On 20 February 2018, UNU will host “Humanitarian Priorities in 2018: Reaching Those Furthest Behind First”, a conversation with Mark Lowcock, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, and Head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
In 2018, 136 million people will need humanitarian aid and protection due to protracted conflict, natural disasters, epidemics, and deep-seated vulnerability. The United Nations and partners will aim to reach the most vulnerable first with basic assistance and protection services.
But humanitarian actors can only respond to these growing needs with the support of humanitarian donors, like Japan. In 2017 donor funds enabled aid agencies to stave off famines threatening millions across Africa and the Middle East, provide assistance to refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar, and support over a million Haitians devastated by Hurricane Matthew. It has become clear, however, that a different approach to addressing suffering is needed — one in which humanitarian, development, and other partners work together to not only meet immediate needs, but to also reduce vulnerability over time. Only through such a joint approach will it be possible to deliver the 2030 Agenda’s promise to leave no one behind
Mr Lowcock will join Mr Sebastian von Einsiedel, Director of the UNU Centre for Policy Research, for a conversation on the future challenges for humanitarian action in conflict and protracted crisis settings, as well as the need to further strengthen emergency response preparedness for major natural disasters, in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation both during the event and at the reception that follows where food and drinks will be served.
This event will be in English only (no Japanese interpretation). Advance registration (by 19 February) is required via the REGISTER button above.
Mark Lowcock is UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, and Head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. With more than 30 years of humanitarian and development experience, Mr Lowcock serves as the chief coordinator of the world’s humanitarian response in times of urgent crisis.
Prior, Mr Lowcock was Permanent Secretary for the Department for International Development (DFID), leading the United Kingdom’s humanitarian response to conflicts in Iraq, Libya, and Syria, and to natural disasters in Nepal and the Philippines. Previously, Mr Lowcock held the positions of DFID’s Director General for Africa and Asia, coordinating its response to humanitarian emergencies in Haiti, Myanmar, and Pakistan, and Director General for Policy and Corporate Performance, and Director of Finance.
Mr Lowcock holds an MSc in Economics from the University of London and a BA in Economics and History from the University of Oxford.
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