Event: Protecting Humanitarian Space


Western Sydney University Sydney City Campus

255 Elizabeth Street

Level 1 Theatre

Sydney, NSW 2000
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This is the first event in a series under the Whitlam Institute's newly established Australia in the World public policy program. Associate Director Leanne Smith will introduce the program which aims to open up the policy debate around Australia's engagement with the world through wider engagement and consultation with the Australian community. The evening promises to be thought-provoking, as Australian lawyer Paul White draws on his extensive experience in humanitarian crises around the world and asks, "Can civilians be better protected in conflict?".

Based primarily on his experiences in Syrian and Iraqi humanitarian operations, White will consider whether the UN and INGOs have taken any wrong turns that have resulted in serious consequences for local NGOs and those in need of assistance. He will discuss the impact that drones, social media and other technology are having on humanitarian field work. He will question whether initiatives within the UN like 'One UN' and 'Human Rights Up Front' are arguably having a negative impact on humanitarian responses.

In response, Bethany Hender, the Humanitarian and Human Rights Advisor at the Australian Council for International Development, will examine Australia's involvement in this changing global landscape and how we should engage, outlining the case for a human security focus in foreign policy, and Australian NGO and Government responses to the World Humanitarian Summit's Grand Bargain.

This is a FREE EVENT however RSVPs are ESSENTIAL, as places are limited.

The evening will begin at 6pm, with a welcome and refreshments, before the lecture commences at 6:30pm.

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