HUMANITARIAN NEWSLETTER
July 14, 2016
 FORDHAM UNIVERSITY HOSTS
2016 ACUNS ANNUAL MEETING 
Last month, Fordham University had the honor of hosting the 2016 Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) Annual Meeting - an event that coincided with the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs' (IIHA) 48th International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA). The ACUNS Annual Meeting, "Meeting the Challenges of Development and Dignity," explored a myriad of topics across the spectrum of humanitarian affairs and international development, including justice, security, human rights, dignity, gender equality, education, international cooperation, conflict prevention, and reconciliation. The Annual Meeting was marked by notable contributions of IIHA and CIHC staff, alumni, and friends including Brendan Cahill (IIHA Executive Director, IDHA 9), Lesley Bourns (OCHA Humanitarian Affairs Officer, IDHA Lecturer), Giulio Coppi (IIHA Humanitarian Innovation Fellow, IDHA Lecturer), H.E. Francis M. Deng (Permanent Representative of the Republic of South Sudan to the UN, IDHA Keynote Speaker), Jan Eliasson (UN Deputy Secretary General, former CIHC Board Member), Stephen Freedman, Ph.D. (Fordham University Provost), H.E. Ibrahim Gambari (Co-chair for the Commission on Global Security, Justice and Governance, IDHA Keynote Speaker), Melissa Labonte, Ph.D. (Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, IDHA Lecturer), Jana Lozanoska (Ph.D. Candidate at the UN Mandated University for Peace, IDHA 16), and Gonzalo Sánchez-Terán (CIHC Deputy Humanitarian Programs Director, IDHA 16). Read the full article on our blog! 
CIHC PRESIDENT AND IIHA FOUNDER LAUDED BY UNIVERSITIES FOR HUMANITARIAN WORK
The last few months have been filled with honors for Kevin M. Cahill, M.D., President of the CIHC and Founder of the IIHA. In May, Dr. Cahill was recognized by Maharishi University with its highest honor, the Maharishi Award for Health and Humanitarianism, and by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) with an Honorary Fellowship. Most recently, Dr. Cahill was awarded one of Fordham University's highest honors, the President's Medal, by Fordham President Joseph M. McShane, S.J., during the IDHA Graduation Ceremony on July 1st at Fordham's Lincoln Center campus. Along with our students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends, we extend our sincere congratulations to Dr. Cahill on his continued achievements! Read the full article on our blog! 
HUMANITARIANISM & ACADEMIA
IIHA ALUMNI UPDATES
Thomas Thorhauge (IDHA 37), Health Adviser at the British Red Cross, and Durgavasini Devanath (IDHA 31), Senior Emergency Health Officer at the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Asia Pacific Zone Office recently met up in Kuala Lumpur. Durgavasini tagged some of her fellow students and friends in her post, saying: "Thinking of the rest of the IIHA/ CIHC family & looking forward to serendipitous meets soon."
I n the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' article, "Who isn't equipped for a pandemic or bioterror attack? The WHO," Annie Sparrow (MHCE 4) discusses the influence of business and politics and the limitations of the World Health Organization (WHO) in creating effective solutions to public health problems.
Fausto Aarya de Santis (IDHA 44, IDHA Tutor) participated as a panelist in a podcast on  The Role of Humanitarian Professionals in Promoting Respect for IHL organized by Harvard's Advanced Training Program in Humanitarian Action (ATHA).
THINKmd Founder and CEO, Barry Finette (IDHA 33, IDHA Tutor) recently shared news about his organization, which recently won the Innovation into Action Challenge for its clinicial assessment tool, MEDSINC, and also formalized a strategic partnership with Save the Children. 
Jana Lozanoska (IDHA 16), Ph.D. Candidate at the UN Mandated University for Peace, stands with IIHA Humanitarian Programs Director, Larry Hollingworth, moments before presenting her paper, "Human Dignity as Core of Human Rights through Hanna Arendt Oeuvre," at the 2016 ACUNS Annual Meeting workshop panel on "Human Dignity, Human Security and Social Reconciliation." During her introduction, Jana credited the IIHA and her participation in the IDHA program with igniting her interest and passion in human security and human dignity.  
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WHS 2016 UPDATE
Before we break for the summer, we include one last wrap up of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), with hopes that our readers and followers will continue the conversations and momentum sparked throughout 2 years of worldwide consultations and May's summit in Istanbul, which was attended by 9,000 participants. In total, the Summit brought together 173 United Nations Member States, 55 Heads of State and Governments, some 350 private sector representatives, and over 2,000 people from civil society and NGOs. Review the statements and commitments made at the Summit, read the UN Secretary-General's Summary, and watch the videos from the Summit. You can also read the comments of IIHA Humanitarian Innovation Fellow Giulio Coppi, who represented the IIHA at the WHS.
During the month of June, IIHA Innovation continued its participation in a number of high-level events including HumTech 2016 ( video now available) and the 2016 ACUNS Annual Meeting. IIHA Humanitarian Innovation Fellow Giulio Coppi also joined the American Red Cross and the IFRC in a session for IDHA 48 dedicated to humanitarian technology. Over the next few months, HTH will be gathering applications from groups of volunteers worldwide to help shape the Humanitarian Labs of the future on the HTH platform during a Summer of Open Design. Read the full update and view the Open Tool of the month!
NATIONAL EVENTS  
Summer 2016

From its inception, Refugee Immigrant Fund (RIF) Asylum Support has harnessed the power of visuals to share the ineffable stories, struggles, and transformations of asylum seekers. For the last year, RIF & Fordham have run a series of teach-in s leading up to a summer-long art exhibition at the Ildiko Butler Gallery. These collaborative teach-ins have informed and inspired Fordham students to create works that explore the complex process of seeking asylum, and the immense trauma and perseverance that it entails. It is the hope of the organizers that visitors will walk away with a sense of what breeds this journey, and what this journey breeds.
 
Location:  Ildiko Butler Gallery | 113 West 60th Street | First Floor | New York, NY 10023 
8th Annual Conference on Health & Humanitarian Logistics
Monday, August 29, 2016 - Wednesday, August 31, 2016
 
The HHL Conference brings together speakers and attendees from non-government organizations (NGOs), industry, government, military, and academia in a forum to identify common challenges, share innovative research, and prioritize strategies, policies, and investment. The agenda features plenary panel discussions, interactive workshops, poster sessions, and ample opportunities for networking. 2016 panels will address: Strengthening Public Health Systems, Supply Chain Complexities in Refugee Crisis Response, Designing Supply Chains for Health Emergencies, and Sudden Onset Disasters: Matching Supply with Demand.

Location: Georgia Institute of Technology | Atlanta, GA
 
Wednesday, September 7 - Thursday, September 8, 2016

The Aid and International Development Forum will be hosting their annual summit this September in Washington D.C. This year's event will focus on the best practice in logistics and transport, procurement and supply chain management, partnerships and financing, logistical challenges in the Middle East, and emergency communications and operations. The summit strives to enable quicker and better response during crisis and catastrophes in a more effective, sustainable and cost-efficient way.

Location: Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, September 21 - Sunday, September 25, 2016

Peace Corps Connect is the Peace Corps community's annual conference hosted by the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) and its affiliate groups to connect, engage, and inspire their community. At this year's conference, "Peace Corps Beyond," NPCA looks forward to celebrating 55 years of Peace Corps and the limitless potential of our community to continue to create change. The conference will highlight work being done by NPCA community members and partner organizations, and explore how, through increased collaboration, they can continue to champion Peace Corps ideals.

Location: George Washington University | 2121 I Street NW | Washington, D.C. 20052
Wednesday, September 28 - Friday, September 30, 2016

The Global Learning Forum is the opportunity for the learning and development community to engage over a shared goal: maximizing impact through innovative, scalable learning, and capacity building. Four keynote speakers and over 20 session leaders at the Forum are renowned experts in the fields of international development, humanitarian relief, conservation, the learning industry, and capacity-building organizations. In each session, they will refine their knowledge of learning technologies, skill building, and resource management into practical takeaways for development organizations of all sizes.

Location: PATH | 2201 Westlake Ave #200 | Seattle, WA 98121
April 22, 2017 - April 23, 2017

The Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale, is the world's leading and largest global health conference as well as the largest social entrepreneurship conference, with 2,000 professionals and students from all 50 states and more than 55 countries. This must-attend, thought-leading conference convenes leaders, changemakers, professionals and students from all sectors of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.

Location: 
Yale University | New Haven, Connecticut
INTERNATIONAL EVENTS
Urban Law Day 2016 - Good Urban Legislation in Resource-Poor Settings: Challenges and Practical Solutions
Friday, July 15, 2016 | 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM (BST)

The Urban Law Day conference, hosted by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and UN-Habitat, aims to bring together a multidisciplinary circle of academics and practitioners interested in urban legislation, including planners, architects, policy makers, and lawyers. The Urban Law Day will address challenges in developing countries related to urban legislation and propose practical solutions for improving them.  
 
Location: London, UK
ONLINE EVENTS
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 | 8:00 AM (EST)

As part of the Grand Bargain and Charter4Change, many of the world's largest donors, UN agencies and NGOs will commit 25% of their funds to local and national actors by 2020. This significant move aims to bolster increased local ownership that moves beyond ad hoc implementing partnerships. Is this enough to affect what needs to change in field operations? More importantly, what does 'as local as possible, as international as necessary' mean in reality?

The speakers will present practical steps that every donor, Humanitarian Coordinator, Agency Representative, Country Director and humanitarian worker in the field can take to promote local and national actors as strategic and equal partners. The panel will build on good practice from responses in Pakistan, the Philippines and the Pacific.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 | 9:00 - 10:00 AM (EST)

Thirteen of the sanctions regimes established by the U.N. Security Council could implicate key elements of principled humanitarian action. Those sanctions might affect humanitarian programming in numerous contexts, including the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Some see "humanitarian exemptions" as a way to resolve possible conflicts between sanctions and principled humanitarian action. But what are "humanitarian exemptions"? Who and what do and should they cover? And what is the debate surrounding them? At this expert online briefing, Naz K. Modirzadeh and Dustin A. Lewis of the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict (PILAC) will synthesize recent research in order to: Summarize the legal status, content, and nature of relevant U.N. sanctions regimes; Define and analyze the two general categories of "humanitarian exemptions" (those for designated individuals and for the humanitarian sector); Highlight the stakes and interests in the debate on whether such exemptions may be desirable and feasible or may be inadvisable and impracticable; Explain some of the few existing and limited exemptions at the international and domestic levels; and Discuss the perceived benefits and costs of suggested "humanitarian exemptions."
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 | 9:30 - 11:00 AM (EDT)

ALNAP's new series on evidence will highlight new tools, research and initiatives which have taken on a more evidence-driven approach to humanitarian action. The first webinar will look at cutting edge practices with 3ie, Oxfam GB, Feinstein International Center at Tufts University, and the International Rescue Committee.