World Humanitarian Day 2015
19 August, 2015
Today marks World Humanitarian Day; honouring those who have lost their lives in humanitarian service and those who continue to bring assistance and relief to millions.
The day was chosen by the UN General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq. It serves as an annual reminder of the life saving assistance and long term rehabilitation provided by humanitarian workers to disaster affected communities around the world.
The theme chosen this year is ‘Inspiring the World’s Humanity’, aiming to inspire people to join any of the world’s humanitarian organisations and become an active messenger of humanity.
Challenges such as disasters in Nepal as well as the ongoing crisis in Syria and Iraq are still exacting a heavy toll on humanitarian teams, with 120 workers killed in 2014 but there is room for hope, as shown by the courage and success of the volunteers working to turn back Ebola in West Africa.
Today, Wilton Park recognises the contributions and sacrifices of humanitarian work and reflects on the work we have done to support it. Our event in June on Rebuilding health systems in West Africa: what role for ICT and mobile technologies? took a frank and productive look at the potential role for technology in a sustainable solution to the Ebola crisis; whilst Syria: engaging with local actors to increase humanitarian outreach examined how humanitarian aid can work through the conflict and improve its reach to those who need it most.
On World Humanitarian Day we remember those workers who have sacrificed everything in their effort to help those affected by disasters around the world. And although many challenges remain, Wilton Park looks forward to continuing work with key organisations and policymakers to help humanitarian aid reach those who truly need it, and to ensure the safety of those who risk so much to deliver it.
Syria: engaging with local actors to increase humanitarian outreach (English) (2015)
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