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Ai Weiwei in Conversation on 'COVID-19: A Humanitarian and Human Rights Crisis for the Most Vulnerable'

COVID-19: A Humanitarian & Human Rights Crisis for the Most Vulnerable

​​​​​​​A Conversation with Ai Weiwei, Ken Roth, Kenneth Lavelle, and Cindy Huang
Moderated by Alexandra Munroe

Monday, June 22. 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET

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​​​​​​​“The COVID-19 pandemic is a humanitarian crisis. It challenges our understanding of the 21st century and warns of dangers ahead. It requires each individual to act, both alone and collectively.” - Ai Weiwei

As the COVID-19 crisis rages on around the globe, the coronavirus is expected to disproportionately impact the world’s most vulnerable people. The scale and speed of the pandemic underscore how deeply interconnected the world’s populations are. Nevertheless, at precisely the moment when global solidarity and cooperation are essential, many nations are turning inward as they seek to protect their citizens. Borders are closed, supply chains are under strain, and the movement of humanitarian aid has grown even more difficult. But those most in need of help cannot be left behind. 

We are pleased to invite you to a conversation this Monday, June 22 featuring Ai Weiwei, Human Rights Watch Executive Director Ken Roth, Médecins Sans Frontières Deputy Director of Operations Kenneth Lavelle, and Refugees International Vice President for Strategic Outreach Cindy Huang, on the crucial importance of support for vulnerable communities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, challenges humanitarian and human rights organizations are facing, and solutions to ensure that a response to the virus is inclusive of those who need it most. Alexandra Munroe of the Guggenheim will moderate, and an audience Q&A will follow. 

The event is brought to you by Ai Weiwei MASK, an art project in collaboration with eBay for Charity, that is raising funds for the COVID-19 humanitarian and human rights efforts undertaken by Human Rights Watch, Médecins Sans Frontières, and Refugees International.

 

Event Date: 
Monday, June 22, 2020 - 11:00 to 12:00
Organiser or Host: 
Human Rights Watch, Médecins Sans Frontières, and Refugees International.
Venue: 
Online
Link: 
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Armed Conflict and Covid-19: A double crisis for displaced civilians

Armed Conflict and Covid-19: A double crisis for displaced civilians

Wednesday 18 June 11.00-12.00 EST

 

Details and registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/armed-conflict-and-covid-19-a-double-crisis-for-displaced-civilians-tickets-107865957984

 

 

As Covid-19 spreads, intensified conflict persists. This poses both grave risks to already vulnerable populations living in deteriorating conditions and unique challenges to humanitarian organizations, such as access to those in need. This double crisis has forced people to flee yet again in search of safety. To mark World Refugee Day, the Norwegian Refugee Council USA (NRC USA) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) illuminate how the pandemic complicates access to support and protection for refugees and internally displaced people in conflict-affected countries. Our panel likewise discusses the implications of the pandemic’s secondary effects within these contexts, proposing concrete solutions to this double crisis.

 

Event Date: 
Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 11:00 to 12:00
Organiser or Host: 
Norwegian Refugee Council USA
Venue: 
Online webinar
Link: 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/armed-conflict-and-covid-19-a-double-crisis-for-displaced-civilians-tickets-107865957984
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GBV Risk Mitigation

2nd session – Wednesday, July 29 | 11:30  AM to 1:00 PM Bangkok time 

Topic: GBV Risk Mitigation ​

 

 

 

Objectives: 

  • To be informed about relevant elements of the IASC GBV Guidelines on GBV risk mitigation
  • To learn about good practices on GBV risk mitigation from various clusters/sectors
  • To understand accountability measures to track progress of GBV risk mitigation measure

 

To Register

 The registration for the first session on Wednesday, Jun 24, 2020 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Bangkok Time is now open at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUsd-CupzsiGdzpmvqz7Jhc966jpMcMjkUJ. You will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting after registering. Please feel free to forward this information to your colleagues/networks too.

Event Date: 
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 11:00 to 13:00
Organiser or Host: 
ICVA and GBV AOR Asia & Pacific
Venue: 
Online
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GBV in Emergencies Basics + Overview of humanitarian response architecture and GBV coordination mechanisms

GBV in Emergencies Basics + Overview of humanitarian response architecture and GBV coordination mechanisms

Wednesday, Jun 24, 2020 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Bangkok Time

 

Objectives: 

  • To become familiar with the definition of gender-based violence
  • To understand root causes, contributing factors and consequences of GBV
  • To understand how to refer GBV survivors for care and support

To Register

 The registration for the first session on Wednesday, Jun 24, 2020 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Bangkok Time is now open at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUsd-CupzsiGdzpmvqz7Jhc966jpMcMjkUJ. You will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting after registering. Please feel free to forward this information to your colleagues/networks too.

 

Event Date: 
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - 13:00
Organiser or Host: 
ICVA and GBV AOR Asia & Pacific
Venue: 
Online
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ECOSOC HAS Side Event Towards more inclusive and disaggregated data on displacement

Towards more inclusive and disaggregated data on displacement

This online discussion will be hosted on Zoom on Friday, 12 June 2020, from 1 pm to 2:30 pm EST. Details to join the event will be sent to your email address after registration.

This virtual panel event will invite speakers from different organisations to highlight the need for more inclusive and disaggregated data on different groups of displaced people, as well as the challenges of obtaining this data for more effective humanitarian responses.

After a round of interventions on these points, good practices and promising initiatives in this field will be discussed.

Moderator Christelle Cazabat, Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC)

Speakers

  • Opening remarks by Alexandra Bilak, Director of the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC)
  • Tichafara Chisaka, Inclusive Data Charter
  • Nayana Das, IMPACT Initiatives
  • Eric DeLuca, Translators without Borders
  • Enzo Mauro Tabet Cruz, Plan International
  • Luke Pye, UNESCO
  • Danzhen You, UNICEF

 

To register

Please register for this event by clicking on this link before Thursday, 11 June COB. The meeting will be held on Zoom and connection details will be shared with all registered participants on Friday morning. For more information, please contact: Barbara Essig, barbara.essig@idmc.ch.

 

 

Event Date: 
Friday, June 12, 2020 - 13:00 to 14:30
Organiser or Host: 
IDMC and other organizations
Venue: 
Online meeting
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ECOSOC HAS side Event:Humanitarian consequences arising from the use of explosive weapons on populated areas

Invitation to ECOSOC HAS side event via Zoom

HUMANITARIAN CONSEQUENCES ARISING FROM THE USE OF EXPLOSIVE WEAPONS IN POPULATED AREAS

Friday 12 June, 11am - 12.30am EDT / 5pm - 6:30pm CET

Co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Austria, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ireland, Mozambique, New Zealand, Norway and Uruguay.

 

Data shows that when explosive weapons are used in populated areas, approximately 90% of those reported killed and injured are civilians. Beyond those killed, injured and psychologically traumatised, an even greater number of civilians are affected as a result of damage and destruction to essential infrastructure and services. Hospitals are damaged, hampering the provision and quality of medical care to civilian populations. Damage to sanitation systems creates additional problems around maintaining basic levels of hygiene, resulting in further illness and disease. In the current context of the COVID 19 pandemic, the impact of explosive weapons on access to healthcare and water and sanitation is potentially catastrophic for civilian populations.

The side event will give an overview of the humanitarian consequences resulting from use of explosive weapons in populated areas, in Yemen in particular, and the practical actions states and other actors can take to address short and long-term harm to civilians.

Chair Mr. Brian Flynn, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Ireland in New York.

Introductory remarks: Ambassador Luis Gallegos, Permanent Representative of Ecuador in New York

Speakers:

Ms. Alison Bottomley, Humanity & Inclusion (HI)

Ms. Eirini Giorgou, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Mr. Simon Bagshaw, Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)

Ms. Alma Taslidžan Al-Osta, on behalf of International Network on Explosive Weapons (INEW)

 

To attend the side event, please register HERE. Read the technical note attached with guidelines to attend 

Event Date: 
Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 17:00 to 18:30
Organiser or Host: 
ECOSOC HAS
Venue: 
Online
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ECOSOC HAS side event on counterterrorism and humanitarian space

Counterterrorism, Sanctions and Principled Humanitarian Action in the COVID-19 response

We look forward to welcoming you to this virtual side event during the ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment.

Date: Thursday 11 June
Time: 13.00 - 14.30 New York
19.00 - 20.30 Geneva
Platform: The Side Event will be convened virtually. Registered participants will receive a link the day before the event.
RSVP herecall details to follow.

This event will explore the impact of counterterrorism and sanctions measures on principled humanitarian action, as well as how they impact the humanitarian response to the Covid-19 pandemic. A number of challenges are reflected in a growing body of research, and in the daily operational difficulties they present to humanitarian organisations as they carry out their work, such as the independent selection of beneficiaries, carrying out bank transfers, engagement with non-state armed groups and the provision of healthcare. The discussion will look at steps taken by humanitarian actors to overcome these challenges, as well as how they monitor and mitigate the risks that may arise from the need to comply with counterterrorism and sanctions measures.

Chair and moderator:
Ms Mihela Zupancic, Head of Unit, International and Inter-institutional Relations, Legal Framework, Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG-ECHO), European Commission.

Panel composition:
Gabriella Waaijman – Humanitarian Director, Save the Children
Emma O’Leary – Senior Humanitarian Policy Advisor, Norwegian Refugee Council
Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism
Marc Porret, Legal and Criminal Justice Coordinator Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate

 

Event Date: 
Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 13:00 to 14:30
Organiser or Host: 
NRC, Save the Children, EU, Belgium, Switzerland
Venue: 
Online
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ECOSOC HAS Side Event Inclusive Humanitarian Action = Effective Humanitarian Action

ECOSOC HAS Side Event Inclusive Humanitarian Action = Effective Humanitarian Action

 

Co-Sponsors: Asia Pacific Network of Refugees, Australia, CARE, Danish Refugee Council, Finland, Global Independent Refugee Women Leaders (GIRWL), HelpAge, Humanity and Inclusion, International Disability Alliance (IDA), Plan International, Settlement Services International, UNHCR, UNICEF, UN OCHA, United Kingdom, Women Enabled and the Women’s Refugee Commission

 

Wednesday, 10 June 2020 at 2:30-4:00pm ET Virtual event

 

This is one of the side-events to be convened during the ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment (HAS), which builds on this year’s HAS theme: “Reinforcing humanitarian assistance in the context of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations: taking action for people-centred solutions, strengthening effectiveness, respecting international humanitarian law and promoting the humanitarian principles.”

 

Discussion point-  Participants will discuss how to accelerate progress for inclusive humanitarian action and ensure meaningful participation by using an intersectional approach. The event will discuss best ways on how to support those most affected and their representative organizations, acknowledging that diverse factors can shape an individual’s experience and contribute to multiple forms of discrimination.

 

Format The 90-minute moderated dialogue will feature 3-5 min interventions by select panelists on current and future challenges and recommendations. After the panel, the moderator will open the floor for questions to panelists from audience members.

Chair and moderator: Charlotte V. McClain-Nhlapo, Global Disability Advisor, World Bank Group

Opening Remarks H.E. Ambassador Mitch Fifield, Permanent Representative of Australia to the UN

 

Panelists

  • Mia Farah, Self-Advocate Lebanon
  • Foni Joyce Vuni, Co-Founder of Youth Empowerment Mentoring Initiative and Co-chair of UNHCR’s Global Youth Advisory Council
  • Rahma Mustafa, Sudan National Union of Persons with Physical Disability
  • Kizito Chiwala, Country Director, HelpAge-Mozambique

 

Concluding remarks from Finland

 

A link will be sent to those who register at: https://forms.gle/NHNUiHg2v43D2b9HA

 

Event Date: 
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 14:30 to 16:00
Organiser or Host: 
Asia Pacific Network of Refugees, Australia, CARE, Danish Refugee Council, Finland, Global Independent Refugee Women Leaders (GIRWL), HelpAge, Humanity and Inclusion, International Disability Alliance (IDA), Plan International, Settlement Services Interna
Venue: 
Online meeting
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