Humanitarian logistics take centre stage at SITL Europe 2014

From the 1 to 4 April 2014, at the Parc des Expositions, Paris-Nord Villepinte, Reed Expositions France, a subsidiary of Reed Exhibitions organises the European Transport and Logistics event: SITL Europe 2014.

Reed Expositions France and the HLA (Humanitarian Logistics Association), the worldwide association of humanitarian logisticians, have decided at the conclusion of the global day of international volunteering on the 5th of December, to join together and discuss the subject of Humanitarian Logistics on the occasion of the 2014 edition of SITL.

Two events will take place during SITL Europe 2014:

  • The General Assembly of the HLA. For the whole of Thursday 3 April 2014,  the logistics decisionmakers from the main global humanitarian organisations ( United Nations agencies including UNICEF, OMS, Global Food Programme and HCR, together with the Red Cross and Red Crescent, large international NGO's such as World Vision, Oxfam, Care, Action Against Hunger), together with practitioners from various smaller agencies will meet and share best practice, synergies and their projects before an audience of members of the Association and their guests. Having held their previous general assemblies in Switzerland, Kenya and Thailand, this year HLA has chosen France to host this meeting of professionals due to its strong logistics expertise and as the country where modern humanitarian action was born  (for example Médecins sans Frontières - French Doctors).
  • A Humanitarian Logistics Summit. Is there a link between NGO's and commercial business? Is there a convergence between public and private interest? Can the agility of humanitarian logistics benefit business? Could the humanitarian agencies use the training of national personnel carried out by business to reinforce the need for local capacity? Would we benefit from the solidarity experienced daily in the field of humanitarian logistics? Experts in the sector, mean and women in the field, theoreticians, researchers, specialists will meet and debate these subjects with the audience on Friday 4 April 2014 and perhaps change how these matters are seen.

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