Speaker: Mr Jürg Montani, recorded on 4/4/2017 at the ANU
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has witnessed the manifold and far-reaching humanitarian consequences of protracted conflict in Myanmar for 30 years, including displacement, migration and development reversals. The nature of prolonged or multiple conflicts requires humanitarian actors to take a combined approach of meeting immediate and long-term needs.
Thus ICRC’s operations in Myanmar range from assisting with emergency food and water and monitoring places of detention to supporting physical rehabilitation centres and income support programs for the most vulnerable living in internally displaced people’s camps. ICRC’s main operations today are in Kachin, Shan and Rakhine states, where large numbers of people have been displaced due to conflict and violence.
Mr Jurg Montani will discuss the humanitarian situation in Myanmar and the challenges of working in a context of protracted conflict, movement restrictions, mass displacement, and significant explosive remnants of war, all against the backdrop of political transition.
Mr Jürg Montani
was born in 1965 in Switzerland. He holds a Masters of Business Administration of the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland. After a few years in the insurance industry, Mr. Montani joined the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in 1996. He held posts of delegate to head of mission for the ICRC in Sri Lanka, Rwanda, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Central African Republic, Chad, Somalia and Sudan. He was deputy head of the multilateral diplomacy and humanitarian coordination unit at ICRC headquarters in Geneva. Mr. Montani was head of the ICRC delegations in Sierra Leone, Somalia and Lebanon, before taking over the ICRC delegation in Yangon, Myanmar, in August 2013.