Engaging Business on Humanitarian Action: The Impact of UN & Private Sector Partnerships
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About the Event
Stan Bergman, Chairman of the Board & CEO, Henry Schein
Ed Martinez, President, UPS Foundation
Dr. Ahmed Al Meraikhi, UN Secretary-General's Humanitarian Envoy
Kamal Naji, Chief Projects Officer, Qatar Financial Centre
Heather Johnson, Vice President of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, Ericsson
Tara Nathan, Executive Vice President for Humanitarian and Development, Mastercard
Gary Stahl, Director of Private Fundraising and Partnerships, UNICEF
Enrica Porcari, Chief Information Officer and Director of Technology, WFP
In 2019 more than $21.9billion will be needed to provide life-saving assistance to more than 131.7 million people devastated by wars and natural disasters. Despite global economic and development gains, humanitarian needs are increasing, affecting more people, and lasting longer today than a decade ago. With the scale of humanitarian needs fast outpacing the ability of traditional actors to respond, it is more important than ever to engage business in humanitarian action.
To realise the Agenda for Humanity announced at the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit and advance the SDGs, we need to foster a new era of collaboration and coordination, particularly between the United Nations and the private sector. The UN must make a “strategic pivot,” in the words of the Secretary-General, from bilateral, transactional partnerships, often with a focus on fundraising, to multi-stakeholder, transformational partnerships, which engage a wide range of actors over longer time horizons and have built-in capacity for scale.
Sponsored by the State of Qatar and the Global Humanitarian Action Executive Alliance (GHAEA), this event will focus on how sustainable and collaborative public-private partnerships in the humanitarian space lead to more effective, principled private sector engagement in emergency preparedness and response.
High-level GHAEA members and UN representatives will take part in a moderated panel to discuss the impact of the private sector on the humanitarian response and the advantages of alternative, layered approaches, which provide resources that are tailored to different stages of crises and help people and countries cope with the impacts of disasters.