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" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" The principal cause of suffering during humanitarian crises is insufficient respect of applicable rules of international humanitarian law. "
" Not enough countries, not enough armies, not enough armed groups are abiding by the fundamental human values enshrined in the Geneva Conventions. "
" It has always been clear that any use of nuclear weapons would have catastrophic humanitarian consequences. "
" You don't torture people. You don't indiscriminately attack civilians. You protect as good as you can the impact of your warfare on women and children. "
" While the nature of warfare is changing and wars are moving into cities, they are also becoming longer and their consequences more impactful. "
" Experience shows that the reliance on illegal, immoral, and inhumane interrogation techniques is universally a very poor choice. "
" We live in an environment in which connectivity and cyberspace are transforming all workplaces, including the humanitarian workplace. "
" The Fourth Industrial Revolution does not just entail risks: it also brings solutions to humanitarian problems. "
" 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. "
" When millions of kids are missing out on school, delivering educational services becomes an issue that concerns the humanitarian system. "
" Until the last nuclear weapon is eliminated, more must also be done to reduce the risk of a detonation. Nuclear-armed states should reduce the number of warheads on high alert and be clearer about the actions they are taking to prevent accidents. "
" 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 assistance, once conceived as a short-term relief effort, is increasingly the only substitute for long-term development work in protracted armed conflicts. "
" Conflicts are not temporary interruptions: they are structural, socio-economic catastrophes, and funding must be allocated accordingly. "
" The mess in the world is a strong driver because, at the end of the day, it's the increasing unacceptability of the divergences and rifts in the world economically, socially, politically, and culturally which lead everybody to say, 'We have to do something.' "
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" There is great potential for investments that are built around improving social, environmental, and economic conditions. "
" Short-termism is no longer an option. We have to envisage humanitarian action with a medium- and long-term perspective. "
" To respond to people's needs, humanitarian action has evolved from a temporary fix to a long-term safety net. "
" The relatively unpredictable flow of funds to humanitarian organizations, and the bureaucratic strings often attached to them, can have a highly negative impact on an organization's ability to plan and execute programmes effectively. We need to be able to rely on predictable income flows to plan sustainable programmes. "
" New technologies are rapidly giving rise to unprecedented methods of warfare. Innovations that yesterday were science fiction could cause catastrophe tomorrow, including nanotechnologies, combat robots, and laser weapons. "
" The young, the old, women, the disabled, the sick and the wounded are entitled to protection under international law. Too often, the ICRC's calls for those laws to be respected are ignored. "
" The issue of corruption in the humanitarian system is not an issue which is fundamentally different from dangers of corruption in other areas. One of the best ways to strengthen accountability is to engage in principled and law-based humanitarian action. "
" The creative capacity of the private sector should be harnessed to develop new and more effective ways to deliver humanitarian solutions. "
" Cities are drivers of growth and wealth, and at the same time, cities are becoming increasingly violent. "
" Can you really send back people to where they are fleeing from? "
" Local businesses and communities must be included from the very start in developing solutions to fragility, violence, and conflict. "
" Humanitarian action cannot be held hostage to political ends. "
" 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. "