Responding to Emergency Crises - Personal Reflections
|Dates:||24 October 2017|
|Times:||17:00 - 18:30|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Arts, Languages and Cultures|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Alumni, Current University students|
For this seminar, we are joined by Gareth Owen from Save the Children.
We are experiencing an era of great global uncertainty and staggering inequality where the most marginalised and under-privileged risk being left behind. Internationalism is receding in favour of sovereignty, with increasing breakdown of co-operation among the great powers. Conflict drives much of humanitarian need and is enduring longer than twenty years ago. It is increasingly urban; increasingly blurred between the formal and the criminal and increasingly lethal for civilians and aid workers. The four great ‘global peaks’ - people, oil, water & land use – are approaching, alongside increasing urbanisation and accelerating global warming. These extremes will spark more human conflict and disaster, further displacement and markedly increased humanitarian demand. Against this tumultuous backdrop, Gareth will be reflecting on the current state of the humanitarian enterprise and offering a personal opinion on how things need to change to face the enormous challenges of the 21st Century.
Role: Humanitarian Director
Organisation: Save the Children
Biography: Gareth has played a pivotal role in the strategic growth of Save the Children’s humanitarian activities over the past decade and leads a diverse department of more than 200 humanitarian staff. He has led operational responses in every major emergency, including the Iraq conflict, Haitian Earthquake, and Asian Tsunami. He was awarded an OBE in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours list, for services to emergency crisis response abroad over the past 20 years.
Travel and Contact Information
Samuel Alexander Building