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The World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) is an initiative of the UN Secretary-General to set a vision, recommendations, and commitments on how to more effectively and inclusively, meet the humanitarian challenges of the future. Regional consultations so far have highlighted the urgent need for an 'urban track' towards the World Humanitarian Summit and beyond (ex. Habitat III, etc.). Using inputs from the regional WHS consultations and the reflections of an ‘Urban Expert Group’, a set of recommendations is being drafted which will be finalized at a meeting bringing together mayors, city operators, UN, INGOs, private sector, donors and urban experts in…
Since 2009 there has been a growing interest in defining and operationalising innovation for use in the humanitarian context. The increase in scale of new crises, the urbanisation of many displaced populations, and stretched financing for humanitarian assistance are forcing international aid agencies to think and act in new ways. Along with other international humanitarian actors, several United Nations (UN) bodies are engaging with new tools and practices to bring innovation to the forefront of their work. Within these agencies, there has been a growing movement to establish ‘innovation spaces’ or ‘innovation labs’. These labs take different forms – some…
Bring your lunch and join Amy Rhoades (IOM's Humanitarian Communications Programme Manager) and Sarah Mace (previously OCHA's Iraq Communication with Communities Coordinator), to discuss learning from setting up Iraq's first inter-agency two way communications centre for displaced communities. For the first time, a national toll-free hotline for populations affected by the recent displacements in Iraq is being implemented as an inter-agency initiative, involving IOM, NRC, UNHCR, UNOPS, WFP, and World Vision. The hotline provides information about humanitarian aid such as food distribution points, medical services, and shelter. Using Community Response Map, an online feedback platform, the call centre also registers…
In late December 2014, the United Nations General Assembly passed what may become a landmark resolution calling for concerted and specific actions by States to protect health workers from violence and to assure patients access to health care in situations of conflict or insecurity. Although the General Assembly had previously addressed the need for protection on humanitarian aid workers, it had never before called for specific actions to protect the human right to health in all situations of conflict and violence. The resolution, grounded in both international human rights law and international humanitarian law, was sponsored by Norway and other…
Typhoon Haiyan made landfall on 8 November 2013, cementing the position of the Philippines as one of the countries most at risk from natural hazards. Within days of the disaster the Emergency Relief Coordinator formally activated a system-wide level 3 (L3) response – a designation marking the highest level of humanitarian crisis. In responding to the needs of 14 million affected people, the Haiyan response became the first large-scale relief effort for a sudden-onset disaster since the Inter-Agency Standing Committee protocols under the Transformative Agenda were adopted, setting the parameters for improved collective action in humanitarian emergencies. Scaling up Accompanying…
It has been five years since the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010. To mark the anniversary, this blog series seeks to look at the disaster, the response, and the current state of humanitarian need in Haiti to date. In the first blog, former UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes reflects on the response and asks if, given what we know now, would the humanitarian sector make the same mistakes again? My experience as Emergency Relief Coordinator during the first few months of the response to the Haiti earthquake remains vividly in my memory as one of the two or…
MESSAGE FROM THE CO-CHAIRS OF THE IASC TASK TEAM ON REVITALIZING PRINCIPLED HUMANITARIAN ACTION IASC Task Team on Revitalizing Principled Humanitarian Action would like to invite you to participate in the "Survey to review the impact of UN Integration on humanitarian action", as well as to circulate the link to the survey and encourage wide participation by humanitarian colleagues. The survey can be found here: https://www.research.net/s/IASCsurvey The IASC is undertaking this important survey to review the impact of UN integration on humanitarian action. Participation is vital to inform the humanitarian community of recent experience and observations, including the positive and…
In 1991, the UN General Assembly established the position of Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) to pull together international efforts in response to major humanitarian emergencies all over the world. In keeping with the principle of International Humanitarian Law that relief operations should be conducted "in a humanitarian and impartial manner", those appointed to fill the post of ERC between 1992 and 2006 came from Brazil, Denmark, Japan, Norway and Sweden. In 2007, however, the present Secretary-General, Ban ki-moon, appointed British diplomat Sir John Holmes to the post and in 2010, he was succeeded by another British nominee, the former minister…
This paper puts forward the argument that substantive attention to the phenomenon of ‘trust’ constitutes a surprising missing chapter in contemporary repatriation policy and theory. In particular, the paper highlights the need for repatriation theorists and policy-makers to foreground trust relations between refugees and their states of origin in dominant frameworks. It argues that emphasis on these refugee-state trust relations presents a logical development, both of contemporary theory on the political content of repatriation and of due consideration of the formidable barrier to repatriation posed by refugees’ distrust of their state of origin. The paper puts forward a trust-based lens,…
2015 Theme: Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability: The Humanitarian Aid and Development Perspectives Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister of United Arab Emirates, Ruler of Dubai, supported by Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Est., the United Nations, the UAE Red Crescent Authority, International Humanitarian City, Dubai Cares and the Organisation of Islamic Conference. INDEX will host the 12th Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development Conference & Exhibition – DIHAD – 2015. This unique event will take place from the 24 – 26 March 2015 at the Dubai International Convention &…
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