Focus areas

Climate Change and Humanitarian Action Learning Stream

The sixth online ICVA-PHAP learning Stream on Climate Change and Humanitarian Action provides a platform for the broader humanitarian community to better understand how we can reduce our impact of climate change by accelerating our own action and increase our environmental sustainability in-line with commitments of the Climate and Environment Charter for Humanitarian Organisations.

Geneva Presentation of the Human Development Report 2020

Geneva Presentation of the Human Development Report 2020 The next frontier: Human Development and the Anthropocene

Monday 30 March 2021 15:00-16:30 CET / 09:00-10:30 EDT

The climate crisis. Biodiversity collapse. Ocean acidification. The list is long and growing longer. So much so that many scientists believe that for the first time, instead of the planet shaping humans, humans are knowingly shaping the planet.This is the Anthropocene – the Age of Humans - a new geologic epoch.

While the devastating effects of Covid-19 have taken the world’s attention, these other crises, from climate change to rising inequalities, continue to take their toll. Undeniably, the challenges of planetary and societal imbalance are intertwined, interacting in a vicious circle and each making the other worse. How should we react to this new age of the Anthropocene?

The 2020 Human Development Report, in its 30th anniversary edition, explores how the expansion of human freedoms can be squared with living in balance with the planet. It also doubles down on the belief that people’s agency and empowerment can bring about the action we need if we are to live in a fairer world.

Concretely, the HDR explores how to jumpstart the process, using different approaches: shifting social norms and values, deepening science, and expanding technology, scaling up the use of nature-based solutions, shifting market incentives for the allocation of capital and resources. There are already many encouraging examples of business and community practices placing the protection of nature as a core value. The official presentation of the Report in Geneva will provide an opportunity to discuss these pathways with world-renowned experts.


Opening remarks

  • Maria Luisa Silva, Director, UNDP Office in Geneva
  • Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General, UN Office at Geneva

Report’s key findings: Pedro Conceição, Director of the Human Development Report Office, UNDP

Panel discussion

  • H.E Nazhat Shameem Khan, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Fiji to the UN and President of the Human Rights Council
  • Peter Bakker, President and CEO, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
  • Stewart Maginnis, Global Director of the Nature-Based Solutions Group, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Open Q&A session, with the audience, through an interactive chatbox tool

Event moderated by

  • Kasmira Jefford, Editor-in-chief, Geneva Solutions



Event Date: 
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - 15:00 to 16:30
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Discussion on UNHCR’s reforms of the framework for funded partnerships

On Wednesday 31 March, from 14:00 to 15:30 (CET), there will be a monthly online meeting between UNHCR & NGO Partners on discussion on UNHCR’s reforms of the framework for funded partnerships. The meeting will provide an opportunity to: 

  • assess progress made in 2020 to improve the framework for working with funded partnerships; and
  • discuss on-going / planned reforms to further improve UNHCR’s framework. The meeting will cover issues including: reform of the selection/retention of partners, improvements to the UN Partner Portal that should improve efficiency of registration, simplification of budgeting and financial aspects of partnership agreements, simplification of reporting requirements, and ongoing work to systematize current processes.

The speakers will include: 

  • Robert Hurt, Deputy Director, Division of Strategic Planning and Results, UNHCR
  • Jeremy Rempel, Head of Humanitarian Financing, ICVA

To register for this meeting, click here.

Event Date: 
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - 14:00 to 15:30
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Supporting the Future of Syria and The Region: Brussels V Conference - March 29th-30th, 2021

The European Union and the United Nations will co-chair the fifth Brussels Conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region” on 29 and 30 March 2021. In view of COVID-19 restrictions, the Conference will take place in a virtual format.

The website for the Conference is online and it will be constantly updated with more information, including the updated information on side events.


Campaign “The graffiti that triggered it all” 

To mark the 10 years of the Syrian uprising and in preparation of the Brussels V Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region, the EU is launching an integrated communications campaign that recounts what happened ten years ago through ten illustrations. By focusing on the origins of the conflict, the campaign in itself is talking about today, countering disinformation through positive communication and through a factual account of events. The campaign “The graffiti that triggered it all” starts on social media on March 15 on the EEAS Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts. Please follow the hashtag for the campaign and for the Conference #SyriaConf2021.



Side Event: Leaving no one behind: leveraging partnerships, technology and trust in cash-based interventions for the Syria response.

With food insecurity reaching record levels in the region, this event will showcase case-based interventions as an effective modality of assistance for refugees, displaced persons and other vulnerable populations in achieving food security and related sector outcomes. Whether it is a complex emergency such as Syria or a host country such as Jordan, cash has been an innovative way to reach those most in need. This event will highlight voices and best practices from the field in an interactive panel discussion. To register, click here.


Side Event:  "Life Suspended: a decade trapped in Limbo"

The Refugee Protection Watch (RPW) coalition, the We Exist! Advocacy Alliance and the Persons Affected by the Syrian Displacement Crisis in Lebanon Working Group (PASC-WG). This is an invitation to a virtual side-event on challenges related to the Syrian forced displacement crisis, ahead of the Brussels V Conference on the Future of Syria and the Region.

This side-event, “Life Suspended: a decade trapped in limbo”, will take place on Wednesday 17 March 2021, from 11:00-12:30 CET. Speakers will include representatives from RPW, WE Exist! and the PASC Network. Simultaneous translation (ENG-AR and AR-ENG) will be available. You can register by filling in this form. Once you have registered, you will receive the Zoom link ahead of the event.




Event Date: 
Monday, March 29, 2021 (All day) to Tuesday, March 30, 2021 (All day)
Organiser or Host: 
European Union and United Nations

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