Focus areas

Responding to Disasters in the "New Normal": What recent responses in Asia teach us?


  • 11  December, 2020
  • 10.00-11.30 Bangkok time



  • Angelo Melencio, Plan International
  • Deepak Malik, HelpAge  International
  • Heng Aik Cheng, Mercy Malaysia
  • Jermaine Balthazar Bayas, Oxfam
  • Deanie lyn Ocampo, CODE Philippines

The Reactors

  • Adelina Kamal, AHA Centre
  • Tom Howells, Save the Children



  • Keya Saha-Chaudhury, ICVA


More information:

Event Date: 
Friday, December 11, 2020 - 10:00
Organiser or Host: 
AADMER Partnership Group

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People



  • Tuesday, 8 December 2020
  • 10:30 -12.00 CEST

Live webcast: 


Provisional programme:

  1. Introduction by Ms. Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General of the United Nations Office 
  2. Statement for the Day by Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, read out by the Secretary-General’s representative, Director-General Ms. Tatiana Valovaya
  3. Representative of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People
  4. Representative of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories
  5. Representative of the League of Arab States
  6. Representative of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation
  7. Representative of the Non-Aligned Movement
  8. Representative of the African Union
  9. Representative of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (TBC)
  10. Representative of the Non-Governmental Organizations accredited to the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People
  11. Representative of the State of Palestine

Messages: Announcement of messages or statements for the Day received from Heads of State or Government

Event Date: 
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 - 10:30 to 12:00
Organiser or Host: 
Live webcast

Safeguarding: Know – Act – Apply


When: 26th November, 2020

What time: 11:00AM to 12:30PM (Pakistan Standard Time)

Where: ZOOM – Link to be shared with registered participants – Register Here

Language: English 

How long: 90 minutes 

Who is it for: Humanitarian and development professionals, academics and UN staff committed to Quality and Accountability standards and approaches for principled actions 

Format: Presentations, Discussion, Experience Sharing

Moderator & Presenter: Ms. Ester Dross



The 2020 Regional NGO Partnership Events are a series of consultations and webinars, that will bring key humanitarian actors -- local and national NGOs, INGOs, NGO networks, Red Cross and Crescent Movement, UN agencies, academics and others together for focused discussions and perspective sharing on how disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness and humanitarian response should transform in this changing context. These events are organised collaboratively by the Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network (ADRRN), International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA), UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and Community World Service Asia.


The 2020 Regional NGO Partnership Events will be an online learning and exchange journey of three months, starting with a consultative meeting on ‘the future of humanitarian response in Asia and the Pacific’, followed by various consultations and webinars, and a research that will produce a policy paper on the sector’s future in the region.


ADRRN’s Quality and Accountability (Q&A) thematic hub is hosted by Community World Service Asia. The focus of the hub is to strengthen principled humanitarian action in the region through promoting Q&A standards, approaches and principles among ADRRN members. The Q&A hub is organising webinars and panel discussions around different themes on Q&A during the 2020 Regional Partnership Events which will result in a position paper that will advocate for continuous mainstreaming of Q&A.


About the Event:

Safeguarding is a core component of our shared commitment to accountability towards affected populations. Keeping communities safe from additional harm, from sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment committed by our own staff is essential.

The webinar will build upon the on-going initiatives for community safeguarding and will explore the basic issues such as key definitions of safeguarding and setting standards as well as discussing the increased challenges due to the Covid-19 crisis and potential solutions.


Objectives of the webinar:

Our aim is to look at safeguarding and prevention from a different perspective:

  • How can we communicate key messages around safeguarding more widely and adapted to traditional contexts?
  • How can communities relate to our policies and increase understanding around this topic?
  • How can efficient complaints handling and investigations contribute to prevention efforts and be a deterrent for inappropriate behaviour?
  • What minimum requirements do we need to put in place to decrease the risks of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment?



The webinar will build upon the on-going initiatives for community safeguarding and will explore the basic issues such as key definitions of safeguarding and setting standards as well as discussing the increased challenges due to the Covid-19 crisis and potential solutions.


Event Date: 
Thursday, November 26, 2020 - 11:00 to 12:30
Organiser or Host: 
ADRRN, ICVA, OCHA and Community World Service Asia

African Union 8th Annual Humanitarian Symposium

8th Annual Humanitarian Symposium

Theme: Humanitarian Action within the context of COVID-19 and AU Theme of the Year 2020 Silencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa’s Development

When: 11th – 13th November 2020,
Time: 3:00pm – 6:00pm EAT daily

Where: the event will be held via zoom virtual platform: 

To register: Registration in advance is required for this meeting:


  • 11th November 2020 – Impact of COVID-19 on Humanitarian Situation
  • 12th November 2020 – Implementing AU theme of the Year 2020 Silencing the Guns: Creating conducive conditions for Africa’s Development within Humanitarian context.
  • 13th November 2020 - Implementing the outcomes of the AU 2019 theme, Year of Refugees, Returnees and IDPs, towards durable solutions to forced displacements

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The COVID-19 pandemic is ravaging African economies and stretching the health systems beyond their limits with enormous social, economic, political and humanitarian implications. It has further compounded the humanitarian and displacement situations in the continent which is already dire. Africa is home to a third of global forcibly displaced persons including,
19.2 million IDPs, 7.8 million refugees and asylum seekers and 172,000 stateless persons. Moreover, there are many who are trapped in protracted conflict situations.

While the pandemic poses serious threats to all persons, evidence shows that the most marginalized social groups are at greater risk. These include refugees and asylum seekers, IDPs, returnees, migrants and stateless persons. Forced displacement in Africa is largely a result of protracted violent conflicts, terrorism and violent extremism, governance failures, including human rights violations, natural disasters and climate change, among others.

The African Union declared 2020 as the year of silencing the guns, its efforts at preventing, managing and resolving conflicts have been compounded by onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. This has presented the continent with a double-jeopardy:
(a) Protracted violent intra-state conflicts, terrorism and violent extremism, inter-communal violence and
(b) Raging health, humanitarian and development crisis occasioned by COVID-19.
The African Union, Regional Economic Communities and Member States should make concerted efforts to ensure that policy responses to COVID-19 should consider the special needs of displaced persons, host communities and migrants.

It is recalled that the AU theme focused on addressing root causes and finding solutions for forced displacement in the continent. Within this overarching objective it has successfully implemented a range of activities in collaboration with its Member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and partners. The AU also marked the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the 1969 Organization of African Unity Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa as well as the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the 2009 AU Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa in 2019. Thanks to a robust international collective advocacy, five countries namely Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, Somalia and South Sudan ratified the Kampala Convention. Many countries in Africa have also made important pledges in relation to the Global Compact on Refugees which aim to strengthen protection and solutions for refugees. The Commission also successfully organized a series of Continental Consultative Meetings (CCMs) which brought together member states, RECs, international partners, academia and research institutions, representatives of displaced persons and AU’s development partners. Some of the topics on which these important consultative meetings were organized include the implementation and supervision of the 1969 OAU Refugee Convention, implementation of the Kampala Convention and international and global solidarity and burden sharing. The AU also organized, in partnership with UNHCR, a dialogue on refugees, returnees and displaced women were organized whose outcome helped mainstream and integrated the rights and interests of women across various AU 2019 theme activities.


Event Date: 
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 15:00 to Friday, November 13, 2020 - 18:00
Organiser or Host: 
African Union