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United Nations, OCHA, Global Humanitarian Policy Forum 2021
Global Humanitarian Policy Forum
December 9 &10, 2021
Thursday and Friday

Description: On 9-10 December 2021, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, will convene the tenth Global Humanitarian Policy Forum (GHPF). This year’s GHPF will assess the current landscape through a series of thematic, interactive panel discussions including on the growing humanitarian climate crisis, persistent challenges around access and humanitarian negotiations, increasing cyber threats impacting humanitarian action, and the linkages between COVID-19 and fragility and the importance of vaccines in humanitarian settings.

Closing out a year marked by great uncertainty around economic recovery and unprecedented disruptions worldwide; a climate crisis that is threatening to inundate national and international support systems; growing geopolitical tensions and division; and continued and resurgent outbreaks of conflict as a main driver of humanitarian needs, the GHPF will look at evolving trends and key challenges that continue to shape the operating environment of humanitarian response.

Since 2012, the GHPF has convened members of the humanitarian community and experts from other fields to anticipate future trends, launch new policy ideas and explore the practical challenges and opportunities of shifting policy to practice in crisis contexts. Over the past nine years, the GHPF has been at the forefront of shaping the international humanitarian community’s policy agenda.

Day 1, 12/9/21, Thursday

9:00-10:00 EST High Level opening Panel
10:15-11:30 EST From Checkpoints to High Politics: Humanitarian Access Negotiations in Action

11:45-13:00 EST Sparks on the Horizon: COVID-19 and Fragility

Day 2, 12/10/21, Friday
9:00-10:15 EST No Return to Normal: Realities and Opportunities of the Growing Humanitarian Climate Crisis
10:30-11:45 EST The Humanitarian Implications of Cyber Threats
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