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Humanitarian Aid - Too important to fail

We are witnessing the greatest humanitarian crisis since the end of the Second World War: 125 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in today’s globalized world. Armed conflicts and natural disasters have put an enormous strain on the global humanitarian system. The first World Humanitarian Summit (23-24 May 2016, Istanbul) has addressed the main challenges: stronger political leadership to prevent and end conflicts; tackling more vigorously the violation of international humanitarian law and enhancing the protection of civilians; providing adequate financial resources and using these resources more effectively; bridging the humanitarian-development divide; strengthening local capacities in the response to crises.

The panel discussion will reflect on these challenges and on the changes which are required for more effective humanitarian action.


Opening Remarks

Karlheinz Kopf
Second President of the Austrian National Council

Panel Discussion

Kyung-wha Kang
Assistance Secretary General and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations

Claus Haugaard Sørensen
former Director-General, Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), European Commission

Petra Bayr
Member of the Austrian National Council (Social Democratic Party) and Chair of the Development Sub-Committee

Ambassador Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal
Head of Development Section, Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs

Werner Kerschbaum
Secretary General, Austrian Red Cross

Christoph Schweifer
Secretary General International Cooperation, Caritas Austria


Annelies Vilim
Director, Global Responsibility, Austrian Platform for Development and Humanitarian Aid