Global Humanitarian Policy Forum 2015

December 1, 2015 — December 2, 2015   |   New York, USA

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On 1 and 2 December 2015, OCHA's Policy Analysis and Innovation Section will hold the 4th Annual Global Humanitarian Policy Forum in New York, bringing together humanitarian practitioners, international and non-governmental organizations, academics, private sector partners, and government representatives from across the globe to consider humanitarian action and opportunities to engage with the Sustainable Development Goals. The Forum will include the launch of the study “Leaving No One Behind: Humanitarian Effectiveness in the Age of the Sustainable Development Goals,” as well as a panel discussion.

Confirmed panelists include:

  • Amir Abdulla, Deputy Executive Director, World Food Programme
  • Kate Gilmore, Deputy Executive Director (Programme), UN Population Fund 
  • Yasmin Ali Haque, Deputy-Director, UNICEF Office of Emergency Programmes
  • Abdurahman Sharif, Director, Somali NGO Consortium
  • Philip Spoerri, Permanent Observer of the ICRC to the United Nations 
  • Moderator: Marcelle Hopkins, Journalist

Please tune into on 1 December at 1030am NYT in order to watch the live discussion.

A day and a half of policy discussions will also consider how humanitarian connections can be strengthened to effectively reduce need and support the SDGs. The Forum’s workshops will focus on: improving humanitarian effectiveness in protracted and/or fragile contexts; financing collective outcomes; delivering on the effectiveness framework in a comprehensive manner; anticipating instead of reacting to need; financing innovation; and the need for political solutions to humanitarian crises. Participants will consider short, mid, and long-term obstacles and opportunities in achieving the SDGs in each of these contexts, recognizing the connections between recent change agendas and processes around climate, financing, development, and peace operations.

Humanitarian effectiveness

In addition, the launch of the policy study on humanitarian effectiveness will discuss five overarching shifts observed over a two-year research period: reinforcing rather than replacing national and local capacities; reducing and moving toward ending humanitarian need; strengthening connectivity and supporting strategic leadership; a 360-degree analysis of needs and risks; and measuring shared results for collective accountability. The study draws on research conducted in diverse contexts with field visits, surveys, and consultations with affected people, local and international NGOs, UN agencies, Governments, Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, donors, academia, private sector actors, regional actors, foreign and national militaries, UN Peacekeeping forces, and diaspora.

OCHA’s previous policy forums have focused on building an interoperable humanitarian system and the future of the formal humanitarian system. This year, OCHA will build on those discussions, while offering ways to most adequately respond to the challenges humanitarians faced today. Ultimately, the discussions will aim to emphasise new approaches to analysis, planning, and financing that translate into improved action around increasingly complex and protracted crises.

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