ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment to Open on 15 July 2008

14 July 2008: The UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) Humanitarian Affairs Segment

will open on 15 July 2008, and will be organized around the theme “Building

capabilities and capacities at all levels for timely humanitarian assistance,

including disaster risk reduction.”


its three-day session, the Council's Humanitarian Affairs Segment will convene

two panel discussions on: disaster risk reduction and preparedness: addressing

the humanitarian consequences of natural disasters, including the impact of

climate change; and humanitarian challenges related to global food aid,

including enhancing international efforts and cooperation in this field. On 15

July in the morning, an informal event will be held on coordination in the

transition phase between emergency relief and sustainable recovery. In the

afternoon, an opening plenary will be held and delegates will hear general

statements. [ECOSOC Humanitarian

Affairs Segment website]