Live online consultations for World Humanitarian Summit on North and Southeast Asia

About the author(s):

Katharine Fortin is an Associate Professor at Utrecht University where she teaches IHL and IHRL. Before joining Utrecht University, she worked at the ICTY, ICC and Norton Rose Fulbright. She is the author of The Accountability of Armed Groups under Human Rights Law (Oxford University Press, 2017) which won the 2018 Lieber Prize. She has written widely about the framework of law that applies to armed groups in non-international armed conflicts and is one of the editors of the Armed Groups and International Law blog.

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On 12 and 19 June, Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP) will host two live online events, on two distinct themes, for the World Humanitarian Summit North and Southeast Asia regional consultations. These events will be an opportunity for participants to both get better acquainted with the regional consultation process, and to provide their views and ideas on the topics being discussed, helping to shape the agenda for the upcoming regional consultation event.

The two events follow on PHAP’s recent online briefing on 28 May on the overall Summit process with Jemilah Mahmood, Chief of the Summit secretariat, and other guests. The event illustrated the great level of interest in the consultations, with participants taking the opportunity to ask a wide range of questions. You can find the list of questions and answers on PHAP’s consultations page together with a recording of the event and the input of the more than 300 registrants from all over the world on the trends, challenges, and opportunities in the humanitarian sector, as well as their visions for the humanitarian sector in 20 years time.

The two events will be an important way for stakeholders to the Summit process to get any questions answered and to provide their views and ideas on the topics discussed – that will inform the Summit process and agenda.

12 June: Humanitarian effectiveness in a changing landscape

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19 June: Humanitarian response in situations of armed conflict

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Both events will take place at 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Bangkok time, which is

11:00-12:00 p.m. in Amsterdam/ Geneva
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. in Naypyidaw
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. in Bangkok/ Hanoi/ Jakarta/ Phnom Penh/ Vientiane
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. in Beijing/ Brunei/ Kuala Lumpur/ Manila/ Singapore/ Ulaanbaatar
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Dili/ Pyongyang/ Seoul/ Tokyo

The first event on North and Southeast Asia, on Thursday, 12 June, 4 p.m. (Bangkok time) and will deal with questions regarding humanitarian effectiveness in the regional context. The event will endeavor to pinpoint how the humanitarian landscape has changed in the region over the last years, and how the humanitarian system will need to be changed in order to better meet the increasing and changing needs of affected people. Speakers for this event will include Mr Oliver Lacey-Hall, Head of the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Mr Jagan Chapagain, Regional Director of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Asia Pacific zone, and Ms Lilianne Fan, Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).

Exactly one week later, on Thursday, 19 June, 4 p.m. (Bangkok time), a second online event will be held on the theme of humanitarian response in situations of armed conflict. The event will deal with regionally relevant issues such as population displacement, accountability of governments and aid organizations, access of people to humanitarian action, and protection of civilians.

Individuals concerned with humanitarian action in the North and Southeast Asia region are encouraged to participate in one or both of the upcoming events, depending on the specific themes they are interested in.

Recordings and documentation of past events, including PHAP’s recent online briefing with Jemilah Mahmood, Chief of the Summit secretariat, are available at

For inquiries regarding these events, please contact:

Markus Forsberg, Membership and Communications Coordinator, Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP), email: mforsberg at



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