The humanitarian, economic, developmental and security consequences of war do not end upon the conclusion of armed conflict. Residual violence, food shortages, a lack of basic services, and spillover of violence into neighbouring countries are just some of the complex challenges to the establishment of a normal, peaceful society in places that have experienced extreme violence. As a result, sustained humanitarian action is essential in the aftermath of war, to respond to the pressing needs of the population at large and help communities to develop resilience and plan for the future.
The Director of Operations for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Pierre Krahenbuhl, oversees the work of the organisation in over 80 countries across the world, including Libya and Iraq where the needs of the people remain acute. In such circumstances chronic insecurity not only shapes the assistance and protection needs and thus response of humanitarian organisations, it can also hinder their ability to reach populations in need. This event will present key post-conflict humanitarian concerns and challenges as well as look ahead to the withdrawal of armed forces from Afghanistan in 2014.
The ICRC is the guardian of International Humanitarian Law (or the law of armed conflict) as bestowed by states in the Geneva Conventions. It has a strictly humanitarian mandate and works to assist and protect victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence around the world. To find out more about the ICRC please visit www.icrc.org/uk.
There will be a drinks reception from 1800 - 1830 before the lecture.