Monday 07 December 2015, 15:00 - 16:45

Launch of the Global Humanitarian Overview 2016

In partnership with the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Auditorium Ivan Pictet
Maison de la paix, Genève


  • Stephen O’Brien, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator


  • Mohamed Omar Arte, Deputy Prime Minister of Somalia
  • Gilles Carbonnier, Professor of Development Economics, the Graduate Institute, Geneva; author, Humanitarian Economics - War, Disaster and the Global Aid Market
  • Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization
  • Antonio Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Ahmad Faizal Perdaus, Chair, International Council of Voluntary Agencies; President, MERCY Malaysia

The protracted conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, South Sudan, Ukraine and elsewhere are putting unprecedented strain on the humanitarian system. Currently, only 48% of UN-coordinated inter-agency appeals are funded, hindering humanitarian operations and preventing life-saving assistance. Looking at critical trends and growing needs, how can we close the gap and fulfill the funding requirements for 2016?