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World Humanitarian Summit priorities examined with Minister

3 March 2016

The International Development Committee hears from experts on the global humanitarian system.


Tuesday 8 March, Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster

At 10.15am

  • Bruno Lemarquis, Deputy Director, Crisis Response Unit, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Christina Bennett, Research Fellow, Humanitarian Policy Group, Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
  • Markus Geisser, Senior Humanitarian Affairs and Policy Adviser, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

At 11.15am

  • Rt Hon Desmond Swayne MP, Minister of State for International Development
  • Dylan Winder, Head, Humanitarian Policy and Partnerships, CHASE, Department for International Development

Purpose of the Session

This session will explore priorities for the World Humanitarian Summit later this year, covering issues such as: how the global approach can better ensure that humanitarian assistance evolves into longer-term development support when needed; reducing and preventing humanitarian need and maintaining the leave No One Behind agenda; how to ensure that international humanitarian law is updated; potential system reform, including of financing arrangements; and localisation of humanitarian assistance.

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