Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Humanitarian Segment meets in Geneva

Jun 19, 2017

UNOG, Palais des Nations Unies Enlarge image UNOG, Palais des Nations Unies (© UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré)

“Restoring Humanity and Leaving No one Behind: Working together to reduce people’s humanitarian need, risk and vulnerability” is the theme of numerous events and panels from 21st to 23rd June during the ECOSOC Humanitarian Segment in Geneva.

The annual, month-long working conference of ECOSOC is divided in various segments. Among them, one segment is dedicated to Humanitarian Affairs, which discusses urgent and forward-looking Humanitarian issues. This segment constitutes a platform for member states, UN Agencies, civil-society partners in Humanitarian Affairs and development, representatives of the private sector and affected communities.

The three High Level Panels focus on the promotion and respect of International Humanitarian Law and Humanitarian Principles, the increasing commitment of resources in the context of protracted crisis and the consequences of flight and migration induced by natural disasters and climate change.

Member States, UN Agencies and international NGOs organize some 20 side-events, which examine various aspects of Humanitarian aid. The funding of Humanitarian aid through solid partnerships, promotion of innovation, localization of Humanitarian aid, the current famines in Africa and Human trafficking are just a selection of topics on the agenda.

In the context of the ECOSOC Humanitarian Segment, a transition event on the Sustainable Development Goals, a High Level Event on Famine Prevention and Response and a general debate will take place. Within this debate, the annual Humanitarian ECOSOC resolution should be adopted.

The meeting of the Humanitarian Segment will be officially opened by Ambassador Jürgen Schulz - Deputy Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations in New York and this year’s president of the ECOSOC Humanitarian Segment.

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