Panel Discussion on Monitoring, Reporting, and Fact-finding

Date: Thursday, 17 September, 2015

Location: Conference Room 7 (CR7), United Nations Headquarters, New York

Time: 13h15-14h45

The Harvard Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR) is pleased to announce a panel discussion event to be hosted by the Government of Switzerland that will focus on discussion about a new publication: the HPCR Advanced Practitioner’s Handbook on Commissions of Inquiry.

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January 17, 2013

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For the media, 2012 has been one of the deadliest years on record. According to the International Press institute (IPI), at least 119 journalists were killed last year - the highest number since it started to track attacks against media professionals in 1997. Thirty-six of these deaths were reported in Syria alone. Pakistan, Somalia, Brazil and the Gaza strip also proved quite dangerous for reporters in the last year, claiming 24...

December 13, 2012

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Developments in digital and communication technology have fueled significant innovations in humanitarian assistance and protection. Crisis mappers have used digital data to track beneficiary needs in real time and have collaborated with UN agencies and NGOs on various humanitarian initiatives. Additionally, images from satellites have helped humanitarians identify threats to civilians; have played a role in...

November 15, 2012

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As the Global Humanitarian Assistance (GHA) 2012 Report notes, humanitarian needs in 2011 decreased from those of the previous year. Financing requests dropped by 21% and the overall funding response decreased by 9% from 2010 to 2011. However, despite this shift, the gap in unmet financing widened. According to the GHA report, "the proportion of humanitarian...

October 18, 2012

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As the planet warms, the vulnerability of communities in less developed countries rises. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in 2008, 20 million people were displaced by climate-related sudden onset disasters. Additionally, as AlertNet reports, in 2011, floods,...

October 4, 2012

Más de la mitad de la población mundial está concentrada en zonas urbanas. El Fondo de Poblaciones de Naciones Unidas (UNFPA) espera que esta tendencia alcance la cifra de 5 billones de personas para el año 2030, casi 2/3 de la población mundial. Desafortunadamente, esta urbanización masiva ha resultado en niveles de violencia y criminalidad sin precedentes en barrios marginales y altamente poblados. Ciudades como Bagdad, Kingston, Rio de Janeiro,...

October 2, 2012

More than half of the world’s population is concentrated in urban areas. According to UNFPA, this number is expected to rise to 5 billions by 2030, reaching 2/3 of the world population, with the largest cities emerging in Africa and Asia. Regrettably, along with this mass urbanization has come an unprecedented level of violence and crime in densely populated slums and shantytowns. Cities like Baghdad, Kingston, Rio de Janeiro, Guatemala, Ciudad Juarez and Mogadishu have become the...

September 27, 2012

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During the humanitarian reform process launched in 2005, humanitarian actors introduced early recovery as a humanitarian cluster to facilitate policy linkages between humanitarian relief and development.  However, the scope of the early recovery cluster has since broadened to encompass a host of...

September 21, 2012

Targeted attacks from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, have become an essential feature of American counterterrorism policy since President Barack Obama took office in 2009. U.S. officials praise drone warfare as the most effective way to eliminate top Al-Qaida and Taliban members, and therefore, combat terrorism. Conversely, human rights groups and legal scholars oppose this...

August 30, 2012

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Despite improvements in the coordination and delivery of humanitarian assistance in recent decades, armed conflict remains a leading public health concern. Mortality rates have declined in camps for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDP), but overcrowding in camps, limited supplies of potable water, and poor sanitation have...

June 26, 2012

As the occurrence of non-international armed conflicts (NIACs) has increased in recent years, humanitarian actors face pressing challenges to help protect civilians. These challenges stem not only from the behavior of state actors but also from the need to engage with armed groups that affect vulnerable populations.  

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