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Panel on Strengthening humanitarian action, ECOSOC - Humanitarian Affairs Segment 2019
26 Jun 2019 -  Panel discussion: Strengthening humanitarian action: next steps to advance localization and engage communities for a more inclusive and effective humanitarian response (Room XVIII) This panel will focus on critical next steps needed to reinforce local systems, empower local actors and better engage crisis affected communities for a more inclusive and effective humanitarian response. Panelists will share their experiences of delivering humanitarian action in different operational contexts, highlighting opportunities and challenges in working with the international humanitarian response system and offer concrete actions that can be taken by local actors, the international community and donors to improve partnerships and ultimately deliver better outcomes for people in need. In particular, the panelists will discuss how international actors and structures can better work with, complement and strengthen local capacity, in-country leadership and mechanisms; how local actors can be better represented in international decision-making processes and coordination structures, the important role of sustained and multi-year funding and capacity building of local partners, and provide proposals on how the voices of communities, particularly women and girls and persons with disabilities, can be better reflected in global processes and throughout the humanitarian program cycle.
• H.E. Mr. Omar Hilale, Permanent Representative of Morocco and Vice-President of ECOSOC
• Ms. Ursula Mueller, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Panellists (TBC):
• Mr. Ricardo Romero Sanchez, Mayor of Ipiales, Colombia
• Ms. Naomi Tulay-Solanke, Executive Director, Community Health Initiative (CHI) in Liberia, and member of the Liberian Women Humanitarian Network (LWHN)
• Ms. Rahmawati Husein, Vice Chair, Muhammadiyah Disaster Management Center (MDMC), Indonesia
• Ms. Achayo Rose Obol, Chair of the Board of the National Union of Women with Disabilities of Uganda (NUWODU)