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4 October 2016
The protracted and devastating armed conflict in Syria, combined with continued conflicts and disasters in the region and elsewhere, has contributed to what is often referred to as a global refugee or migration crisis. The protections that are provided to refugees under international law have come under strain, which prompted the UN General Assembly to host a High-Level Plenary on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants in September...
3 October 2016
In situations of armed conflict, cultural heritage is often at danger of being destroyed, either as collateral damage or – as has happened recently in Syria, Mali, Afghanistan, and elsewhere – from being directly targeted. What kind of protection does international law provide for cultural heritage? On 29 September, Kristin Hausler, Dorset Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law at the British Institute of International and...
1 October 2016
In the first session of the learning stream on humanitarian funding, the complexity of the UN system was identified as one of the main challenges for NGO access to funding. On 12 October, the second session of this series of live online learning events will focus in on some of these challenges together with guest speakers from two major UN agencies. The two guest presenters, Fatima Sherif-Nor, the Head of the Implementing Partnership Management...
20 September 2016
In preparation for the first Annual Meeting of Frontline Negotiators and Mediators of the Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiations, the Geneva Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH), organized a working group meeting on “Strengthening the Capacity of Humanitarian Professionals to Engage in Frontline Negotiation and Mediation Activities.” The main function of this working group, composed of...
16 September 2016
On 15 September 2016, more than 300 participants gathered online for the first event in the learning stream on humanitarian financing. The event featured presentations from three experts providing an overview of current trends and challenges regarding humanitarian financing, as well as an opportunity to ask questions and discuss. The event, organized jointly by PHAP and the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA), focused on the...
2 September 2016
The recent World Humanitarian Summit reaffirmed the importance of NGO access to humanitarian financing. However, with the exception of a few well-resourced organizations, the majority of NGOs have a limited understanding of and influence over decisions related to humanitarian financing – and by extension, limited direct access to humanitarian financing. In light of this, PHAP and the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA) are...
22 July 2016
The 2016 Ordinary Meeting of the PHAP General Assembly was held on 22 June 2016 with members of the association participating both online and at the secretariat’s office in Geneva. Apart from regular administrative business, the General Assembly adopted the new Strategic Framework and the amended bylaws of the Association, and elected three new members to the Board of Directors. The General Assembly was concluded by a guest speech by...
20 July 2016
On 19 July 2016, Naz K. Modirzadeh and Dustin A. Lewis from the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict (PILAC) provided an update to close to 150 online participants in a PHAP Expert Briefing on the effects of U.N. sanctions on principled humanitarian action, the discussion around “humanitarian exemptions,” the benefits and costs of such exemptions, and why it is important for humanitarian actors to engage in this...
31 May 2016
Following the publication of the updated Commentary on the First Geneva Convention, we are happy to announce a series of two online Expert Briefings in cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), on 9 and 30 June. In the 1950s, the ICRC published a set of commentaries on the four Geneva Conventions, giving practical guidance on their meaning and implementation. In order to capture the practice gained in implementing...
20 May 2016
The World Humanitarian Summit is taking place next week in Istanbul, 23-24 May. PHAP members from all over the world will be involved in a variety of ways, both independently and on behalf of their organizations – participating in High-Level Roundtables, Special Sessions, side events, the Expo, and the Innovation Marketplace. As a global professional association, PHAP has also been invited to take part in the High-Level Roundtables...

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