Southern Responses at Chatham House “Winning Back the Human Race” Conference

Southern Responses to Displacement

In November 2017, Dr Estella Carpi from the Southern Responses to Displacement research team took part in a conference entitled  “Winning Back the Human Race: a conference on the legacy of the Independent Commission on International Humanitarian Issues.”  In this blog Dr Estella Carpi reflects on the multiple contributions to the conference and the need to reconceptualise the modalities of intervention in the humanitarian sphere.   

Organised by the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House and the Overseas Development Institute the conference reflected on the legacy of the Commission, which convened between 1983 and 1986. In 1986, the Independent Commission on International Humanitarian Issue’s (ICIHI) Secretary General, Zia Rizvi, noted the purpose of the Commission; to ‘promote greater awareness of the human dimension in the countless problems which confront the global community.’ The conclusions and recommendations of the Commission were brought together in a final report called…

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