The Global Logistics Cluster Meetings (GLMs) are held twice a year, and bring together senior logisticians from humanitarian organisations at the global level. These meetings provide an opportunity to discuss recent Logistics Cluster operations, collect feedback from partner organisations on Logistics Cluster performance, present new initiatives and projects relevant to the field of humanitarian logistics, and since the Nairobi meeting of 2010 they have also served as a forum for strategic discussion concerning the further development of the Logistics Cluster. At the previous Global Meeting, hosted by the International Humanitarian City (IHC) in Dubai, January 2013, two Working Groups were formed. These Groups undertook the Projects of the Lessons Learned and the Logistics Capacity Assessments due to popular demand at the Meeting.
The main objectives of the Global Meeting in Berlin were divided into two categories, strategic and operational. Strategic objectives included: to confirm the Projects from the 3-year Strategy that should be undertaken in 2014 and to provide an update on projects undertaken in 2013: Logistics Capacity Assessments (LCAs), Relief Item Tracking Application (RITA), Lessons Learned (missions to Mozambique and Yemen), and the launch of the redesign of the Logistics Cluster Website. Operational objectives included: to establish a clearer picture of key events and developments in Afghanistan in 2014 and to identify any logistics information and coordination gaps. On the second day, a panel discussion with three experts on Afghanistan was held; discussions focused on the impact events in Afghanistan in 2014 will have on the humanitarian logistics community. This Note for Record (NfR) is organised to reflect the discussions as they took place during the Global Meeting in Berlin. The Meeting Agenda is presented first, followed by a brief description of each presentation given to the plenary sessions.