The overall objective of the Humanitarian Consultations is to contribute to better protection and assistance of crisis affected people and displaced populations. To this end IOM seeks to engage in effective policy, program and coordination consultations with partners that will help to strengthen cooperation through providing a forum for open, action-orientated discussion on humanitarian partnerships. The consultations will maintain a focus on the Principles of Partnership that are foundational in all humanitarian partnerships, and help leverage the value of diversity and complementarity in advocacy, policy development, and emergency response.
As a frontline humanitarian crisis responder, Humanitarian Consultations will be alternated between its HQs in Geneva and regional hubs (IOM Regional Offices). That way, every second year the consultations would have a different regional character, bringing dialogue closer to field realities and policy-to-practice initiatives, and enhancing the inclusion and accessibility for representatives of local and national NGOs. When organized in a region, IOM and ICVA may also involve a partner NGO in the organization of the event.
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2017 Consultations: 11-12 September, Nairobi, Kenya
These Consultations will enable participants to explore how IOM and NGOs can work better together in the region to protect and assist people in need - irrespective of status or category. The 2-day Consultations offer an opportunity for IOM and humanitarian NGO partners to deliberate the topics of 1) Internal Displacement and durable solutions for IDPs; 2) Mixed Migration – Addressing the needs of migrants in vulnerable situations; 3) IOM-NGO Partnership in Cluster Coordination; and 4) Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM).
2016 Consultations: 13 June 2016, Geneva, Switzerland
IOM and NGOs looked at the overarching theme of humanitarian partnership, which had become a key element of IOM’s humanitarian policy (adopted by the Organization’s Council in late 2015).
2015 Consultations: 30 June 2015, Geneva, Switzerland
These consultations were dedicated to gathering input and concrete recommendations from humanitarian NGO partners to inform the development of IOM’s institutional humanitarian policy.