Prompted by the effects of the pandemic, Belgium increased further its flexibility and decided to foster more coordination and collaboration between the Belgian NGOs in the framework of the Covid-19 response.
Before the Covid-19 pandemic, various countries in the Great Lakes, Sahel and Middle East regions were already confronting multiple and protracted risks and crises, deepened by the impact of climate change. Covid-19 exacerbated existing vulnerabilities, and new challenges have been emerging.
The Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO) is the world’s most comprehensive, authoritative and evidence-based assessment of humanitarian need. Through plans that prioritize those most in need, it aims to fight hunger, killer diseases, gender-based violence and displacement.
In 2021, 235 million people will need humanitarian assistance and protection.
View the full abridged report for more information on current humanitarian trends.
The United Nations humanitarian chief, Mark Lowcock, has released $25 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support women-led organizations that prevent and respond to gender-based violence in humanitarian settings.
The IASC duty of care minimum standards guide IASC members and standing invitees (hereinafter ‘the IASC organizations’') in the implementation of adequate duty of care provisions in the context of COVID-19 for all of their personnel regardless of nationality and contractual type.
IASC members have been at the forefront of efforts to achieve peace and security in the world. To date, eight IASC members have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their dedicated humanitarian action and their work for peace.
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These messages address the climate change related concerns in the context of humanitarian action and COVID-19. The objective of these key messages is to facilitate consistent messaging among IASC members during upcoming climate change events in 2020. This includes the announcement of the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to co-host an event convening global leaders on 12 December 2020 to rally greater climate action and ambition.
The issue paper contributes to inter-agency reflections on what the Peace component of the HDPN might and can look like, with an emphasis on the possible engagement pathways along a peace spectrum within humanitarian action. This paper outlines how humanitarian actors can ensure context and conflict analysis and conflict-sensitivity in their own programming. The paper also provides clarity on the full spectrum of peace actions to contribute to improving the complementarity, coordination and/or collaboration between humanitarian, development and peace actions.
Mark Lowcock Speech at the Paris Institute for Political Science
The Greater Sahel: How To Avert A Looming Tragedy
A Virtual Speech, New York, 13 October 2020
I am delighted to be here at Sciences Po – albeit only virtually - because if trainee policy makers anywhere are going in future to make a difference on today’s topic, it will probably be you. My generation’s ideas and actions in the Sahel region are simply not working.