Humanitarian principles revisited? Current and future challenges

On 21 March 2013, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the ICRC, and at the backdrop of the Review's recent issue on 'The Future of Humanitarian Action', the International Review of the Red Cross and the Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH) convened a panel discussion in Geneva entitled 'Humanitarian Principles Revisited? Current and Future Challenges'. With panellists ranging from classical humanitarian actors such as MSF and ICRC to a more faith-based actor such as IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation in Turkey, the event offered an opportunity to explore the meaning of humanitarian principles, their relevance in today's multi-faceted humanitarian environment, and the challenges in operationalising them.