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GSG in Conversation with dr Cecile de Milliano (Netherlands Red Cross) - Where crisis is the new ‘normal’: crisis response of the Red Cross in a changing world

When:Fr 13-12-2019 14:00 - 16:00
Where:Marie Loke Zaal , Harmonie Building, Oude Kijk in ’t Jatstraat 26, Groningen
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In this changing world, crises are seeming to become a new ‘normal’. Climate-related shocks are occurring frequently and crises are increasing protracted. Displacement has become a key issue, with an estimated 70.8 million individuals forcibly displaced worldwide. Situations of humanitarian suffering are ever more requiring humanitarian relief efforts, yet at the same time, linking these efforts to development is ever more apparent. Following this line, the focus of aid organisations is shifting to supporting the most vulnerable before, during and after disasters. The first and latter approach allow for addressing early warning, early action, prevention and the systemic causes of conflict and vulnerability (resilience humanitarianism).

The mandate of the Red Cross is to protect and alleviate suffering, which effectively stems from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. Although the need and relevance of resilience humanitarianism are evident, it also poses challenges to the way the Red Cross can apply its fundamental principles. This GSG in Conversation event explains the set-up of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement and shares insights from their current response to crises.