INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY. Its changing face: how to harness the best from the new equality and social justice movements?
September 17 2020, 3pm CET
Language: English (French simultaneous interpretation).
During the last 30 years, globalisation has brought new social, environmental and economic realities worldwide. Traditional forms of solidarity have evolved too and new movements advocate to place the idea of human solidarity on the agenda of global politics. These new forms of solidarity include long and short term movements that strive for greater equality and social justice. Recently, in the context of the COVID-19 global pandemic and in response to it, we are witnessing a tipping point of these new forms of international solidarity. This is indeed the right time to come together and take action to support the urgent need for solidarity.
Moderated by Cathie Burton and with an introduction by Ambassador Manuel Montobbio, this debate opened a conversation with three experts: Ms Avril Benoit, Mr Giuseppe Palmisano and Dr Raúl Acosta, for the first-ever #SOLIDACTION campaign webinar.
Chair of the North-South Centre’s Executive Committee, Ambassador Manuel Montobbio is a Spanish diplomat since 1987. After studying Law and Economics at the University of Barcelona, he postgraduate in Advanced European Studies at the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium) and got a PhD in Political Science at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
Avril Benoît is the Executive Director of the humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in the United States. She has worked with the independent NGO since 2006 in several roles including leading medical teams in South Sudan, Mauritania, Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Africa – working primarily with refugees, asylum seekers and migrant workers. Assignments have taken her to Borno, Nigeria; Darfur, Sudan; and Port-au-Prince, Haiti; amongst other hotspots during times of crisis. She was director of communications and fundraising at MSF's operational center in Geneva. Prior to joining MSF, Benoît was a journalist for 20 years, mostly working with the public radio service of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Raúl Acosta is an anthropologist who has studied activism and advocacy for almost two decades. He is currently project manager at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. He was awarded his doctoral degree at the University of Oxford, and has worked teaching and doing research in universities in Mexico, Spain, and Germany. His latest book, “Civil becomings: performative politics in the Amazon and the Mediterranean”, analyses transnational advocacy networks as political innovators. His first monograph was an anthropological investigation of the World Social Forum. In his current project, he studies ethical conjunctures in networks of activism and advocacy to improve the quality of life in Mexico City.
Cathie Burton works at the Council of Europe's Directorate of Communication. A former journalist, Cathie has a wealth of experience in international organisations, including leading communication for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Vienna, heading the campaigns team in the Council of Europe and working as Spokesperson for the British Labour Party in the European Parliament.