UNFPA commemorates World Humanitarian Day

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UNFPA commemorates World Humanitarian Day

UNFPA commemorates World Humanitarian Day

(New York) – World Humanitarian Day is a time to recognise those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. It is an opportunity to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the globe, according to the Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.
The message was echoed by the UNFPA’s Sub-regional Office for the Gulf Cooperation Council, GCC, countries, showing its commitment to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, in his message on the World Humanitarian Day, said, “Nearly 60 million people are forcibly displaced by conflict, war and persecution, the largest number since the United Nations was created 70 years ago in the ashes of the Second World War. And due to climate change, the frequency and severity of natural disasters is increasing, with more than 400 disasters last year alone.
“Today on World Humanitarian Day, we express strong solidarity with the women, men, youth and children who are suffering from humanitarian emergencies worldwide. And we salute the humanitarian workers who strive to meet their needs and uphold human rights and dignity. UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, joins the #ShareHumanity campaign to tell the stories behind humanitarian crises.
“UNFPA stands strong for the human rights and inherent dignity of every human being. To improve humanitarian effectiveness, we call for increased action and funding comprehensive health services, for tackling gender-based violence, and for the meaningful participation of affected populations, especially women and young people.”
(Courtesy WAM)