Press Notice 51, Session 2005-06


Announcement of evidence session on: Reform of the international humanitarian architecture and the role of OCHA


Monday 17 July 2006, The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

Natural disasters during 2005 focused public attention on the policies and practices of humanitarian assistance. In March 2006, the International Development Committee agreed to undertake an inquiry on the Humanitarian Responses to Natural Disasters. The focus of the inquiry is specifically on natural disasters (both slow and rapid onset), although we recognize that there is not always a clear distinction between natural disasters and complex emergencies.

This is the sixth of 8 evidence sessions scheduled for this inquiry. The session will examine proposals for reform of the international humanitarian system and focus particularly on the role of UN-OCHA.


At 16.00 Jan Egeland, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA)


Detailed enquiries to Dr Hannah Weston, Second Clerk on 020 7219 0851 or [email protected]

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The membership of the Committee is as follows: Malcolm Bruce MP (Chairman, Lib Dem), John Barrett MP (Lib Dem), John Battle MP (Lab), John Bercow MP (Con), Hugh Bayley MP (Lab), Richard Burden MP (Lab), Mr Quentin Davies MP (Con), Mr Jeremy Hunt MP (Con), Ann McKechin MP (Lab), Joan Ruddock MP (Lab), Mr Marsha Singh (Lab).

Media Enquiries: Jessica Bridges-Palmer, 020 7219 0724 or [email protected]

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