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" Although the ICRC and the World Economic Forum have separate missions, they both are centred on collaboration across sectors and between various actors in order to improve the state of the world. "
" As conflicts last longer, as the scale of needs increase, we are having to adapt. There is an increasing blurring between immediate humanitarian assistance and long-term development needs. "
" As responsible politicians, you have to manage migration. "
" Attacks on health facilities, health workers, ambulances, is now a reality that we observe on the ground - not on a monthly but on a daily or weekly scale in most of the conflicts in which we are engaged. "
" Businesses operating in fragile or conflict-affected environments bear a responsibility to, at the very minimum, do no harm and avoid fuelling conflict or reinforcing fragility. "
" Can you really send back people to where they are fleeing from? "
" Cities are drivers of growth and wealth, and at the same time, cities are becoming increasingly violent. "
" Cities tend to be representations of societies: diversity and inequality find their extremes in urban settings. Yet, when war is added onto pre-existing inequalities, high levels of poverty, or even disaster, urban fragility increases exponentially, making it harder to absorb the shocks of warfare. "
" Concrete steps are needed to reduce the role of nuclear weapons in military plans, doctrines, and policies. "
" Conflicts are increasingly causing devastation in densely populated urban centres rather than open battlefields, creating a host of new problems through the cumulative impact from the destruction of vital services like water and electricity. "
" Conflicts are not temporary interruptions: they are structural, socio-economic catastrophes, and funding must be allocated accordingly. "
" Each day that passes without kids being able to go to school is an enormous burden on the future. "
" Economic activity can help repair war-torn societies, but if it's not conducted responsibly, it can also create or prolong violence. Companies and international organisations must help strengthen communities and overcome the trauma of violence. "
" Ensuring the respect of international humanitarian law and principles is one of the key areas necessary to establish accountability chains. "
" Even in war, everyone deserves to be treated humanely. "
" Every day, we hear of civilians being killed and wounded in violation of the basic rules of international humanitarian law and with total impunity. Instability is spreading. Suffering is growing. No country can remain untouched. "
" Every year, we ask our donors to dig deeper. And every year, they gladly, generously comply. It is now up to us to find ways and means to forestall the day when they cannot - or will not. Or the consequences for people in war zones could be disastrous. "
" Experience shows that the reliance on illegal, immoral, and inhumane interrogation techniques is universally a very poor choice. "
" Fragility, violence, and conflict are complex. Fragility is influenced by a wide set of factors, many of which are deeply entrenched, such as high social and income inequality. The lines between criminal, inter-communal, and politically motivated violence are often blurred. "
" Humanitarian action cannot be held hostage to political ends. "
" Humanitarian assistance, once conceived as a short-term relief effort, is increasingly the only substitute for long-term development work in protracted armed conflicts. "
" If private-sector capital can be harnessed for social good, the potential to scale humanitarian solutions is vast. "
" If you back out of a convention... you can't dodge your obligation. Torture is still not acceptable. "
" I have known Sepp Blatter, FIFA and football for a long time, and there are some fundamental values which FIFA and the ICRC share. "
" In our fibre-optic world of tweets and tablets, we are more conscious of the world around us. The technicolour violence and humanitarian abuses of today are just a flick of a switch away. In our homes, on the train, in our coffee shops, we see it, we feel it, we know about it. All of us. All of the time. Human suffering is visible, constantly. "
" It has always been clear that any use of nuclear weapons would have catastrophic humanitarian consequences. "
" I think we are challenged in how we define humanitarian action today and how we relate to long-term needs. We are also confronted with legitimate expectations from the people who want us to respond far more thoroughly to their basic pleas than we would have done in a much more contained form of conflict. "
" It is very clear from the text of the Geneva Conventions that families have the right to know about the whereabouts of their missing and that belligerents have a duty to inform families if they have indication and if they are detaining people. "
" It's one thing if a politician in a small country says a little bit of torturing is good to do. There is a qualitative difference... when it's a candidate to run a superpower. "
" Local businesses and communities must be included from the very start in developing solutions to fragility, violence, and conflict. "
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