Message from 

Rudolf Müller


Office for the Coordination of

Humanitarian Affairs - Geneva


Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and of the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) as co-chairs of the Consultative Group for Emergency Preparedness and Response (Consultative Group), I am pleased to invite you to the third Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week (HNPW). The event will be held in the International Conference Centre in Geneva, Switzerland, from 6 to 10 February 2017.

As in previous years, the HNPW will provide a platform for a vast variety of humanitarian actors to create synergies, exchange experience and facilitate collaboration in common operational challenges. The suggested theme for 2017 is “As Local as Possible, as International as Necessary” with the idea to strengthen the response and management capacity of local and national authorities and use international assistance only to complement shortcomings and fill gaps. The HNPW 2017 will also allow to follow-up on the outcomes of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), whereby networks and partnerships are expected to examine their possible contributions to support the implementation of WHS recommendations.

The programme for the week will comprise interactive sessions among different sectors networks and partnerships, to facilitate joint discussions and the identification of possible common solutions. As in previous years, the HNPW will also host the annual meetings and consultations of humanitarian networks and partnerships, as well as the workshops of Consultative Group Focus Task Forces.

Networks and Partnerships at the HNPW 2017

1.            Advisory Board of the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC)

2.            Advisory Group of the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS)

3.            Consultative Group on Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination (UN-CMCoord)

4.            Disability in Humanitarian Operations Network

5.            Emergency Medical Teams Advisory Board

6.            Airport Preparedness & Capacity Building Network

7.            Geneva-based Cash Programming Working Group

8.            Humanitarian-To-Humanitarian (H2H) Network

9.            International Humanitarian Partnership (IHP) and Operational Support Partners

10.          Pandemic Supply Chain Initiative

11.          Private Sector Partners and Connecting Business Initiative (CBI)

12.          Steering Committee of the International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG)

13.          Strategic Advisory Group for Environmental Emergencies (SAGEE)

14.          Stand-by Partnership Programme (SBPP) Annual Consultation

15.          Working Group on Emergency Supplies Prepositioning Strategy (ESUPS)

16.          Other networks, such as humanitarian researchers and Southern NGOs

Focus Task Forces at the HNPW 2017

1.            Disaster response exercises as vehicle to improving international response and coordination

2.            Enabling Airport Surge Capacities & Logistics Response

3.            Environmental risks and humanitarian action

4.            Improving and streamlining on-site coordination

5.            Improving the efficiency of customs processing in humanitarian emergencies

6.            Information for decision makers: Sharing the load in the first 72 hours

Please register on-line for the week and individual sessions at The website also contains background information, the week programme and detailed agendas of various meetings and sessions.

I look forward to seeing you at the HNPW. The collective experience and capacity of the represented networks and partnerships are critical elements in improving international interoperability with regard to emergency preparedness and response.

Yours sincerely,

Rudolf Müller


Office for the Coordination of

Humanitarian Affairs - Geneva

Consultative Group for
Emergency Preparedness and Respinse

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