Global Symposium +5 'Information for Humanitarian Action'

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This presentation presents a summary of the Global Symposium +5, outlining the Statement and Outcomes, Key Recommendations, Next Steps and further background information on the event.

This presentation presents a summary of the Global Symposium +5, outlining the Statement and Outcomes, Key Recommendations, Next Steps and further background information on the event.

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  • 1.
    • Global Symposium +5
    • Information for Humanitarian Action
    • Palais des Nations, Geneva
    • 22-26 October 2007
    • Bringing together a community of practice
    • on humanitarian information and knowledge
  • 2.
    • 280 participants (300 including observers) representing Governments, UN agencies and programmes, Red Cross/Red Crescent movement, NGOs, scientific and research institutes, academia, media and private sector
    • Two days of Working Groups focusing on five themes:
    • Protection Information
    • Humanitarian Information Exchange in the Field
    • Humanitarian Financing Supported by Information & Analysis
    • Innovation to Improve Humanitarian Action
    • Communications to Affected Communities in Crisis
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  • 3.
    • Three days of Plenary including four high level panels:
    • Humanitarian Realities: What information is needed to address the challenges presented by today’s humanitarian environment?
    • Decision Making: What are the changing information needs of decision makers to meet the challenges posed by the humanitarian reform?
    • Envisioning the Future: What will our humanitarian future look like and what role will information play in supporting it?
    • New Media: What is the impact of new media in humanitarian reporting and advocacy?
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  • 4. Penn State University Survey 2002 Symposium/Regional HIN Workshops Organizational and individual level contact management Communication and frequent employment changes in the IM in humanitarian relief sector Incorporate follow-up actions into dissemination, communication and post-Symposium activities Follow-up actions as listed in the Symposium Final Report were unclear and unfinished Disseminate Principles and Best Practices to a wider audience Language used in the Principles and Best Practices were well and diversely used Create mechanisms for post-Symposium interaction across organizations 2002 Symposium developed relationships & professionalisation of humanitarian IM Recommendations Findings
  • 5.
    • Penn State University Survey
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    • Preliminary analysis of data collected during Symposium revealed that:
    • OCHA is considered to be the leader in the field of humanitarian IM by over half of survey respondents
    • The biggest barriers to IM and collaboration identified by respondents are: Lack of collaboration; IM; Resources; Bureaucracy; Competition; and Technology
    • Employment fluidity/high turnover was a concern for many respondents that presents the challenge of maintaining relationships established at the Symposium
    • Analysis of data on organizational collaboration practices revealed that OCHA collaborates the most with other partners, followed by ECHO and IFRC
  • 6.
    • Symposium Statement + Outcomes
    • Symposium Statement
    • Negotiated and agreed by Plenary participants at final session on 26 October
    • Currently online for review/comments
    • To be endorsed by end of November 2007
    • Symposium Outcomes
    • Accompanying document to Statement
    • Represent Working Group outputs: key issues/themes, best practices/lessons learned and recommendations
    • OCHA in consultation with IASC and HIN partners to develop action plan to implement recommendations by March 2008
  • 7.
    • Principles of Humanitarian Information Management and Exchange
    • Endorsed at 2002 Symposium - Revised at Global Symposium +5
    1. Accessibility 2. Inclusiveness 3. Inter-operability 4. Accountability 5. Verifiability 6. Relevance 7. Objectivity 8. Humanity 9. Timeliness 10. Sustainability + 3 new principles: 11. Reliability 12. Security/Privacy/Confidentiality 13. Reciprocity
  • 8.
    • Key Recommendations
    • Establishment of an IASC Sub-Working Group or similar mechanism on humanitarian IM to take recommendations forward and mainstream IM in cluster work plans.
    • Development of a common humanitarian classification system to better support the assessment and analysis process.
    • Increased professionalisation of humanitarian IM through the development of guidance materials, promotion of training and outreach through educational programmes.
  • 9.
    • Next Steps
    • Participants to review/comment on statement for consolidation and endorsement (November 2007)
    • OCHA in conjunction with IASC and HIN partners to develop action plan for implementation of recommendations (March 2008)
    • OCHA to develop and implement communication strategy to promote outcomes and action plan (November 2007-2008)
    • OCHA to finalise report (electronic version: end 2007; print version: early 2008)
    • OCHA to conduct online evaluation (November 2007)
    • Strengthening of HIN and further development of community of practice on humanitarian information through regional HIN workshop for Middle East (2008)
    • Reporting to HIN on progress made on implementation of recommendations (ongoing)
  • 10.
    • Global Symposium +5 Website
    • www.reliefweb.int/symposium
    • Tool to review/comment on Symposium Statement & Outcomes
    • Webcast of Plenary
    • Photographs of Symposium via Flickr
    • Links to blogs covering Symposium
    • Transcript of keynote addresses
    • Working Group and Plenary presentations
    • All Symposium-related information and documentation