Interactive sessions on field coordination

The Field Coordination Focus Task Force aims to address obstacles, challenges and gaps in the first days and weeks of a sudden on-set emergency. Effective coordination increases the overall capacity of the humanitarian system to respond, enabling actors to work to the best of their ability. In order to respond effectively to an emergency, it is essential that actors are able to work together and draw a common operating picture. As such, there will be 4 sessions during HNPW 2017 aimed at reflecting on field coordination and its purpose from the point of view of those involved in the response, and those affected by disasters. The sessions will focus on three main areas: the core purpose of coordination, how to best link the different current approaches to coordination, and how to make technology work for those involved in coordination.

For those interested in the Field Coordination sessions, we encourage you to participate on 8 February. All sessions will be held in Room 2, except for a special session on drones, which will be held in Room 18.

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Thematic Sessions on Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination (UN-CMCoord)

Four UN-CMCoord thematic sessions will allow for interaction and exchange on data revolution, from policy to practice, dangerous work, learning together and responding together. The four sessions are highly relevant to all networks and delegates, and offer a great opportunity for participants to collectively identify innovative approaches and good practice for each topic.

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Those interested in sessions on UN-CMCoord, please note that they will take place on 7 and 8 February in Room 15.

Operationalizing relevant World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) commitments

HNPW provides an opportunity to operationalize relevant commitments made at the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) by engaging in meaningful cooperation, and providing a link to the follow-up process. On the Inter-Network day, 3 sessions will be anchored in different aspects of the Agenda for Humanity. This includes the launch of the results of the World Humanitarian Data and Trends report, followed by a discussion on how to use data responsibly in humanitarian responses; an introduction to the Platform for Action Commitments and Transformation (PACT) to support stakeholders to follow up on their commitments and progress. Lastly, there will be a session on how to improve community engagement in disaster preparedness and response.

Those interested in sessions on WHS, these thematic sessions will take place on 8 February in room 17.

Simulations and Training (SimEx) Focus Task Force

The overarching goal of the Simulations and Training (SimEx) Focus Task Force is to establish a consensus in regards to the thousands of different simulation exercises held across the world every year. The exercises are tailored in a way that enhances synergy and consistency between humanitarian personnel and relevant stakeholders in crisis management.

If you are interested in the SimEx taskforce, please join any of the below sessions on February 8:
Streamlining simulations to improve coordinated response
Creating the Secretariat: SIMEX and Training Network (STN)

Customs facilitation – how to process international relief effectively

The Customs Facilitation Task Force aims to ensure adequate standardized systems in place for effective and efficient processing of large amounts of emergency relief items at the onset of major disaster. To address issues related to customs facilitation, in partnership with OCHA, UNCTAD have created an innovative new software tool called ASYREC (Automated System for Relief Emergency Consignments) that will speed up customs processing times by prioritizing emergency relief goods.

In past decades, the international community has developed legal instruments and customs management tools to accelerate the release of emergency relief consignments by customs authorities in order to improve the processing of disaster relief in the event of major disasters.

The 3 Wednesday sessions on customs facilitation will provide an opportunity to further discuss issues related to customs procedures for humanitarian operators and to what extent international support is needed when a major disaster strikes. Another session on reducing the complexity of customs formalities for emergency relief consignments will be held for experts on Monday 6.

Those interested in sessions on customs facilitation, these thematic sessions will take place on 8 February in Room 6.

Focus Task Force Environment in Response

The Focus Task Team on Environment in Response was established in July 2015. Recognizing the critical role of environment in the quality, effectiveness and sustainability of humanitarian action, the taskforce aims to address environmental issues in humanitarian response, through assessments and technical capacities.

If you are interested in the taskforce, please join any of the below sessions on February 8:
Assessing for the future: How can environmental data support long-term recovery?
Cash programming and the environment: how can we be sure to do no harm?

Information Management Focus Task Force

The increased number and variety of tools and services along with the lack of clear overview and predictability of analytical results, makes effective information sharing and analysis ever more complicated. By creating an enabling environment for close collaboration between key actors in humanitarian information management, the taskforce aims to ensure timely and qualitative information analysis in the first phase after major disasters.

If you are interested in the taskforce, please join any of the below sessions on February 8:
Streamlining the first 72hrs: Less noise – better information”
– Are we talking about the same thing?: Taxonomies for disaster identification”
Adjusting automatic GDACS disaster alerts to the needs of decision makers”

Airport Focus Task Force

When disaster strikes, airports are the lifeblood of response, hence it is critical that they are operating at full capacity in order to facilitate the delivery of the humanitarian response. Inevitably, there are many related challenges such as the prioritization of landing slots, navigating import regulations and insufficient equipment to name a few. The Airport taskforce aims to brainstorm and prioritize innovative solutions to these challenges and to identify relevant partners.

If you are interested in the taskforce, please join the following session on February 8:
– Airports: Restoring the Lifeblood of Response.

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