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Published: February 29, 2024

GISF & UNHCR announce agenda for Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks (HNPW) 2024

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Since 2015, the Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks (HNPW) has been providing a critical platform for exchanging ideas to address key humanitarian issues. One of the largest humanitarian events of its kind, HNPW gathers participants from the United Nations, NGOs, Member States, the private sector, the military, academia and beyond to discuss and solve common challenges in humanitarian affairs.

This year, from 29 April to 10 May, the Global Interagency Security Forum (GISF) is pleased to be partnering with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to lead on the subject of Integrating Security Risk Management In Humanitarian Action – one of nine areas of common concern for HNPW.

On the first week of HNPW (29 April to 3 May), we will offer a diverse array of virtual presentations on critical security risk management topics – from security in urban environments, to the role of private security companies in humanitarian settings. On the second week of HNPW (6 May to 10 May), we will be present in-person at the International Conference Centre (CICG) in Geneva, Switzerland. We will be offering a fascinating programme of events, including panel discussions on inclusivity, evacuation and relocation, and the new edition of the Good Practice Review (GPR8). We will also have a booth at the event, where you can come and meet GISF staff and help yourself to free copies of our great resources, including our latest report.

The agenda for GISF and UNHCR’s events on Integrating Security Risk Management In Humanitarian Action for HNPW is now available below. We hope some of these events will interest you and we hope to see you soon online or in-person in Geneva at HNPW!

You can explore the events below or register at the HNPW website.

Week one | 29 April – 3 May | Virtual

Protect Aid Workers: an innovative mechanism for safeguarding aid workers in high-risk Environments  | Mon 29 April | Virtual | 15:00 – 16:00 CET

Best Practices from the Field in Saving Lives Together | Tue 30 April | Virtual | 15:00- 16:30 CET

Inclusivity in Focus: Implementing a Person-Centered Approach to Security Risk Management | Wed 1 May| Virtual | 15:00- 16:30 CET 

Private Security Companies as a Security Risk Management Measure | Thurs 2 May| Virtual | 11:00- 12:30 CET

 Security in Urban and Densely Populated Environments | Thurs 2 May| Virtual | 16:00- 17:30 CET

Strategic Insights: How Security Analysis Optimises Humanitarian Operations | Fri 3 May| Virtual | 14:00- 15:30 CET

Week two | 6 May – 10 May| In-Person

Optimising Resources and Collaborative Strategies in Field Security for Humanitarian Impact: 2023 Lessons Learned  | Mon 6 May | In-Person | 09:00- 10:30 CET

Adaptive Security Planning and Security Risk Management (SRM): Are We Prepared for the Unpredictable?  | Mon 6 May | In-Person | 14:00- 15:30 CET

Evacuation & Relocation of Humanitarian Personnel: What are the Challenges and Best Practices as Measures to Avoid Risk?  | Mon 6 May | In-Person | 16:00- 17:30 CET

Thriving in Turmoil: How Do We Navigate Dilemmas in High-Risk Environments?  | Tue 7 May | In-Person | 11:00- 12:30 CET

Networking Event: Challenges and Opportunities for Security, Civil-Military and Access Coordination and Collaboration  | Tue 7 May | In-Person | 16:00- 17:30 CET

Saving Lives Together (Closed Session) | Wed 8 May | In-Person | 09:00- 10:30 CET

State of Practice: The Evolution of Security Risk Management in the Humanitarian Space – GPR8 Launch | Wed 8 May | In-Person | 14:00- 15:30 CET

Are neutrality, localisation and acceptance still inextricably linked in security? | Thurs 9 May | In-Person | 14:00- 15:30 CET

To find out more about each individual session, please click the titles above, or check out our events page.