“Restoring Resilience in Humanitarian Crises”, a Conversation with Keiko Kiyama

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    2017•09•21    18:30 - 19:30

    On 21 September 2017, UNU will host “Restoring Resilience in Humanitarian Crises, a conversation with Keiko Kiyama, Co-President of Japan Emergency NGO (JEN). This event will start at 6:30 p.m. at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

    As protracted conflicts and natural disasters continue to impact much of the world’s population, governments, international organisations, and humanitarian agencies have increasingly provided aid to those in the most vulnerable circumstances. Along with supplying financial and material assistance, however, enabling individuals and communities to recover their sense of dignity and self-sufficiency is essential to their survival and future prosperity. But how can humanitarian assistance projects be designed to cultivate resilience and empower those affected by crises? Can the international community help ‘victims’ become ‘survivors’?

    Ms Kiyama will join Dr Rebecca Brubaker, Policy Adviser at the UNU Centre for Policy Research, for a conversation on the challenges and lessons learned from her decades-long experience in disaster and crisis management. She will also explore how the United Nations and the global community at large can help enhance resilience of those impacted by humanitarian emergencies.

    The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served, while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.

    Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 20 September) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    About the speaker

    Keiko Kiyama is Co-President of JEN, and a member of the Advisory Group of the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund. For 16 years prior to her current positions, she served as JEN Secretary-General. From 1994 to 2000, she held the position of JEN Regional Director for former Yugoslav states, where she and her teams implemented hundreds of projects across various sectors. From 2011 to 2016, she was also the Co-President of Japan Platform, a network of humanitarian non-governmental organisations that supports refugees and displaced people globally. In 2006, Ms Kiyama received the “Woman of the Year” award from Nikkei Women magazine for her contributions to humanitarian and peacebuilding efforts across the world.

    Ms Kiyama holds an MA in Sociology from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a BA in Law from Rikkyo University.


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