AGENDA

Convened by the World Humanitarian Forum (WHF), the 2021 Forum will provide an invaluable opportunity for humanitarian leaders to join Heads of State, UN Principles and private sector c-level executives to discuss and find solutions to the key issues of today being discussed at the UN General Assembly. 

WHF will feature main stage discussions with heads of state and high-level roundtable discussions on topics ranging from climate finance and emergency responses to blockchain innovations in humanitarian organisations. By attending WHF New York you will be able to network, gain knowledge and find solutions to the problems faced by you and your organisation as we aim to build forward better while redefining humanitarianism in new contexts. 

MAIN STAGE

 DAY 1 

 DAY 2 

10:00-10:05 EST |

Welcoming Remarks

10:00-11:00 EST |

Panel: Education's Reset - The key to build forward better

Education enables upward socioeconomic mobility, over the last decade major progress has been made towards increasing access to education and school enrollment, particularly for girls. With many children out of school due to the pandemic, the key to building forward better also lies in providing young people with the skills necessary to be informed members of our international society.

10:05-10:30 EST |

Opening Remarks

 

11:10-11:30 EST |

Fireside Chat - Leaving No One Behind In The Building Forward Better Dialogue

Leaving no one behind is central to the transformative provide of sustainable development goals. Leaving no one behind also requires addressing the digital divide which we have increasingly seen during the pandemic with more services moving online. This also represents a commitment by all member states to eradicate poverty in all its form and to end discrimination and reduce inequalities.

10.30 - 11.05 EST |

Fireside Chat - Building Forward Better Through Hope

Building forward better recognizes the necessity to improve our policies regarding the sustainable development goals as building back better is simply not good enough. From education and the digital divide to childhood malnutrition, there are several areas in which we must work collaboratively with business, government and civil society to build forward with hope.

11:45-12:30 EST |

Panel: Building forward in a sustainable planet: what are the next steps? 

The transition to net-zero requires a cooperative path together, from civil society and financial institutions to governments and NGOs. Building these paths are the next steps towards achieving net-zero and bring together innovative solutions to help us solve the issues which the public is desperately calling for solutions.

11.05 - 12.30 EST |

Strategic Roundtables

 

13:00-14:30 EST |

Strategic Roundtables

13:00-14:00 EST |

Panel: In the awakening of hope: recovery from COVID-19 and building resilience through SDGs

14:30-15:00 EST |

Fireside Chat - Financing Impact

 

Strengthening the means of implementing partnerships is critical, business, in particular, can bring specific innovations which are not widely available in the humanitarian sector. From innovations in AI to the blockchain, many of the technological solutions require skills and expertise that are often too expensive and difficult to implement. Building partnerships to unlock the potential of business or humanitarian organizations is a key goal for the SDGs.

14:10-14:30 EST |

Fireside Chat - Effective Leadership and The Future Of Multilateralism 

Citizens globally are counting on leaders to exercise effective and ethical leadership. Successful leadership has been seen in some responses to COVID, however, we are still not out of the pandemic which has caused key challenges to multilateralism as borders to remain closed and leaders back out of their commitments to refugees and human rights.

15:10-15:30 EST |

Fireside Chat - Financing Impact

Strengthening the means of implementing partnerships is critical, business, in particular, can bring specific innovations which are not widely available in the humanitarian sector. From innovations in AI to the blockchain, many of the technological solutions require skills and expertise that are often too expensive and difficult to implement. Building partnerships to unlock the potential of business or humanitarian organizations is a key goal for the SDGs.

14:30-15:00 EST |

Fireside Chat - Mental Health 4 Peace

After months of lockdown and imposed social distancing there is increased recognition of the role of mental health and how this prolonged crisis can create challenges for global mental health. Mental distress, caused by COVID and conflict is being further recognised as key to being integrated in peace strategies.

15:35-16:00 EST |

Panel: How to achieve SDG17 to unlock the potential

Strengthening the SDGs requires widespread partnerships across sectors and actors, working together to achieve common goals from pooling financial resources, knowledge and expertise. In our new era of international development with 17 intertwined goals, achieving the future we want requires the expertise that the private sector can provide to advance and promote effective public, private and civil society partnerships.

15:00-16:00 EST |

Panel: The rise of philanthropy: Mackenzie Scott effect and philanthrocapitalism

16:30-17:30 EST |

Strategic Roundtables

16:30-17:30 EST |

Strategic Roundtables

17:30-17:35 EST |

Closing Remarks

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Aid&Trade ROUNDTABLES

 DAY 1 

 DAY 2 

10:00-11:00 EST |

Artificial intelligence advancements for humanitarian assistance

10:00-11:00 EST |

Mental health and psychosocial support: promoting the mental health agenda

11:00-12:10 EST |

Women, peace and security: empowering women in peace negotiations

11:10-12:10 EST |

Diversity, equity and inclusion: measuring impact
 

13:00-14:00 EST |

Reducing supply chain emissions: green supply chains

13:00-14:00 EST |

Engaging private sector for climate: on the road to COP26

14.10-15.10 EST |

Medical intelligence, data and global health: building back better

 

14:10-15:10 EST |

Promoting the localization agenda: screening suppliers
 

14:30-17:30 EST |

Enhancing impact investment: capital provision for social purposes

15:20-16:20 EST |

The water-energy-food security nexus: practical planning and risk management

16:30-17:30 EST |

Youth empowerment for the SDGs: young voices in international decision making

16:30-17:30 EST |

Future of humanitarian aid: following on from world humanitarian summit in 2016

Agenda is subject to changes up until 24h before the event.

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