Top on the 2015 Lyon Global Meeting Agenda: Partnerships, Preparedness and Professionalization

29 June 2015

What brings over 50 logisticians from more than 30 organisations together for two days in the outskirts of Lyon, France? The Logistics Cluster bi-annual Global Meeting, of course. Read the Global Meeting Note for the Record (NfR) here. 

The Logistics Cluster Global Meeting is attended by international NGOs, UN Agencies, donor agencies and partners to discuss Logistics Cluster operations and collect feedback on Logistics Cluster performance. Furthermore, this forum is used to also discuss and agree on strategic decisions, present new humanitarian logistics initiatives and network with logistics peers to develop vital partnerships within the sector. The renowned humanitarian training and skills development organisation, Bioforce Institute, generously hosted the meeting from 28 to 29 May 2014 in Lyon, France.

In light of the topics focussing on Professionalization and the future of Humanitarian Logistics, it was very fitting to hold this meeting at an organisation which aims to develop skills and training programmes, in order to improve the logistical performance of development programmes and emergency response. It attracted the highest number of humanitarian logisticians to a Global Meeting to date, with over 53 participating from more than 30 humanitarian organisations, making for a very participatory and interactive two day event. The agenda was a direct result of Action Points from the Global Meeting Copenhagen 2014, as well as feedback from the post-meeting survey.


As such, the first day featured interesting and dynamic presentations on Nepal, Yemen, the Ebola Response and Pandemic Preparedness, as well as the professionalization of Humanitarian Logistics. Bioforce Alumni, and Logistics Cluster Coordinator for the Nepal Emergency, Baptiste Burgaud, lead a discussion on Nepal, using a timeline comparison with the 2013 Philippines response. The presentation highlighted the importance of emergency preparedness was for improving emergency response, whilst also saving critical time and financial resources. The second day featured the topics of NGO secondments to the Logistics Cluster and Logistics Cluster NDMO support.

Organisations engaged in highly interactive and productive discussion sessions both on the proposed process for revising the Logistics Cluster Global Strategy post-2015, as well as discussions in preparation for the World Humanitarian Summit and joint drafting of the Network Paper on Humanitarian Supply Chain. Partners including Save the Children, ECHO, OCHA, Fleet Forum, Humanitarian Logistics Association, and Handicap International gave presentations to the group on a variety of logistics projects and initiatives including developments in humanitarian logistics platforms, customs facilitation, Emergency Health Units, fleet management, cash and market initiatives and professionalization of humanitarian logistics.

For more information on the Logistics Cluster Global Meeting Lyon 2015 including NfR and reference documents,

please visit our dedicated webpage.