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October 2015

International conference on humanitarian sector

(2 October 2015)

The Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI), which sits between the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, recently hosted a conference bringing together top academics and practitioners from the humanitarian sector. The conference, organised in association with Save the Children, is part of 18-months of debate and consultation, involving 28,000 humanitarians from around the world, which will culminate at the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul.

Notable delegates and speakers included Claus Haugaard Sørensen, Senior Advisor to Jean-Claude Juncker on Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response; Gareth Owen, the Director of Humanitarian Aid for Save the Children; and Marc DuBois, former Executive Director of Medecins Sans Frontieres UK. Discussion focused on the provision and management of security, the need to hold the work of NGOs to account, and the impact that national and international politics have on the organisation and delivery of aid.

As part of the official preparations for the Istanbul summit, the conference explored how the global humanitarian system can deliver aid more effectively. This is especially timely with Humanitarian crises occurring more frequently, of an increasing scale and severity whilst aid workers face a greater risk of violence.

The conference also hosted a number of book launches and photography exhibitions by journalists and aid workers.