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May 26 - June 9, 2014 
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WORLD HUMANITARIAN SUMMIT LAUNCHES ONLINE CONSULTATIONS
The World Humanitarian Summit has launched its online consultations to gather ideas and solutions from people around the world to shape the future of humanitarian action, in the lead up to the global summit in 2016. The online consultations will serve as a place to identify and prioritize global solutions around improving humanitarian effectiveness, increasing innovation, addressing needs of people in conflict, and reducing disaster risks.   

The summit, convened by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, will bring all interested humanitarian stakeholders together to set out a new course for how we collaborate in the vital effort to prepare for and respond to natural disasters and man-made crises around the world. Earlier this month, Dr. Jemilah Mahmood, International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA) Honoris Causa recipient, was appointed to head the  World Humanitarian Summit Secretariat at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
 
For more information about the World Humanitarian Summit, please contact info@whsummit.org.
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Innovation. Humanitarian action. 
What are the best opportunities out there to combine these? @WHSummit is asking for your ideas and solutions to shape the future of humanitarian action.

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HUMANITARIANISM & THE ARTS
"The Threshold of the Desert" reaches the Global Stage

 

Najat Aziz is a woman from Moroccan countryside. She belongs to the tiny 15% of women that are active population in those areas. She fought with courage and strength to change her daily reality that confines women within house boundaries and opened the first and only preschool in her town. She now provides education to thousands of children and she has employed several women.

 

'The Threshold of the Desert,' a campaign to raise awareness about Gender Equality in the Arab world, has been presented in 3 continents, and has organized inspiring debates on the role of women in the Arab world with international organization experts, journalists, policy-makers, entrepreneurs and civil society.

 

The project has been presented in New York (CSW58), Casablanca (Art Week Festival), Madrid (Reina Sofía Museum), as well as at the European Parliament and the Cannes Film Festival. 

 

Najat's story is the story of people that believe and fight for equality. It is your story.

ALUMNI UPDATES
In March 2014,  IDHA 38 Graduate and Class Speaker, Stella Ngumuta, started a new work assignment with the ICMC-UNHCR Resettlement Deployment Scheme, with her first assignment being in Solwezi, northwestern Zambia.  Her primary responsibility is in the resettlement of refugees, as part of the International Protection mandate of the UNHCR in finding durable solutions for refugee problems.
IDHA 40 Graduate, Rahul Singh, is Director of GlobalMedic, a disaster relief organization based out of Canada. GlobalMedic is currently running emergency WASH programming in Bosnia, Haiti, the Philippines, Syria, and the Central African Republic (CAR) as well as a shelter program in the Philippines. Rahul recently shared with us the latest news on GlobalMedic's housing project in the Philippine city of Tacloban, one of the hardest hit areas during Typhoon Haiyan. For more information, you can watch the video and visit the project website.
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NEW YORK EVENTS
Wednesday, June 18 | 3:00 - 5:00 PM
 

The last three years have marked an unprecedented surge in child migration from Central America and Mexico. A panel of experts from international and local organizations will examine the increasing insecurity in Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Mexico, and the resulting implications for destination communities, such as New York.

 

This growing trend calls into question dichotomies of forced and economic migration and presents new challenges and protection issues to communities that wish to welcome these young people and support their integration and development.

 

This event is co-sponsored by the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) and the Feerick Center for Social Justice.

 

For more information: Please visit the IIHA website or contact Kasia Laskowski.

Location: McNally Amphitheatre, Fordham School of Law, 140 W. 62nd St., New York, N.Y. 10023

Wednesday, June 18 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
 

Alcides Soares is one of the 500,000 Mozambican kids who lost both parents to AIDS. Two film luminaries help this 16 year old to make a short film about his life as an AIDS orphan in Maputo, Mozambique. Home Is Where You Find It, Alcides's documentary about finding family, is both intimate and inspiring. 

 

For more information: Please visit the UNA-NY website.

Location: Dolby 88 Screening Room, 1350 Avenue of the Americas (at West 55th Street), Lobby Level, New York, NY 10019

Ambassador Series: Ukraine's Road Ahead
Wednesday, June 4 | 6:00 PM
 
 Join the UNA-NY for a timely special edition of their Ambassador Series events, as Ambassador Sergeyev discusses the current situation in Ukraine, delineating its post-election political landscape as well as the outlook for the country's future.

 

For more information: Please visit the UNA-NY website.

Location: CUNY Graduate Center, Elebash Recital Hall, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016

 
65th ANNUAL UN DPI/NGO CONFERENCE
2015 and Beyond: Our Action Agenda
Wednesday, August 27 - Friday, August 29, 2014
 
The 65th Annual UN DPI/ NGO Conference will take place at a critical time in the post-2015 process. As the international community strives to achieve the Millennium Development Goals while formulating the post-2015 development agenda including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 2015 is recognized to be a once-in-a-generation opportunity for transformational change. The purpose of this Conference is to harness the strategies, expertise and resources across the broadest spectrum of civil society to move poverty eradication, sustainability, human rights and climate justice into the mainstream discourse, and spark sustained public demand for lasting political action in support of an ambitious outcome from the post-2015 sustainable development process.

 

Location: United Nations Headquarters, New York, USA

NATIONAL EVENTS
Tuesday, June 10 - Friday, June 13, 2014

The most influential event of its kind, the 30th annual InterAction Forum brings together leaders from not-for-profits, governments, philanthropy, corporations, and civil society to advance collaboration, effectiveness, and innovation in our work to end poverty and move us toward a more sustainable and equitable future.

 

Issues like natural disasters, food price volatility, climate change, technological advancement, and gender equity remain complex and dynamic. To build effective, sustainable long-term solutions that will serve the most vulnerable populations, alleviate poverty, and advance equality around the world, we need to harness the strength of multiple sectors, each with different perspectives and mandates. This four day Forum focuses on enhancing partnerships between all stakeholders to develop effective programs, policies, and mutually-beneficial solutions to alleviate poverty and advance equality and sustainability around the world.

 

For more information: please visit www.interaction.org 

 

To register: Please click here.

 

Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl., NW,  Washington, D.C. 20001 

Wednesday, November 19 - 
Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Aid & International Development Forum's 6th annual Disaster Relief Summit is the world-leading gathering for international humanitarian experts at relief agencies, NGOs and charity associations, UN and government agencies, development banks and donors and innovative technology and service providers. AIDF summits are designed to create a mutual platform to facilitate and encourage exchange of thoughts, share expertise and present the lessons learned through first-hand experiences. The summit strives to enable quicker and better response during crisis and catastrophes in a more effective, sustainable and cost-efficient way.

 

To register: Please register online here.

Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC, 20004, USA

INTERNATIONAL EVENTS
Wednesday, June 4 - Thursday, June 5, 2014

The 6th annual conference will be hosted by the Tecnológico de Monterrey at its Santa Fe campus and co-organized by the Health & Humanitarian Logistics Center at Georgia Tech (HHL), the Humanitarian Response Lab at MIT, and the Humanitarian Research group at INSEAD. Activities will encourage discourse among participants through plenary panels, interactive workshops, poster sessions on innovative research, and other educational and networking activities. Discussions will focus on the role of logistics in areas such as disaster response, health systems and food security as well as highlight the unique logistical challenges for humanitarian response in Latin America.

 

Registration: Please click here.

For any additional questions or topic suggestions: Please contact one of the co-organizers at Georgia TechINSEAD, or MIT.

Location: Tecnologico de Monterrey, Santa Fe Campus, Avenida Carlos Lazo 100, Mexico City, Mexico. Please visit the Venue website for additional information.


The 18th annual Humanitarian Human Resources (HR) Europe Conference will explore what the future holds for humanitarian HR. The conference will focus on three themes: how to measure and demonstrate the impact of HR; global mobility, which will explore national vs international reward and more; as well as the opportunities and challenges of working in consortia.

 

For more information: Please visit www.peopleinaid.org

Location: Budapest, Hungary

Saturday, July 19 - Sunday, July 20, 2014

This conference aims to provide a platform for discussion and debate, bringing together actors from UN agencies, NGOs, academia, and both the public and private sectors. It will discuss ideas traditionally used in the private sector to improve the responses in emergencies, protracted crisis and post-conflict recovery and how humanitarians have turned to innovative solutions to face critical challenges in the field.

 

To register: Please visit the Oxford University website.

For additional information: Please contact hiproject@qeh.ox.ac.uk 
 

Location: Keble College, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PG

ONLINE EVENTS
Tuesday, June 3 | 3:00 - 4:30 (BST)

Join the Overseas Development Institute for a launch of the latest issue of the Humanitarian Exchange on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. Panelists will discuss challenges facing aid agencies and the audience will hear different perspectives on what lies ahead for the overlapping political, developmental and humanitarian crises in Yemen.

 

To register: Please visit the ODI website

Location:  203 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8NJ and streamed live online

Monday, June 16 | 3:00 - 4:30 (BST)
 

Join the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) as it presents the updated Global Multidimensional Poverty Index 2014, an international measure of acute poverty covering over 100 developing countries which provides invaluable insights for the post-2015 development agenda. We will present new estimations for 30 countries covering 2.5 billion people, and release new studies that answer the following questions: What percentage of MPI poor people live in rural vs urban areas? Who are the destitute and where do they live? Reducing MPI poverty - LICs and LDC heroes. Inequality and Disparity.

 

To register: Please visit the ODI website

Location:  203 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8NJ and streamed live online