On Friday, 26 September, PHAP hosted a live online event discussing the upcoming Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) regional consultation. This is the third of the World Humanitarian Summit regional consultations leading up to the major global event, to take place in Istanbul in May 2016.
Panelists for this event included Ignacio Leon-Garcia, the Head of the OCHA Regional Office in Southern Africa, Anne Mitaru, an international humanitarian lawyer working with Save the Children as the Humanitarian Advocacy Adviser for East Africa, and Philippe Habinshuti, the Director of Disaster Response and Recovery in MIDIMAR.
This online event was an opportunity to learn more about the online and onsite consultation processes for the region, the main questions that were going to be discussed, and in what ways interested individuals could share their input, opinions, and experiences. Ultimately, participants learned how the results of the impending Eastern and Southern Africa regional consultation are meant to reshape humanitarian action moving forward.
The World Humanitarian Summit, convened by United Nations Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon and managed by OCHA, will bring all interested humanitarian stakeholders together to set out a new course for how we collaborate in the vital effort to prepare for and respond to natural disasters and man-made crises around the world.