GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Webster University’s annual humanitarian conference, organized jointly with UNHCR, the refugee organization, and ICRC, the international Red Cross, is a warmup for the first World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, 23 and 24 May, 2016.
The conference will be held 18-19 February from 09:00-17:00 at Geneva’s ICC conference centre.
The title: “Improving the Efficacy of Humanitarian Action, Reducing Human Vulnerability and Risk, Transformation and Innovation in Humanitarian Action, Meeting the Need of People in Conflict Situations.”
The conference is held under the auspices of canton Geneva, and features 30 speakers, many of them international humanitarian experts, discussions and debates. It is open to all and free of charge. Details on Webster’s site (events page). The university is in Bellevue, Geneva.
In a press release, Webster notes:
“In 2016, more than 125 million women, men and children across the world are in need of
humanitarian assistance. There are more people displaced today than since the Second World
War: over 60 million people, half of them children. The human and economic cost of disasters
caused by natural hazards is also escalating, and as the impacts of climate change become more
profound, disasters are expected to become more frequent and more severe. We are currently facing humanitarian needs on a massive scale.”