Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks
HNPW 2023 (17-28 April 2023)

HNPW 2023

The HNPW 2023 will be held in a hybrid format from 17 to 28 April 2023 (17-21 April remote, 24-28 April face-to-face at the CICG in Geneva).

The Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week (HNPW) is an annual humanitarian conference, one of the largest events of its kind, that provides a collaborative space for practitioners and experts from a large variety of humanitarian stakeholders including UN agencies, NGOs, the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement, academia, the military, private sector initiatives, and Member States.

The event was first held in 2015 upon a recommendation from Member States and the stakeholders of Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships to hold their annual meetings at the same location and to provide an opportunity for professionals working in the humanitarian sector to exchange experience, discuss new concepts, introduce new tools and ideas, connect, and collaborate in finding solutions to common challenges in crisis preparedness and response.

Since 2017, the strategy for HNPW cross-network collaboration is defined by the "Leading-Edge Program" Strategic Group, which is co-chaired by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), comprising representatives of Networks and Partnerships that attend the HNPW. The LEP Strategic Group has agreed on nine for cross-network collaboration.

In addition to network and partnership meetings, the HNPW 2023 will offer a wide variety of cross-network interactive sessions, briefings, technical meetings, and a virtual , where participants can exchange experience and have the opportunity to network with professionals and experts across many sectors. Most sessions in the HNPW face-to-face week will be accessible remotely. Connection details of upcoming sessions and the outcomes of completed sessions are available in the


What is HNPW? 

  • The HNPW is an annual event where humanitarian networks and partnerships organize meetings to inform about, and further advance related activities, and to collaborate with other networks and partnerships in areas of common concern.

Who can organize sessions and exhibition stands at the HNPW? 
  • Only humanitarian networks and partnerships that are part of the Leading-Edge Programme (the governing body of the HNPW) can register sessions or exhibition stands at the HNPW. An admin account is required to register sessions and exhibition stands. Deadlines for registration: Face-to-face sessions and physical exhibition stands: 20 Dec 22, remote sessions and virtual exhibitions: 17 Mar 23.
  • Individuals or organizations tat are not members of HNPW networks or partnerships cannot register sessions and exhibition stands at the HNPW. Please reach out to your network or partnership focal point to propose sessions or organize them jointly.
  • The HNPW Secretariat in OCHA is responsible for coordinating the event schedule and allocating meeting rooms and exhibition stands at the venue (CICG).
  • Planning meeting for the HNPW 2023 are held every second week starting 25 Nov 22 until the event (holidays permitting). Invitations are sent to focal points of LEP/HNPW network and partnerships and the leads or focal points of the "Areas of Common Concern (AOCC)".

Who can participate in the HNPW?
  • Invitations to participate in the event will be sent by the HNPW networks and partnerships to their members and stakeholders. Most session are open for public access, allowing anyone interested to sign up to attend sessions in the online event programme. Please explore the event program using the filter function to identify sessions of interest.
  • Please note that the HNPW Secretariat does not invite participants directly. Invitations (including nominal invitations to obtain visa) will be exclusively sent by HNPW networks and partnerships to their invitees (e.g. speakers and board members).

How to register as a participant in sessions? 
  • Login (or sign up) at the top right page. Once logged in, register with one click for sessions of interest in the event program.

  • Please note that more remote sessions will be added until 17 March, so please stay tuned.