Throughout this week, the Humanitarian Affairs Segment of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) tackled a host of emerging and pressing humanitarian issues as the humanitarian community mobilized in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The event reinforced the contribution of humanitarian efforts as a critical part of the UN and international community response to unprecedented challenges in the lead-up to the seventy-fifth anniversary of the UN this year.
Topics on the agenda of the annual Humanitarian Affairs Segment – held fully via video-teleconference this year for the first time ever – ranged from the current humanitarian landscape considering the impacts of COVID-19; sexual and gender-based violence; durable solutions and protection for internally displaced persons; and ways in which new technology and innovation are making humanitarian work more effective.
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