Convergences World Forum – 2016

On September 7th 2016, in the context of the 9th Convergences World Forum, (, Humanitarian Alternatives co-organized its first public debate "In the face of constrained migration, Humanitarian action, as a substitute to political failure?"

Led by Boris Martin, Editor in Chief of the review, the conference brought together a panel of French NGO leaders, the representative in France of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the President of the French Foundation Centre, all committed to defend migrants’ rights.

Bernard Kouchner, former Minister of Foreign and European Affairs (2007-2010) and co-founder of Doctors Without Borders and Médecins du Monde, agreed to be the Great Witness, stating that the important thing was to "fight against this extraordinary wave of racism, nationalism and catastrophism. This is why politicians - because they are afraid of the FN [NDLR: Front National – Far-right wing French political party], for the upcoming elections - built this suspicion, or in any case, didn’t participate in the welcoming and of elementary generosity movement for those coming to our country, and they weren’t that many.” Furthermore he added that if “the State has to give money and resources […] it is to the proximity, the human and the familial solidarity we must call upon.”

To watch the integral recording of this debate please click here