The Asia Scotland Institute is delighted to announce that it will host a webinar about the International Rescue Committee on 17 September at 1330 hours (BST).
David Miliband, President & Chief Executive Officer, International Rescue Committee will explain the organisation’s function as an ‘agent of change’.
Sanna Johnson, Regional Vice President, Adnan Junaid, Country Director Pakistan, Manish Agrawal, Country Director Bangladesh, and Undariya Tumusukh, Regional Gender Advisor Asia will then explain the Commitee’s work in Asia promoting Survival, Protection, Recovery & Renewal. This will be followed by a question and answer session.
We are living in a time of pressing and growing humanitarian need. More than 65 million people have been displaced by conflict or disaster and half are children. Compounding this global crisis, the families desperate for safety—and even the humanitarian workers who endeavor to help them—are increasingly under assault. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has stepped up at this critical moment—helping more people than ever before and using its voice for the world’s most vulnerable people. The IRC is a committed advocate for refugees and displaced people, and the communities which host them, no matter their race, religion or country of origin. Year after year, the organisation brings hope and lifesaving care to millions whose lives have been shattered by crisis.
Today, the IRC’s leadership, expertise and over 80 years of experience have never been more needed. The Syrian war has driven 13.5 million people from their homes. We have seen the tragic re-emergence of famine in South Sudan and the devastating effects of hunger in East Africa, Nigeria and Yemen. In Myanmar, deadly attacks caused 671,000 Rohingya civilians to flee to Bangladesh. In more than 40 countries, the IRC helps refugees survive, recover and rebuild their lives. They provide not only emergency aid, such as clean water and health care, but also economic support, education and job skills training. In the U.S. they empower refugees to restart their lives and the IRC has a growing presence in Europe, bringing their expertise in refugee resettlement to the fore.
David Miliband, President & CEO of the International Rescue Committee.
David Miliband oversees the agency’s relief and development operations in over 30 countries, its refugee resettlement and assistance programs throughout the United States and the IRC’s advocacy efforts in Washington and other capitals on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable people.
David has had a distinguished political career in the United Kingdom. From 2007 to 2010, he served as the youngest Foreign Secretary in three decades, driving advancements in human rights and representing the United Kingdom throughout the world. His accomplishments have earned him a reputation, in former President Bill Clinton’s words, as “one of the ablest, most creative public servants of our time.” In 2016 David was named one of the World’s Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine and in 2018 he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
David is also the author of the book, Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crisis of Our Time. As the son of refugees, David brings a personal commitment to the IRC’s work and to the premise of the book: that we can rescue the dignity and hopes of refugees and displaced people. And if we help them, in the process we will rescue our own values.