Wednesday, January 27th, 2015
Reception and Remarks
Fallout: Ramifications of the Great Refugee Crisis
President Bill Clinton once described the Rt Honorable David Miliband as “one of the ablest, most creative public servants of our time.” David Miliband previously played critical policy roles in the British governments of Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, including service as Foreign Secretary.
In his current role as President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, David Miliband is now considered to be one of the most effective and passionate advocates for the world’s uprooted and poor people and has been tasked with mitigating the most dire refugee crisis since World War II.
Conflict has wrought a terrible toll on the people of Syria. Hundreds of thousands have been killed and nearly eight million displaced. In recent months, the situation in Syria has deteriorated even further. Fighting—barrel bombs, shells, rocket and mortar attacks—has intensified throughout the country. The UN predicts that a million more Syrians will abandon their homes by Christmas unless the situation improves. Syria is the bleeding edge of a region in crisis. Downward spiraling conditions in Syria and other conflict zones will challenge the area and the rest of the world for some time to come. David Miliband will brief us on the latest in this enormous humanitarian crisis and the political ramifications in the region, Europe and beyond.
ABOUT DAVID MILIBAND:
David Miliband is President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), where he oversees the agency’s humanitarian relief operations in more than 30 war-affected countries and its refugee resettlement and assistance programs in 25 United States cities.
Under Miliband’s leadership, the IRC has expanded its ability to rapidly respond to humanitarian crises and meet the needs of an unprecedented number of people uprooted by conflict, war and disaster. The organization is implementing an ambitious global strategy to bring clear outcomes, strong evidence and systematic research to the humanitarian programs through collaborative partnerships with the public and private sectors.
From 2007 to 2010, Miliband was the 74th Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom, driving advancements in human rights and representing the U.K. throughout the world. In 2006, as Secretary of State for the Environment, he pioneered the world’s first legally binding emissions reduction requirements. He was Member of Parliament for South Shields from 2001 to 2013.
Miliband graduated from Oxford University in 1987 with a first class honors degree in philosophy, politics and economics, and received a master’s degree in political science in 1989 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which he attended as a Kennedy Scholar.
His accomplishments have earned him a reputation, in former President Bill Clinton’s words, as “one of the ablest, most creative public servants of our time,” and as an effective and passionate advocate for the world’s uprooted and poor people.
Miliband’s parents fled to Britain from continental Europe during World War II and its aftermath. As the son of refugees, he brings a personal commitment to the IRC’s work. He lives in New York City with his wife, violinist Louise Shackelton, and their two sons.