horizon: COVID-19 and Fragility


Friday, 10 December 2021

9.00 a.m. - 10.15 a.m. EST

No Return to Normal: Realities and Opportunities of the Growing Humanitarian Climate Crisis


Friday, 10 December 2021

10.30 a.m. - 11.45 a.m. EST

The Humanitarian Implications of Cyber Threats