Under the patronage of HE Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Minister of Foreign Affairs and in the presence of Mr. Stephen O’Brien, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, the new Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies (CHS-DI)
was officially inaugurated today. The event took place in the presence of over 20 diplomatic missions based in Doha.
Dr. Yasir Suleiman Malley, Acting President of the DI, began the event with opening remarks to the distinguished guests, followed by a welcome by Dr. Sultan Barakat, Director of CHS-DI. Later, Stephen O'Brien delivered a lecture titled “The Future of Humanitarian Response,” in which he highlighted the most pressing humanitarian challenges facing the region to highlight the role of the UN and the Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in responding to crises, catastrophes in the Arab world and beyond.
Commenting on this occasion, Dr. Sultan Barakat, Director of the CHS-DI said: “The launch of a center specialized in conflict study and humanitarian action at this time is of utmost importance. We are confident our Center will play an instrumental role in augmenting the region’s ability to respond to growing humanitarian need and we look forward to working together in the field.”
On his part, Mr. Stephen O’Brien said: “I am happy to see this unique Center established in Qatar, led by distinguished academics. This is a marked contribution from Qatar towards its commitments at the World Humanitarian Summit. I am certain this Center will play a major role in the humanitarian work and I look forward to coordinate our efforts at the UN with the work of the CHS in the service of humanity.”
The Doha Institute for Graduate Studies expresses its appreciation for HE Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Minister of Foreign Affairs for his generous support to the CHS and his patronage of its inauguration.
Prior to the commencement of the event, a joint press conference took place with Dr. Sultan Barakat and Mr. Stephen O'Brien, in which journalists were briefed about CHS-DI and the current humanitarian work of the UN in conflict effected areas in the region.
The Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies (CHS-DI) is a new inter-disciplinary research and study center at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies. It conducts original and rigorous research on the causes, impact and responses to conflict, humanitarian crisis, state fragility and transitions in the Middle East and North Africa. CHS-DI seeks to reconcile the worlds of theory and practice in order to focus more directly on effective problem solving.