Humanitarian Day

Humanitarian Day

19 August, 2016
Standing Together
August 19th is an opportunity to honour the everyday heroes of the humanitarian sector
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“Today, the scale of human suffering is greater than at any time since the Second World War. Hundreds of thousands of people in Myanmar are affected by crisis, many living in displacement camps and host communities because of conflict and floods. World Humanitarian Day is an opportunity to stand together as one humanity and to reflect on the scale of the humanitarian challenges facing Myanmar. We need to ensure that no one is left behind,” said Ms Renata Dessallien, United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar.

World Humanitarian Day 2016 follows the historic World Humanitarian Summit held in May 2016 in Istanbul. Summit participants declared their support for a new Agenda for Humanity and made a collective commitment to deliver better for people in crisis. There was a clear message that this must involve improved investment in disaster preparedness and better integration of local organizations in humanitarian response.

“The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will deliver a key report to the General Assembly next month outlining the next steps on the Summit’s commitments. We look forward to local NGOs, International NGOs, Civil Society Organizations, the United Nations, and the Government working together to turn these commitments into concrete action that will improve the lives of vulnerable people in Myanmar,” said Daw Pansy Tun Thein, Director of the Local Resource Centre in Myanmar.

World Humanitarian Day is held on August 19 each year to commemorate the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad which claimed 22 lives. At a gathering in Yangon, United Nations Staff and humanitarian partners will mark the occasion with a minute’s silence for their heroic colleagues who have lost their lives in humanitarian service. This includes eight aid workers and volunteers in Myanmar who lost their lives during the August 2015 floods.

“Every day, aid workers save lives in conflicts and disasters, braving tremendous dangers and difficulties to deliver help to those who need it most. My heart goes out to the families of the aid workers who died in last year’s floods in Myanmar. They shared a humanitarian spirit which has again been on full display during the response to the current floods which have displaced close to half a million people across the country,” Ms Dessallien said.

To learn more about World Humanitarian Day visit: www.worldhumanitarianday.org

By: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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