World Humanitarian Day 2010
In 2008 the UN declared 19 August as World Humanitarian Day. I tend to be sceptical about these sorts of things, but in an age where “what’s in it for me?” gets a better run than “how can I help?” these things need saying. The Oxfam Australia website says this:
The day is also held to emphasize current humanitarian needs and challenges worldwide, such as threats to humanitarian aid workers by conflicting parties, challenges in reaching the people we try to assist, and the increasing complexity of the humanitarian environment due to food price shocks, global market turbulence, water shortages and climate change. Particular focus will be placed on the people on whose behalf we work.
The Inter-Agency Standing Committee Principals agreed there would be three main areas of focus for this year’s commemoration of the day:
- To draw attention to humanitarian needs worldwide;
- To explain, in simple, visual terms what humanitarian aid work entails;
- To remember those who have lost their lives in humanitarian service.
As part of the commemoration of the day, the UN has released a short film (an ad, really), which you can watch here. Feel free to spread it far and wide.