Time: from 18.30 to 20.15
Location: Universität Zürich, Hauptgebäude, Rämistrasse 71, 8001 Zürich, Hörsaal KOH-B-10

According to the United Nations, more than 65 million people around the world have been forced to flee their homes. The international community is faced with tremendous challenges, such as containing armed conflict and creating development opportunities. Geopolitical tensions, different reasons for displacement as well as gross violation of inter­national humanitarian law have pushed the humani­tarian system to its limits.

Humanitarian aid and in­ternational migration policy are faced with new real­ities and questions. How have these new reasons for displacement influenced the criteria for

  • who is entitled to protection under inter­national humanitarian law?
  • Where are the limits of humanitarian aid?
  • And what are the realistic political solutions to prevent forced displacement?

In the context of the ESCAPE exhibition at the National Museum of Zurich and in order to discuss these issues, the University of Zurich with the Institute of Political Sciences and the Swiss Confederation decided to organise a Hight-Level Panel with internationally renowned personalities from the fields of politics, science and UN organisations. This event will be opened by Federal Council­lor Didier Burkhalter.

Key Note Speaker

–          Didier Burkhalter Federal Councillor


–       Kelly T. Clements UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR

–       Ambassador Manuel Bessler Delegate for Humanitarian Aid

–       Dr. Steffen Angenendt German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP); specialist for demographics, development cooperation and migration

–       Prof. Anita Gohdes Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Department of Political Science at the University of Zurich


–       Etienne Duval TV journalist and trainer, former RTS correspondent in London, Communications Consultant for a London-based NGO