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Is There Still a Place for Impartial Humanitarianism?

4 September 2014 - 18:00 to 19:00

Chatham House, London


Yves Daccord, Director-General, International Committee of the Red Cross
Chair: Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, Chairman, EMEA, FTI Consulting



Humanitarian organizations are not instruments of government, yet are viewed by some as hostile foreign entities acting as proxies for Western-guided foreign intervention. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works in conflicts that are increasingly fragmented and volatile. Unexpected emergencies often unfold alongside protracted and complex armed disputes. 

Yves Daccord will consider whether this landscape leaves a space for principled, impartial humanitarian responses and how these could be effectively implemented.