Principles in Practice

Event Reports:

NRC has conducted a series of roundtable discussions with different stakeholders on principled humanitarian action. The reports from these events helped to lay the foundations for a continued exploration of these issues, and the way they impact on principled humanitarian action.

Conference to mark the 20th anniversary of the Code of Conduct

Hosted by NRC and IFRC
Code of Conduct Conference, Geneva (December 2014)

This conference brought together government representatives and humanitarian organisations across the world to mark the 20th anniversary of the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Disaster Relief, at the IFRC in Geneva. The conference engaged participants in the central question: Just how useful is the Code of Conduct and humanitarian principles in enabling organisations to meet needs today?

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People Displaced by Conflicts and Disasters: Improving principled delivery of aid

Hosted by NRC, IFRC and the governments of the Philippines and Norway with expert panellists from the British Red Cross, the Kenya Red Cross Society, NRC and the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons
ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment Side Event, New York (June 2014)

This side-event brought together a high-level diverse panel from governments, independent experts and operational humanitarian organizations, for first-hand experience and different perspectives on how the international community can improve the quality of principled humanitarian action in support of internally displaced persons, and different innovative ways in which humanitarian principles have been utilized to enhance humanitarian action, acceptance and access.

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Humanitarian Principles in a Changing World: Still Fit for Purpose? A Dialogue Between States and Humanitarian Actors

Co-organised by the NRC and ICRC with guest speakers : the Ambassador of Philippines, the Ambassador of Mexico to the UN in Geneva, the DG of ICRC and the SG of NRC
Geneva (June 2014)

NRC and ICRC jointly organised a high-level dialogue in Geneva between States and humanitarian actors, to consider the critical importance of humanitarian principles in today's changing world, and ways in which principled humanitarian action can be preserved and strengthened.

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Events in 2012

Principles in Practice: Safeguarding Humanitarian Action

Brussels, December 2012

This high level conference, with the participation of the European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection and the President of International Committee of the Red Cross gathered donors, state representatives and humanitarian agencies in an open and practical dialogue to discuss new threats to principled humanitarian action, the roles of different stakeholders and the way forward.

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Principled Humanitarian Action at the EU Delegation to the UN in Geneva

Geneva Roundtable event (November 2012)

The European Union Delegation to the United Nations in Geneva, hosted a high-level roundtable discussion for over 90 participants from governments and humanitarian organisations, to explore the meaning and real application of the humanitarian principles in crisis situations. NRC's report Tools for the Job: Supporting principled humanitarian action, prepared with the support of the ODI's HPG, and which provides field based evidence on current-day challenges for principled action, was launched and discussed at this event.

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The Humanitarian Principles and Bridging the Transition Gap: The case of South Sudan

Oslo (September 2012)

The Norwegian Refugee Council hosted a roundtable discussion in Oslo on 18 September 2012, to explore specific challenges and opportunities linked to transitional phases, between emergency response and development. The discussion centered around a case study on South Sudan commissioned by NRC, which examined the extent to which humanitarian principles are operationalised in the field, and considered how donors can improve their support for principled action through needs-based funding allocation and decisions.

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Roundtable on the Good Humanitarian Donorship Initiative: Ten Years On

London (November 2012)

The Norwegian Refugee Council and the Humanitarian Policy Group of the Overseas Development Insitute hosted a roundtable discussion in London on 29 November 2012.The roundtable examined principled humanitarian action within the larger context of good humanitarian donorship, and asked the question: ten years after the Good Humanitarian Donorship (GHD) initiative began, is it still relevant? If not, what can be done to put principled humanitarian funding back on the top
of donor agendas?

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Gulf Perspectives on Humanitarian Action

Dubai (November 2012)

The Norwegian Refugee Council, with the support of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs’ (OCHA) Gulf Office and in collaboration with the Gulf House for Research and Consulting, held a roundtable discussion in Dubai to explore Gulf perspectives humanitarian action. The roundtable was the third in a series of events organised by NRC as part of the broader project on strengthening principled humanitarian action.

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