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Leading Diplomats, Scholars Convene at SIPA to Consider New Approaches To Humanitarian Crises


Over the course of the next month, leading diplomats and scholars will convene at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) to address the thorny political, military, conceptual and practical issues involved in mapping out the future of humanitarian efforts in modern war-torn countries.

Human Rights, Human Security and Human Development: Precepts and Principles for Humanitarian Action includes four lead-up panels/seminars examining the international community's response to humanitarian crises in recent years. The panels, which begin on Thursday, Jan. 29, will lay the groundwork for a larger conference on March 4 to debate effective humanitarian strategies in the post 9/11 era.

Drawn from interdisciplinary fields across the university and the international community, leaders participating include: Lisa Anderson, dean of SIPA; Jeffrey Sachs, director of Columbia's Earth Institute; Julia Taft, assistant administrator and director, Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, United Nations Development Program; and Ramiro Lopes da Silva, former U.N. humanitarian coordinator in Iraq; among many others.

The opening workshop on Thursday, Jan. 29, features Francis Deng, Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Internally Displaced Persons, and Columbia faculty members Coralie Bryant, Fida Adely and Jacqueline Klopp discussing the relationships among poverty, displacement, forced migration, violence and war.

Subsequent workshops in February will address multiple roots of the current humanitarian crises, including the lack of security for aid workers, failed economic policies, poor governance, public health considerations and human rights violations.

Click for a list of all events, speakers' bios and to register. RSVP is requested.

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Published: Jan 29, 2004
Last modified: Apr 26, 2004

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