ATLANTA — CARE President and CEO Michelle Nunn will offer her perspective on the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis, the world’s largest humanitarian crisis since World War II, during an exclusive appearance before the Atlanta Press Club on Oct. 1.
Nunn will share insights about the people behind the crisis, the challenges they face and the humanitarian needs in Syria and neighboring countries, such as Jordan and Turkey. Former CNN president Tom Johnson will lead the conversation.
After an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate in 2014, Nunn joined CARE as its president and CEO, effective July 1. Her Atlanta Press Club appearance comes as she reaches the 100-day mark leading the 70-year-old international humanitarian aid agency.
“As a global community, we are failing to meet the enormous threshold of need,” Nunn wrote in a Sept. 11 op-ed published on CNN.com. “Humanitarian organizations on the ground are falling short of resources and simply need more support. The needs for health care, education and basic supplies are immense. This even as refugees are paying large sums of money and risking their lives to crawl into unstable boats or walk hundreds of miles across Europe.”
She added: “The long-term solution, of course, is peace. We need new diplomatic efforts to ensure the enforcement of U.N. resolutions calling not only for a peaceful, political solution to the conflict in Syria, and also protection of civilians and access for humanitarian assistance.”
The event scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 1 at the Commerce Club in Downtown Atlanta. Tickets are $40 for nonmembers and $30 for members, and tables are available for purchase.
Johnson, a former senior executive at four U.S. news organizations: CNN, Los Angeles Times, Dallas Times Herald and Texas Broadcasting Corp., is a 2011 inductee into the Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame.
For more information, call 404-577-7377 or visit atlantapressclub.org.