On World Humanitarian Day, Advocates, Governments Call For Greater Commitment To Humanitarian Action, More Humane World

The Guardian: World Humanitarian Day: let’s all make a greater commitment to life-saving action
Stephen O’Brien, U.N. under-secretary general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, and Christos Stylianides, European commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis management

“…This World Humanitarian Day we call for a mass global display of public support for a more humane world and for humanitarian action. … Along with this campaign for a global rallying cry for humanity, the U.N. secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, has called for a renewed and reinvigorated commitment to humanitarian action by initiating the World Humanitarian Summit to be held next May in Istanbul. Heads of state and government, global leaders in business, NGOs, and people affected by crises will commit to bold new ways to meet the great challenges of today and those of the next generation. This greater commitment to humanitarian action is also a key part of the call to leave no one behind, which underpins the new sustainable development agenda, inspiring us all to create a more humane world” (8/19).

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