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Opening Session - ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment 2020
9 Jun 2020 -  The Opening Session reflected on the theme of the Segment “Reinforcing humanitarian assistance in the context of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations: taking action for people-centred solutions, strengthening effectiveness, respecting International Humanitarian Law and promoting the humanitarian principles”. It considered the factors affecting the humanitarian landscape today and looking forward, particularly in light of the implications of COVID-19. It reflected on how the humanitarian system is responding and adapting quickly and collaborating with a range of partners, and what more can be done. It examined the value of collective humanitarian action to multilateralism and to global solidarity for affected people and communities, leading in to the 75th Anniversary of the UN.

- Chair:
• H.E. Mr. Omar Hilale, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Morocco and Vice-President of ECOSOC
- Keynote speaker:
• H.E. Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations (Keynote Address by recorded video message)
- Speakers:
• Mr. Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
• Ms. Henrietta Fore, Executive Director, United Nations Children’s Fund
• Mr. Qu Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
• Ms. Abby Maxman, Chief Executive Officer, Oxfam
• Mr. Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (address by recorded video message)