19-20 MAY 2021 | LONDON HYBRID EVENT
19-20 MAY 2021 | LONDON HYBRID EVENT
On 22-23 September 2020, the World Humanitarian Forum will present highly-curated roundtables. While they initiate themed discussions around the sector, they also give the global audience the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding and an outcome report will follow these roundtables as well as action points.
Innovation is in the heart of humanitarian aid and international development. This roundtable brings together start-ups as well as donors and key organisations working around this aim. The Roundtable will focus on the challenges and opportunities. The roundtable will feature the start of the Innovation Challenge taking place in the WHF 2021 schedule.
While organisations are seeking ways to optimize their delivery capabilities in order to mitigate as much as possible the consequences of emergency, professionals from throughout the sector need a better understanding of the concepts and implications of true transparency within the supply chain to better aid the integration of appropriate technological solutions and interoperable processes that are needed to meet current legislative and consumer demands for sustainability in the supply chain.
“The world is becoming one where the threats outstrip our collective ability to respond effectively. The complexity of the challenges and the cost of response make it increasingly untenable to put the main emphasis on activities after an incident has occurred.” Eric McNulty, CRJ 15:3
The year 2020 has been extremely challenging for most people on the planet, not least those directly affected by Covid-19. But it has been particularly gruelling for frontline responders, emergency planners and resilience operators. And that is without the other devastating disasters that have struck, including wildfires, floods, and an active hurricane season. Do we need a fundamental shift in how we approach crises? What about future threats? These could include drought, hunger, food security civil unrest and disturbance, a loss of trust in governments, economic and geopolitical shifts – all of these can have cascading consequences on the work of responders and the resilience of communities.
Decade of Action is at the centre of WHF New York and this roundtable aims to wrap up the conversations on the main stage. COVID19 has had an irreversible impact on the delivery. How can stakeholders make up lost ground in the pursuit of SDGs owing to unforeseen circumstances like COVID-19 is the question to be answered in this important roundtable. What lessons can stakeholders learn from the MDGs in pursuit of the SDGs?
With approximately 1.8 billion people between the ages of 10 and 24, the UN has recognised that there is a need to engage and mobilize young people to act on the SDGs. Therefore, providing youth with the necessary knowledge, skills and opportunities can act as a driving force for the contribution to climate change.
The roundtable will feature the announcement of the Youth Council of WHF.
The COVID19 crisis has highlighted the varying governmental responses to public health crises along with weaknesses in the supply chain of vital medical equipment. The international challenges and solutions associated with health emergencies: from a lack of testing, to how technology can be used to improve response to pandemics, need to be fully discussed in order to prepare the international community.
The issue of climate change requires systematic change throughout the global economy. While COVID-19 has resulted in the postponement of COP26, efforts at an international level need to continue. COVID-19 has brought to light challenges, but it has also highlighted key aspects of the international system, primarily the requirement to work together to solve global challenges.
From the emergence of new multilateral development agencies to the role of financiers in developing countries, the international community needs to question how financial systems can produce sufficient funding for development causes. Finding funding sources is a substantial challenge, from the creation of Development Impact Bonds (DIBs) to corporate philanthropy. International institutions and government donor agencies alike need to consider the impacts of funding and the role played by local partners in ensuring that projects work effectively and for the communities they serve. The finance and funding roundtable will look at these issues while considering innovative ways for organisations to raise funds.
The Tech for good roundtable will focus on insightful and informative ‘must-know’ developments and advancements in tech for humanitarian and development stakeholders. From AI and machine learning to blockchain, we will discuss the latest developments through immersive and engaging sessions at the Tech for Good Roundtable.