We are delighted to share a recap of the highly anticipated ILGSPD Annual Lecture, titled “Is the United Nations’ Humanitarian Work Still Relevant?”, a recording of which is available on Youtube. This engaging event took place on 29 November 2022 at the University of Glasgow and brought together renowned experts, scholars, and practitioners in the field of international law.
This year’s lecture was delivered by Jamie McGoldrick, former United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, Palestine, Nepal, and Georgia, as well as former Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process. Mr. McGoldrick has extensive experience and expertise in the humanitarian sector. Previously, he held numerous positions with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and Save the Children in his long humanitarian career. Mr. McGoldrick began his career as a news producer and researcher in the broadcasting industry and has worked for the BBC, Sky TV, Channel 4, and Middle East Broadcasting. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs, Fordham University.
The thought-provoking lecture delved into the evolving landscape of global humanitarian challenges and explored the continued relevance of the United Nations’ efforts in addressing these pressing issues. Our esteemed speaker, drew from his extensive experience and expertise, providing profound insights and sparking stimulating discussions. Throughout the lecture, attendees actively engaged in lively debates and critical analyses of the multifaceted aspects of humanitarian work. The event served as a valuable platform for fostering dialogue and exchanging ideas on the future of humanitarian interventions in our rapidly changing world.
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Jamie McGoldrick and to all the participants who contributed to the success of this event, bringing an atmosphere of intellectual curiosity and stimulating insightful conversations.