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Summary of the National Humanitarian Conference

The second National Humanitarian Conference took place on 31 March 2014 in the Ministerial Conference Centre in Paris. This event was organised by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, in collaboration with French NGOs and Groupe URD, who prepared the event as part of the steering committee. Attached is a summary of the event and all the filmed debates and the video which was prepared for the opening by Groupe URD, in partnership with ten French NGOs. A detailed report will be produced in due course.

 Summary of the event and filmed debates

The conference has been opened by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Laurent Fabius, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos, and the European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva.

View the filmed opening.

Also, a video has been prepared by Groupe URD for the opening of the conference, in partnership with the main french NGOs.

Then, four discussion sessions of an hour and a half has been organised on major issues affecting the humanitarian field: the growing complexity of crises; the emergence of new actors; the challenges of post-crisis action, etc.


View all the filmed debates:


The closing speech has been made by the Deputy Minister for Development, Pascal Canfin at 6.20pm.

View the video

To summarize, view the overview of the event:


This event has been organised by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Crisis Centre, with support from Groupe URD and a steering committee made up of:

  • The Delegation for relations with civil society and partnerships from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Globalisation, Development and Partnerships Directorate, represented by Régis Koetschet, delegate, and Emmanuelle Gallet, editor;
  • Coordination Sud (Humanitarian Commission), represented by Serge Breysse;
  • Coordination Humanitaire et Développement, represented by Alain Boinet;
  • La Fondation Mérieux, represented by Benoît Miribel.

In keeping with the commitments made in France’s Humanitarian Strategy, the Crisis Centre has created a forum to discuss humanitarian issues, in order strengthen its partnership with French NGOs and aid organizations. This consultation group was brought together at the beginning of February to validate the main themes of the conference.