Now in its 19th year, the Humanitarian Congress brings together leading experts from medical, humanitarian and international organisations, politics and the media, as well as young professionals interested in humanitarian work. It provides participants from around the globe with a unique opportunity to share experiences, knowledge and ideas of humanitarian action in an international and multi-disciplinary setting. By gathering more than 800 individuals from across the world every year, the Humanitarian Congress Berlin has created a community with a shared interest in the major issues and challenges confronting humanitarian action.
The congress aims to foster a dialogue between speakers and participants through a mix of keynote speeches, panel discussions and workshops. This year’s agenda revolves around the transformational changes in the international and political landscape. Humanitarians are struggling to cope with new threats and vulnerabilities linked to conflict, protracted emergencies and climate change. There is a growing consensus that the humanitarian sector is not equipped to respond to the challenges of today and the ones that lie ahead. What are the changes that are required to ensure a functioning and reactive humanitarian system that is capable of responding to the overwhelming needs in an ever more complex geopolitical landscape?