The role innovation has to play in saving lives and supporting humanitarian efforts is being discussed at the United Nations today.

Talking about lessons learned and opportunities for collaboration, the panel discussions on leveraging tech for humanitarian action include speakers from the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

“This panel discussion wishes to give the opportunity to WFP, ICRC, UNICEF, DFID to share their experiences. Furthermore, the event aims at creating a forum for the panel as well as participants to exchange on the lessons learned and possible recommendations for the future use of innovative technology in humanitarian settings,” the UN Web TV site states.

We have featured a number of stories on the moves being made to harness innovative tech for humanitarian purposes.

The Centre for Humanitarian Data, officially opened in The Hague late last year by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) – for example – has been launched to ‘increase the use and impact of data in humanitarian crises around the world’. While in 2017 the Government of Malawi and UNICEF partnered on a drone initiative to gauge how effective unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are in supporting humanitarian efforts. And the World Food Programme (WFP) Innovation accelerator works to support the development of game-changing products that can tackle hunger.

Follow #InnovationSavesLives for all the latest on today’s discussions.