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Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks (HNPW)

The Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week (HNPW), co-chaired by OCHA and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), provides a unique forum for humanitarian networks and partnerships to meet and address key humanitarian issues. One of the largest humanitarian events of its kind, it gathers participants from the UN, NGOs, Member States, the private sector, the military, academia and beyond to discuss and solve common challenges in humanitarian affairs. During the event, a number of networks and partnerships hold their annual meetings and consultations, share their expertise and collaborate on best practices to address shared problems.

Leading Edge Programme

The Leading Edge Programme (LEP) is a year-round collaborative platform for humanitarian expert networks and partnerships with the aim of developing sustainable solutions to recurring, cross-cutting issues in emergency preparedness and response. The LEP’s annual event is the Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week (HNPW), held in Geneva since 2015.

HNPW 2021

Due to the anticipated restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic in the first half of 2021, HNPW 2021 will be held entirely remotely through online conferencing. In previous years, the HNPW was held on five consecutive days (Monday to Friday), with the official opening and closing on the “Inter-Network Day” on Wednesday. The Inter-Network Day was considered the Core Event of the HNPW, fostering the collaboration among networks and partnerships to identify solutions to challenges of common concern.

In 2021, the remote nature of the HNPW will allow to span the Core Event over a period of three weeks from 19 April to 7 May 2021, thereby reducing meeting overload and allowing more participants also from other regions to attend the sessions of interest. As in previous years, the “Core Event” will focus on inter-network collaboration and will begin and end with a formal opening and closing co-chaired by the SDC and OCHA.

2021 HNPW website
USG and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, opening remarks
HNPW Media Advisory (English)
HNPW Media Advisory (French)
HNPW Media Advisory (Spanish)
ASG and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator a.i., Ramesh Rajasingham, opening remarks to the session on “Moving towards more inclusive humanitarian action: defining the problem and objectives”