Washington DC was the location of the most recent Logistics Cluster Global Meeting, held from 30 May to 1 June 2018, gathering 50 participants from 48 organisations for three days of working and discussions. The meeting was themed, “The Changing Context of the Humanitarian Sector” and was kindly hosted by USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA). It was the first ever Global Meeting to take place within the Americas, offering the chance for greater engagement with and participation from US-based NGOs and agencies.
Jesper Lund, Chief of OCHA’s Emergency Response Support Branch, delivered the keynote speech and spoke about the ongoing shift in humanitarian responses from natural disasters to complex emergencies, as well as the value, both human and financial, in investing in preparedness. Updates were provided on a range of topics including finance, Strategic Advisory Group activities and current Logistics Cluster field operations. Market Place and Academic Market Place sessions were also held, allowing attendees to interact with a range of ideas and developments from the humanitarian community and academia.
As always, it was a great pleasure for the Logistics Cluster to bring colleagues and members of the humanitarian community together for this bi-annual forum. A big thanks goes to all those who attended and supported this successful event, and we look forward to welcoming you to the next Global Meeting in Fall 2018.