Washington Humanitarian Forum
2019 Washington Humanitarian Forum
The CSIS Humanitarian Agenda hosted the first annual Washington Humanitarian Forum on September 19, 2019. This full-day conference focused on humanitarian challenges that sit at the intersection of United States national security and foreign policy priorities. The event’s theme was Unlocking Humanitarian Access—Opportunities for U.S. Leadership.
2019’s Washington Humanitarian Forum included the launch of a report produced by the CSIS Task Force on Humanitarian Access. The Task Force, co-chaired by Senator Todd Young (R-IN) and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), looked at ways in which denial, delay, and diversion prevents humanitarian assistance from reaching the most vulnerable populations, and vice versa, in conflict-affected areas. The Task Force report analyzes challenges in priority countries for the United States and includes recommendations for how United States leadership can mitigate the most pressing access challenges.