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Food for Thought – International Law in Tomorrow’s Wars

By: Francoise Bouchet-Saulnier, International Legal Director, Médecins Sans Frontières International law in tomorrow’s wars When looking at tomorrow’s wars and tomorrow’s challenges, it is useful to pay deeper attention to what is already at play at the present time that will further develop and frame the future. It is also essential to wonder, with a… continue

Food for Thought – Opportunities for humanitarian finance

Christina Bennett, Head of the Humanitarian Policy Programme at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) delivered the keynote speech for the Panel “Investing in Humanity”. Christina provided her co-panellists and the Humanitarian Congress visitors with a fascinating presentation on future opportunities for humanitarian financing. “Excellent” was what we heard immediately after her speech and the requests… continue

Food for Thought – Humanitarian Aid and Future Generations – Interchanging Opportunities

Developed by Anna Soiné  Abstract Key point: The project aims to bring together two local socially marginalized groups to support each other though interchanging their strengths and weaknesses, thus exchange opportunities and manage their (re-) integration process into society, as well as difficulties by themselves, without further external help and by little financing. The concept… continue

Food for Thought – Keynote Address by Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock

At the  5th Humanitarian Congress Vienna Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock inspired us all with his keynote address on the future of humanitarian aid and in particular with outlining three ways which can strengthen global efforts in the humanitarian system:   Modernizing the humanitarian financing system More compliance with International… continue

Food for Thought – Investing in Humanity – Remarks by H.E. Mrs. Vivian N.R. Okeke

Remarks by H.E. Mrs. Vivian N.R. Okeke at the Panel Discussion on Investing in Humanity, Humanitarian Congress Vienna, 29 March 2019 1 On the auspicious occasion of the Humanitarian Congress Vienna, I am pleased to participate in this important panel discussion, Investing in Humanity. I thank the organisers for inviting me to participate in this… continue

Food for Thought- Welcome Note by Karin Kneissl, Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the fifth Humanitarian Congress in Vienna. I wish to thank the organizers, Austria’s civil society community, for inviting me. I am heartened by your level of commitment and dedication. I value very much your engagement in raising awareness on humanitarian aid. It… continue

Food For Thought – Humanitarian Aid and Future Generations – How can social work guarantee humanitarian aid in the future?

A presentation by Madlen Behrle and Lorenz Harderer Good evening everybody, I hope you had a wonderful day so far here at the Humanitarian Congress. Thank you for the warm introduction Professor Schubert. My Name is Madlen Behrle. I am a 26-year-old social worker from Vorarlberg, Austria. Currently I am doing my master’s degree in… continue

Food for Thought – Triple Nexus = Triple Challenge ? – Keynote Speech by Monique Pariat, Director-General, ECHO

 Monique PARIAT, Director-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO)  Keynote speech “Triple Nexus – Triple Challenge?” – Congress Vienna, 29/03/2019  Let me start by replying to the following question: “Why the Nexus approach?”  Never since World War II, has the world faced such a dire humanitarian situation. Today, more than 200 million… continue

Food For Thought – Triple Nexus, The Case of Afghanistan, Presentation by Toby Lanzer

Since 2017 Toby Lanzer is the Deputy Special Representative for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), where he also serves as United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). On Friday Mr. Lanzer contributed very valuable and also critical insights and experiences regarding the interrelations of humanitarian… continue

Humanitarian Congress Vienna – The Future of Humanitarian Aid: 2019 Conclusions

Conflicts are becoming more protracted, populations and inequality grows and environmental disasters are on the rise. Needs of humanitarian assistance, both short- and long-term, will be acute and widespread. In the next years policy and the aid sector will need to evolve and adapt.  Considering the discussions of the 5th Humanitarian Congress and taking into… continue