The 2022 World Summit on Frontline Humanitarian Negotiation aimed to rethink humanitarian negotiations and how to effectively respond to future crises. The conference brought together thought leaders, policymakers, government representatives, academics and humanitarian actors from international and non-governmental organisations.
Today, the world—and the most vulnerable communities in particular—is facing increasing fragility and fragmentation due to COVID-19, extreme climate events, protracted conflicts, or a rise in migrants crossing borders every day.
With growing geopolitical, social and economic fault lines and increasingly tense environments, humanitarians must still find a way to build trust with their counterparts and provide humanitarian assistance. They are not only expected to negotiate a response to these crises but also to prevent and reduce the risks of politicisation, at a time when the use of misinformation and disinformation has become a serious threat to humanitarian action.
Participants in the CCHN Summit discussed the future challenges for which humanitarian actors need to be prepared in this fast-changing context. They shared their experiences to identify and re-think together solutions to streamline and professionalise humanitarian negotiation practices.
A rich agenda informed by humanitarian negotiators’ real-life challenges
The Summit agenda was shaped by the contributions of hundreds of frontline humanitarian professionals from around the world, who shared their own challenges and dilemmas and identified key topics for discussion.
Between March and September 2022, the CCHN held a series of local meetings with the members of our community of frontline negotiators across five world regions, gathering their reflections and feeding their expertise into the Summit. The agenda was developed according to their guidance.
Summit participants had the opportunity to develop their negotiation skills by joining sessions led by negotiation experts from the private sector, academia, think tanks and research institutions. For the first time, the World Summit featured a negotiation simulation run by experienced frontline negotiators from around the world.