Students from various programs attended a talk by Abdullah Fadil, UNICEF's Representative to Sudan on UN's response to humanitarian crises. The lecture took place at auditorium of the Academic Building and was moderated by Dr. Abdelwahab El-Affendi, Head of the Politics and International Relations program.
The topic was introduced with the guest speaker highlighting the distinction between humanitarian intervention and humanitarian work. He stated that intervention usually takes place despite the will of the host states whereas humanitarian work is a response to a crisis with a clear and specific objective to alleviate conditions of the suffering population.
In his talk, Fadil mentioned that the UN has spent over $28 billion on humanitarian work and that most that funding came from development and economic cooperation organizations. The humanitarian work undergone by the UN includes: responding to emergency crises, providing food, water and vaccinations, as well as rebuilding schools and hospitals.
The speaker concluded his remarks by stating the most important factors that contribute to humanitarian work, most notably continued financial support.