By Mr Yves Daccord, Director General, ICRC
[By invitation only]
Date: 2 December 2014
Venue: ISIS Conference Room
Armed conflicts have become more complex and often pose transnational security challenges. In an age of global polarisation, radicalisation and spillovers of security concerns, the world order is also rapidly changing and solutions to conflict have become more elusive. The way wars are fought is also changing, the number of parties to conflict has increased, and more people, organisations and countries seek to influence situations beyond their own boundaries. The number and needs of the victims thus grow beyond belief and all adequate responses. To meet these new challenges, humanitarian actors need to be more creative and less dogmatic while maintaining core humanitarian principles. For a neutral, independent and impartial organisation like the ICRC, upholding the value of its approach is critical to winning acceptance and trust from all stakeholders, both globally and locally. In this ISIS International Affairs Forum, Yves Daccord, Director-General of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), addresses the nature of modern conflict, its reverberations around the world, the needs it creates and the effects on humanitarian action. He also offers an update on how the ICRC adapts to local environments while remaining true to its principles.