<ul><li>Global Symposium +5 </li></ul><ul><li>Information for Humanitarian Action </li></ul><ul><li>Palais des Nations, Ge...
<ul><li>280 participants  (300 including observers) representing Governments, UN agencies and programmes, Red Cross/Red Cr...
<ul><li>Three days of  Plenary  including four high level panels: </li></ul><ul><li>Humanitarian Realities:  What informat...
Penn State University Survey 2002 Symposium/Regional HIN Workshops Organizational and individual level contact management ...
<ul><li>Penn State University Survey </li></ul><ul><li>Global Symposium +5 </li></ul><ul><li>Preliminary analysis of data ...
<ul><li>Symposium Statement + Outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Symposium Statement </li></ul><ul><li>Negotiated and agreed by Pl...
<ul><li>Principles of Humanitarian Information Management and Exchange </li></ul><ul><li>Endorsed at 2002 Symposium - Revi...
<ul><li>Key Recommendations </li></ul><ul><li>Establishment of an  IASC Sub-Working Group or similar mechanism  on humanit...
<ul><li>Next Steps </li></ul><ul><li>Participants to review/comment on  statement  for consolidation and endorsement (Nove...
<ul><li>Global Symposium +5 Website </li></ul><ul><li>www.reliefweb.int/symposium </li></ul><ul><li>Tool to review/comment...
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Global Symposium +5 'Information for Humanitarian Action'

  1. 1. <ul><li>Global Symposium +5 </li></ul><ul><li>Information for Humanitarian Action </li></ul><ul><li>Palais des Nations, Geneva </li></ul><ul><li>22-26 October 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Bringing together a community of practice </li></ul><ul><li>on humanitarian information and knowledge </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>Two days of Working Groups focusing on five themes: </li></ul><ul><li>Protection Information </li></ul><ul><li>Humanitarian Information Exchange in the Field </li></ul><ul><li>Humanitarian Financing Supported by Information & Analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation to Improve Humanitarian Action </li></ul><ul><li>Communications to Affected Communities in Crisis </li></ul>Global Symposium +5
  3. 3. <ul><li>Three days of Plenary including four high level panels: </li></ul><ul><li>Humanitarian Realities: What information is needed to address the challenges presented by today’s humanitarian environment? </li></ul><ul><li>Decision Making: What are the changing information needs of decision makers to meet the challenges posed by the humanitarian reform? </li></ul><ul><li>Envisioning the Future: What will our humanitarian future look like and what role will information play in supporting it? </li></ul><ul><li>New Media: What is the impact of new media in humanitarian reporting and advocacy? </li></ul>Global Symposium +5
  4. 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. 5. <ul><li>Penn State University Survey </li></ul><ul><li>Global Symposium +5 </li></ul><ul><li>Preliminary analysis of data collected during Symposium revealed that: </li></ul><ul><li>OCHA is considered to be the leader in the field of humanitarian IM by over half of survey respondents </li></ul><ul><li>The biggest barriers to IM and collaboration identified by respondents are: Lack of collaboration; IM; Resources; Bureaucracy; Competition; and Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Employment fluidity/high turnover was a concern for many respondents that presents the challenge of maintaining relationships established at the Symposium </li></ul><ul><li>Analysis of data on organizational collaboration practices revealed that OCHA collaborates the most with other partners, followed by ECHO and IFRC </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Symposium Statement + Outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Symposium Statement </li></ul><ul><li>Negotiated and agreed by Plenary participants at final session on 26 October </li></ul><ul><li>Currently online for review/comments </li></ul><ul><li>To be endorsed by end of November 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Symposium Outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Accompanying document to Statement </li></ul><ul><li>Represent Working Group outputs: key issues/themes, best practices/lessons learned and recommendations </li></ul><ul><li>OCHA in consultation with IASC and HIN partners to develop action plan to implement recommendations by March 2008 </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Principles of Humanitarian Information Management and Exchange </li></ul><ul><li>Endorsed at 2002 Symposium - Revised at Global Symposium +5 </li></ul>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. 8. <ul><li>Key Recommendations </li></ul><ul><li>Establishment of an IASC Sub-Working Group or similar mechanism on humanitarian IM to take recommendations forward and mainstream IM in cluster work plans. </li></ul><ul><li>Development of a common humanitarian classification system to better support the assessment and analysis process. </li></ul><ul><li>Increased professionalisation of humanitarian IM through the development of guidance materials, promotion of training and outreach through educational programmes. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Next Steps </li></ul><ul><li>Participants to review/comment on statement for consolidation and endorsement (November 2007) </li></ul><ul><li>OCHA in conjunction with IASC and HIN partners to develop action plan for implementation of recommendations (March 2008) </li></ul><ul><li>OCHA to develop and implement communication strategy to promote outcomes and action plan (November 2007-2008) </li></ul><ul><li>OCHA to finalise report (electronic version: end 2007; print version: early 2008) </li></ul><ul><li>OCHA to conduct online evaluation (November 2007) </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthening of HIN and further development of community of practice on humanitarian information through regional HIN workshop for Middle East (2008) </li></ul><ul><li>Reporting to HIN on progress made on implementation of recommendations (ongoing) </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Global Symposium +5 Website </li></ul><ul><li>www.reliefweb.int/symposium </li></ul><ul><li>Tool to review/comment on Symposium Statement & Outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Webcast of Plenary </li></ul><ul><li>Photographs of Symposium via Flickr </li></ul><ul><li>Links to blogs covering Symposium </li></ul><ul><li>Transcript of keynote addresses </li></ul><ul><li>Working Group and Plenary presentations </li></ul><ul><li>All Symposium-related information and documentation </li></ul>

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