Webster Geneva Announces 16th Annual International Humanitarian Conference

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Webster University’s 16th International Humanitarian Conference, Humanitarian Space, will take place Jan. 27 and 28 at the International Conference Centre Geneva.

An initiative of Webster Geneva’s International Relations Department, the humanitarian conference is held under the auspices of the Government of the Canton of Geneva. The two-day event brings together students, scholars, practitioners, and diplomats to address a particular humanitarian challenge.

Webster Geneva international relations students play an integral role in the annual conference. A student committee organizes the event, and students also help edit the conference proceedings for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Library’s Refugee Survey Quarterly, published by the Oxford University Press.

The 2011 conference will focus on the need for a safe environment in which humanitarian agencies can operate independently of external—often political—agendas.  Increasingly, humanitarian workers’ ability to aid those in need is hindered by governments’ and military regimes’ attempts to use humanitarian aid to exercise control over local populations. The safety of humanitarian workers is sometimes threatened.

Conference organizers have issued a call for paper s for the January conference. Proposals should include a title and a short outline (1-3 pages) as well as a short resume. Presentations should last 15-20 minutes. Submit proposals to Alexandre Vautravres, Head of International Relations at the Geneva campus, vautravers@webster.edu.

English-French simultaneous interpretation will be provided throughout the conference. Click here for the conference registration form.