Insights from the First Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul - Opportunities and Challenges

Master of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Logistics and Management

Date: / -

room 254, main building, Lugano campus

Insights from the First Humanitarian Summit in Istanbu

Opportunities and Challenges


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

6PM - 7:30PM

USI Lugano campus, room 254


Roy Williams

CEO, Center for Humanitarian Cooperations

Assistant Professor, Columbia University.

Jacques Forster

Professor Emeritus, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva


In May 2016, the first ever World Humanitarian Summit took place in Istanbul. It brought together 9’000 participants representing 180 United Nations Member States, including 55 Heads of State and Government, hundreds of civil society and non-governmental organizations, and partners including the private sector and academia.

The objective of the Summit was to generate commitments to reduce suffering and deliver better for people caught in humanitarian crises. One of the outcomes of the Summit was “The Grand Bargain” a set of commitments by major humanitarian actors to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of humanitarian action.

Professors Williams and Forster will review the main challenges facing humanitarian action today and the opportunities and challenges.

The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

The event is open to the public.