On the evening of 18th August, the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies marked World Humanitarian Day. The Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Programme brought together practitioners, policy professionals, the research community and the wider public by organizing an exhibition, panel discussion and networking session to celebrate those who dedicate their lives to humanitarian work at the Park Royal Hotel on Beach Road, Singapore.
Associate Professor Mely Caballero-Anthony, Head of the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies (NTS Centre), welcomed more than 70 participants to the event from across the community. The three panellists were Ms Janet Lim, Former UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Operations, Mr Xavier Castellanos, Asia Pacific Regional Director of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and Mr Egan Hwan, Communications and Media Manager, Asia, Save the Children. The panel was moderated by Dr Alistair D. B. Cook, Coordinator of the HADR Programme.
At the exhibition and networking session, Badan Agama Dan Pelajaran Radin Mas (BAPA), Earth Observatory of Singapore, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Mercy Relief, Save The Children, Singapore Red Cross, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Programme (RSIS), and World Vision presented their research and field activities, shared their experiences and answered questions from an engaged and interested crowd.