The 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73) will open on 18 September 2018. In the margins of the UNGA, OCHA is organizing a number of side events.
The Central Emergency Response Fund: A Fund For All by All
Wednesday 26 September, 13:00 – 14:30, Conference Room 1
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This ministerial-level event with the Governments of several CERF partners aims at mobilizing increased global leadership to reinforce the role of CERF in responding to humanitarian crises by showcasing CERF’s results with a particular focus on CERF’s response to recent famine and drought-related emergencies and CERF’s early response allocations.
The Humanitarian Response in Yemen
Monday 24 September, 13:15 – 14:30, Conference Room 11
Yemen is now the largest humanitarian crisis in the world with 22.2 million people in need of assistance or protection services. More than three years of conflict has caused the humanitarian situation to rapidly deteriorate and drive major increases in needs across all sectors. This event will highlight what can be achieved when Member States allocate unearmarked funding to highly prioritised Humanitarian Response Plans, and will showcase effective strategies being used by the UN and its partners in Yemen to save millions of lives in a highly challenging operational environment.
High-Level Humanitarian Event on South Sudan
Tuesday 25 September, 11:00 – 12:30, Conference Room 5
With the conflict in South Sudan in its fifth year, the humanitarian crisis continues to deepen. More than 7 million people need assistance and protection in 2018, and the already dire food insecurity situation is not likely to improve, so long as the parties to the conflict continue to clash and flout international humanitarian law. The event’s three-fold objectives are to amplify the voices of South Sudanese people affected by the conflict; to highlight challenges to the delivery of humanitarian assistance in South Sudan and demonstrate how humanitarian organizations continue to take risks to overcome the fragile operating environment and meet people’s needs and to reinvigorate ongoing support to peacebuilding in South Sudan.
Partnering with the Private Sector: How Data Can Improve Humanitarian Response
Wednesday 26 September, 13:15 – 14:30, Conference Room 12
A collaboration between the Connecting Business initiative and the Center for Humanitarian Data, this high-level event will explore how businesses are working together with the UN, governments, and civil society to use new technology to improve humanitarian response, and use of data can support more resilient communities and increase local capacity to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters and other humanitarian emergencies.
Safe and Respected: Preventing Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment in the Humanitarian Sector
Wednesday 26 September, 8:00 – 9:30, Conference Room 11
Organized with the United Kingdom, this event is expected to allow Member States, United Nations Organizations, multilateral organizations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to share good practices and highlight their contributions in preventing and responding to sexual exploitation and abuse, to increase support for joint efforts in this area and highlight tangible actions that will be taken in the future.
UNDAC 25 Years Exhibition: How Emergency Response Coordination Has Evolved
Opening remarks on Monday 24 September, evening, North Lawn
This interactive exhibition will be an important moment to take stock of the achievements of the UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) system, including the tools, frameworks, and partnerships that enable UNDAC to remain fit-for-purpose.
OCHA co-led Events
Partnering to Address Severe Food Insecurity
Sunday 23 September 2018, 15:00 - 16:30, Conference Room 1
Led by the Secretary-General and the President of the World Bank, this event will see the launch of the Famine Action Mechanism (FAM). A World Bank partnership with key UN agencies, the ICRC, NGOs, academics, humanitarians and private sector partners to address severe food insecurity, the FAM seeks to formalize, strengthen and incentivize the links between famine early warnings, finance and implementation arrangements.
Addressing the Rights and Needs of Adolescent Girls in Crisis: Bridging the Policy and Programming Gap
Monday 24 September, 3-5pm, Conference Room 4
Organized by Plan International, with the Governments of Denmark, the Philippines, OCHA, and UNICEF, this high-level panel discussion will highlight key concerns for adolescent girls in the contexts of Lake Chad Basin, Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, and the South Sudan crisis, and humanitarian contexts more broadly.
Civilians Under Fire: Humanitarian Protection and Respect for International Humanitarian Law
Wednesday 26 September, 8:30 – 10:00, Conference Room 1
The objective of this event is to draw attention to the cost of armed conflict and to the consequences of IHL violations on civilians, with a focus on humanitarian action, medical care, and education. It will also highlight the positive impact that reduction of violation would have on humanitarian, economic and financial needs. This is co-hosted by the European Union, the Kingdom of Belgium, and OCHA.