ICRC and Vox Media's Explainer Studio Team Up to Unpack the Paradox of the Future Battlefield

ICRC and Vox Media's Explainer Studio Team Up to Unpack the Paradox of the Future Battlefield

The world is in a new arms race.

In the last two decades, there has been a dramatic rise of lethal autonomous weapons due to new developments in technology, computing, and military operational demands. Because autonomous weapons systems are already in use today, the ultimate question about their capabilities is not a technical one, rather legal and ethical one.

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ICRC Participating as a Partner Organization for the 2018 Fragility Forum

ICRC Participating as a Partner Organization for the 2018 Fragility Forum

From March 5-7, the ICRC is partnering with The World Bank in Washington, DC for the 2018 World Bank Fragility Forum: Managing Risks for Peace and Stability. ICRC Director General Yves Daccord is participating on behalf of the organization to share our humanitarian experience and expertise in armed conflict with policymakers and practitioners in support of the World Bank's efforts to address fragility, conflict and violence.

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ICRC Panels on Law of Naval Warfare, Military Commissions at International Law Weekend in NYC October 20-21, 2017

ICRC Panels on Law of Naval Warfare, Military Commissions at International Law Weekend in NYC October 20-21, 2017

The American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA) and the International Law Students Association (ILSA) is hosting their annual International Law Weekend (ILW) conference in New York City from October 19-21, 2017. Theevent brings together hundreds of practitioners, law professors, members of governmental and non-governmental organizations, and students. The theme of ILW 2017 is “International Law in Challenging Times.” For our NYC-based readers, there will be two panels featuring ICRC speakers. The full schedule is available here. Register here

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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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Gone but Not Forgotten: Migrants, Mothers and the Missing (August 30 Recorded Panel)

Gone but Not Forgotten: Migrants, Mothers and the Missing (August 30 Recorded Panel)

On August 30, in honor of the International Day of the Disappeared, the ICRC will be holding a conference at the Humanitarium in Geneva on the importance of remembrance and the story behind its origins. Speakers include President of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, Estela Carlotto, ICRC Forensic Coordinator José Pablo Baraybar do Carmo, and ICRC Psychologist Carla Uriarte. Mary Werntz, ICRC Deputy Director of Operations, will provide introductory remarks. The conference will be video recorded and posted here

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A War on Words: Is Journalism Disappearing from Conflict Zones?

A War on Words: Is Journalism Disappearing from Conflict Zones?

Because of an increase in security issues and targeted attacks, journalists have been disappearing from conflict zones. How does this impact the news we receive from war zones? Recently the ICRC and the Australian Red Cross held a panel event, War on Words: Is Journalism Disappearing from Conflict Zones. ICRC director-general Yves Daccord was joined by two of Australia's most well regarded foreign correspondents, Helen Vatsikopoulos, journalist and academic at the University of Technology Sydney, and Peter Cave, retired war correspondent and foreign editor of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Dr Caroline Fisher, Assistant Professor in Journalism at the University of Canberra moderated the panel. Read more about the discussion and highlights of the panel here

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June 26 Livestream Event: War in Cities - An African Perspective

June 26 Livestream Event: War in Cities - An African Perspective

As part of its Conference Cycle on War in cities, the ICRC in Kigali is convening a regional panel of experts focusing on East Africa. This public conference will take stock of past urban armed conflicts, reflect on their drivers and humanitarian implications and explore operational and policy responses adapted to the needs of people affected by such conflicts.

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June 19th Event & Recording: Where it Matters

June 19th Event & Recording: Where it Matters

Are humanitarian organizations sufficiently equipped to deliver their services in armed conflicts? What additional measures should be taken to encourage organisations to respond to humanitarian needs in areas hard to reach? On June 19, the ICRC, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and HERE-Geneva are convening a panel of experts at the Humanitarium in Geneva from 5:30-7:30 that will assess how humanitarian organisations and donors should step up their work to deliver humanitarian responses to those most in need during situations of armed conflict.  Recording available for those outside of Geneva. 

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