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Speaker Events - September 11, 2012

Keating: Equal Time for Humanitarian Situation in Afghanistan

“Why is it that the humanitarian dimension to Afghanistan constantly gets forgotten or air brushed out of things?” said Michael Keating, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan, and Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG) of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). 

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - June 05, 2012

Former Girl Soldier: Kony, LRA Atrocities - “Pure Evil”

“The atrocities that children were forced to go to villages, to abduct more children, is none other than evil – pure evil that the LRA was doing in northern Uganda,” Grace Akallo, a former captive of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), told an IPI audience on June 5, 2012.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - May 31, 2012

Guterres: New Crises Multiplying While Old Ones Persist

“We are witnessing the combination of two very worrying factors: crises are multiplying, old crises never seem to die,” António Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, told an IPI audience on May 31, 2012.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - May 25, 2012

Displacement in the Western Balkans Calls for Regional Solutions

On May 25th, the IPI Vienna Office hosted an informal meeting on “Regional Solutions for Displacement: Lessons Learned from the Western Balkans.” The workshop brought together senior government representatives of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, and Serbia for a unique opportunity to reflect on the process of finding regional solutions to the problem of forced displacement in the Western Balkans. 

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - May 23, 2012

Daoudi: Women Our Best Partners in Building Resilience

“Our experience in Darfur has shown that the best partners we have are the women,” Amer Daoudi, Regional Director for Sudan at the World Food Programme (WFP) told an IPI audience on May 23, 2012. “You go around the camps, the villages… it is the women who are doing all the work. We saw an opportunity there to empower them, to give them a stronger hold on income, to manage households.” 

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - April 11, 2012

Delaunay: Negotiation Key to Gaining Humanitarian Access

“There is no predetermined space of work for humanitarian action—there is no what we would call an 'intangible right' for humanitarian space that NGOs could claim by virtue of them being true humanitarians,” Sophie Delaunay, Executive Director of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) USA  told an IPI lunchtime policy forum on April 11, 2011. 

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - November 14, 2011

Okoth-Obbo: IDPs “Very Poor Cousins of Refugees”

“IDPs really remain very poor cousins of refugees,” remarked George Okoth-Obbo, Director, Regional Bureau for Africa, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), at a lunchtime IPI Policy Forum on November 14, 2011 entitled, "The Kampala Convention and Internal Displacement."  

 
 

 

Conferences - November 01, 2011

Accountability for Humanitarian/ Human Rights Law Violations

On November 1st, IPI hosted a one-day workshop, co-organized with the Permanent Mission of Portugal to the United Nations and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), to review the UN Security Council’s efforts at enhancing accountability for better protection of civilians in armed conflict. 

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - October 24, 2011

Environmental Migrants: Climate Change and Human Migration

“Human migration, forced or otherwise, will be one of the most significant consequences of environment degradation and climate change in decades to come,” said Ambassador José Filipe Moraes Cabral, Permanent Representative of Portugal to the UN, at an IPI event on October 24, 2011.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - October 13, 2011

Protection of Children in Conflicts: The Value of Complementarity

Various humanitarian actors have different attributes and comparative advantages that, for the sake of effective humanitarian action, are best used in a coordinated and strategic manner. This complementarity is all the more crucial with regard to engaging non-state armed groups to protect children in situations of armed conflict. 

 
 

The Global Observatory

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Key Global Events to Watch in July
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2014 Top 10 Issues to Watch in Peace & Security: The Global Arena
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The Global Observatory, produced by IPI, provides timely analysis on peace and security issues, interviews with leading policymakers, interactive maps, and more.