International Dialogue on Strengthening Partnership in Disaster Response:
Bridging national and international support

Representatives from governments, regional organizations, the UN system, the Red Cross Red Crescent, and non-governmental organizations gathered in Geneva over two days in October 2011 for the International Dialogue on Strengthening Partnership in Disaster Response:  Bridging national and international support. 

The objective of the Dialogue was a results-oriented discussion on how states can improve the regulation and facilitation of international disaster assistance in their territories, and what the international community can do to aid these efforts.  The Dialogue consisted of an open session, to which all permanent missions and Geneva-based humanitarian organizations were invited, and a closed session for which select invitations were issued. 

This initiative was jointly convened by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA), and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Statement of the co-convenors identifying elements for a plan of action: EnglishFrenchSpanish - Arabic  

Background documents

           -   Paper 1  Building Trust: Challenges for national authorities and international aid agencies in working together in times of disasters

           -   Paper 2  Regional and International Initiatives

           -   Paper 3  Best Practice Experience at the National Level

  • Meeting Summary of the Expert Dialogue, held 27-28 July in London, hosted by Chatham House 
  • Report of the ECOSOC Humanitarian affairs segment side event, held 21 July in Geneva

This platform for dialogue continues today, led by its original four convenors, and is known globally as the Disaster Response Dialogue. For more information on the Disaster Response Dialogue, please visit its website: