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Annual Meeting/Berlin Conference 2019

26 December – 27 December 2019 | Berlin, Germany

Frontline negotiators must strike a difficult balance between making an impact, reaching those in need, while remaining safe and keeping their humanitarian principles intact. If negotiations fail, people affected by armed conflict may not receive the assistance and protection they so urgently need. How can humanitarian organizations ensure that their field teams are well-prepared for these negotiations in complex environments?

From 26-27 November 2019, the CCHN will organize a three-day conference under the patronage of the German Federal Foreign Office, gathering humanitarian practitioners, training providers and donor governments to discuss how to strengthen the capabilities of humanitarian organizations to negotiate on the frontlines.

The demand for professional development opportunities on humanitarian negotiation has been rising steadily over the recent years. Several training centers and initiatives have provided introductory support on negotiation principles and practices, but they can hardly satisfy the demand, especially among field practitioners operating in remote locations.

Paradoxically, few humanitarian organizations have integrated negotiation modules into their internal training programs. A key aspect in addressing the need for professional development on humanitarian negotiation resides in both the ability of humanitarian organizations to integrate practical negotiation tools and methods to their professional training programs as well as to scale up peer exchange activities.

Audience: The event is reserved for government representatives and staff development officers of humanitarian organizations.


H.E. Dr. Bärbel Kofler
Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Assistance

Peter Maurer
President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Grainne Ohara
Director of International Protection, UNHCR

Rehan Asad
Chief of Staff, World Food Programme (WFP)

Jan Egeland
Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Carl Skau
Deputy Director General, Swedish MFA

Jean-François Huchet
President of INALCO

Heba Aly
Director, The New Humanitarian

Rüdiger König
Director General for Crisis Prevention, Stabilisation, Post-Conflict Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Assistance, Federal Foreign Office of Germany

Amb. Paul Seger
Swiss Ambassador to the German Federal Republic

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Sofia Mueller
Project Coordinator – Research & Development

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