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Panel Discussions - May 16, 2013

Gender and Peacekeeping: Perspectives from the Field

Security Council resolution 1325, passed in 2000, is a milestone in international efforts towards addressing the impact of war on women and the crucial role they play in negotiating sustainable peace. Women offer unique and vital perspectives in conflict settings, and it was with these thoughts in mind that panelists discussed pressing, current issues regarding gender and peacekeeping to an IPI audience on May 16, 2013. 

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - May 15, 2013

Resiliency and Environmental Change in South Asia

Responding to climate change and environmental risks in fragile states needs to be approached at the local level, looking at the root causes of vulnerability and addressing these factors to build resiliency.  

 
 

 

Conferences - May 14, 2013

2013 Vienna Seminar: The Dangerous Nexus of Crime, Conflict, and Terrorism

On May 14-15, the IPI Vienna Seminar took place, focusing on the dangerous nexus between crime, conflict and terrorism, particularly in failing states. This 43rd session of the Vienna Seminar–which was held in the historic Marble Hall of the Austrian Ministry for European and International Affairs–was attended by over one hundred participants from around the world, 

 
 

 

Speaker Events - May 10, 2013

SRSG Ramos-Horta Optimistic for Stability in Guinea-Bissau

In his briefing to the Security Council the day before appearing at IPI on May 10th, José Ramos-Horta, Special Representative to the Secretary-General on Guinea-Bissau, told the Council that the beleaguered country “exists in name only.”  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - May 08, 2013

Holmes on the Reality of Relief Aid

“People fail to understand that what we’re saying is something intensely practical and down-to-earth and not something rather theoretical and ivory tower,” said John Holmes, author of the book, The Politics of Humanity: the Reality of Relief Aid, at an IPI Beyond the Headlines event on May 8th. 

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - April 25, 2013

OCHA Publication Launch: Humanitarianism in the Network Age

“Technology is central to community response, which means it’s also central to resilience,” said Gwi-Yeop Son, Director of the Division for Corporate Programmes at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), on April 25, 2013. 

 
 

 

Speaker Events - April 24, 2013

Vali Nasr: America Becoming the Dispensable Nation

“We have lost the ability to use diplomacy effectively, and we still have to sort out how we place foreign policy in the right perspective, in the context of our domestic interests and agenda, but also in the context of what we think about our military power and military might, and how we use it globally,” Vali Nasr, author of the new book The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat, asserted before an IPI audience on April 24th, 2013.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - April 22, 2013

Peace and Stability in the Post-2015 Development Framework

It will be difficult for fragile states to achieve peace, stability, and sustainable development unless institutional silos containing security, diplomacy, and development are broken down. This was the key conclusion at a policy forum held at the International Peace Institute on April 22, 2013, organized by the Permanent Mission of Timor-Leste to the UN, the Permanent Mission of Denmark to the UN, and IPI. 

 
 

 

Conferences - April 21, 2013

IPI, Luxembourg Host Ministerial Dinner on Syria Crisis

On April 21, 2013, the International Peace Institute, together with the government of Luxembourg, hosted a ministerial working dinner in Senningen, Luxembourg on the humanitarian crisis and mounting refugee problem emanating from the crisis in Syria, and the political implications for the region. 

 
 

 

Conferences - April 17, 2013

2013 New York Seminar Explores Challenges to Humanitarian Action

IPI’s eighteenth annual New York Seminar convened April 17-19, 2013 and explored old and new challenges to humanitarian action in contemporary multifaceted emergencies.

Complex conflict-related crises, such as the one in Syria today, present significant challenges for humanitarian actors: aid risks becoming politicized; warring parties can divert it; nonstate armed groups may prevent access to affected populations; and sovereign states may be wary of outside interference. How have such complex emergencies changed in recent years? And how can the international humanitarian system adapt?

Read the seminar meeting note "Humanitarian Engagement in Contemporary Complex Emergencies" >>

 
 

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