On 8 June, PHAP and ICVA organized an online event exploring the various UN reforms that are currently being rolled out in relation to the humanitarian-development-peace nexus – including the repositioning of the UN development system to deliver on the 2030 Agenda, the restructuring of the UN peace and security pillar, and the shifting of the management paradigm in the UN.
This third session of the learning stream on the "nexus" featured Stanlake Samkange from the World Food Programme (WFP), Mario Samaja, UN Resident Coordinator in Mauritania, and Gareth Price-Jones from CARE International.
Apart from acting as co-facilitator for the event, Melissa Pitotti from ICVA introduced the event with a brief overview of current UN reforms and also highlighted the “leitmotif” of UN General Assembly resolution 71/243: that the United Nations must change. It must become more coherent, efficient, and capable of addressing the full range of development challenges set out in Agenda 2030.
Stanlake Samkange, Senior Director for Strategic Coordination and Support at WFP, provided an overview of current UN reforms and how they relate to WFP's work. Presenting WFP’s engagement on UN reform and the humanitarian-development-peace nexus, he pointed out that they aim to make a meaningful difference, and keeping the reforms focus on country results, accountability, and performance, as measured by the SDGs indicators.
His intervention was followed by Mario Samaja, who gave his views on how these reforms impact work at the country level in Mauritania and provide an update on the changes to the Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator (RC/HC) system. He highlighted that humanitarian assistance remains necessary to save lives; however, it is insufficient to change the context, reduce future vulnerabilities, and end needs.
In his presentation, Gareth Price-Jones, Senior Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy Coordinator, CARE International, provided an analysis of the current changes and the possible implications for NGOs. He listed several reasons why UN reforms are relevant for NGOs, including potential risks to NGO’s missions, and the very existence for some organizations through its impact on access to program funding, information, and access.
If you missed the event, you can now find the audio and video recordings of the presentations and Q&A session at phap.org/8jun2018
Learning stream on humanitarian financing
This event was the third session of a series of live interactive online learning events that ICVA and PHAP will be organizing in the coming months. The purpose of these sessions is to provide NGOs and aid workers with a stronger understanding of the efforts to overcome the divide between humanitarian, development, and – when appropriate – peace action.
Register now for other upcoming sessions on this topic:
- 19 July - Perspectives of peacebuilding actors in the humanitarian-development-peace nexus
- 11 September - Donor perspectives on the humanitarian-development-peace nexus
Also missed the previous sessions of this series? Watch the recordings now!