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Ireland at Fordham Humanitarian Lecture Series

The Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations and the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA), Fordham University, launched the Ireland at Fordham Humanitarian Lecture Series as a significant multiyear partnership between the Government of Ireland and Fordham University. The lecture series, which began in April 2019, will run until June 2020 with events in New York, Dublin, and Geneva.

The Ireland at Fordham Humanitarian Lecture Series speaks to Ireland’s profile as a leader in international development and humanitarian action as well as Fordham University’s commitment to research and education that assist in the promotion of justice, the protection of human rights, and respect for the environment. The series will consist of a number of distinguished lectures supported by a series of more technical lectures and workshops that are open to all.

Lectures will explore the challenges facing policymakers and humanitarians as they seek to ensure that aid reaches those in need, that humanitarian principles are upheld, and that civilians are protected. Specific topics of discussion will include humanitarian protection through international humanitarian law, humanitarian financing, climate and security, and more.

Speakers will include high-level political leaders who will communicate pivotal messages in response to key questions such as:

  • What challenges and opportunities exist in humanitarian action in the 21st century?
  • How do climate and gender drive food insecurity and humanitarian need?
  • And, how can humanitarian action strengthen the role of local actors in humanitarian responses?

Upcoming Lecture: Coming Soon

Who

Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM, PhD

Chief of Defence of the Irish Defenses Forces

Where

Permanent Mission of Ireland to the UN 

1 Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza

1 2nd Ave #885, New York, NY 10017

When Monday, March 2, 2020 at 6:15 pm
About The Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations and Fordham's Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs are pleased to present the fourth lecture of the Ireland at Fordham Humanitarian Lecture Series, to be delivered on the topic of "Peacekeeping in Humanitarian Action."

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Lecture #1: H.E. Mary Robinson

Speaker H.E. Mary Robinson stands at a podium to deliver a speech about the challenges of the humanitarian sector at the United Nations

The inaugural lecture of the series was delivered by H.E. Mary Robinson, chair of international NGO The Elders and the first woman elected president of Ireland (1990-1997). She is a former U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights and an advocate for climate justice, gender equality, women’s participation in peace-building, and human dignity.


Lecture #2: Michael D. Higgins

Speaker Michael D. Higgins standing at the podium delivering a lecture for the Ireland at Fordham Humanitarian Lecture Series

The second lecture of the series was delivered by Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland on “Humanitarianism and the Public Intellectual in Times of Crisis.” President Higgins has campaigned tirelessly for human rights, peace, democracy, equality, and justice throughout his years as a political leader.


Lecture #3: Dr. Jemilah Mahmood

Speaker, Dr. Jemilah Mahmood, stands at the podium in the law school moot courtroom delivering her speech for the Ireland at Fordham Humanitarian Lecture Series

The third lecture of the series was delivered by Dr. Jemilah Mahmood, Under Secretary for Partnerships at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Under her leadership, IFRC has developed a global innovation including a future and foresight unit and pioneered the use of Islamic social finance to address humanitarian crises.