Source: Republic of France in English
The Republic of France has issued the following statement:
The National Humanitarian Conference (NHC), which was created in 2011, is a forum for consultation, reflection and dialogue. It is organized jointly by the Crisis and Support Centre of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and by French international solidarity NGOs grouped under the umbrella of Coordination Sud.
Every two years it brings together humanitarian actors working at the international level, the French State, members of the French National Assembly, international organizations and corporate foundations.
In 2020, the fifth edition of the NHC will take place on 17 December. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, its work will be carried out online and will involve more than 700 participants.
In the presence of the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, for the first time, and with the participation of the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, the NCH will welcome in particular:
- Nadia Murad, co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018;
- Runa Khan, founder of the NGO Friendship;
- Joannie Marlene Bewa, Founder of the NGO Young Beninese Leaders Association and board chair of Women in Global Health;
- Janez Lenarčič, European Commissioner for Crisis Management;
- Mark Lowcock, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs;
- David Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Programme, Nobel Peace Prize 2020, and
- Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
Debates will focus on major themes in current humanitarian events and the work of this year’s conference will address:
- protection of humanitarian workers
- climate change
- the impact of COVID-19 on international aid
- the impact of sanctions regimes and anti-terrorist measures on humanitarian aid
- strengthening dialogue between stakeholders in the humanitarian, development and peace nexus
The NHC 2020 will also provide an opportunity to take stock halfway through the implementation of France’s Humanitarian Strategy (2018-2022), adopted at the fourth NHC against the backdrop of a large increase in the financial resources dedicated to humanitarian aid.