ACADEMIC COUNCIL DEBATE SERIES 2010: Perspectives within International Organisations on Human Security

Thursday, 3 June, 2010 - 17:00 to 18:30

Theme: Human Security, Climate Change, and Natural Disasters

This debate is a joint event of the Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS), the Institute for Environmental Decisions (IED), and the Centre for Comparative and International Studies (CIS) of the ETH Zurich.

The Speakers are:

Renard Sexton
Project Advisor
Environmental Cooperation for Peacebuilding
Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum
Senior Scientist
Department of Public Health and Environment
World Health Organisation (WHO)

Ioana Creitaru
Programme Analyst
Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery Team
Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Chair: Professor Thomas Bernauer
Centre for Comparative and International Studies (CIS)

More about the speakers:

    • Ioana Creitaru is Programme Analyst in UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery. Ioana’s areas of work are climate risk management, governance for disaster risk reduction and mainstreaming of disaster risk reduction into development programming. She is also a PhD Candidate of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva; her research interests include climate change governance, human security and development.


  • Dr. Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum is a senior scientist working on global environmental change and health at the World Health Organization Headquarters in Geneva. Before joining WHO, Diarmid worked in the Infectious and Tropical Diseases Department at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, including living and working in Latin America and Africa. With WHO, he has played key roles in the development of the first quantitative estimates of the overall health impacts of climate change, the 2008 World Health Assembly resolution and 2009 WHO workplan on this issue, and in the development of projects to pilot health adaptation to climate change in vulnerable countries. He recently coordinated a new exercise to define a global research agenda on climate change and health, in compliance with the World Health Assembly resolution. Diarmid is author of multiple journal papers, reports, and book chapters on the ecology and control of infectious disease, and on the health implications of global environmental change, and is a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on Extreme Events.