2017 Aurora Dialogues

2017 Aurora Dialogues, a two-day series of discussions on the most pressing global humanitarian issues, were held on May 27 and 28, 2017 in Armenia. The program covered issues ranging from the root causes of the refugee crisis to its disastrous effects and analyzed how varying responses such as humanitarian relief, education and social integration are impacting those most at risk.
2017 Aurora Dialogues, a two-day series of discussions on the most pressing global humanitarian issues, were held on May 27 and 28, 2017 in Armenia.
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Conversation with the Aurora Prize Finalists

2017 Aurora Prize finalists Fartuun Adan, Jamila Afghani, Dr. Tom Catena and Dr. Denis Mukwege introduced their work, the causes that motivate them, and discussed the support that they need to deliver tangible change in their communities. The meeting prior to the 2017 Aurora Prize weekend was organized at the American University of Armenia attended by the students and professors of the Armenian universities.
The finalists met with the students and introduced their work at the American University of Armenia.
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Dr. Tom Catena's Lecture in Yerevan

2017 Aurora Prize Laureate Dr. Tom Catena delivered a public lecture at the Yerevan State Medical University after M. Heratsi on May 22. He presented his experience and challenges as a doctor in the war-torn Nuba mountains of Sudan where he has been working at the Mother of Mercy hospital for years. Dr. Tom Catena is the only surgeon at the hospital serving the area with more than 700,000 population.
Yerevan State Medical University has awarded Tom Catena an honorary doctorate degree
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Konstantin Khabensky's lecture in Yerevan

On May 27-28, 2017, leading humanitarian figures, philanthropists, representatives of business circles, and the media gathered in Armenia to take part in the second Aurora Dialogues. As part of the additional dialogue programme, prominent researchers and humanitarian activists who came to Yerevan in connection with the ceremonies of the Aurora Award, gave a number of open lectures on today’s most pressing humanitarian issues. On 28 May, Konstantin Khabensky met with his fans at the Russian-Armenian (Slavic) University and told them about the activities of the charitable foundation he established as well as fielding their questions. The actor's lecture was entitled, “How can role models help galvanize communities to take action on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable?”
Actor arrived in Armenia at the invitation of Aurora
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2016 Aurora Dialogues Roundup

The 2016 Aurora Dialogues, a series of discussions bringing together leading humanitarians, academics, philanthropists and media experts, took place on April 23 in Armenia under the auspices of the Yerevan Global Forum Against the Crime of Genocide. The dialogues, held ahead of the inaugural Aurora Prize ceremony, centered on the modern world’s most pressing humanitarian issues.
A conversation about the world’s most pressing humanitarian issues
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2017 Aurora Dialogues Roundup, Day 1

2017 Aurora Dialogues, a two-day series of discussions on the most pressing global humanitarian issues, were held on May 27 and 28, 2017 in Armenia. The program covered issues ranging from the root causes of the refugee crisis to its disastrous effects and analyzed how varying responses such as humanitarian relief, education and social integration are impacting those most at risk.
Refugee crisis, lack of empathy and personal impact were among the discussed topics
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2017 Aurora Dialogues Roundup, Day 2

2017 Aurora Dialogues, a two-day series of discussions on the most pressing global humanitarian issues, were held on May 27 and 28, 2017 in Armenia. The program covered issues ranging from the root causes of the refugee crisis to its disastrous effects and analyzed how varying responses such as humanitarian relief, education and social integration are impacting those most at risk.
Migration and its causes, the role of business and the findings of the 2017 Aurora Humanitarian Index were among discussed topics.
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PHOTOS: 2017 Aurora Dialogues, Day 1

On May 27, 2017 UWC Dilijan hosted the first day of the 2017 Aurora Dialogues. Arriving guests had an opportunity to tour UWC Dilijan and see examples of students’ work. The 2017 Aurora Dialogues then began with opening remarks by Ruben Vardanyan, Co-founder of the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative, and Denise Davidson, UWC Dilijan Headmistress.
On May 27, 2017 UWC Dilijan hosted the first day of the 2017 Aurora Dialogues
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PHOTOS: 2017 Aurora Dialogues, Day 2

On May 28 the second day of the 2017 Aurora Dialogues took place at the Matenadaran – the Repository of Ancient Manuscripts, in Yerevan, Armenia. Carnegie Corporation President and Aurora Humanitarian Initiative Co-Founder Dr. Vartan Gregorian, said in his introduction, “This is a house of learning, a treasury house of memory.”
On May 28 the second day of the 2017 Aurora Dialogues took place at the Matenadaran.
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Galvanizing the World: Education For All

The first session of the first day of the 2017 Aurora Dialogues Galvanizing the World series was moderated by Denise Davidson. Panelists included UWC International Executive Director Jens Waltermann, Haifa Dia Al-Attia, CEO of the Queen Rania Foundation for Education and Development, and Global Talent EY Partner and One Degree Academy Chair Riaz Shah.
The first session of Day 1 was moderated by Denise Davidson, UWC Dilijan Headmistress.
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Galvanizing the World: The Role of Media

The second session of the first day of the 2017 Aurora Dialogues Galvanizing the World series was moderated by Stephen Kurkjian, author, former Washington Bureau Chief and Founder of Investigative Column Spotlight, The Boston Globe. Panelists included Nigerian-American Journalist Chika Oduah and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of BILD Florian von Heintze.
The second session of Day 1 was moderated by Stephen Kurkjian, former Washington Bureau Chief and Founder of Investigative Column Spotlight, The Boston Globe.
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Galvanizing the World: Protecting Human Rights

The third session of the first day of the 2017 Aurora Dialogues Galvanizing the World series was called Protecting Human Rights and moderated by Hrair Balian, Director of the Conflict Resolution Program of the Carter Center. Panelists included Shamil Idriss, President & CEO of Search for Common Ground, American Jewish World Service Global Ambassador Ruth W. Messinger and Elisa Massimino, President & CEO of Human Rights First.
The third session of Day 1 was moderated by Hrair Balian, Director of the Conflict Resolution Program of the Carter Center.
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Galvanizing the World: Role Models

Marking the fourth session the audience was addressed by Russian writer and member of the Board of Trustees of the “Sozidanie” charity foundation Narine Abgaryan, who talked about the importance of having role models to encourage even the most unwilling to lend a helping hand to others.
Russian writer and member of the Board of Trustees of the “Sozidanie” charity foundation Narine Abgaryan talked about the importance of having role models during the fourth session of Day 1.
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Galvanizing the World: Overcoming Adversity

The fifth session was moderated by Former U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor and Ambassador to the United Nations Nancy Soderberg. Panelists included Marguerite Barankitse, 2016 Aurora Prize Laureate and Founder of Maison Shalom and REMA hospital in Burundi, President & CEO of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum Alice M. Greenwald and Liberian peace activist and member of the Aurora Prize Selection Committee, Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee.
The fifth session of Day 1 was moderated by Former U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor and Ambassador to the United Nations Nancy Soderberg.
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Galvanizing the World: Empowering Refugees

The sixth session was called Empowering Refugees and moderated by Sasha Chanoff, Founder and Executive Director of RefugePoint. Alexander Betts, professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs at the University of Oxford, also took part in the discussion.
The sixth session of Day 1 was moderated by Sasha Chanoff, Founder and Executive Director of RefugePoint.
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