ICVA's Virtual Annual Conference 2020 Session 1: Principles at Risk

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Principled humanitarian action may be more important than ever for humanitarian actors managing risk in highly political and volatile operational contexts. However, humanitarian principles are being challenged on multiple fronts. This first session helped frame the discussions of the Annual Conference and explored the importance of protecting and promoting principled humanitarian action.

This session was part of ICVA's Virtual Annual Conference 2020. Read more about the conference on the event page.

Target audience and event access

All humanitarian practitioners, particularly NGO and UN frontline staff involved in the development and delivery of programs.

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Recommended resources

We recommend everyone who is attending the Virtual Annual Conference to read the following resources:


For resources recommended by speakers and participants during the conference, see the main event page.


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Yves Daccord Yves Daccord Director General, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Gloria Modong Morris Gloria Modong Morris Executive Director, Titi Foundation and Deputy Chair, NGO Forum South Sudan
Inger Ashing Inger Ashing Chief Executive Officer, Save the Children International
Philippe Besson Philippe Besson Head, Multilateral Division, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Swiss Humanitarian Aid


Ignacio Packer Ignacio Packer Executive Director, ICVA


Angharad Laing Angharad Laing Executive Director, PHAP