Sir John Holmes on international aid

Posted on 23rd March 2012

By Cicely Robinson, 6.2

Last week, Sir John Holmes gave a Civics talk about humanitarian aid. It was followed by a supper with sixth form students, giving them a chance to ask questions about his work as a diplomat and at the UN as Undersecretary General for Humanitarian affairs. The talk shed light on some of the moral and political problems in trying to provide aid. This was particularly relevant at the moment due to the recent intervention in Libya and the current state of Syria and whether it too calls for international intervention. It was very thought provoking and made everyone consider the possible negative consequences of what at first glance might seem like a good idea.



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