David Miliband is currently the President and Chief Executive of International Rescue Committee (IRC), the New York-based non-profit humanitarian organisation. IRC employs 16,000 people around the world and works in 40 countries where lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster.
As the son of refugees, Miliband’s work and his new book convey a simple message: rescue refugees and we rescue ourselves. As president of the International Rescue Committee, David Miliband enlists his expert statesmanship in the fight against the greatest global refugee crisis since World War II.
This is a crisis which has seen sixty-five million people fleeing for their lives globally. In his new book, Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crisis of our Time, IRC president David Miliband shows why we should care and how we can make a difference.
Based on his TED Talk, Rescue takes us from war zones in the Middle East to peaceful suburbs in America to explain the crisis and show what can be done, not just by governments with the power to change policy but by citizens with the urge to change lives.
Miliband feels passionately about the fact that crisis need not be overwhelming nor seem unmanageable. The book is a practical call to action, to shed light on the scale of the refugee crisis and what needs to be done.
Miliband says this is a fight to uphold the best of human nature in the face of rhetoric and policy that humour the worst. He defends the international order built by Western leaders out of the ashes of World War II, but says now is the time for reform.
Describing his family story and drawing revealing lessons from his life in politics, Miliband shows that if we fail refugees, then we betray our own history, values, and interests. Miliband believes that the refugee crisis is very much a test of who we are as a global community and each of us has a personal responsibility to help solve it.
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David Miliband at TED2017: The refugee crisis is a test of our character
The International Rescue Committee and Sesame Street are working together to create a brighter future for 9 million children affected by war and conflict in the Syria region. The IRC were a finalist in the MacArthur Foundation’s #100andChange competition. Watch the IRC’s winning pitch for the inaugural $100m MacArthur prize below.
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