The spread of Covid-19 continues to dominate global attention. Governments are primarily focusing efforts on the domestic response to the virus. With 168 million people in need of humanitarian assistance globally, including 70 million forcibly displaced, understanding how the pandemic will impact the most vulnerable is vital to implementing an effective response. In this upcoming series, the CSIS Humanitarian Agenda will speak with leadership across humanitarian institutions about the challenges their organizations face during Covid-19. Our featured guests will give their insights on how the pandemic is changing the humanitarian landscape and the impact it has on the delivery of lifesaving assistance now and in the near future.
We are pleased to host Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), to discuss how the ICRC is adapting and responding to the pandemic. This discussion will focus on the ICRC’s efforts to promote adherence to international humanitarian law and humanitarian principles, and explore the adaptations necessary to respond to humanitarian needs during a global pandemic.