The increasing use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in a growing number of contexts has led to the issue featuring more and more prominently on disarmament and security policy agendas. In particular, the scale and intensity of the regional conflict involving Da’esh in the Middle East has seen the use of improvised munitions on an unprecedented scale, further amplifying the priority attached to IEDs as a policy issue.
The meeting addressed:
Monday 31 October – Wednesday 2 November 2016 | WP14998
Summary of key points
The event brought together aid workers, diplomats and researchers to reflect on a decade of research and practice from the worlds’ most complex conflicts - Afghanistan, South Sudan, Somalia and the Middle East - and to consider practical options for a change in approach.
The Ebola outbreak demonstrated a clear lack of preparedness from the global health and humanitarian system for an outbreak of infectious disease. The dialogue at Wilton Park built on an investigation conducted by the United States to determine how the response from the IOs and NGOs may change, or even cease, if an outbreak is determined to be intentional, or if the outbreak spread to a nonpermissive environment.
There is a clear need to increase the efficacy of Early Warning Systems (EWS) in the Greater Horn of Africa (GHA), to reduce the impact of flooding events on the lives and livelihoods of people living in that region. In particular, EWS must reach the so-called ‘last-mile’; highly vulnerable communities based in remote and rural areas with a low inherent resilience to disasters
Mercredi 10 – vendredi 12 février 2016 | WP1447
La pandémie de type Ebola qui a sévi en 2014-16 a mis en évidence le rôle crucial que jouent les agents de santé communautaires (ASC) dans la prévention et la réaction aux états d’urgence sanitaires et aussi à l’efficacité de leur prise en charge.
The Ebola pandemic of 2014-16 demonstrated the crucial role of the community health workforce in preventing, responding to, and effectively treating health emergencies. As the West Africa region rebuilds its health systems after Ebola, countries and communities have identified a need to develop strategies and plans to embed the role of the community health worker (CHW) as a foundation of an effective healthcare system.
“Malaria elimination in Asia Pacific and Southern Africa: political leadership and sustained financing,” was the third Wilton Park conference on malaria elimination. This ministerial-level meeting continued to build on the outcomes from past malaria-focused Wilton Park meetings by highlighting the political leadership and sustainable financing required for successful malaria elimination in Asia Pacific and Southern Africa.
Key issues arising included:
Context is all important, as well as understanding the complexities of conflict situations. No one model or solution fits all, and different types of conflicts and conditions require different measures. There is also a need for flexibility, and adaptation as a peace process evolves.
In recent decades, the peacebuilding landscape in Africa has shifted dramatically both in response to the changing dynamics of conflict as well as the emergence of new conflict actors on the continent. In many cases, the changing landscape of conflict has thrown up challenges that exceed the initial scope of provisions of existing peacebuilding norms and frameworks. These changes have exacerbated the peacebuilding dilemma in a context where post-war peace tends to unravel within the first decade of the signing of a peace agreement/cessation of hostilities and conflict.
The ten committees of independent experts set up to monitor implementation of the United Nations’ human rights treaties occupy a central role in the international protection of human rights. The quality of their work is of critical importance. But the functioning of this human rights treaty body system, built up over the past half century, has of late been under severe stress.
One year on from Typhoon Yolanda, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) and Wilton Park will organize a workshop on Disaster prevention, preparedness and response in South and Southeast Asia: maximizing a gender-inclusive approach on 24−25 November.
Over 120 gender experts and disaster risk reduction practitioners from across the region, including the Philippines, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, and Vietnam, will come together to discuss how to make disaster risk management more gender-inclusive.
The Horn of Africa faces multiple challenges from natural hazards, particularly water-related ones of drought and flooding. Other natural risks include earthquakes, landslides, volcanic activity and land degradation, among others. Certain areas of the region are arid or semi arid and have increasing populations living in highly stressed natural environments. The fight for survival and the competition for natural resources often lead to human conflict and other types of human cost.
Introduction: Aims and objectives
Background to the South Caucasus
Held in association with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, this conference sought to examine responses to domestic conflicts in selected South East Asian countries, from the perspective of conflict-affected states. It brought together leading government officials involved in peace processes, facilitators in conflict situations and representatives from civil society from the region, the UK and elsewhere.
Summary: key points emerging from the discussion:
A convergence of issues including climate change, population growth, energy supply and water scarcity are putting pressures on global food systems on a scale previously unencountered. Agricultural science and technology needs to be targeted towards providing solutions to these issues threatening global food security.
Conference report, Monday 23 April – Wednesday 25 April 2012 WP1177
Conference report, Monday 12 - Wednesday 14 December 2011 (WP1125)
Key points discussed
Conference report, Monday 22 – Thursday 25 November 2010 (WP1059)
How do urban disasters differ from other humanitarian disasters?
How should humanitarians adapt their response to a disaster (natural or man-made) which affects a large urban population?
What specialist expertise, tools and knowledge are needed in an urban context?
How can the risks and economic and social impact of a disaster be reduced through more effective risk reduction measures in urban areas?
Conference report, Wednesday 23 – Friday 23 March 2012
Summary and key points