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Launch of the Global Humanitarian Overview 2020


The Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO) 2020 launched on 4 December 2019. The GHO is the most comprehensive, authoritative and evidence-based assessment of world humanitarian needs.

Global Humanitarian Overview
Full report - English | Arabic | French
Abridged - Arabic | Chinese | English | French

The global event was held in Geneva with simultaneous launches in Berlin, Brussels, London and Washington, D.C. These events are part of a global strategy to engage decision-makers and humanitarian actors in highlighting the key themes covered in the 2020 GHO, encourage generous contributions to humanitarian response, and amplify the voices of affected people.  

Resources for Media

A Message from UN Secretary-General António Guterres
About the GHO
B-roll and Shot List
Data set: Needs and requirements - Overview for 2020 [GHO 2020 pp. 28-29] 
GHO 2020 Photographs
Press Releases - Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish
USG/ERC Mark Lowcock's Remarks at the launch of the Global Humanitarian Overview 2020 in Geneva


Global Launch


Theme: Driving a better response in a challenging world
Concept Note

Registration for the event is now closed. Please visit the registration page for more information.

For directions, please refer to the Map of the Palais des Nations.

Click here to view the live event from 4 December 2019.


Simultaneous Launches



Co-host: German Federal Foreign Office
Theme: Dimensions of displacement
Concept Note



Co-host: European Commission (Directorate-General for the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations)
Theme: Meeting people's needs, enhancing accountability
Concept Note



Co-host: UK Department for International Development
Theme: Use of data and technology to drive innovation in humanitarian response


Washington, D.C.

Co-host: The World Bank
Theme: Getting ahead of crises: Moving from reactive to proactive humanitarian action
Concept Note

The Washington D.C. Launch of the Global Humanitarian Overview held a WebEx session on 4 December 2019. 

For more information on the events: