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The UN at 70: witness seminar

The UN and Humanitarian Action: Learning Lessons from Past Experience for Future Policy. This event took place at the Weston Library on 16th October 2015.

In keeping with the idea of 'Witness', each of the sessions will be introduced by panellists invited to address the session topic from their direct personal experience. In the discussion, participants will be invited to identify lessons from their experience, which could contribute to UK policy and the positions advocated by NGOs, in the lead-up to the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016.

Participants will be invited to contribute in advance short written 'Witness Briefs' related to one or more of the session topics, which will be shared with other participants and the Bodleian Library's UN Career Records Project. The proceedings of the seminar will be recorded, also on behalf of the UN Career Records Project.

# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Session 4 - What has our experience taught us? Lesson for future policy Michael Keating and Dr Randolf Kent (BAFUNCS members) give presentations on thier experiences at the UN. Followed by a discussion moderated by Sir Adam Roberts. Sir Adam Roberts, Michael Keating, Randolf Kent 05 Nov 2015
2 Session 3 - Delivering humanitarian aid while protecting human rights: The challenges for the UN of Impartiality, Access and Advocacy Sir John Homes and Professor Mukesh Kapila (BAFUNCS members) give presentations on their experience of the UN and the challenges it has in conflict and disaster areas. Followed by a discussion moderated by Professor Guy Goodwin-Gill Guy Goodwin-Gill, Sir John Holmes, Mukesh Kapila 05 Nov 2015
3 Session 2 - Working with political and development actors: Where should UN humanitarians 'sit'? Alan Doss and Nicola Dahrendorf (BAFUNCS members) give presentations on the UN working with political and development agencies across the world. Followed by discussion with David Hartland moderating. Alan Doss, Nicola Dahrendorf, David Harland 05 Nov 2015
4 Session 1 - Delivering Humanitarian Aid: Who does it best? Angela Raven-Roberts and Lamees Hafeez, BAFUNCS members, give presentations on who they think deliver humanitarian aid best, the UN or charities. Followed by a discussion moderated by Michael Mosselmans. Michael Mosselmans, Angela Raven-Roberts, Lamees Hafeez 05 Nov 2015
5 Welcome and Introduction Edward Mortimer, CMG, President of BAFUNCS (British Association of Former UN CIvil Servants) introduces the UN at 70: A Witness Seminar. Held in the Bodleian Library on 16th October 2015. Edward Mortimer 05 Nov 2015