ISLAMABAD, Aug 18 (APP): United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki moon Thursday said that a record 130 million people are dependent on humanitarian assistance to survive.
Grouped together, these people in need would comprise the
tenth most populous nation on Earth.
In a message on World Humatarian Day which fall on August 19,
he said these figures are truly staggering, yet they tell only a
fraction of the story.
Hidden behind the statistics are individuals, families and
communities whose lives have been devastated. “People no different
to you and me: children, women and men who face impossible choices
They are parents who must choose between buying food or
medicine for their children; children who must choose between school
or working to support their families; families who must risk bombing
at home or a perilous escape by sea.
The solutions to the crises that have plunged these people
into such desperate hardship are neither simple nor quick. But
there are things we can all do today, and every day. We can show
compassion, we can raise our voices against injustice, and we can
work for change.
World Humanitarian Day is an annual reminder of the need to
act to alleviate the suffering. It is also an occasion to honour
the humanitarian workers and volunteers toiling on the frontlines of
crises. I pay tribute to these dedicated women and men who brave
danger to help others at far greater risk.
Today, I urge everyone to sign on to the United Nations “World
You’d Rather” campaign. As well as raising awareness and building
empathy, the campaign has a concrete goal: to raise money for the
UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund and to enrol the support of
individuals everywhere as Messengers of Humanity. We need everybody
to demand that their societies and governments put humanity first.
Earlier this year, 9,000 participants gathered in Istanbul for
the first ever World Humanitarian Summit. World leaders committed
to transform the lives of people living in conflict, disaster and
acute vulnerability. They rallied behind the Agenda for Humanity
and its pledge to leave no one behind.
This promise is also at the heart of the Sustainable
Development Goals. With their focus on human rights, resilience and
poverty eradication, these 17 global goals offer a 15 year plan to
reduce needs and vulnerability and promote a world of peace, dignity
and opportunity for all.
To succeed on this collective journey, we need everyone to
play their part. Each one of us can make a difference. On this
World Humanitarian Day, let us unite in the name of humanity and
show that we cannot and will not leave any one behind.