Civil-military coordination

Armed Conflict and Covid-19: A double crisis for displaced civilians

Armed Conflict and Covid-19: A double crisis for displaced civilians

Wednesday 18 June 11.00-12.00 EST


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As Covid-19 spreads, intensified conflict persists. This poses both grave risks to already vulnerable populations living in deteriorating conditions and unique challenges to humanitarian organizations, such as access to those in need. This double crisis has forced people to flee yet again in search of safety. To mark World Refugee Day, the Norwegian Refugee Council USA (NRC USA) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) illuminate how the pandemic complicates access to support and protection for refugees and internally displaced people in conflict-affected countries. Our panel likewise discusses the implications of the pandemic’s secondary effects within these contexts, proposing concrete solutions to this double crisis.


Event Date: 
Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 11:00 to 12:00
Organiser or Host: 
Norwegian Refugee Council USA
Online webinar

ECOSOC HAS side Event:Humanitarian consequences arising from the use of explosive weapons on populated areas

Invitation to ECOSOC HAS side event via Zoom


Friday 12 June, 11am - 12.30am EDT / 5pm - 6:30pm CET

Co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Austria, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ireland, Mozambique, New Zealand, Norway and Uruguay.


Data shows that when explosive weapons are used in populated areas, approximately 90% of those reported killed and injured are civilians. Beyond those killed, injured and psychologically traumatised, an even greater number of civilians are affected as a result of damage and destruction to essential infrastructure and services. Hospitals are damaged, hampering the provision and quality of medical care to civilian populations. Damage to sanitation systems creates additional problems around maintaining basic levels of hygiene, resulting in further illness and disease. In the current context of the COVID 19 pandemic, the impact of explosive weapons on access to healthcare and water and sanitation is potentially catastrophic for civilian populations.

The side event will give an overview of the humanitarian consequences resulting from use of explosive weapons in populated areas, in Yemen in particular, and the practical actions states and other actors can take to address short and long-term harm to civilians.

Chair Mr. Brian Flynn, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Ireland in New York.

Introductory remarks: Ambassador Luis Gallegos, Permanent Representative of Ecuador in New York


Ms. Alison Bottomley, Humanity & Inclusion (HI)

Ms. Eirini Giorgou, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Mr. Simon Bagshaw, Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)

Ms. Alma Taslidžan Al-Osta, on behalf of International Network on Explosive Weapons (INEW)


To attend the side event, please register HERE. Read the technical note attached with guidelines to attend 

Event Date: 
Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 17:00 to 18:30
Organiser or Host: 

ECOSOC HAS side event on counterterrorism and humanitarian space

Counterterrorism, Sanctions and Principled Humanitarian Action in the COVID-19 response

We look forward to welcoming you to this virtual side event during the ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment.

Date: Thursday 11 June
Time: 13.00 - 14.30 New York
19.00 - 20.30 Geneva
Platform: The Side Event will be convened virtually. Registered participants will receive a link the day before the event.
RSVP herecall details to follow.

This event will explore the impact of counterterrorism and sanctions measures on principled humanitarian action, as well as how they impact the humanitarian response to the Covid-19 pandemic. A number of challenges are reflected in a growing body of research, and in the daily operational difficulties they present to humanitarian organisations as they carry out their work, such as the independent selection of beneficiaries, carrying out bank transfers, engagement with non-state armed groups and the provision of healthcare. The discussion will look at steps taken by humanitarian actors to overcome these challenges, as well as how they monitor and mitigate the risks that may arise from the need to comply with counterterrorism and sanctions measures.

Chair and moderator:
Ms Mihela Zupancic, Head of Unit, International and Inter-institutional Relations, Legal Framework, Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG-ECHO), European Commission.

Panel composition:
Gabriella Waaijman – Humanitarian Director, Save the Children
Emma O’Leary – Senior Humanitarian Policy Advisor, Norwegian Refugee Council
Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism
Marc Porret, Legal and Criminal Justice Coordinator Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate


Event Date: 
Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 13:00 to 14:30
Organiser or Host: 
NRC, Save the Children, EU, Belgium, Switzerland