Between neutrality and engagement: ISPSO European Regional Meeting, Geneva, 15-17 March 2019

2019 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Heralded as a new dawn, with hopes for new beginnings and greater global unity, the reality we face today is one of a more fractured and conflicted world. The global refugee crisis, reflecting challenges faced in post-colonial Africa and the complexities of conflicts in the Middle East, nationalist discourses, such as Brexit, America’s so­cietal splitting, the deepening rift between east and west in the EU, and debates surrounding global warming and the role of religion reflect some of this. Large­ scale geopolitics is not the only setting for such division, though. Conflicts are emerging in the organisations we work for, our families and within ourselves.

This event looks at the balance between neutrality and engagement, in the context of Switzerland and of international bodies including the United Nations and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.