On 25-27 September 2019, around 70 people gathered at Groupe URD’s headquarters for the 12th edition of the Autumn School on Humanitarian Aid. During the three days of debate, the participants were able to explore in detail the topic of ‘Climate change, multiple crises and collapse: what can the aid sector do to anticipate and adapt to the major changes ahead?’

An introductory video gives an idea of the nature of the debates: https://vimeo.com/385932386.

And all the plenary sessions can be consulted online:

Video 1 “Welcome and introduction & “Collapse: possible scenarios” : https://vimeo.com/379839555
Véronique de Geoffroy, Deputy Executive Director of Groupe URD
Corine Morel-Darleux, Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Regional Councillor
Dominique Raynaud, Research Professor Emeritus at the CNRS and a former member of the IPCC
Pablo Servigne, Independent Researcher, Author and Speaker

Video 2 “International aid and collapse scenarios”: https://vimeo.com/379841562
Facilitated by Valérie Léon, Groupe URD Researcher
François Grünewald, General and Scientific Director of Groupe URD
Aurélie Ceinos, Specialist in Climate Change Adaptation, CARE International and representative of Coordination Sud’s Climate Commission

Video 3 “Thematic sessions”: https://vimeo.com/383085654
Facilitated by Lisa Daoud, Groupe URD Researcher
The consequences of systemic changes on security: Grégoire Chambaz, Deputy Editor of the Swiss Military Review, Member of the Scientific Committee of the Centre d’histoire et de prospectives militaires.
Health and climate change: Bruno Jochum, Resident Researcher at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP); former Director General of MSF Switzerland’s Geneva Operational Centre.

Video 4 “Thematic sessions”: https://vimeo.com/379843596
Facilitated by Lisa Daoud, Groupe URD Researcher
Towards a global food crash: from utopia to reality, is a triple green revolution possible? : Philippe Thomas, European Union, DG DEVCO.
Future mobility in the face of multiple disasters: prospects: Sylvain Ponserre, ‘Monitoring’ Coordinator, Internal Displacement Monitoring Center.

Video 5 “Collapse: understanding the risk in order to prepare for it”: https://vimeo.com/383086838
Arthur Keller, Engineer, Speaker, Trainer, Consultant and Author

Video 6 “Working group presentations”: https://vimeo.com/384471646
1/ How can the aid sector be made to reduce its ecological footprint?
2/ Adapting operational strategies
3/ Adapting operational methods
4/ Localisation and the roles of local actors
5/ What approaches should be adopted by politicians and citizens?
6/ What new forms of solidarity are needed?

Video 7 “Conclusions and perspectives”: https://vimeo.com/384481385
Facilitated by François Grünewald, General and Scientific Director of Groupe URD
Gaëlle Nizery, Head of ‘Prevention Preparedness global issues’, DG ECHO.
Martin Kern, MEAL Focal Point, Oxfam Belgium.

Following the Autumn School on Humanitarian Aid, an article was signed by about thirty participants, entitled, ‘International aid and humanitarian action: what can be done in the face of impending catastrophe?’ It was published on Mediapart on 26 October: https://blogs.mediapart.fr/les-invites-de-mediapart/blog/261019/aide-internationale-et-action-humanitaire-une-solution-face-aux-risques-d-effondrement