Groups Highlight Risks To Aid Workers, U.N. Draws Attention To Those In Need To Recognize World Humanitarian Day

IRIN: On World Humanitarian Day, a new idea to protect aid workers
“…Last year, shortly after World Humanitarian Day — commemorated annually on 19 August — the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution condemning all attacks on aid workers and calling on all parties to allow humanitarians full access to those in need. But there are, critics say, few mechanisms for the U.N. to actually enforce such protection. Responsibility falls mainly upon individual states and their judiciaries, many of whom have a poor record of taking action…” (Dyke, 8/18).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: “I wasn’t always a broken person”: aid workers describe fieldwork
“Globally, one third fewer aid workers were killed, wounded, or kidnapped in 2014 than the all-time high of 460 in 2013, because fewer were deployed to dangerous regions, according to the group Humanitarian Outcomes…” (8/19).

U.N. News Centre: U.N. kicks-off global events for World Humanitarian Day as Ban declares ‘each one of us can make a difference’
“On the eve of World Humanitarian Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [drew] attention to the 100 million people affected by natural disasters, conflict, hunger, and disease, whose needs are far outstripping the capacity to help them, but he is also reminding the international community that ‘each one of us can make a difference’ and ‘create a more humane world’…” (8/18).

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