The three-day ECOSOC Humanitarian Segment (face) brings together UN agencies, diplomats, aid workers, the private sector and other partners to discuss current and emerging challenges as well as priorities, and to exchange experiences and lessons learned.
ECOSOC President Colin Kelapile recalled that the world has witnessed the largest number of violent conflicts since 1945, and that neglect of international humanitarian law remains a major concern.
“Restrictions on humanitarian access continue to prevent those affected from receiving life-saving assistance. Too often, humanitarian personnel are harassed, threatened and even killed“He said.
Preparation is vital
Mr. Kelapile called on participants to learn from the pandemic in order to adapt their work and better prepare for future crises. He also called for greater accountability and strengthening respect for international humanitarian law.
“We need to preserve the humanitarian space and work to ensure that people in situations of vulnerability receive the help they need,” he added.
“We need a better understanding of the humanitarian impact of climate change and prepare for the ever-increasing threats posed by the crisis. This spirit of cooperation is very much needed to overcome the enormous challenges before us. ”
“These challenges require us to step up our efforts to support a strong, flexible, well-funded humanitarian system that is better equipped to reach and protect even the most isolated and marginalized people,” he said in a video address to the meeting.
Mr. Guterres advocated for a humanitarian system focused on the needs of the people, among other qualities, and supporting local front-line partners, especially women and women’s organizations.
The head of the UN also said that the humanitarian call for Ukraine is now funded at 70 percent, but the needs are growing rapidly around the world.
To respond, he called for strengthening both sustainable solutions and financial support, supporting pandemic recovery in each country and protecting the future by limiting global warming.
Strengthening humanitarian aid must be synonymous with preventing humanitarian crises, UN General Assembly President Abdullah Shahid told those present.
Protect humanitarian workers
“Humanitarian relief and assistance are already at the forefront of climate emergencies. We need to diversify humanitarian aid in a way that it contributes the experience and skills of local communities“He said.
Mr. Shahid also focused on the dangers facing aid workers in delivering aid, adding that more needs to be done to ensure their safety.
“With your continued support and commitment, we can not only strengthen humanitarian aid, but also protect the lives of many selfless aid workers in this area,” he said.
Write down the numbers in need
UN humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths warned that “global mega-crises” are growing today at a speed and scale that threaten to undo decades of hard-won progress in development, governance and social protection.
More than 300 million people the whole planet is in need of humanitarian aid, a figure that has never been higher, while the number of displaced people and refugees is at its peak 100 million, another “historical marker”.
Total UN humanitarian appeals this year $ 46 billion. “We usually get a little over half of that,” he said.
Mr. Griffiths called for “tactics for change”, starting with the provision of surplus food supplies and the removal of blockages in the food and fertilizer trade.
Like the Secretary-General, he also called for the needs and priorities of the beneficiaries to be placed at the heart of humanitarian work, “Not just listening to them, but being instructed by them.”
Empowerment of NGO partners
He added that humanitarian, development and peace-building communities must also work together, “not one after the other”.
In the meantime, greater action is needed on humanitarian negotiations and access to places such as Ethiopia, the Central Sahel, Ukraine and Yemen.
The humanitarian sector must be as early as possible, he continued, stressing the importance of preparation.
“In the event of natural disasters, we have the opportunity to be better prepared to provide assistance, to preserve assets in the event of a crisis, and we need to do this more often, more reliably and again, in agreement with the communities that will be blow. ”
Finally, the UN chief of assistance insisted that local NGOs, civil society and local aid agencies should be given a greater role in the humanitarian space.
“They see suffering every day. “They know what it takes to make a real difference, and they are our envoys, as well as our defenders, as well as our liberators,” he said.
“We need to empower them, we need to bring them together in our councils, and we need to support them in their efforts and in their desire to expand.”