Press Notice 43, Session 2005-06


Announcement of evidence session on issues in operational response to natural disasters


Tuesday 13 June 2006,  Committee Room 6,
Palace of Westminster

At 10.30 am  Bedreldin Shutta, Head of Asia Region, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Howard Mollett, Humanitarian Aid Policy Advisor, CARE International UK, Eric Stobbaerts, Senior Researcher, Médecins Sans Frontières, and Matthias Schmale, International Director, British Red Cross.

At 11.20 am Afshan Khan, Deputy Director, Office of Emergency Programmes, UNICEF

At 11.50 am  Michael McCarthy, Deputy Head, and Joanna Macrae, Humanitarian Adviser, Conflict, Humanitarian and Security Department (CHASE), Department for International Development


Natural disasters during 2005 focused public attention on the policies and practices of humanitarian assistance. In March 2006, the International Development Committee agreed to undertake an inquiry on the Humanitarian Responses to Natural Disasters. The focus of the inquiry is specifically on natural disasters (both slow and rapid onset), although we recognize that there is not always a clear distinction between natural disasters and complex emergencies. 

This is the second of 7 evidence sessions scheduled for this inquiry.  The first two parts of this evidence session will examine the issues which humanitarian actors face in their operational responses to humanitarian disasters.  This will include the significance of recent innovations in the international humanitarian architecture for programmes on the ground.  The final part of the evidence session will focus on the Good Humanitarian Donorship Initiative.


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