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The conflict in Syria: Great Power Politics and Humanitarian Consequences
Description: This NUPI seminar will look at the Syrian conflict from different angles and perspectives – from geopolitical dynamics to humanitarian consequences and views from Syrians who fled the war. Photo: Freedom House/Creative Commons/CC BY 2.0 The conflict in Syria, now in its sixth year, evolved from a revolutionary uprising against the Assad regime in March 2011, to a country-wide insurgency, pitting regime loyalists against fragmented opposition groups and jihadist militants. In parallel to the escalation of conflict within Syria, external actors have been drawn in – including neighbouring countries and regional powers. We have also seen the return of Great Power politics – with Russia propping up the Syrian regime through its bombing campaign, while the West’s approach of arming the moderate opposition has failed. The conflict has precipitated one of the largest and most complex humanitarian disasters since the Second World War. Over 400 000 people have been killed and more than half of the population has been displaced – 6.6 million in Syria and 4.8 million in neighbouring countries. 13.5 million people require humanitarian assistance, including 4.9 million people who are trapped in besieged and hard-to-reach areas. The situation has tested the boundaries of conventional humanitarian action, and revealed some uncomfortable realities about helping civilians in conflict. This NUPI seminar will look at the Syrian conflict from different angles and perspectives – from geopolitical dynamics to humanitarian consequences and views from Syrians who fled the war. What has been the strategy of Russia and the ‘West’ in Syria? What have been the political challenges of negotiating humanitarian access and protecting civilians? How do Syrians look back on the revolution and consider prospects for peace in the country?
  09 Jan 2017   2h32m31s 4 722 0

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Refugee Alternatives for Australia - Gillian Triggs
Description: Gillian Triggs, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, offers some alternatives to Australia's current handling of refugees. Professor Triggs spoke at the Refugee Alternatives Conference at UNSW, hosted by the Refugee Council of Australia and the UNSW Grand Challenge on Refugees & Migrants. A video of the full plenary session on Australia and Regional Policy will be available shortly. For more information on the Grand Challenge Program visit: grandchallenges.unsw.edu.au For more factual videos like this subscribe. http://www.youtube.com/user/unsw?sub_confirmation=1 We're the official channel of UNSW Sydney, a brilliantly located university between the coast and the city.
  28 Feb 2017   1m28s 3 31 0
Attributing extreme weather events
Description: What if we could better prepare for hazards like flooding and heat waves by understanding the changing risks of extreme weather events? This short film explains the process behind attribution science and its importance in preparing for the future.
  27 Feb 2017   4m50s 1 5 0
Tackling human rights concerns, UN chief urges the world 'to react earlier and more effectively'
Description: The high-level segment of the 34th regular session of the Human Rights Council started in Geneva Headquarters earlier today. Addressing participants at the opening, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has urged the world to effectively address human rights concerns, in light of growing populism and extremism. The UN chief also reiterated the need for crisis prevention, in order to tackle root causes of conflict and human rights violations. Read more on UN News: http://bit.ly/2l59cXa
  27 Feb 2017   1m6s 6 153 0
Tackling human rights concerns, UN chief urges the world 'to react earlier and more effectively'
Description: In light of growing populism and extremism, UN chief António Guterres has urged the world to effectively address human rights concerns, at the high-level segment of the 34th regular session of the Human Rights Council.
  27 Feb 2017   1m12s 10 179 0
Making Peace Last
Description: The specter of revenge violence when a community is recaptured from the control of ISIS is a key barrier keeping 3 million Iraqis who’ve fled the violence from going home. USIP Middle East Programs Director Sarhang Hamasaeed describes how dialogue can foster reconciliation and, ultimately, a more sustainable peace.
  27 Feb 2017   1m36s 3 30 0
RTS - Geneva Conventions: Working behind the scenes - Landmine ban
Description: Since 1864, the Geneva Conventions regulate the law of war. They aim at protecting civilians, prisonners, the wounded and rescue staff. A series of ten videos, broadcasted by the Swiss Radio Television (RTS) in April 2015, illustrates the work of several international organizations to promote the respect of these norms. Four of them focus on the missions of the NGO Geneva Call, that engages with non-State armed actors for the respect of these humanitarian norms through dialogue and negotiation. Each video addresses one of the organisation's main areas of work: landmine ban, child protection and the prohibition of sexual violence. This video presents the NGO's action in Western Sahara, where it works to engage the Polisario Front, a separatist movement, in banning the use of landmines from its activities. With: Pascal Bongard - Head of the Policy and Legal Unit, Geneva Call Dr. Gloria Gaggioli - Facutly of Law, University of Geneva Daniel Palmieri - Historian at the ICRC To see the other episodes of the series: http://www.rts.ch/emissions/court-du-jour/6698067-conventions-de-geneve-travailleurs-de-l-ombre.html
  27 Feb 2017   3m 1 4 0
Dreams of My Children
Description: Hala and her family are from Aleppo. In 2012, her husband was kidnapped and a year later she and her four children fled to Germany. As the family tries to rebuild their life in a new land, nightmares of the past still haunt them. Hala was invited to speak at the United Nations General Assembly for World Humanitarian Day on 19 August 2016. She and her family are the main characters of Marcel Mettelsiefen's feature documentary film Watani, My Homeland, nominated for an Oscar.
  27 Feb 2017   5m9s 5 56 0
360 degrees - Delivering food aid in Mosul | World Vision Australia
Description: Ever wondered how we get food aid to those who need it most? See how, in partnership with the World Food Program and the Australian government, we are helping deliver monthly food rations to more than 45,000 families fleeing conflict in Mosul. Learn more about the Mosul response here: http://wva.me/Mosul-conflict Voiceover by Jessica Gomes
  27 Feb 2017   54s 1 45 0
Red Cross launch emergency appeal as thousands of animals perish in Mongolian Dzud .
Description: Severe winter conditions in Mongolia, known as Dzud, are threatening the livelihoods of thousands of Mongolian herders in eastern and northern parts of the country. Dzud is caused by the twin impacts of drought in the summer, resulting in insufficient pasture for livestock, and harsh conditions in the winter, including heavy snowfall, storms and extremely low temperatures. By February 2017, over 160,000 people were affected across 17 of Mongolia’s 21 provinces. More than 45,000 animals have perished and many more will die in the coming months.
  25 Feb 2017   3m54s 10 132 0
Jordan: Syrian family prepares for a new life in Texas
Description: A father of three from the war-ravaged city of Homs says resettlement from Jordan to the United States will provide a brighter future for his children, despite pain of leaving loved ones behind. Information for media: If you would like to use this video to communicate refugee stories or require B-Roll, transcripts, stills or much more information, please contact us at drozditb@unhcr.org or tibaw@unhcr.org. --- Keep up to date with our latest videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/unhcr?sub_confirmation=1 -- UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, works to protect and assist those fleeing war and persecution. Since 1950, we have helped tens of millions of people find safety and rebuild their lives. With your support, we can restore hope for many more. Read more at http://UNHCR.org Support our work with refugees now by subscribing to this channel, liking this video and sharing it with your friends and contacts. Thanks so much for your help.
  24 Feb 2017   2m 12 179 0
A Yazidi Family Finds Refuge In Seattle, But Are Separated From Parents
Description: A Yazidi family from Iraq, one of the many ethnic minorities persecuted by ISIS, was preparing for a joyful reunion in the land of the free when things changed. Here is their story. The International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future. Donate Now: http://bit.ly/2l7N6i3 LEARN MORE https://www.rescue.org/ https://twitter.com/theirc https://www.facebook.com/InternationalRescueCommittee https://www.instagram.com/theirc/
  24 Feb 2017   2m43s 4 214 0
Fleeing Boko Haram: 'Every day we pray for protection and peace'
Description: More than two million people in the Lake Chad region have been displaced by the Boko Haram crisis in Nigeria. Refugees and people displaced within Nigeria are in desperate need of help, with tens of thousands of children at risk of malnutrition. Women and men are in need of shelter, protection and psychological support after enduring horrific violence and abuse. A major international conference Oslo is drawing attention to the plight of these people as regional leaders and civil society discuss the possibilities for people to return home Information for media: If you would like to use this video to communicate refugee stories or require B-Roll, transcripts, stills or much more information, please contact us at drozditb@unhcr.org or tibaw@unhcr.org. --- Keep up to date with our latest videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/unhcr?sub_confirmation=1 -- UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, works to protect and assist those fleeing war and persecution. Since 1950, we have helped tens of millions of people find safety and rebuild their lives. With your support, we can restore hope for many more. Read more at http://UNHCR.org Support our work with refugees now by subscribing to this channel, liking this video and sharing it with your friends and contacts. Thanks so much for your help.
  24 Feb 2017   2m2s 15 194 0