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Panel discussion: Addressing humanitarian challenges to climate change, ECOSOC - Humanitarian Affairs Segment 2017
23 Jun 2017 -  Panel discussion: Addressing humanitarian challenges linked to disaster and climate change induced mobility.

This panel will explore how Member States, with the support of the humanitarian community, can better understand the risks and vulnerabilities linked to disasters and climate change and take a forward - looking, anticipatory app roach to humanitarian assistance and to prepare for a response. This will include a reflection on effective strategies to ensure adequate protection and assistance for those displaced by natural disasters or the effects of climate change.

The panel wil l address some of the key short and long term humanitarian challenges raised by displacement in the context of natural disasters and climate change, particularly in protracted situations or where disasters are recurring and allow for early action to mitiga te the impact. It will also discuss how to reduce the risk of being displaced by natural disasters and climate change in the first place.

The panel will also discuss more effective ways of translating early warning into early action both in slow and s udden - onset disasters. Lessons - learned and implications from the 2015/2016 El Niño episode will also be discussed. Chair:
• H.E. Mr. Jürgen Schulz, Deputy Permanent Representative of Germany and Vice - President of ECOSOC
• Mr. Stephen O’Brien, Under - Secretary - General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator

: • Mr. Elhad As Sy, Secretary General, International Federation of the Red Cross
• H.E. Ms. Nazhat Shameem Khan, Permanent Representative of Fiji
• Ms. Laura Thompson, Deputy Director, International Organization for Migration
• Mr. Ernst Rauch, Head of Corporate Climate Center, Munich Re
• Mr. Vincent Lelei, Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator in Somalia
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