Speaker: Dakshinie Ruwanthika Gunaratne, Former International Humanitarian Law Expert UN Security Council Panel on Yemen (2016-2018) and Sudan (2014-2016)
The wars in South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen have all been described by United Nations as some of the worst humanitarian crises of our times. Yet what is the Security Council, the UN's most important and powerful body, doing about it? How has the UN Security Council responded to widespread abuses by all sides to these conflicts and dire warnings of famine, starvation, and disease? Ruwanthika Gunaratne, the International Humanitarian Law Expert on the United Nations Security Council-mandated Panels of Experts on Yemen (from 2016 – 2018) and Sudan (from 2014 – 2016) discusses the dynamics shaping the UN Security Council responses to these situations and ways in which the Council's approach could be reformed in the sanctions context.
All are welcome and lunch will be provided.