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A one-day conference, titled Winning Back the Human Race, will be held at Chatham House, London, on Tuesday, 14 November 2017, to review the legacy of the ICIH and to remember Zia Rizvi, who passed away in 2016.

In 1986, ICIHI’s Secretary General, Zia Rizvi, observed that the purpose of the Commission was to “promote  a greater awareness of the human dimension in the countless problems which confront the global community.” Thirty years later, in 2017, the turbulence being experienced in many parts of the world means that the Commission’s purpose and findings are just as relevant today.

Involving high-level speakers as well as experienced humanitarian officials, analysts and advocates, the conference will take stock of the work undertaken by ICIHI, assess the Commission’s impact and examine the international community’s evolving response to the key humanitarian issues of our day.  

 Conference Programme

The opening session of the conference, chaired and introduced by its Honorary President, Lord Owen, will feature opening remarks by its Honorary Patron, Prince Hassan bin Talal and also by Baroness Frances D’Souza, as well as a Keynote speech by Lord Malloch-Brown, a former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.

The first session of the conference, Contemporary armed conflicts: humanitarian action and the laws of war, will focus on the humanitarian challenges that arise in situations of armed conflict, while the second, Refugees and the dynamics of displacement: strengthening the protection of uprooted people, will examine the international community’s efforts on behalf of refugees and displaced people. The third session, Famine: why food insecurity persists, will explore the measures that might be taken to prevent and respond to situations of famine and food insecurity.

Each of these sessions will feature presentations by leading international experts, followed by responses from a panel of specialists as well as comments and questions from the floor. In each case, speakers will examine the Commission’s findings and recommendations, assess the extent to which they have influenced policy and practice, and identify outstanding and unresolved issues in the area under discussion.

The conference will conclude with a panel discussion on the past, present and future of humanitarian action, bringing Prince Hassan, Lord Owen and Lord Malloch-Brown together with a younger generation of analysts.

The schedule for the various sessions is attached.

Conference organization

A conference organizing committee has been established, chaired by Lord Malloch-Brown, and including members of the Rizvi family. The committee will identify potential speakers, panellists collaborating organizations and sponsors.

Sponsoring organizations that have already confirmed their participation include Chatham House, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the Humanitarian Leadership Academy.

For information on the Commission and relevant documents visit

If you would like to attend the conference either in person or on the live-stream, or require further information, please email Dylan Crisp at


The first stage of the 2017 Certificate of Entitlement (CE) Exercise hasbeen completed . During the first days of June 2017 all CEs were dispatched to retirees and beneficiaries worldwide to their official mailing addresses on file with the Fund, provided their benefit was in Certificate of Entitlement (CE).

Pension/Annual Statements have been put into all Participants Member Self-Service Folders. Please register (see the instructions below)  or go to Member For information on the Commission and relevant documents visit If you would like to attend the conference either in person or on the live-stream, we invite you to register via this link, kindly provided by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). For any inquiries please email Dylan Crisp at Self-Service to see and print your statement. If you do not see your Annual Pension Statement there, please contact the Fund and under How can we Assist you? Click on Pension Statement (Annual Statement). payment during the six months prior to 01 May 2017.


The Permanent Under-Secretary at the FCO, Sir Simon McDonald, addressing the group

On Wednesday 12 July the Foreign Office dedicated a meeting room in memory of Dame Margaret Anstee.  The event was hosted by the Permanent Under-Secretary, Sir Simon McDonald, and attended by Dame Margaret’s relatives and a number of Foreign Office officials. Edward Mortimer and Michael Davies attended on behalf of BAFUNCS.

The room is a large meeting room for around 40 participants located on the first floor of the Foreign Office with high frieze-lined ceilings. The most notable features, however, are six large John Piper paintings. Although they have a Spanish feel to then (which is very appropriate for Dame Margaret was a Spanish linguist and her last book was about her Spanish tutor at Cambridge) they are in fact, paintings of Brighton, Bath and Cheltenham which were originally commissioned for the British embassy in Rio de Janeiro.

Natalie Samarasinghe, UNA Executive Director, spoke a few words of appreciation about Dame Margaret and her UN career. In particular she recalled Dame Margaret’s message to the FCO Women’s Association in 2016 in which she reminisced on the difficulties of being one of the few women recruits in 1948 and regretting that the objective of full parity with men had still not been achieved, particularly in senior levels. In the letter she also recalled that: “I was the last person in the Office to see my boss, Donald Maclean on the Friday evening in May 1951 when he fled to Russia with Guy Burgess, an event which rocked the service to its foundations.  I have never been questioned about our last conversation. Only the Americans later tried to stop the United Nations from sending me to Latin America because I had worked with him.

         Some of Dame Margaret's relatives and Foreign Office Officials,
together with representatives of BAFUNCS

In addition, Ziaul Islam attended, on behalf of BAFUNCS and the United Nations Association of the UK, a ceremony, which took place on Sunday, 11 July 2017 in the Village Hall in Writtle, birthplace of Dame Margaret, where a plaque in her memory was unveiled. He and Lord Petrie, Lord of the Manor of Essex, jointly unveiled the plaque in the presence of members of Margaret's family, local press and other dignitaries. Ziaul also delivered a message from Edward Mortimer, former President of BAFUNCS, who was unable to attend the ceremony.







Updated 18 August 2017