FEEDBACK – Unveiling Handicap International Foundation

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On April 7th, 2016 academics, representatives of peer organizations and UN agencies gathered at the Opéra des Nations in Geneva to celebrate the unveiling of Handicap International’s Foundation, a unique entity dedicated to ethical and political analysis.

 


 

Created in June 2014, Handicap International Foundation has been registered as a Swiss Foundation since August 2015. Hosted within the premises of Handicap International – Switzerland, the Foundation assists Handicap International and provides analyzis on anything related to ethics or politics. Furthermore, one of the Foundation’s hopes is to further Handicap International’s trust and build bonds with other humanitarian and development actors based in Geneva.

To this extent, a formal event, the unveiling, or “Lever de rideau”, of Handicap International Foundation was organized on April 7, 2016. The event took place at the Opéra des Nations, a newly created infrastructure located near “Broken Chair”, a work of art erected by Daniel Berset on the initiative of Handicap International. It gathered members of Handicap International and Handicap International – Switzerland as well as representatives of other NGOs, UN agencies or academics, who all kindly attended an event, which was punctuated by several speeches.

 

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Nathalie Herlemont-Zoritchak, the Director of Handicap International Foundation, leading the ceremony of the Foundation’s unveiling.

 

Thus, Nathalie Herlemont-Zoritchak led the ceremony, introducing first Petra Schroeter, the Director of Handicap International – Switzerland, then Jacques Tassi, the President of both Handicap International and Handicap International Foundation. Both gave brief speeches about the idea behind the creation of the Foundation and its links with the rest of the organization, including the National Associations.

Next, Jean-Baptiste Richardier, co-founder of Handicap International, took the floor and reviewed some of the Foundation’s accomplishments, among which the publication of an international review, Humanitarian Alternatives, published in French and in English in collaboration with three other Foundations: the Action against Hunger Foundation, the French Red Cross Fund and the Mérieux Foundation. Dr. Richardier also underlined the link between “Broken Chair”, a sculpture associated with the Foundation and Handicap International, and entirely made of wood … just like the Opéra des Nations, which had kindly accepted to host the Foundation’s unveiling.

 

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Dr. Jean-Baptiste Richardier, co-founder of Handicap International, taking the floor before an audience composed of academics, UN, NGO and other stakeholders’ representatives.

 

Eventually, before ending the night around a glass, Dr. Hugo Slim, Head of Law and Policy Unit at the International Committee of the Red Cross, delivered a keynote speech in which he praised both Handicap International as an organization and the Foundation as the unique, forward-thinking initiative it aspires to be.

 

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Dr. Hugo Slim, Head of Law and Policy Unit at the ICRC, delivering his speech.

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