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The International Peace Institute (IPI) invites you to a speaker series event featuring Mr. Pierre Krähenbühl taking place at IPI on Friday, June 21, from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm.

The Risks of Politicizing Humanitarian Action: The UNRWA Perspective

Trygve Lie Center for Peace, Security & Development
International Peace Institute
777 United Nations Plaza, 12th Floor
(Corner of 1st Avenue and 44th Street)

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Appointed by the UN Secretary-General in November 2013, Pierre Krähenbühl became Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) on March 30, 2014. As Commissioner-General, he serves at the level of Under-Secretary-General. A Swiss national, Mr. Krähenbühl has nearly 30 years of experience in humanitarian, human rights, and development work.

Prior to joining UNRWA, Mr. Krähenbühl served as director of Operations at the International Committee of the Red Cross from July 2002 to January 2014, responsible for the conduct, management, and supervision of 12,000 ICRC staff working in 80 countries. In this position, he directly oversaw that organization’s response to conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Colombia and Libya, among others. He led senior-level negotiations with a range of governments, armed forces, and other groups to secure access to conflict-affected populations.

Mr. Krähenbühl’s experience also includes diverse and demanding field assignments in places experiencing profound social change and armed conflict, including El Salvador, Peru, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

This event will be moderated by Dr. Adam Lupel, Vice President of IPI. IPI is an independent, international not-for-profit think tank dedicated to promoting the prevention and settlement of conflicts between and within states by strengthening international peace and security institutions.

For questions, contact: Amanda Mignone, mignone@ipinst.org or 212-225-9638