Climate change is one of the biggest threats to humanity; a four-degree increase in temperature will result in the displacement of 760 million people due to the rising of sea levels. Other catastrophic effects, if not addressed in time, could include water shortage, crop failure, extreme weather, biodiversity loss, and desertification.
“Given the enormity of human impacts and political obstacles, adaptation and enhancement of resilience are essential but fundamentally insufficient, as anticipated needs will far exceed the response capabilities of relief actors.” - The Lancet Countdown with MSF.
From a field worker’s experience to policymakers’ standpoint, Friends of MSF’s Sustainability and Climate Change Conference aims to address how climate change will affect humanitarian aid. With a focus on advocacy and climate migration, this conference aims to discuss how students can become more involved.
To bring together humanitarians, policymakers, scientists, and researchers to exchange and share knowledge concerning sustainability in the humanitarian aid field.
To place an emphasis on research, climate migration and advocacy.
Dr Amiera Sawas, BSc, MSc, PhD
Senior Research and Policy Specialist
ActionAid, London, United Kingdom
Dr Emmanouil Athanasiou, MSc, PhD
Advocacy Manager and Humanitarian Affairs Officer
Medecins Sans Frontieres, France
Professor Ilan Kellman, BSc, MSc, PhD
Professor of Disasters and Health
University College London, London, United Kingdom
Dr Lynne Jones, OBE, FRCPsych, PhD
Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Harvard University, USA
Dr Marie Monaghan, MBBS, BSc (Hons), MRCPCH
London Deanery, United Kingdom
Dr Robert Verrecchia, MBChB, BSc, MSc
Board of Directors, Medecins Sans Frontieres
Public Health Registrar at University College London, London, United Kingdom
Dr Sarah Walpole, MBChB
Infectious Diseases Registrar and MSF Medical Activities Manager
Medecins Sans Frontieres, Democratic Republic of the Congo