ECOSOC humanitarian affairs segment

Haitians in the coastal city of Léogâne, some 30 km from Port-au-Prince, carrying bags of food in 2010. The food was jointly distributed by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED). UN Photo/Sophia Paris


The ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment (HAS) has been an essential platform for discussing the activities and issues related to strengthening the coordination of the humanitarian assistance of the United Nations. The HAS provides a key opportunity for Member States, the United Nations system, humanitarian and development partners, the private sector and affected communities to discuss emerging and pressing humanitarian issues.  This year's HAS will take place from 19 – 21 June in New York. The theme for the HAS is “Restoring humanity, respecting human dignity and leaving no one behind: working together to reduce people’s humanitarian need, risk and vulnerability”, as adopted by ECOSOC on 4 April (E/2018/L.6).


The HAS enables Member States to engage with the United Nations and non-United Nations humanitarian and development community, the private sector, affected people and other actors from a range of geographic groups on current humanitarian challenges.

Official Meetings and Other Events

The organization of the HAS will include a General Debate, including the adoption of the annual ECOSOC humanitarian resolution, three High-Level Panels, and side-events. A Transition Event that links discussions between the ECOSOC Operational Activities for Development Segment and the HAS will also take place before the opening of the Segment.