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February, 2021

Dear all,

As we start a new year in the light of some good news, in WHF, we call 2021 as “The Year of Hope”. As we enter a unique window of opportunity to shape the recovery, the priorities and the future state of humanitarian aid and international development, WHF will offer insights to help inform all those shaping the state of humanitarian assistance, international development, global relations and the priorities of societies. Every crisis brings a change and every change brings a new paradigm or re-definition of it. In this unique challenge, we understood we cannot cope with crisis alone and we have to be collaborative, we have to think about our planet, we have to think about each others’ well-being. We have remembered collectivism rather than individualism. Hence, there is a need to re-define humanitarianism as it is the paradigm of the future and the most powerful tool to able to build back better in this reset dialogue. As we call 2021 as the year of hope, it is also the year for the rise of humanitarianism in the new format and definition; which have been discussed throughout our “Davos Agenda Address” week. You have heard from our Leadership Council, Advisory Board and Programming Boards through video messages and digital panel discussions. If you have missed, you can access these discussions on our YouTube channel.

There are some changes on our WHFtalks as well, which is now moving from being a news digest to an online publication. This issue discusses the impact of the new Biden Administration on Humanitarian Aid and International Development Agenda. In this 12nd special edition of WHF Talks, we feature, Anne-Marie Grey, CEO of USA for UNHCR and Chelsea Clinton, Vice-Chair of Clinton Foundation. You will also read articles on the main theme as well as a statement from our Youth Council.

I would like to thank all the contributors to the 12nd issue of WHF Talks. WHF reinforces its commitment to further and enable cross-sector dialogue. We are looking forward to engaging with each of you on the issues and topics that are at the forefront of the international agenda.

I hope you enjoy this issue,

Feraye Ozfescioglu

CEO, World Humanitarian Forum.

Welcome to WHF Talks 12!

WHFTalks.Live Chelsea Clinton

WHF Talks.Live | Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of Clinton Foundation

Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of Clinton Foundation, discusses with the World Humanitarian Forum the focus of initiatives of such as the “Too Small to Fail” and the Climate Initiative. We also explore fields of action of the Clinton Foundation such as Global Public Health and further the importance of health equity, especially important considering the current roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine.

WATCH HERE

WHFTalks.Live Anne-Marie Grey

WHF Talks.Live | Anne-Marie Grey, Executive Director and CEO of USA for UNHCR

In this interview, our guest Anne-Marie Grey addresses topics like "leaving no one behind" and initiatives created in response to COVID-19 in the refugee settings. However, when considering leaving no one behind, we must consider the role of technology, connectivity and the digital divide. In this conversation we explore the current narrative on refugee issues alongside public perception of refugees and how to bring further support for these vulnerable groups.

WATCH HERE

WHF Davos Agenda 2021 | Re-defining Humanitarianism

Covid-19 has had a huge impact on the Decade of Action, 2030 Agenda and brought many issues to the surface that need to be addressed for humanitarian aid and international development. It also provides a chance to build back better as every crisis provides an opportunity at the same time. WHF Davos Agenda discussed further the concept of The Global Reset Dialogue and explore further the need to re-define the new concept of humanitarianism.

From 27 to 29 January 2021, WHF reunited experts in their respective sectors, that are also members of the WHF Programming Boards, to discuss and analyse the impacts of COVID 19 and the opportunity in the Global Reset Dialogue, analysing the re-definition of the humanitarianism. Amongst the broader discussion, WHF Davos Agenda also discussed how humanitarian organisations have been facing a financial black hole of approximately £10bn in 2020 due to COVID-19 as governments now plan their social and economic recovery, and how Artificial Intelligence can be used to help us progress with the UN SDG's. From assisting with modelling disasters to enabling responses to sexual violence through mobile apps.

Tech For Good Davos Agenda card

AI for Good: Harnessing technology to shape the future

The Tech For Good Programming Board gets together to debate how, as we build back better, artificial intelligence can be used to help us progress with the UN SDG's. From assisting with modelling disasters to enabling responses to sexual violence through mobile apps.

 

WATCH HERE

Finance and Funding WHF Davos Agenda

Building Back Better post COVID-19: Innovating in Finance and Funding

The Finance & Funding Programming Board discusses how humanitarian organisations have been facing a financial black hole of approximately £10bn in 2020 due to COVID-19 as governments now plan their social and economic recovery.

 

WATCH HERE

Re-Defining Humanitarianism Davos Agenda

The Global Reset Dialogue: Re-defining Humanitarianism

WHF reunited experts in their respective sectors, that are also members of the WHF Programming Boards, to discuss and analyse the impacts of COVID 19 and the opportunity in the Global Reset Dialogue, analysing the re-definition of the humanitarianism.

 

WATCH HERE

Articles

Photo by Phil Botha. Close photo of the walls built in the US at the boarder with Mexico

The United States of America and its "Lost American Dream" - Economic Development without Immigration and a Weakening Educational System

-  Dr. Lucia Morales, Dr. Daniel Rajmil and Dr. Jon-Hans Coetzer

The American dream is being challenged by significant shifts experienced by the United States of America regarding migration policies and its impact on the country's educational system and its prospects for sustainable economic development. American values have been subject to a significant shock, and its historical roots to migratory trends have been forgotten. The country is in dire need of migrants that help support its finances due to an aging population, but its migratory policies seem to go in opposite direction

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Girl holding a tablet in Nigeria. Photo by Victor Nnakwe on Unsplash.

Technology for Good: How the COVID Era has changed the role of tech to unite humanity

- Ann Rosenberg, Sebastian Jespersen and Caroline Mosimann

The start of a year has historically always been a special time; a time when new ideas, ambitions, hopes, and trends for the year are laid out. The beginning of 2021 will be like no other in the history of new beginnings. It is not just a new beginning but a total reset, which notably is the theme of WEF2021. A beginning where the world can begin to recover by rolling out vaccines.

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US flag and silhouette of two men shaking hands in the background. Photo by Manny Becerra on Unsplash

Major Shifts in US Policy Foreseen, But Challenges Remain

- Professor Donald Donahue, Professor of Healthcare Administration and Global Health, University of Maryland, Baltimore

The transition of administrations is a hallmark of stable nations.  It is not uncommon that priorities and policies shift with the change of governments.  Sometimes these shifts are minor.  At other times, the changes are tectonic. The arrival of the Biden-Harris administration in the United States on 20 January will assuredly result in the latter.

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Silhouette of woman looking at the White House in the back. Photo by Roberto Nickson on Unsplash.

Leadership For Innovating Global Solidarity

- Dianne Dain

As we enter 2021, thinking back to the past year of turmoil and transition, it is hard to think of any aspect of life which has not been impacted.  This is especially true for those who are living below the poverty line in our global communities and cities.  UNICEF’s Executive Director Henrietta Fore said, “UNICEF and ICC are calling on the public and private sectors to reimagine and rebuild systems and economies that will benefit everyone, including the poorest and most vulnerable children and families.

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Young Girl at a public demonstration in support to Joe Bien. Photo by Drew Anderson from Pexels.

Address to the Biden Administration

- WHF Youth Council

COVID-19 has affected all segments of the population, with many young people playing important roles across the world in the management of this outbreak and the recovery following the outbreak. It is important to ensure that, as the world resets and rebuilds, youth are heard alongside other community and patient voices in the rollout of health and non-health interventions in response to COVID-19.

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