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Special News--December 2021


Global Integration Updates 
Special News--December 2021
Issue 66
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Special News--December 2021
Global Humanitarian Overview 2022
Global launch on 2 December and new resources
What's happening?--What's hindering?--What's harkening?
Watch live or watch the archive on UN WebTV

Image from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs website

I wonder
What would happen if the people you loved the most
lived in slums, refugee camps, war zones....

Would it matter? What would change?

Overview. In this Update we focus on the estimated 235 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Fellow humans. People like you and me. People just like our most loved ones.

Specifically, we highlight the upcoming global launches on 2 December of the UN's Global Humanitarian Overview 2022 (GHO 2022).The emphasis on this year's report is the impact of climate change on humanitarian needs. We also share several additional, new resources from the humanitarian sector to further inform your work.

We encourage you to watch the initial launch in Geneva on 2 December (y
ou can watch the Geneva launch live or archived on UN WebTV ) and then to review the Report which will be available on 2 December. More information and concept notes are on the GHO 2022 websiteHow can we learn from, connect with, and apply some of the information and resources presented? What difference can it make?!

Going further--see these Global Integration Updates:
November 2021: Planet SOS
The UN Climate Conference
July 2021: Climate-Conflict-Corruption: Safeguarding People and the Planet
October 2017: Helping the Helpers: 50 Resources for Humanitarian Workers

Warm greetings,
Kelly and Michèle


Featured Resources
Global Humanitarian Overview 2022
Global launch on 2 December and new resources
What's happening?--What's hindering?--What's harkening?
Watch live or watch the archive on UN WebTV

I wonder
What would happen if all major UN meetings
were convened in slums, refugee camps, war zones...
Would it matter? What would change?


"The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) will host a global launch of the Global Humanitarian Overview 2022 in Geneva on Thursday, 2 December 2021, with multiple sequential launches in Berlin, Brussels, London, Stockholm and Washington, D.C. The report will be available at 06.00 CET/ 05.00 GMT/ 00.00 ET on 2 December 2021 on the report website, gho.unocha.org." The emphasis on this year's Report and launches is the impact of climate change on humanitarian needs.

You can watch the Geneva launch live or archived on UN WebTV on 2 December 2022 (9-10:30 CET). Here also is the link to the Concept Note for the Geneva.

"Published by OCHA, the Global Humanitarian Overview is the world’s most comprehensive, authoritative and evidence-based overview of the current state and future trends in humanitarian action. The launch events will take place as part of a global plan to engage decision-makers and humanitarian actors in highlighting the key themes and urgent priorities covered in the Global Humanitarian Overview 2022. The events will serve to amplify the voices of affected people, raise awareness of the increasing global humanitarian needs with the public, and encourage partners to contribute generously to humanitarian operations."

Getting the Overview of the Overview
We suggest that for starters you read the initial summary pages in the 
GHO 2022 which will be released on 2 December 2022. Also helpful for core background information is the summary for last year's Global Humanitarian Overview 2021 HERE  as well as the14 page abridged version HERE (three parts: global trends, coordinated appeals, delivering aid better).

Going Further
New Humanitarian Resources

Agenda for Humanity (2016) “The Agenda for Humanity is a five-point plan that outlines the changes that are needed to alleviate suffering, reduce risk and lessen vulnerability on a global scale. In the Agenda, humanity—people’s safety, dignity and the right to thrive— is placed at the heart of global decision-making. To achieve this, global leaders and all humanitarian actors are called upon to act on five core responsibilities. Click on the icons [above] to learn more about each core responsibility.”

Note: The Agenda above is not a "new" resource but have a look at the ongoing progress updates which are part of the Agenda's "Grand Bargain"--commitments to act on the Five Responsibilities and 24 TransformationsFor example see the latest  Grand Bargain Independent Report 2021 (Executive Summary here).

IASC Mapping of Good Practice in the Implementation of Humanitarian-Development Peace Nexus Approaches, Synthesis Report (2021 UN Interagency Standing Committee)“This report provides a summary of the initiative Mapping good practice in the implementation of humanitarian-development-peace (HDP) nexus approaches carried out by IASC Results Group 4. It reflects findings across 16 countries, with individual country reports available on the IASC website. To reduce need, risk and vulnerability, increasing numbers of countries are implementing the nexus approach. This has led to a growing and diverse experience in its operationalization, lessons learned and good practice. In response to demand by IASC members, Member States and donors for operational examples, good practice and lessons learned, Results Group 4 embarked on a mapping exercise in 2021. The aim was to provide a global overview of where and how HDP nexus approaches are implemented, and gather good practice and lessons learned.”

The New Humanitarian. "The New Humanitarian (formerly IRIN News) was founded by the United Nations in 1995, in the wake of the Rwandan genocide, out of the conviction that objective on-the-ground reporting of humanitarian crises could help mitigate or even prevent future disasters of that magnitude. Almost twenty years later, we became an independent non-profit news organisation, allowing us to cast a more critical eye over the multibillion-dollar emergency aid industry and draw attention to its failures at a time of unprecedented humanitarian need. As digital disinformation went global, and mainstream media retreated from many international crisis zones, our field-based, high-quality journalism filled even more of a gap. Today, we are one of only a handful of newsrooms world-wide specialised in covering crises and disasters – and in holding the aid industry accountable.”

Whistleblower Protection Policy (2021). Core Humanitarian Standard Alliance. “Safe whistleblowing processes can protect everyone involved with aid: the people affected by crises, staff and volunteers, and the organisation itself. By identifying problems or harm, organisations can ensure that misconduct or wrongdoing is acted upon. People can be protected from abuse; those misusing power can be stopped in their tracks and large-scale corruption can be averted. However, without an environment that enables people to report wrongdoing, policies and mechanisms on fundamental issues like protection, conduct or fraud can be rendered useless. Every humanitarian and development organisation must work towards creating a culture where reporting wrongdoing is encouraged, not penalised. Unfortunately, disclosing misconduct can currently come at a high price: with a risk to reporters' careers, livelihoods and even their safety. One step towards fostering a safe speak up culture is to have an easily understandable whistleblowing policy and related processes, that are practised in everyday work. CHS Alliance's new guidance, funded by the UK's Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, provides clear and action-oriented advice and a policy framework for CHS Alliance members and other organisations to easily develop or update their own whistleblowing policies.”

Note: See also the events and efforts in  the run up to UN Anti-Corruption Day 9 December 2022. The theme this year is Your Right Your Role: "Say No to Corruption." More campaign information HERE.

OCHA Global Humanitarian Policy Forum held virtually 9-10 December 2021. “This year’s GHPF will assess the current landscape through a series of thematic, interactive panel discussions including the growing humanitarian climate crisis, persistent challenges around access and humanitarian negotiations, increasing cyber threats impacting humanitarian action, and the linkages between COVID-19 and conflict and the importance of vaccines in humanitarian settings. Discussions will be held virtually on Zoom.  Since 2012, the Forum has convened members of the humanitarian community and experts from other fields to anticipate future trends, launch new policy ideas and explore the practical challenges and opportunities of shifting policy to practice in crisis contexts. Over the past nine years, the GHPF has been at the forefront of shaping the international humanitarian community’s policy agenda.” Register HERE.

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