WHS – Live online briefing and Q&A with USG/ERC Stephen O'Brien on 4 August 2015

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Join PHAP on Tuesday, 4 August, to hear from Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator (USG/ERC) Stephen O'Brien regarding his perspectives on the World Humanitarian Summit and to ask your questions about the Summit and the process leading up to it.

    Event description

We are currently facing humanitarian needs on a massive scale. In our rapidly changing world, we must continually seek better ways to protect and assist the millions of people affected by conflicts and disasters.

An initiative of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, managed by UN OCHA, the first World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) will be held in Istanbul on 23 and 24 May 2016 and will bring together governments, humanitarian organizations, people affected by humanitarian crises, and new partners including the private sector to propose solutions to our most pressing challenges and set an agenda to keep humanitarian action fit for the future.

Stephen O'Brien began in the role of USG/ERC on 1 June 2015, succeeding Valerie Amos. Apart from leading the organization that is managing the WHS and the consultation process leading up to it, he is also responsible for the oversight of all emergencies requiring United Nations humanitarian assistance, acting as the central focal point, globally, for governmental, intergovernmental, and non-governmental relief activities.

With less than a year until the Summit in Istanbul, this will be an opportunity to learn more about the new USG/ERC's views on this opportunity to reshape how humanitarian and assistance and protection is carried out.

Event time

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

New York:10:00 - 11:00London:15:00 - 16:00Geneva:16:00 - 17:00Amman:17:00 - 18:00Nairobi:17:00 - 18:00Bangkok:21:00 - 22:00Manila:22:00 - 23:00

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This consultation event is targeted to members of PHAP but is also open to the public. In order to join the event, please register in advance at phap.org/WHS-4Aug2015/register

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