The humanitarian–development nexus: Can relief build the foundation for a more resilient future?

Humanitarian needs are at an all-time high and continue to increase to unsustainable levels, eating away at development gains.

But humanitarian needs can decrease when and where we succeed in achieving long-term, sustainable and resilient development, as outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals. To do so, it is imperative that we take a more systematic approach to cooperation between humanitarian and development actors with resilience at its core.


  • Helen E. Clark, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), New York.
  • Badr Jafar, Chief Executive Officer, Crescent Enterprises, United Arab Emirates; Young Global Leader; Global Agenda Council on the Future of Oil & Gas.
  • Stephen O'Brien, Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), New York.
  • Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah, Secretary-General, Civicus: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, South Africa; Young Global Leader.

Moderated by Georg Schmitt, Lead, Corporate Affairs and Foundations, World Economic Forum. 


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