WEBINAR: Humanitarian Coordinators (HCs) and Humanitarian Country Teams (HCTs) are responsible for ensuring that protection is central in humanitarian action.
Humanitarian Leadership on Protection: Why it Matters? How to do it?
The expectation of protection by humanitarians is reflected in the IASC Principals Statement on the centrality of protection in humanitarian action from December 2013. But what concrete actions are expected of HCs and HCT to fulfil this responsibility? And how do they relate to other stakeholders?
Based on their experiences, the speakers in this webinar have outlined practical steps that senior humanitarian leaders in field operations can follow to take forward the key leadership responsibilities of HCs and HCTs on protection, capitalise on the complementary roles of HCs and HCT members vis-à-vis the Protection Cluster and Inter-Cluster Coordination Group, as well as how to advocate with the different stakeholders in-country, to maximise protection outcomes.
Eugene Owusu has served with the United Nations since 1996, most recently as the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan. Prior to that appointment, he served as United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative of UNDP in Ethiopia. Mr. Owusu has worked in several capacities in the Africa region, including as Economic Adviser in UNDP Uganda, as Economic Adviser in UNDP Sierra Leone, as Deputy Resident Representative (Programme) in UNDP Tanzania and a Senior Advisor in the UNDP Brussels Office. Before joining the United Nations, Mr. Owusu worked for the private sector in the United Kingdom.
Volker Türk has served with the United Nations since 2000, most recently as UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection. Prior to that appointment, he served as the Director of the Division of International Protection (2009-2015) and the Director of Organizational Development and Management (2008-2009) for UNHCR in Geneva. Volker Türk has held various positions in many parts of the world, including in Malaysia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Kuwait. Before joining the United Nations, Volker Türk worked as a University Assistant and Researcher in Austria. He holds a doctoral degree in International Law on UNHCR and its mandate and has published widely on refugee and human rights law.
Date: 13 December, 2016