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									SESSION SUMMARY
Public-Private Partnerships for Humanitarian Action:
Building upon Progress and Defining a Path Forward
Saturday 31 January 09:00 - 10:30
World Food Programme Tent
Cross-Industry Private Session
As a result of climate change and other trends such as water and food insecurity, humanitarian crises are
expected to significantly increase in number and scale in the future. Experts from the Global Agenda Council on
Humanitarian Assistance called for a new "business model" for humanitarian assistance, including a more
prominent role for the private sector in relief efforts, as well as vulnerability reduction and recovery activities.

Since January 2006, the World Economic Forum has been working with the United Nations to catalyse more
strategic and impactful partnerships between the humanitarian community and the private sector. This effort has
resulted in the definition of a set of high-level guiding principles for collaboration and a major multi-company
commitment from the logistics & transportation sector to the UN Logistics Cluster. Similar work has been
launched to match corporate core competencies with humanitarian needs in the engineering & construction and
healthcare industries with the UN Shelter and Health Clusters, respectively.

This high-level private session brought together a select set of leaders from international organizations and the
private sector to review the progress to date of such partnership development efforts and to discuss a path
forward, particularly in light of the recommendations of the Global Agenda Council on Humanitarian Assistance.

SESSION HIGHLIGHTS:
    John Holmes, Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs of the UN Office for the Coordination of
      Humanitarian Affairs and co-chair of the meeting opened the session stating that the economic crisis
      was combining with other factors such as the increase in natural disasters to place further strain on the
      humanitarian system. He underscored that humanitarian needs are continuing to rise and that current
      international response capacities are being stretched thin. He emphasized that engaging other actors
      such as the private sector is even more important at this time, including not only cash and resource
      based assistance, but expertise-based partnerships that mobilize the skills and talents of the private
      sector in support of humanitarian assistance.

       Peter Bakker, the Chief Executive Officer of TNT and the co-chair of the meeting, underscored his
        company’s commitment to humanitarian response efforts, citing that through their partnership efforts
        TNT alone had assisted 1.5 million people worldwide. He stated that the economic crisis has diminished
        companies’ abilities to provide cash-based assistance. That said, though this may not be the time to ask
        companies for cash, he emphasized that companies do have under-utilized assets. As such, the
        international community therefore needs to take efforts to build its capacities upon the skills, know-how
        and expertise from the private sector.

       The chair of the Global Agenda Council on Humanitarian Assistance, Simon Maxwell, the Director of the
        Overseas Development Institute, reported on the key conclusions of the expert council to date:
           o The humanitarian caseload will continue to increase, not least because of climate change;
           o A greater share of this caseload will occur in countries with some capacity to act effectively;
           o This shift will challenge the traditional humanitarian model of dealing with crises.

       Simon Maxwell continued, stating that as a result of these shifts, the Global Agenda Council believes
        that the international community needs to rethink the whole humanitarian assistance system. The
        Council suggests a new “business model” for humanitarian assistance focused on vulnerability and
        protection, with the following six dimensions:
             o A comprehensive risk framework.
             o A reworked balance of spending between response and prevention-recovery.
             o A big investment in national and local capacity for response, prevention and recovery.


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           o   Fuller engagement of the private sector.
           o   Link the humanitarian to broader social and economic development issues.
           o   Regional and international readiness to address cross-border humanitarian issues.

      Partners already involved in the Humanitarian Relief Initiative, from the Logistics and Transportation,
       Healthcare and the Engineering and Construction sectors reviewed the progress made to date in their
       respective partnership development efforts. Highlights included:
           o Two successful deployments of the multi-company Logistics Emergency Teams of Agility, TNT,
               and UPS in Myanmar and Haiti alongside the significant bilateral efforts at the company level of
               these firms
           o An increased emphasis on the development of partnerships based on the transfer of skills and
               talents by the healthcare industry to augment their existing sizeable in-kind contributions
           o The expansion of the cohort of companies from the engineering and construction sector training
               engineers for deployment in disaster response, recovery, and risk reduction efforts using the
               model developed by the logistics group

      Shruti Mehrotra of the World Economic Forum presented the suggested plan for 2009 for the
       Humanitarian Relief Initiative developed through consultations with the humanitarian community and
       participating companies. The proposed plan aims to further the development of action-oriented,
       expertise-based partnerships at three levels, at the industry level as in the previous years, across
       industries to identify the next phase of partnership development priorities, and at the institutional level to
       create the appropriate structures to take this work forward. In light of the recommendations of the
       Global Agenda Council, future efforts on these levels would incorporate a focus on furthering the
       engagement of the private sector in vulnerability reduction and recovery as well as for immediate
       response efforts. The overall objective and the specific workstream objectives would be achieved
       through a series of three humanitarian-private sector meetings over the course of 2009.

      In the general discussion that followed, participants acknowledged the substantive progress made over
       the past two years by the Humanitarian Relief Initiative, especially in its efforts to catalyse expertise and
       asset-based partnerships between the humanitarian community and the private sector. In particular,
       the work to date was described as “paradigm shifting” by Josette Sheeran, the Executive Director of the
       World Food Programme.

      Other points raised by participants included:
          o The work of the Humanitarian Relief Initiative needs to be documented and disseminated
              across the humanitarian sector and to private sector firms. Dissemination of information on such
              examples of partnerships that have delivered tangible results to beneficiaries is critical to the
              further expansion of this work.
          o In the context of the Humanitarian Relief Initiative, a mapping exercise of the assets, non-food
              items and experts available and ready to be mobilised from the private sector would bring
              considerable value, especially in support of the contingency planning capacity of the
              humanitarian sector.
          o The suggestion of a single country context such as Indonesia for the cross-industry workstream
              is a good idea. However, significant preparation and planning for this work will be required to
              ensure that this workstream is able to achieve concrete, context-relevant results.
          o Engaging in vulnerability reduction and recovery efforts as well as response is needed. Efforts
              must be taken to define an appropriate scope for this work to prevent duplication with general
              development work.
          o The humanitarian community should also take into account the switch in the security paradigm,
              since attacks against humanitarian workers are more frequent, and hijacked humanitarian
              assistance is becoming more and more systematic.

      John Holmes closed the meeting summarizing the key points made in the session, and remarking on
       the general sense that the plan for 2009 was approved by the group. He suggested that the World


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       Economic Forum, in partnership with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, be in
       touch with the group with more details on next steps based on this plan.


SESSION STRUCTURE:
 09:00 – 09:02 Opening of the Session by John Moavenzadeh, Senior Director, World Economic
               Forum

 09:02 – 09:07      Introductory Remarks from Co-chair, Sir John Holmes, Undersecretary-General
                    for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, UN Office for the
                    Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), New York

 09:07 – 09:12      Introductory Remarks from Co-chair, Peter Bakker, Chief Executive Officer, TNT,
                    Netherlands

 09:12 – 09:17      Update from the Global Agenda Council Chair, Simon Maxwell, Director,
                    Overseas Development Institute, United Kingdom; Chair, Global Agenda Council on
                    Humanitarian Assistance

 09:17 - 09:22      Review of progress to date in the Logistics & Transportation sector, Anton van
                    der Lande, Vice-President, International Public Affairs, UPS, Belgium

 09:22 - 09:27      Review of progress to date in the Healthcare sector, Edward J. Ludwig,
                    Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer, BD, USA

 09:27 - 09:32      Review of progress to date in the Engineering & Construction sector, Ajit
                    Gulabchand, Chairman and Managing Director, Hindustan Construction Company,
                    India

 09:32 - 09:40      Presentation of the Proposed Plan of Action for 2009, Shruti Mehrotra,
                    Associate Director, World Economic Forum

 09:40 - 10:25      Open Discussion on the 2009 Plan, moderated by Sir John Holmes

                    To answer the following questions:
                         What are your reactions to this proposal?
                         Does it involve the right people?
                         Is this the right process?

 10:25 - 10:30      Wrap-up and Conclusions from Co-chairs, Sir John Holmes and Peter Bakker



PARTICIPANT LIST:

Co-Chairs:
 Peter Bakker, Chief Executive Officer, TNT, Netherlands
 Sir John Holmes, Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, UN
   Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), New York

Remarks by:
 Ajit Gulabchand, Chairman and Managing Director, Hindustan Construction Company, India
 Anton van der Lande, Vice-President, International Public Affairs, UPS, Belgium
 Edward J. Ludwig, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer, BD, USA


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   Simon Maxwell, Director, Overseas Development Institute, United Kingdom; Chair, Global Agenda Council
    on Humanitarian Assistance

The session included:
 Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Henry Schein, USA
 Martin Dahinden, Director-General, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Switzerland
 Jakob Kellenberger, President, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Geneva
 Nicolas Mariscal Torroella, Chairman of the Board, Grupo Marhnos, Mexico
 Sadako Ogata, President, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japan
 Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Secretary-General, International Save the Children Alliance, United Kingdom
 Geralyn Ritter, Vice-President, Public Policy, Merck & Co., USA
 Josette Sheeran, Executive Director, United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Rome; Chair, Global
   Agenda Council on Food Security
 Kris Torgeson, Secretary-General, Médécins sans Frontières International, Switzerland


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