Refugees International’s New York Circle cordially invites you to
HOPES SUBMERGED, RESILIENCE REMAINS
Date of event:
Monday, November 15, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
6:30 to 8:30 pm
Her Majesty Queen Noor
Refugees International Board Member
Former United Nations Deputy Secretary-General
Refugees International President
Climate Displacement Program Manager
on her recent field mission to Pakistan
Sarah Bacon | Jennifer & Michael Caputo | Matt Dillon
Farooq Kathwari | Larry Kopp | Cary Netchvolodoff McCall
Sally & Steve Paridis | Peta & Gary Roubin | Eileen Shields-West
Sandi & Bruce Tully | Natacha Weiss | Ambassador Frank Wisner
Bohemian Benevolent & Literary Association
321 East 73rd Street, 3rd Floor
New York City, NY
Cocktail reception | Presentation at 7:00 pm | Cocktail attire
PEACEBUILDER $25,000 – Lead Sponsor, underwrite an RI mission focused on climate displacement, inclusion in RI’s President’s Advocacy Society, special invitation for 6 to private briefing with leading experts including RI Board and staff, and 10 tickets to event.
HUMANITARIAN $10,000 – inclusion in RI’s President’s Advocacy Society, special invitation for 4 to private briefing with leading experts including RI Board and staff, and 8 tickets to event.
VISIONARY $5,000 – inclusion in RI’s President’s Advocacy Society and 6 tickets to event.
LEADER $2,500 – includes 4 tickets to event.
Individual Ticket $500
For more information, contact Ellie Stamatopoulos at (202) 828-0110 ext. 227 or [email protected]
The massive floods in Pakistan are the worst in the country’s history and unprecedented in terms of their human impact. Worse than the Asian Tsunami of 2004, the 2005 earthquake in Kashmir, and the 2010 Haiti earthquake combined, the floods have affected an estimated 20 million Pakistanis, and caused billions of dollars in losses.
One-fifth of Pakistan—approximately the size of Italy—is submerged in water. Nearly 2 million homes have been either damaged or destroyed, and the humanitarian concerns continue to mount as the winter months approach. Millions of people face malnutrition and disease as winter quickly nears.
While the exact timing and magnitude of the floods were difficult, if not impossible, to predict, they are nonetheless in line with experts’ predictions that climate change will cause an increase in extreme weather events, particularly in hazard-prone places such as Pakistan. If natural disasters of this scale are in fact the “new norm”, then the humanitarian community simply lacks the capacity to adequately respond. More strategic thinking is needed—-not only around disaster preparedness and response—-but development priorities in at-risk countries such as Pakistan as well.
The Bacon Center for the Study of Climate Displacement recently completed a mission to Pakistan. Please join our experts for a briefing on our findings including the impacts of the flooding on vulnerable populations, the challenges of the international community’s response, implications for Pakistan-U.S. relations, and the broader implications of climate change on development and stability in at-risk countries such as Pakistan.
> View photos from our recent assessment in Pakistan