The UN at 70: witness seminar

16 October 2015 9.30am 5.30pm


Weston Library (Map)


Chaired by Professor Sir Adam Roberts


The UN and Humanitarian Action: Learning Lessons from Past Experience for Future Policy

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.



Welcome and introduction by Seminar Chair, Professor Sir Adam Roberts


Session 1 - Delivering humanitarian aid: who does it best?

Panel: Michael Mosselmans (Moderator); Angela Raven-Roberts, AN Other

11.25-11.45am Coffee break

Session 2 - Working with political and development actors: where should UN humanitarians 'sit'?

Panel: David Harland (Moderator), Alan Doss, Nicola Dahrendorf

1-2.30pm Lunch

Session 3 - Delivering humanitarian aid while protecting human rights: the challenges for the UN of impartiality, access and advocacy

Panel: Professor Guy Goodwin-Gill (Moderator), Sir John Holmes, Professor Mukesh Kapila

3.45-4.05pm Tea break

Session 4 - What has our experience taught us? Lessons for future policy

Panel: Professor Sir Adam Roberts (Moderator), Michael Keating, Dr Randolph Kent

5.20-5.30pm Closing remarks by Professor Sir Adam Roberts

Hosts and Sponsors

BAFUNCS, All Souls College, Oxford; Bodleian Libraries, Oxford; United Nations Association (UNA-UK); King's College London; Humanitarian Policy Group, ODI, London.

The seminar is held between the Weston Library and All Souls College.


The seminar is free but places are limited so please complete our booking form to reserve tickets in advance. Tickets are for the entire day.

This event is listed under: Conferences & symposia; Free events
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