Humanitarian Congress Tokyo 人道援助コングレス東京

Tokyo 2022人道援助コングレス東京2022

Rethinking humanitarian action in a changing world

May 19th (Thu.) and 20th (Fri.), 2022
@Webinar, with simultaneous interpretation
Co-hosted by MSF and ICRC /共催:国境なき医師団、赤十字国際委員会

A woman originally from Afghanistan, who lives in Lesbos, Greece for two years ©MSF


We might stop registration before the Congress days, once the number of participants reaches the limit.

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個人情報管理およびZoom, Slack利用について

Humanitarian Congress Tokyo 2022は終了しました



Humanitarian Congress Tokyo

The number of people displaced by conflict, political upheaval or climate change and in need of urgent humanitarian assistance has markedly increased over the past few years. The war in Syria is more than a decade old, and the war in Yemen is now in its seventh year. August 2022 marks five years since people were displaced from Rakhine State, Myanmar, due to violence. In February 2021, there was a military coup that has had a devastating impact on the country’s healthcare system and civilians are desperately asking for the support and commitment of the international community. In August last year, The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, also known as the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, which led to the rapid and dramatic increase of humanitarian needs. Furthermore, since the beginning of this year, thousands of people have already lost their lives due to the war in Ukraine, with over 7 million people internally displaced and 5 million people forced to flee. All eyes are today turned towards the humanitarian crisis triggered by this conflict, which is being followed in real time through social and traditional media. While governments around the world are still fighting and trying to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, the crisis in Ukraine will have global consequences and will disproportionately affect people, especially in conflict areas where social protection policies that could absorb these shocks have already been weak or non-existent.

The theme of this year's Humanitarian Congress is "Rethinking humanitarian action in a changing world". The Congress will focus on deepening the understanding of today’s humanitarian crises and reflect on what the international community can do to better protect the lives and dignity of people in such extreme situations. It will analyze what kind of actions are needed and how we can better cooperate amongst different stakeholders from the humanitarian, development and private sector in order to respond effectively to these massive needs and bring people out of these humanitarian crises. Engaging with all participants, we would like to discuss how we can shape the humanitarian response of tomorrow.

The Humanitarian Congress Tokyo is primarily intended to promote dialogue among those involved in international cooperation (practitioners, policy makers, researchers, etc.). It also seeks to raise the attention and foster participation and actions of the private sector, the media, students studying in the field of international cooperation, and all people with a broad interest in humanitarian work. We are looking forward to having you online with us for the Humanitarian Congress Tokyo 2022.

About Humanitarian Congress Tokyo
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has established the "Humanitarian Congress Tokyo" since 2020 as a platform based in Japan to discuss various issues related to humanitarian aid, and has been organizing the event jointly with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) since 2021. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the event will be held in an online format as per last year.





Establishment of the Advisory Group


We will update the information on the Panelists and Moderators.



May 19th (Thu.) 17:00-17:10

Opening Remarks
Yuko Nakajima, President, MSF Japan



May 19th (Thu.) 17:10-18:20

Conflict in Ukraine and International Humanitarian Law

Angélique Appeyroux, Head of Operations, ICRC Ukraine
Trish Newport, Deputy Program Manager, Emergency Desk, MSF
Régis Savioz, Head of Delegation in Japan, ICRC
Shinjiro Murata, General Director, MSF Japan

Miki Ebara, Chief International Correspondent/ Executive Producer, NHK World



This session will focus on Ukraine, where the escalation and expansion of the conflict have forced more than 5 million people to flee outside the country and displaced more than 7 million people internally (as of April 2022). The war has claimed the lives of many civilians, who have been unable to evacuate areas where attacks are increasing, and are holding on for their life with limited water and food, and no access to basic services, including communications.

Since the outbreak of the war in February, humanitarian organizations have been confronted with significant challenges in Ukraine. While people suffer from a lack of protection and access to medical and humanitarian aid, with hospitals having come under attack, security concerns, as well as disinformation and misinformation campaigns, have made implementing independent, neutral, and impartial assistance a dangerous and difficult task.

In the pre-session, the ICRC, whose exclusive humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflicts and prevent suffering as a guardian of International Humanitarian Law (IHL), and MSF, which provides medical humanitarian assistance in conflict zones based on the protection of medical care under IHL, will be addressing the evolving humanitarian situation in Ukraine. They will also address the main challenges in responding to growing needs and recall basic IHL rules to be upheld by parties to armed conflict. The situation in Ukraine is being watched with an unprecedented level of interest by many people around the world, including in Japan, and we would like to reflect on these humanitarian issues and provide an opportunity for Congress participants to think about "humanity" anew.




Session 1

May 19th (Thu.) 19:00-20:30
MSF Session

Time to face the “Silent Pandemic” of AMR – Roles of Medical and Humanitarian Actors
命をおびやかすAMR の「サイレント・パンデミック」に立ち向かう──医療・人道アクターの役割

Hiroshi Yotsuyanagi, Director of the IMSUT Hospital, the Institute of Medical Science, the University of Tokyo / President of the Japanese Association for Infectious Disease
Anand Balachandran, Unit Head, AMR National Action Plans and Monitoring SPC Department, AMR Division, WHO
Osamu Kunii, CEO, Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT Fund)
Hossam M. Altalmas, MSF antibiotic stewardship officer in Gaza project

Angela Uyen, Health Policy and Advocacy Advisor, MSF

アナンド・バラチャンドラン(WHO AMR国別行動計画・モニタリングSPCユニットヘッド)
國井修(公益社団法人グローバルヘルス技術振興基金(GHIT Fund)CEO)

アンジェラ・ウエン(MSF 保健政策・アドボカシーアドバイザー)

Bacteria, viruses, parasites and other microbes which have developed resistance to antimicrobials (including antibiotics) are called antimicrobial resistance (AMR). In 2016, the British government estimated that as many as 10 million people could die from AMR infections by the year 2050. More recently, WHO has expressed concern about the rapid increase in AMR due to the abuse of antimicrobials in the COVID-19 pandemic.

AMR affects a variety of patients; from people with tuberculosis to casualties of conflict, and even newborn babies. To control AMR, setting up proper laboratories and training medical staff to determine exact type of bacteria are essential. Implementing quality infection prevention and control measures in hospitals is a key component to successfully tackling this increasingly serious threat.

This session will discuss AMR as a global issue, from worldwide statistics to specific examples from a Middle Eastern project. Panelists will also discuss AMR from various perspectives, including the adequate usage of antibiotics, research and development, funding, and ensuring sustainable access, especially in resource-limited settings.



本セッションでは、世界的な統計から中東プロジェクトでの具体的な事例まで、グローバルな問題としての AMR を議論する。また、パネリストは、抗生物質の適切な使用、研究・開発(R&D)、資金調達、持続的なアクセスの確保など、幅広い観点から論議する

Session 2

May 20th (Fri.) 17:00-18:30
ICRC Session

The Role of the Private Sector in Responding to Increasingly Complex and Protracted Humanitarian Crises

Keynote Address:
Ritsu Nacken, Deputy Representative, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representation in Japan

Yukihiro Nitta, Group Executive Officer, Fast Retailing Co., Ltd.
Yukoh Satake, CEO, Grameen Euglena/ Assistant President, Euglena Co., Ltd.
Mitsuhiro Murooka, Senior Vice President & CCO, NEC Corporation

Youth Commentator:
Rena Kawasaki, Chief Future Officer, Euglena Co., Ltd.

Tomoko Nagano, Newscaster/Journalist

Session2 Closing Remarks:
Yukiko Matsuda, Director, Humanitarian Assistance and Emergency Relief Division,
International Cooperation Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan


新田幸弘(株式会社ファーストリテイリング グループ執行役員)
佐竹右行(グラミンユーグレナCEO/株式会社ユーグレナ 社長補佐官)
室岡光浩(日本電気株式会社 執行役員 兼 CCO)

川崎レナ(株式会社ユーグレナ 最高未来責任者)



This session will discuss partnerships between the private sector and humanitarian organizations, with a focus on how the private sector can collaborate and play an active role in bringing people out of crisis and contributing to humanitarian objectives, particularly in unstable environments or areas affected by, or prone to, armed conflict and violence. It will look at a wide range of ways to engage and collaborate, such as co-creating solutions to deliver stronger and more efficient humanitarian response, designing new technologies in a responsible manner, preventing negative impact on communities while conducting businesses, and/or creating employment opportunities for those forced to leave their home countries. The session will offer the opportunity to companies operating globally to share their initiatives, success stories, best practices and challenges while trying to reduce risks to the vulnerable people. It will seek their ideas on how the private sector can better cooperate with humanitarian organizations for a more sustainable impact and discuss future prospects by exchanging views with participants.


Session 3

May 20th (Fri.) 19:30-21:00

To End Prolonged Humanitarian Crisis in Afghanistan

Yasuaki Yoneyama, Special Representative, Japan, World Bank
Eri Yamamoto, Secretary General, Shanti Volunteer Association
Surraya Amiri, Health Care in Danger Field Officer, ICRC Afghanistan
Gaëtan Drossart, Operations Coordinator for Afghanistan, MSF

Daisaku Higashi, Professor, Sophia University

スーラヤ・アミリ(ICRCアフガニスタン代表部 Health Care in Danger事業担当)


More than six months after The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, also known as the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan in August 2021, international sanctions and a freeze on development aid have further exacerbated the plight of millions of Afghans, exhausted by more than 40 years of conflict, repeated droughts, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, half of the Afghan population is in need of humanitarian assistance.

One of the most urgent areas of need is in health and medical care, where the UN organizations and humanitarian organizations such as ICRC and MSF are helping to fill the gap created by the withdrawal of international assistance. The humanitarian response can and will, however, never be able to replace the public health and medical services required for 40 million people. As a result, diseases other than COVID-19, including measles, are now spreading, and severe malnutrition among children is increasing. Paying salaries to public staff is essential to provide basic social services, including health care, and the suspension of banking services and lack of financial liquidity is having a devastating effect on the overall economy and the ability of humanitarian agencies to effectively expand their operations.

In Japan, the living conditions of Afghan evacuees, and the challenges they face, are not fully recognized and there is a need to generate public interest.

While the world shifts its focus to Ukraine, through this session, we will deepen our understanding of the current humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, and how humanitarian and development organizations can work together to find solutions to a crisis of such magnitude that is pushing the functioning of basic social services to their near collapse.






May 20th (Fri.) 21:00-21:10

Closing Remarks
Yasuo Tanaka, Deputy Executive Director General, Operations Sector / Director General of International Department, Japanese Red Cross Society


The following is an announcement of a side event for Japanese students. This side event will be organized only in Japanese.

人道援助コングレス東京2022 日本熱帯医学会学生部会(J-Trops)主催サイドイベント

5月22日(日) オンライン開催
第1部 14:00-15:00
第2部 15:30-17:00
対象者 学生(定員100人)


第1部 MSFにおける研究活動
講師:国境なき医師団 疫学専門家 岩本桃子

MSF における研究業務の種類や、MSFに研究者として関わる方法・可能性について学ぶ。また、医療資源が乏しい地域における研究課題や研究環境に関して講師の経験を共有しながら、国際保健における研究分野の重要性について理解を深めていく。

第2部 紛争地の医療を知る
講師:国境なき医師団 外科 関聡志
日本赤十字社医療センター 集中治療科 副部長 大塚尚実



We might stop registration before the Congress days, once the number of participants reaches the limit.

Notice on personal information and the use of Zoom and Slack
個人情報管理およびZoom, Slack利用について

Humanitarian Congress Tokyo 2022は終了しました


Rethinking humanitarian action in a changing world


The Humanitarian Congress Tokyo 2022 was held on May 19 and 20, with simultaneous interpretation between Japanese and English. The audio is in the speaker's language, so please use the automatic translation function on YouTube if necessary.


Opening Remarks and Opening Session: Conflict in Ukraine and International Humanitarian Law/ 開会挨拶、ウクライナ紛争と国際人道法

Session 1:Time to face the “Silent Pandemic” of AMR – Roles of Medical and Humanitarian Actors/ 命をおびやかすAMR の「サイレント・パンデミック」に立ち向かう──医療・人道アクターの役割

Session 2: The Role of the Private Sector in Responding to Increasingly Complex and Protracted Humanitarian Crises/ 複雑化・長期化する人道的危機への対応における民間セクターの役割

Session 3: To End Prolonged Humanitarian Crisis in Afghanistan/ 長きにわたるアフガニスタンの人道危機、出口を求めて

Future of Humanitarian Action – truly leaving no one behind

The Humanitarian Congress Tokyo 2021 was held on May 13 and 14, with simultaneous interpretation between Japanese and English. The audio is in the speaker's language, so please use the automatic translation function on YouTube if necessary.


Opening Remarks and Opening Session: Future of Humanitarian Action – truly leaving no one behind/ 開会挨拶、人道援助の未来――真に、“誰一人取り残さない”ために

Session 1:A decade of loss – Syria after ten years of crisis/ 破壊と喪失の10年‐シリアが背負う大きな代償

Session 2: Climate Change and Conflict: When Rain Turns to Dust/ 気候変動と紛争:大地が干上がる時

Session 3: Massive setback to decades of progress in women’s and child health: the impact of the pandemic beyond COVID-19, and Closing Remarks/ 女性・子どものヘルス分野における数十年の成果からの大幅な後退:新型コロナウイルス感染症の二次的影響 閉会挨拶

Challenges of Humanitarian Aid amid COVID-19

The Humanitarian Congress Tokyo 2020 was conducted with simultaneous interpretation between Japanese and English. The audio is in the speaker's languages, so please activate the auto-translate on YouTube if necessary.


Pre-session: Implementation of humanitarian medical aid by MSF and the challenges MSF faces / MSFによる人道医療援助の実践と直面する危機

Shinjiro Murata, General Director, MSF Japan

Guest speaker:
Reshma Adatia, International Operations and Humanitarian Representation Coordinator, MSF International


レシュマ・アダティア(MSFインターナショナル 人道・外交担当代表)

Opening remarks and Session1: Attacks on medical care / 開会挨拶、医療施設に対する攻撃


Maciej Polkowski, Head of the Health Care in Danger initiative, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC),
Leonard Rubenstein, Chair, Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition
Shinjiro Murata, General Director, MSF Japan

Shuichi Furuya, Professor of law at Waseda Law School

マーチェイ・ポルコウスキ(赤十字国際委員会Health Care in Danger プロジェクト統括)
レオナルド・ルーベンスタイン(Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition代表)


Session2: The global equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine, therapeutics and diagnosis / 新型コロナウイルスワクチン・治療・検査への公平なアクセス

Dr. Sylvie Briand, Director of Infectious Hazard Management – Pandemic and Epidemic Disease department, WHO
Kaori Nakatani, Head of Office, DNDi Japan
Dr. Sidney Wong, Interim Co-Director MSF Access Campaign

Takashi Kurumiya, President, MSF Japan

中谷香(特定非営利活動法人DNDi Japan事務局代表)


Session3: The Humanitarian situation in Yemen and Closing remarks / イエメンの人道状況、閉会挨拶

Hiroshi Sato, Chief Senior Researcher, IDE-JETRO
Yukimi Ogaki, World Food Programme (WFP) Yemen
Atsuhiko Ochiai, Former MSF Project Coordinator in Yemen

Takeshi Fujitani, Assistant to Executive Editor, The Asahi Shimbun

佐藤寛(日本貿易振興機構(ジェトロ)アジア経済研究所 上席主任調査研究員)

藤谷健 (朝日新聞 編集担当補佐)