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(2nd virtual meeting) ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment 2020 - High-Level Panel: Improving humanitarian effectiveness through new technology and innovation: opportunities and challenges
10 Jun 2020 -  High-Level Panel: Improving humanitarian effectiveness through new technology and innovation: opportunities and challenges
This panel discussed concrete ways the humanitarian sector is improving humanitarian effectiveness in a changing landscape through use of new technology and innovation. It showcased examples of new technology and innovation being used in humanitarian preparedness and response to improve the impact of humanitarian operations, and share best practices and lessons learned.
The panel discussed how the humanitarian sector is positioning itself to work with partners, including regional, national, and local actors, and the private sector and to identify and roll-out further opportunities. It also identified some risks and challenges associated with new and emerging technologies and how these can be mitigated. This included considerations of data protection and protection against privacy breaches, the potential curtailment of personal liberties through the misuse of data, the spread of misinformation and disinformation, and the use of technology to stigmatize or incite tensions, as well as the need to respect international norms.
Chair:
• H.E. Mr. Omar Hilale, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Morocco and Vice-President of ECOSOC
Moderator:
• Mr. Ramesh Rajasingham, Acting Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator
Panellists:
• Mr. Fabrizio Hochschild, Under-Secretary-General for Digital Cooperation
• Ms. Valerie Guarnieri, Assistant Executive Director, United Nations World Food Programme
• Mr. Balthasar Staehelin, Director of Digital Transformation and Data, International Committee of the Red Cross
• Ms. Adelina Kamal, Executive Director, ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management
• Dr. Patrick Meier, CEO, WeRobotics, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
• Mr. Raj Kumar, Founding President & Editor-in-Chief of Devex
• Mr. Christopher Fabian, Senior Advisor on Innovation, UNICEF
• Member States