Humanitarian Assistance and the Protection of Civilians in South Sudan
Franz Rauchenstein, Head of Delegation, South Sudan, International Committee of the Red Cross
Vickie Hawkins, Executive Director, Médecins Sans Frontières UK
A peace agreement was signed in Addis Ababa in August 2015, but the situation has continued to deteriorate for many civilians in South Sudan. The conflict has claimed the lives of tens of thousands and displaced 2 million people, with more facing the threat of insecurity, malnutrition and disease. Deciding the futures of 200,000 people living in United Nations protection of civilian sites remains one of the key humanitarian challenges. The UK recently announced that it will provide troops to the peacekeeping mission in South Sudan.
At this meeting, Franz Rauchenstein and Vickie Hawkins will examine humanitarian assistance in South Sudan, options for the protection of civilians and provide insight into how the international community can better support ongoing efforts.
Attendance at this event is by invitation only.
The Chatham House Rule
To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.