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The Battle for Aleppo: Achieving Accountability for Syrian War Crimes
Description: The Syrian war has left an estimated 470,000 dead, with 4.8 million international refugees and 6.6 million people internally displaced. As peace efforts falter, the world cries out for the respect of human rights and international humanitarian law, seeking accountability for their infringement. Recent attention has focused on the siege of Aleppo, where intense aerial bombardment by Syrian and Russian forces destroyed all medical care infrastructure, wiped out marketplaces and bakeries and led to thousands of civilian deaths. Unlawful killings remain a hallmark of this blood-soaked conflict. Humanitarian access is blocked. What can be done? This panel discussion will examine the findings of the the UN Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic special report examining the violations that took place in Aleppo city since late 2015, and debate its impact on any future accountability for victims of the conflict's many crimes. This event is co-organized by World Affairs and the Center for Justice and Accountability SPEAKERS Sareta Ashraph former Chief Analyst, UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Scott Gilmore Staff Attorney, Center for Justice and Accountability Stephen Rapp Former Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes, U.S. Department of State MODERATOR: Beth Van Schaack Leah Kaplan Visiting Professor in Human Rights, Stanford Law School For more information about this event please visit: http://www.worldaffairs.org/event-calendar/event/1685 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WorldAffairsCouncil/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/world_affairs Website: http://www.worldaffairs.org
  14 Feb 2017   1h3m23s 5 386 0
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Humanitarian access and ethics: decision making in unsafe environments - panel
Description: This event launches the Humanitarian Practice Network’s 80th Network Paper ‘Tug of war: ethical decision-making to enable humanitarian access in high-risk environments’.
  09 Nov 2016   54m53s 4 420 0
UK approach to Eritrean refugees: what is the reality on the ground? - Q&A
Description: This panel made of longstanding observers of Eritrea discuss and debate the situation on the ground. Has the situation in Eritrea changed? Why do people flee from Eritrea? What can we expect now that the Home Office has once again revised its country guidance?
  09 Nov 2016   46m58s 6 1047 0
ISHR's Phil Lynch on the need for a national law for human rights defenders in Sierra Leone
Description: ISHR's director Phil Lynch was invited on Sierra Leone's EYV Television on the occasion of a training and consultations with authorities and civil society on the development of a national law protecting human rights defenders. He shared his views on the leading role he thinks the country coud take in terms of strengthening of legal frameworks in English-speaking Africa. Watch full show here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_9SFfzSn0j0
  09 Nov 2016   3m4s 1 34 0
What’s stopping change in the humanitarian system? Panel discussion
Description: With many arguing that the humanitarian system is broken, this event examined how self-interests of key players are blocking attempts at change.
  21 Jun 2016   59m35s 2 434 0
Data Quality Award Winner Discusses Aid Transparency
Description: We asked our 2015 Data Quality Award winner what advice she would give to an NGO about sharing data, and what challenges NGOs may face when doing so.
  17 Dec 2015   1m13s 0 112 0
#ICVAPoP | Jordan Health Aid Society
Description: "Each principle links others in different levels and different aspects." - Nicola Dababneh, Programme Manager of Jordan Health Aid Society #ICVAPoP Learn more about ICVA's campaign on the Principles of Partnership here: https://icvanetwork.org/icvapop-campaign
  28 Oct 2015   2m25s 5 258 0
#ICVAPoP | Syrian American Medical Society Foundation
Description: "I truly believe that it's only when we collaborate as partners that we can actually work together in a transparent, efficient, and accountable way." - Mariam Klait, Grants Manager of the Syrian American Medical Society Foundation #ICVAPoP Learn more about ICVA's campaign on the Principles of Partnership here: https://icvanetwork.org/icvapop-campaign
  28 Oct 2015   1m42s 2 67 0
STAIT Webinars: Humanitarian Principles, Perspectives from the field Session 2
Description: This webinar is the second of a two-part series on the field-level implementation of principled humanitarian action, co-organised by the Norwegian Refugee Council, Handicap International, the Senior Transformative Agenda Implementation Team (STAIT), and PHAP. The first webinar took place on 8 October 2015, facilitated by PHAP. Although there is wide-spread adherence to the key humanitarian principles, the reality does not always make it easy to respond to all persons in need; sometimes because of physical, natural barriers, sometimes because of lack of access for security reasons. How do humanitarian actors operate in the face of dilemmas such as the politicization and conditionality of aid; or when political and military interests override humanitarian considerations? How creative can humanitarian actors be in overcoming these dilemmas while still applying the principles of humanitarian action? And what is the importance of strategic decision-making based on context analysis and strong leadership in such situations? In this 90-minute session, the webinar will build on the earlier discussion (previous webinar) and examine how the humanitarian principles are applied at the field level in today’s complex operations. The webinar will share best practices, discuss challenges, and look at how respecting humanitarian principles enhances the effectiveness and efficiency of the humanitarian response. Panellists Mr. Mark Bowden Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General - Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Afghanistan Mark Bowden has served as the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Resident Coordinator (RC), Humanitarian Coordinator (HC), and UNDP Resident Representative (RR) in Afghanistan since November 2012. From 2008 to 2012, he was RC/HC and UNDP RR for Somalia, and was previously assigned as the Director of Civil Affairs in the UN Mission in Sudan. From 2001 to 2005 Mr. Bowden was extensively involved in the design of humanitarian reforms as the Chief of the Policy Development and Studies Branch in the OCHA. From 1999 to 2001 he was the Conflict Management Adviser for Africa in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of United Kingdom. Earlier in his career, Mr. Bowden worked for the Save the Children Fund as the Head of Regional Office for East Africa, Africa Director and Country Director in Bangladesh. Mr. Balthasar Staehelin Deputy Director-General at the International Committee of the Red Cross Balthasar Staehelin joined the ICRC in 1993 and has served in the Middle East, Africa, the Balkans and at headquarters. From 2002 to 2006, he was delegate-general for the Middle East and North Africa, overseeing all ICRC work in that region, including the operation in Iraq. He served as Deputy-Director of operations for policy and global affairs from 2006 to 2008. In 2008, he left the ICRC to join the local government in Geneva where he ran the department in charge of providing social welfare, housing, health and integration programmes for asylum-seekers and refugees. He returned to the ICRC in August 2012 to take up his current position. Ms. Frances Charles Advocacy Director World Vision’s Syria Crisis Response Frances oversees policy development and humanitarian advocacy programmes across Turkey, Northern Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan. Frances is a conflict policy specialist with over seven years of experience in research and practice across Africa and the Middle East. She has been based in Senegal, Mali, eastern DRC and now in Amman, Jordan. Frances has contributed to policy thinking and practice mainly around the application of humanitarian principles in protracted crises, including on access, civil-military coordination and the changing nature of peacekeeping. Recent publications include the report “No One to Turn To”, on the involvement of children in the broader political peace process in DRC, and an op-ed for UNA-UK on protection innovations in DPKO missions. The webinar is facilitated by Panos Moumtzis, Director of the Senior Transformative Agenda Implementation Team (STAIT). All the documents relevant to this webinar, and the recordings of past webinars can be found on the STAIT website: www.humanitarianresponse.info/topics/transformative-agenda. For help logging on to the webinar, see the Webex login guide.
  26 Oct 2015   1h4m56s 1 222 0
STAIT Webinars: Principles in humanitarian operations. Perspectives from the field.
Description: This webinar is the second of a two-part series on the field-level implementation of principled humanitarian action, co-organised by the Norwegian Refugee Council, Handicap International, the Senior Transformative Agenda Implementation Team (STAIT), and PHAP. The first webinar took place on 8 October 2015, facilitated by PHAP. Although there is wide-spread adherence to the key humanitarian principles, the reality does not always make it easy to respond to all persons in need; sometimes because of physical, natural barriers, sometimes because of lack of access for security reasons. How do humanitarian actors operate in the face of dilemmas such as the politicization and conditionality of aid; or when political and military interests override humanitarian considerations? How creative can humanitarian actors be in overcoming these dilemmas while still applying the principles of humanitarian action? And what is the importance of strategic decision-making based on context analysis and strong leadership in such situations? In this 90-minute session, the webinar will build on the earlier discussion (previous webinar) and examine how the humanitarian principles are applied at the field level in today’s complex operations. The webinar will share best practices, discuss challenges, and look at how respecting humanitarian principles enhances the effectiveness and efficiency of the humanitarian response. Panellists Mr. Mark Bowden Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General - Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Afghanistan Mark Bowden has served as the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Resident Coordinator (RC), Humanitarian Coordinator (HC), and UNDP Resident Representative (RR) in Afghanistan since November 2012. From 2008 to 2012, he was RC/HC and UNDP RR for Somalia, and was previously assigned as the Director of Civil Affairs in the UN Mission in Sudan. From 2001 to 2005 Mr. Bowden was extensively involved in the design of humanitarian reforms as the Chief of the Policy Development and Studies Branch in the OCHA. From 1999 to 2001 he was the Conflict Management Adviser for Africa in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of United Kingdom. Earlier in his career, Mr. Bowden worked for the Save the Children Fund as the Head of Regional Office for East Africa, Africa Director and Country Director in Bangladesh. Mr. Balthasar Staehelin Deputy Director-General at the International Committee of the Red Cross Balthasar Staehelin joined the ICRC in 1993 and has served in the Middle East, Africa, the Balkans and at headquarters. From 2002 to 2006, he was delegate-general for the Middle East and North Africa, overseeing all ICRC work in that region, including the operation in Iraq. He served as Deputy-Director of operations for policy and global affairs from 2006 to 2008. In 2008, he left the ICRC to join the local government in Geneva where he ran the department in charge of providing social welfare, housing, health and integration programmes for asylum-seekers and refugees. He returned to the ICRC in August 2012 to take up his current position. Ms. Frances Charles Advocacy Director World Vision’s Syria Crisis Response Frances oversees policy development and humanitarian advocacy programmes across Turkey, Northern Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan. Frances is a conflict policy specialist with over seven years of experience in research and practice across Africa and the Middle East. She has been based in Senegal, Mali, eastern DRC and now in Amman, Jordan. Frances has contributed to policy thinking and practice mainly around the application of humanitarian principles in protracted crises, including on access, civil-military coordination and the changing nature of peacekeeping. Recent publications include the report “No One to Turn To”, on the involvement of children in the broader political peace process in DRC, and an op-ed for UNA-UK on protection innovations in DPKO missions. The webinar is facilitated by Panos Moumtzis, Director of the Senior Transformative Agenda Implementation Team (STAIT). Questions are welcome! Send them in before the webinar to transformativeagendawebinars@un.org or submit them to the presenters live via the chat. All the documents relevant to this webinar, and the recordings of past webinars can be found on the STAIT website: www.humanitarianresponse.info/topics/transformative-agenda. For help logging on to the webinar, see the Webex login guide.
  23 Oct 2015   1h22m7s 2 206 0
The Humanitarian Tinderbox: How Governments and NGOs Must Address the Global Aid Crisis
Description: Former U.S. National Security Advisor Sandy Berger, International Rescue Committee President and CEO David Miliband and USIP President Nancy Lindborg will headline a discussion Oct. 16 on rethinking humanitarian aid to prevent the further breakdown of a system straining under the global refugee crisis amid protracted conflict. James Fallows, national correspondent at The Atlantic, will moderate the conversation. Learn more: http://www.usip.org/events/the-humanitarian-tinderbox
  16 Oct 2015   1h27m32s 8 550 0
“COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY TO MONITOR RELIEF AT GROUND LEVEL”
Description: In this video, Deputy Speaker of the Delhi Legislative Assembly Ms Bandana Kumari shares key messages that could go a long way to better prepare for disasters as well as to be able to respond to the needs of people in the aftermath of disasters. Ms Kumari spoke at the 6th Humanitarian Tiffin Talk titled “Addressing the Humanitarian Needs and Vulnerabilities of Women in a Post-Disaster Scenario” which was organised on 20 August at ICRC New Delhi.
  06 Aug 2015   3m43s 1 172 0