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Humanitarian Principles in Conflict Zones


December 14, 2023 - 15:00 - 16:00

Title:  Humanitarian Principles in Conflict Zones

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explore the application of humanitarian principles, including neutrality, impartiality, and independence, in conflict and disaster response.
  2. Discuss challenges and best practices in upholding these principles in complex emergency situations.

Speaker :

Ms. Clare Dalton

Head of Delegation

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), UAE


Clare Dalton is currently the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Head of Delegation to the United Arab Emirates. In this capacity, she represents the ICRC in the UAE and engages closely
with the UAE authorities and other partners on humanitarian issues of mutual concern, including International Humanitarian Law (IHL), climate, new technologies, water and food security, as well as
supporting ICRC work worldwide to provide humanitarian assistance to people affected by conflict and armed violence.

Prior to this appointment, she was the Head of Humanitarian Diplomacy at ICRC’s Geneva Headquarters. She pioneered this role, leading a multi-disciplinary team joining up all parts of the
ICRC’s diplomacy around its institutional policy and diplomacy objectives. She was responsible for designing and delivering effective diplomatic strategies and helping to mobilize political and financial
support for the organization. During this time, she led engagement in several multilateral negotiations, additional to overseeing the work of the New York delegation.

From 2013-2015, she was the ICRC’s Humanitarian Action Advisor, working closely with the UN in Geneva and New York, sitting on several advisory boards and coordination bodies to calibrate the
ICRC’s relationship with the broader humanitarian and development sector.

Previously, she spent eight years in a variety of challenging posts and conflict-settings, including Angola, Iraq, Darfur and Nepal as well as later with the ICRC’s Regional Delegation in Nairobi,
covering Kenya, Tanzania and Djibouti.

Clare has a degree in Anthropology from University College London and an MSc in Development Studies from SOAS. She recently completed a CAS at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland in Humanitarian Leadership.

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