OTTAWA, Dec. 3, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The Humanitarian Coalition, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Aga Khan Foundation Canada, and the Canadian Institute on Humanitarian Crisis and Aid are proud to announce that they are organizing the Second Annual Canadian Humanitarian Conference to be held in Ottawa on December 4th and 5th 2014.
Following the resounding success of last year's inaugural conference, and given the increasing level of interest expressed by the humanitarian community across Canada, it is with great pleasure that we will be presenting an expanded conference format with several panels and keynote speakers from renowned humanitarian organizations, UN agencies, and the Canadian Government.
The Second Humanitarian Conference will be held a little more than a year ahead of the first ever World Humanitarian Summit in 2016. In preparation for this Summit, conference participants will be asked to reflect on what contribution Canada can make to the international humanitarian system, where our expertise is having an impact, and in what areas our innovative approaches can play a leading role.
Due to the global demographic trend toward urbanization, humanitarian crises are increasingly affecting larger populations and requiring ever more complex and coordinated interventions. The confluence of a number of factors (climate change, armed conflicts in fragile states, chronic water and food shortages, resource scarcity, inadequate infrastructure, endemic poverty) is testing the humanitarian community's ability to respond like never before. To address this reality, the conference will focus on the following themes:
- Disaster Risk Management
- Response: Relief, Recovery and Reconstruction
- Ethics, Politics and Theory: Humanitarianism in the 21st century
More than 200 researchers, practitioners, and policymakers are already registered for the conference. Over the course of two days, they will share experiences and best practices, and explore new avenues for collaboration. As they assess the most pressing challenges and promising opportunities facing the humanitarian community today, they will also engage attendees, answer questions, and start conversations that may lead to future Canadian flagship accomplishments.
The Second Annual Canadian Humanitarian Conference is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development (DFATD). It will be hosted by Aga Khan Foundation Canada at The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat, 199 Sussex Drive, Ottawa.
For more information, please go to: www.humanitarianconference.ca.
Image with caption: "Canadian Humanitarian Conference (CNW Group/Humanitarian Coalition)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20141203_C4601_PHOTO_EN_8705.jpg
SOURCE: Humanitarian Coalition
For further information: Marie-Jo Proulx, Communications Manager, 613-799-7562, [email protected]