Humanitarian Organizations Sign the First Canadian Statement for Better Collaboration in the Humanitarian, Development and Peace building Sectors

Humanitarian Organizations Sign the First Canadian Statement for Better Collaboration in the Humanitarian, Development and Peace building Sectors

Members of the Humanitarian Response Network of Canada (HRN) met on September 30th in Montreal at the HRN Heads of Agency Meeting (HoA), an annual event that convenes Executive Directors and CEOs of HRN members, their senior humanitarian staff, and Government of Canada representatives to discuss their collective experience in humanitarian response. At the HoA, they confirmed their commitment to work in an integrated, inclusive and principled approach to enable better collaboration between the humanitarian, development and peace sectors. This declaration is a first of its kind made by a group of heads of agencies in Canada.

 

The statement, signed by 29 organizations, affirms that sustainable solutions for crisis-affected people must be the ultimate objective of all integrated approaches. It emphasizes the importance of collaboration between humanitarian, development, and peace initiatives, with a view to building comprehensive responses that address immediate vulnerabilities and uphold humanitarian principles while integrating more sustainable, long-term, resilience-building, and gender-responsive solutions. This can only be achieved with dedicated and increased resources allocated to all sectors, and with optimized partnerships and structures that enable flexibility to respond to needs across the humanitarian-development-peace nexus.

 

 

 

News from the Humanitarian Response Network

 

The Humanitarian Response Network met on May 1st and 2nd, for their quarterly meeting and a full day workshop on gender equality in humanitarian assistance. For more information on that meeting, click here:  Meeting summary 

On May 1st, Paul Knox-Clarke came to Canada to launch the 2018 State of the Humanitarian System report with a public event, followed by a workshop for HRN members to dig deeper into the report’s main themes. Watch the recording of the public lecture and panel discussionRecording of ALNAP State of the Humanitarian System Launch Event – May 1st 

Listen to Paul Knox-Clarke and Nicolas Moyer discuss Canada’s role in the humanitarian system, and the importance of localization in humanitarian assistance.