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When Lives Are at Stake: Exploring High-Pressure Negotiations Through Storytelling

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Negotiating under pressure in insecure environments is a critical skill that allows humanitarian organizations to help those most in need. If negotiations fail, people may not receive the assistance and protection they so urgently need. At the Geneva Peace Week 2019, the CCHN together with ICRC, UNHCR and Fight for Humanity offered a behind the scenes look at high-pressure negotiations and the people who conduct them, using a storytelling approach.

 

Negotiating under pressure in insecure environments is a critical skill that allows humanitarian organizations to help those most in need. Humanitarians must strike a brutal balance between making an impact and maintaining their principles.

The panel included:

– Pascal Hundt, ICRC Senior Crisis Manager

– Julie Dunphy, UNHCR Senior Policy & Liaison Officer (Field Security Service)

– Mehmet Balci, Fight For Humanity Co-Director and Founder.

In the second part of the event, Nicola Eval Fell, ICRC Audiovisual Producer and award-winning filmmaker gave a presentation on the ICRC’s interactive storytelling project “How well could you negotiate on the frontline?”. The project was launched on Twitter in August 2019 and became the ICRC’s most-liked tweet ever.

Lastly, the event demonstrated how frontline negotiations and humanitarian issues more broadly are intertwined with building peace through dialogue, negotiation, advocacy and public communication.

When lives are at stake: Exploring high-pressure negotiations through storytelling took place on 5 November 2019, at 13:30 – 15:00 at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) Conference Room 1, Maison de la Paix, Geneva, Switzerland.