Changing the narrative on IHL (A Live-Streamed Event)

Changing the narrative on IHL (A Live-Streamed Event)

On September 27, 2017 from 12 PM to 1:45 PM EST, a live-streamed expert panel at the Humanitarium will reflect on ways to reframe the narrative on IHL by focusing on contemporary examples of respect.  Based on the promotion of instances of respect, the panel will reflect on new approaches and initiatives to reaffirm the relevance and usefulness of IHL and improve respect for it.  The conference is part of the ICRC's Conference Cycle on Generating respect for the law and will be live-streamed here.

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Mélange du Mercredi: Generating Respect for the Law

Mélange du Mercredi: Generating Respect for the Law

Welcome to Mélange du Mercredi (Wednesday Mix). Each week, we highlight one of the latest and greatest in reading, film and other scholarly resources, focusing on a variety of issues pertaining to international humanitarian law. As you may know, since 2014 the Law and Policy Department of ICRC has run an annual research and debate cycle around selected themes of the International Review with the aim of generating research, new ideas and new publications. The outcomes of the cycles are composed of a series of publications and multi-media resources. They form a wealth of up-to-date resources on the selected themes. This week we take a look at the Generating Respect for the Law cycle.

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Intercross the Podcast: Episode #32 Introducing ICRC Spokesperson Marc Kilstein

Intercross the Podcast: Episode #32 Introducing ICRC Spokesperson Marc Kilstein

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, Head of Communications Anna Nelson sits down with our newest team member, ICRC in Washington's Spokesperson Marc Kilstein. Anna and Marc talk about nerding out over radio, the importance and honor of storytelling, Marc's hope for his new position and their (not-so-secret) dreams of being poached by This American Life's Ira Glass. Or at the very least, making him a dedicated Intercross the Podcast listener. Hosted by Anna Nelson.

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Registration is Now Open for the 5th Annual Clara Barton IHL Competition

Registration is Now Open for the 5th Annual Clara Barton IHL Competition

We are excited to announce that the 2018 Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Competition Application is now available! Applications will be accepted through 10pm EST on November 13th, 2017. Teams are encouraged to submit their packet as soon as possible. The Committee will announce the selected teams by Monday, December 4th, 2017.

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Mélange du Mercredi: Humanitarian Perspectives on the Changing Face of War

Mélange du Mercredi: Humanitarian Perspectives on the Changing Face of War

Welcome to Mélange du Mercredi (Wednesday Mix). Each week, we highlight one of the latest and greatest in reading, film and other scholarly resources, focusing on a variety of issues pertaining to international humanitarian law. This week we are taking a look at the new e-briefing e-briefing based on the editorial written by Vincent Bernard, editor-in-chief of the International Review of the Red Cross for the issue on “Evolution of Warfare.” 

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Humanitarian Access in Armed Conflicts: the Key Role of Local Actors (Live-Stream Event)

Humanitarian Access in Armed Conflicts: the Key Role of Local Actors (Live-Stream Event)

On September 18, 2017, the ICRC and the Humanitarian Policy Group will convene a live-streamed panel at the Humanitarium gathering humanitarian agencies and researchers to identify current access challenges for international and local organizations. What strategies do agencies use to gain access? How can we better harness the experience of local organizations to improve access to people in need? The conference is part of the ICRC's Conference Cycle on generating respect for the law. To watch live-stream event and for more information on panel, go here.

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Intercross the Podcast: Episode #31 When War Comes to Cities with Jenny McAvoy and Sahr Muhammedally

Intercross the Podcast: Episode #31 When War Comes to Cities with Jenny McAvoy and Sahr Muhammedally

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we are joined by Interaction's Director of Protection Jenny McAvoy and Center for Civilians in Conflict's (CIVIC) Director for the Middle East, North Africa and Asia, Sahr Muhammedally. Nearly 50 million civilians are affected by urban warfare, mostly in the countries of Yemen, Syria and Iraq. As warfare moves more and more to populated areas, civilians bear the brunt, facing much greater risks and much higher fatalities rates. What are the challenges of this increasing trend? How can militaries prioritize civilian protection?  What are civilians experiencing in places like West Mosul and Raqqa? And how can the rules of war and the protection of civilians be integrated and respected more broadly in these contexts? Hosted by Trevor Keck.

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Financing of Aid in Conflict September 8, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Financing of Aid in Conflict September 8, 2017

The ICRC has created the world's first "Humanitarian Impact Bond" to help transform the way vital services for people with disabilities are financed in conflict-hit countries. The capital raised – 26 million CHF or approximately $27.5 million USD– will be used to build and run three new physical rehabilitation centres in Africa (Nigeria, Mali and Democratic Republic of Congo) over a five year period, providing services for thousands of people. The payment-by-results program also includes the necessary training for the new staff as well as the testing and implementation of new efficiency initiatives. The innovative funding mechanism has been created to encourage social investment from the private sector. A rising number of conflicts as well as a growing annual budget of the ICRC are the driving forces behind the bond. See more from ICRC on humanitarian impact bond here.  In this week’s roundup, we take a look at this innovative model of funding, as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.**

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ICRC Director-General Yves Daccord Speaks to CBC on Global Migration Crisis

ICRC Director-General Yves Daccord Speaks to CBC on Global Migration Crisis

On Monday, ICRC-Director General Yves Daccord spoke to CBC's Rosemary Barton on the Power and Politics television broadcast on the global migration crisis. During his conversation, he spoke about the impact of the crisis on humanitarian assistance and needs, the drivers behind the mass movement of people worldwide and how Canada can help. You can watch the full clip below. 

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Call for Applications: Enable Makeathon 2.0

Call for Applications: Enable Makeathon 2.0

The ICRC and its partners including the Global Disability Innovation Hub, invites persons with disabilities, engineers, designers, scientists, innovators, manufacturers, investors, entrepreneurs and humanitarians, to join the Enable Makeathon 2 movement to develop appropriate solutions for challenges of Accessibility and Employability faced by persons with disabilities at the bottom of the pyramid.The last date for applications is September 30, 2017.  The First round applications closes on the September 10th, and the second round applications closes on September 30th.

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Intercross the Podcast/Episode #30 Diversity in Delegates: Recruiting within the ICRC with Markus Dolder

Intercross the Podcast/Episode #30 Diversity in Delegates: Recruiting within the ICRC with Markus Dolder

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we are joined by ICRC's Head of Human Resources Marketing Markus Dolder. In the 1990s, the ICRC's staff was composed of about 80 percent Swiss. Now, that number is closer to 15%. Why has this makeup changed, and how had diversity contributed to furthering our mission? What skills are needed to be a successful delegate? Plus Markus shares the influence of the Iraq war on his career and the joy of bringing great people into an organization he's proud to work for. Hosted by Sara Owens and Niki Clark.

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The Day of the Disappeared September 1, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The Day of the Disappeared September 1, 2017

August 30th marked International Day of the Disappeared. Every year, a countless number of people go missing, either separated during migration or conflict, leaving behind loved ones who agonize over their location and wellbeing. Those that are left behind have the right to know what has happened to their missing relatives and and governments, armed forces and armed groups have an obligation to provide information and to help reunite families. You can learn more about how ICRC helps in this effort here as well as read this compelling blog from the British Red Cross about what happens when families are reconnected.In this week’s roundup, we take a look at the situation of the missing, as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.**

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International Humanitarian Law Course for Practitioners (in Geneva)

Organized by the ICRC, this immersive five-day course in international humanitarian law (IHL) is open to humanitarian practitioners who wish to become acquainted with the legal framework applicable to armed conflict. Combining theory and practice, the course follows a methodology involving exercises, simulations and discussions based on the actual challenges that humanitarian workers face today. Ahead of the on-site course, participants will follow an online training aimed at familiarizing them with the basic rules and principles of IHL. Application deadline September 10. 

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Mélange du Mercredi: Principles Guiding Humanitarian Action

Mélange du Mercredi: Principles Guiding Humanitarian Action

Welcome to Mélange du Mercredi (Wednesday Mix). Each week, we highlight one of the latest and greatest in reading, film and other scholarly resources, focusing on a variety of issues pertaining to international humanitarian law. As you may know, since 2014 the Law and Policy Department of ICRC has run an annual research and debate cycle around selected themes of the International Review with the aim of generating research, new ideas and new publications. The outcomes of the cycles are composed of a series of publications and multi-media resources. They form a wealth of up-to-date resources on the selected themes. This week we take a look at the Principles Guiding Humanitarian Action cycle.

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International Day of the Disappeared: Stories from Brazil

International Day of the Disappeared: Stories from Brazil

How does one learn to cope with the pain and the misery? When does it become acceptable to let their memory fade away? August 30th marks the International Day of the Disappeared. These are the stories of Brazilian families who desperately wait for the return of their missing members. In the following videos, the families talk about their sorrows and also the hope that keeps them looking for their loved ones.

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Intercross the Podcast: Episode #29 Hurricane Harvey Updates with American Red Cross's Jenelle Eli

Intercross the Podcast: Episode #29 Hurricane Harvey Updates with American Red Cross's Jenelle Eli

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we are joined by American Red Cross's Director of International Communications Jenelle Eli. Hurricane Harvey has dumped the equivalent of Lake Michigan on south and central Texas. What is the situation on the ground? How is the American Red Cross responding? What can you do if you find yourself in an emergency situation? And how can you help? Hosted by Niki Clark.

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American Red Cross Provides Relief in Wake of Hurricane Harvey

American Red Cross Provides Relief in Wake of Hurricane Harvey

The remnants of Hurricane Harvey continue to threaten residents in Texas and parts of Louisiana with extremely dangerous flooding, with access to most affected areas expected to be challenging for some time to come. The American Red Cross is working around the clock to provide safe shelter and comfort for hundreds of thousands of people impacted by this disaster.

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: 'Outrageous' Airstrikes in Sana’a August 25, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: 'Outrageous' Airstrikes in Sana’a August 25, 2017

Wednesday evening's airstrikes in Sana'a killed 14 people and injured another 16. The casualties included at least 5 children, the youngest of them only 3 years old. The ICRC condemned the attacks immediately, saying "Such loss of civilian life is outrageous and runs counter to the basic tenets of the law of armed conflict." See full press release here. As war moves more and more into urban contexts, civilians have increasingly suffered. Some 50 million people in urban areas now bear the brunt of conflict. In this week’s roundup, we take a look at the situation in Sana’a following the most recent airstrikes, as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.

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