armed conflict and its humanitarian impact
|Theme||DG External Relations|
|Speaker||Lars-Gunnar Wigemark, European Commission Head of the Security Policy Unit, DG RELEX Gervasio Sánchez, photographer and war correspondent Maxell Kerley, Director of UNMAS (United Nations Mine Action Service)|
Many conflicts occur in the developing world and disproportionately affect civilians,
including children and women.
A non-negligible number of deaths and disabilities are caused by the use of weapons, such as anti-personnel landmines and cluster munitions, which aim tomaim and inflict severe injuries.
Although much progress has been achieved to ban such weapons through international conventions, they continue to cause indiscriminate damages to civilians,even decades after a conflict has ended, delaying development and prosperity goals.
Gervasio Sánchez, photographer, war correspondent and UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace, has dedicated himself to documentating the human suffering causedby wars. His works have been acknowledged for his ability to portray the personal stories of mine victims, most of them children who have grown up. He willshare his understanding on what war is.
Our two other speakers will comment on activities carried out by the EU and the UN to reduce the consequences of these inhumane weapons.
The discussion will aim to trigger reflection and share views with the audience.