Migration and humanitarian affairs discussed in one-off evidence session

boat with migrants on board
15 January 2018

The EU External Affairs Sub-Committee holds a one-off evidence session with former Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief, Sir Stephen O'Brien.


Thursday 18 January 2018, Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

At 11.00am

  • Sir Stephen O'Brien, former Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Co-ordinator, United Nations (UN).

Likely questions

  • What are the principal challenges facing the Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the global response to humanitarian disasters?
  • What is the likelihood of the UN's global compact for migration being adopted in 2018? How significant a contribution would this be to tackling global migration issues, and is it likely to include any binding commitments?
  • Is enough funding being made available to multilateral organisations to provide more humanitarian aid to conflict zones - for example Syria and its neighbours - to address the migration crisis?
  • Will Brexit have an impact on the UK's global role in the development of migration policy and humanitarian response to crises, and if so, how?
  • What are the most pressing challenges to be addressed in the Sahel region by the UK and the EU?

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