Development and the Crisis: The Reasoning for Humanitarian Diplomacy and International Humanitarian Interventions in Regions of Conflict, for Group 20 Meeting Mexico, June 2012, by Dr Mark Fernando

Posted by Mark Fernando on 18 June 2012


Development and the Crisis:  The Reasoning for Humanitarian Diplomacy and International Humanitarian Interventions in Regions of Conflict,  for Group 20 Meeting Mexico, June 2012.


To be sure,  it is in the wider macroeconomic interests of all nation states to enable there to be humanitarian diplomacy, humanitarian healthcare initiatives and international humanitarian interventions to take place in regions and countries in conflict.   In the broader context of the debate regarding Development and the Crisis,  all efforts towards enabling stability and peace provides the requisite preconditions for economic development.    This can also enable differing and variable global economic crises to be lessened, rather than creating further exogenous shocks to economic systems.


When, for whatever reasons, there are global regions that escalate into violent crises,  causing much human suffering and the loss of lives,  it is entirely justified, provided that it is within International Law,   to enable the resources of the international community to be mobilized and to enable humanitarian interventions to take place.   International Non-Governmental Organizations,  such as The International Red Cross and The Red Crescent Societies,  Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders,  Save The Children  and  Unicef,   in combination with International State actors,  such as the central Agencies of The United Nations Organization,  can provide much needed care and assistance to deeply suffering and otherwise neglected communities,  that are caught within the cross-fire of conflicting circumstances.   To enforce a peace-process,  there is also the need for International Peacekeepers,  to be adequately resourced so as to defend themselves,  to protect innocent lives and to enforce peace.

With the deployment of a concert in International Diplomacy,  which does require the co-operation of the Nations of the United Nations Security Council,   to desire to maintain peace and to value human life,   with international and regional security,   by enabling all efforts to be made possible to prevent the loss of life and to promote peace with security.   International Humanitarian Diplomacy combined with Humanitarian Healthcare Interventions and International Medical assistance is of course,  not any cause for fear regarding the integrity of National States,  nor is it any cause for concern regarding what some have feared as “neo-imperialism”.    It is simply to protect human lives, to maintain peace and ensure longer-term progress toward regional peace,  security and economic stability.    It is surely in the macroeconomic interests of all Nations,  to make possible that peace with security is well ensured and maintained in all regions,  without the much greater possibilities of risking exogenous shocks to take place to regional economic platforms and sector markets.

In upholding International Law and the basic rights of people to live without the fear of a daily conflict situation in their communities,  the reasoning for enabling Humanitarian Diplomacy,  Humanitarian Healthcare Initiatives and Humanitarian Interventions can be very reasonably justified for regions and in countries that have very serious conflict situations.   This can be called upon for crises regions, that need peace to be enforced and regional security to be ensured,  in the interests of human dignity and in the protection of human life, that can also lead to better macroeconomic stability for regional and international markets.


Dr Mark Fernando

Humanitarian Healthcare Diplomacy, Fernando Consultancy Global Group