2018 AURORA DIALOGUES BERLIN

Global humanitarian activists and organizations gathered at the Aurora Dialogues in Berlin on December 11-12 to discuss and identify solutions to some of the world’s most prevalent humanitarian challenges. The event titled “Humanity in a Fragile World – Partnering for Change” focused on discussions about the on-going refugee crisis, displacement and migration, conflict scenarios and the growing trend of populism.
he event titled “Humanity in a Fragile World – Partnering for Change” focused on discussions about the on-going refugee crisis, displacement and migration, conflict scenarios and the growing trend of populism.
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A World Under Pressure

The opening panel of the 2018 Aurora Dialogues Berlin brought together Tom Catena, 2017 Aurora Prize Laureate; Wolfgang Huber, Former Chair of the Council, Evangelische Kirche Deutschland (EKD); Cem Özdemir, Member of German Parliament; Düzen Tekkal, Founder and Chairwoman, Háwar, and Tania von Uslar-Gleichen, Director for Human Rights, International Development and Social Affairs. The discussion, moderated by international broadcaster Nik Gowing, was titled A World Under Pressure.
The opening panel of 2018 Aurora Dialogues Berlin.
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Conversation with Tom Catena

The Q&A was part of the 2018 Aurora Dialogues Berlin that brought together global humanitarian activists and organizations. The conversation between Der Tagesspiegel Editor Dorothee Nolte and Aurora Humanitarian Initiative Chair Doctor Tom Catena, physician at the Mother of Mercy Hospital in the Nuba Mountains and 2017 Aurora Prize Laureate, took place on December 11.
The incredible life story of the inaugural Chair of the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative, told by the man himself
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Humanity in a Fragile World

The first session of the 2018 Aurora Dialogues Berlin that brought together global humanitarian activists and organizations took place on December 12 and opened with remarks by moderator Nik Gowing, international broadcaster and visiting Professor at Kings College London. Franz Fischler, President of the European Forum Alpbach; Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman, Munich Security Conference; Michael Keating, Executive Director, European Institute of Peace, and Anja Langenbucher, Director Europe Office, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, took part in the discussion titled Humanity in a Fragile World.
The first session of the 2018 Aurora Dialogues Berlin.
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Partnering for Change

The second session of the 2018 Aurora Dialogues Berlin that brought together global humanitarian activists and organizations took place on December 12. It opened with remarks by Michael Werz, Senior Fellow at the Centre for American Progress. Katrine Camilleri, Director, Jesuit Refugee Service in Malta; Saran Kaba Jones, CEO and Founder, FACE Africa; Sunitha Krishnan, 2018 Aurora Humanitarian, and Christopher Lockyear, Secretary General, Médicins Sans Frontières (MSF) International, took part in the discussion titled Partnering for Change and moderated by Dorothee Nolte, Editor of Der Tagesspiegel, who introduced the panelists.
The second session of the 2018 Aurora Dialogues Berlin.
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Scaling up Impact

The third session of the 2018 Aurora Dialogues Berlin that brought together global humanitarian activists and organizations took place on December 12 and opened with remarks by moderator Nik Gowing, international broadcaster and Visiting Professor at Kings College London. Andreas Rickert, CEO and Founder of PHINEO; Goran Buldioski, Co-Director of the Open Society Initiative for Europe; Geert Cappelaere, Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa at UNICEF; Megan Roberts, Deputy Director of Policy Planning at United Nations Foundation, and Ruben Vardanyan, Co-Founder of the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative, took part in the discussion titled Scaling up Impact.
The third session of the 2018 Aurora Dialogues Berlin.
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2018 AURORA DIALOGUES BERLIN OVERVIEW

2018 Aurora Dialogues Berlin “Humanity in a Fragile World: Partnering for Change” will take place in the capital of Germany on December 11 – 12, 2018. Distinguished humanitarians, academics, philanthropists, business leaders and members of civil society will focus on multilateral, multi-stakeholder approaches in facilitating timely responses and finding sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing humanitarian crises.
“Humanity in a Fragile World: Partnering for Change”
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Agenda

2018 Aurora Dialogues Berlin “Humanity in a Fragile World: Partnering for Change” will take place in the capital of Germany on December 11 – 12, 2018. Distinguished humanitarians, academics, philanthropists, business leaders and members of civil society will focus on multilateral, multi-stakeholder approaches in facilitating timely responses and finding sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing humanitarian crises.
The program will focus on multilateral, multi-stakeholder approaches in facilitating timely responses and finding sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing humanitarian crises.
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Organizing Partners

2018 Aurora Dialogues Berlin “Humanity in a Fragile World: Partnering for Change” will take place in the capital of Germany on December 11 – 12, 2018. The event is organized by the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative, the Global Perspectives Initiative, the Federal Foreign Office (Germany), the Roland Berger Foundation, the Robert Bosch Stiftung, EY and UNICEF.
2018 Aurora Dialogues Berlin is organized by the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative, Global Perspectives Initiative, Federal Foreign Office (Germany), Roland Berger Foundation, Robert Bosch Stiftung, EY and UNICEF.
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2018 Aurora Dialogues Berlin “Humanity in a Fragile World: Partnering for Change” will take place in the capital of Germany on December 11 – 12, 2018. Distinguished humanitarians, academics, philanthropists, business leaders and members of civil society will focus on multilateral, multi-stakeholder approaches in facilitating timely responses and finding sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing humanitarian crises.
Distinguished humanitarians, academics, philanthropists, business leaders and members of civil society will convene in Berlin.
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Global coalition launches refugee self-reliance initiative

On the sidelines of the 2018 UN General Assembly (UNGA), the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative (AHI), RefugePoint and the Women’s Refugee Commission partnered to host a forum titled, “Better Lives Now: Leveraging Refugees’ Talents” to launch the Refugee Self-Reliance Initiative, a joint effort by a coalition of organisations, government agencies, foundations, research institutes and other partners focused on promoting opportunities for refugees to become self-reliant.
World’s first global cross-sector coalition of organizations, government agencies and foundations launches a joint effort focused on promoting opportunities for refugees to become self-reliant.
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Leveraging Refugees’ Talents

On the sidelines of the 2018 UN General Assembly (UNGA), the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative (AHI), RefugePoint and the Women’s Refugee Commission partnered to host a forum titled, “Better Lives Now: Leveraging Refugees’ Talents” to launch the Refugee Self-Reliance Initiative, a joint effort by a coalition of organisations, government agencies, foundations, research institutes and other partners focused on promoting opportunities for refugees to become self-reliant.
Short video featuring the highlights of the Refugee Self-Reliance Initiative launch event in New York.
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Better Lives Now: Halla Tómasdóttir

On the sidelines of the 2018 UN General Assembly (UNGA), the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative (AHI), RefugePoint and the Women’s Refugee Commission partnered to host a forum titled, “Better Lives Now: Leveraging Refugees’ Talents” to launch the Refugee Self-Reliance Initiative, a joint effort by a coalition of organisations, government agencies, foundations, research institutes and other partners focused on promoting opportunities for refugees to become self-reliant.
"It's very clear that the current way of addressing these issues [concerning refugees] is not going to work. We have to become creative and courageous and come up with better solutions and allow people to bring themselves to have a purpose in life."
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VIDEO: Aurora Dialogues New York 2018

The second Aurora Dialogues outside of Armenia took place in New York City on March 1. “Solidarity Beyond Borders: Stepping Up When Others Step Back” was the theme of the Dialogues. The conversation focused on what drives people to risk their lives and stand up for others in challenging times. In collaboration with the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, leading humanitarians, academics, philanthropists and members of civil society came together to discuss some of today’s most pressing humanitarian challenges.
Solidarity Beyond Borders: Stepping Up When Others Step Back
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Better Lives Now

Better Lives Now: Leveraging Refugees’ Talents, organized by RefugePoint and the Women’s Refugee Commission with support of the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative, will take place in New York. The event is also produced in partnership with Club de Madrid, The Canadian Mission to the UN, MercyCorps, The B Team and Refugees Deeply. The event will bring together government officials (including from both refugee hosting and donor countries), noted philanthropists, key business leaders, UN officials and senior NGO representatives.
The event will take place on September 20, 2018.
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