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Paris: experts examine challenges of humanitarian work

25-06-2010 News Release 114/10

Paris (ICRC) – To address the wide-ranging impact of modern-day armed conflict, humanitarian organizations must find suitable ways of bringing aid as quickly and efficiently as possible to the people who need it.

   The proliferation of organizations working in conflict zones and their diverse tasks present a serious challenge for coordination that can only be met by clearly distinguishing each organization's role.

A colloquium on " Contemporary challenges for humanitarian work in conflict situations, " organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the European Union Institute for Security Studies, will take place on 28 and 29 June on the Institute's premises in Paris. Representatives of humanitarian agencies, academics and other experts will attend.

A report based on the event will be presented and discussed at the Institute's annual conference, on " Effective multilateralism: responding to the civil-society agenda, " which will be held on 21 and 22 October.

" Our objective is to highlight prospects for the European Union and humanitarian organizations, " said Françoise Krill, the ICRC's head of delegation in Brussels. " The framework and objectives of humanitarian work, the problems and challenges connected with displacement arising from armed conflict, civil-military relations, and the issue of coordination will all be considered over the course of four sessions from a number of different perspectives. "

For further information, please contact:
  Frédéric Joli, ICRC Paris, tel: +33 1 56 54 11 11 or +33 6 20 49 46 30
  Thomas Vanden Driessche, ICRC Brussels, tel: +32 2 286 58 70 or +32 478 24 00 51