UN: UN chief urges compassion for refugees, migrants

New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on Friday stressed the need for compassion for the 130 million people worldwide now dependent on humanitarian assistance following conflicts and crises.

Ban also called for urgent solutions to the crises that plunged these people into such desperate hardship.

In a message to mark the World Humanitarian Day, which is observed on 19 August, the UN chief said that the Day is an annual reminder of the need to act to alleviate the suffering of refugees and migrants, an occasion to honour the humanitarian workers and volunteers toiling on the frontlines of crises, and to pay tribute to these dedicated women and men who brave danger to help others at far greater risk.

Noting that a record 130 million people are dependent on humanitarian assistance to survive, he said, while these figures are truly staggering, they tell only a fraction of the story, saying that "hidden behind the statistics are individual's families and communities whose lives have been devastated."

"From parents who must choose between buying food or medicine for their children and  families who must risk bombing at home or a perilous escape by sea; their stories have led up to the creation of these initiatives," he said.

"Today, I urge everyone to sign on to the 'United Nations World You'd Rather campaign', which is at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)," Ban said.

The UN chief also encouraged involvement as well as raising awareness and building empathy, stating that the new campaign has a concrete goal: to raise money for the UN's Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and to enrol the support of individuals everywhere as "Messengers of Humanity".

"On this World Humanitarian Day, let us unite in the name of humanity and show that we cannot and will not leave anyone behind," he said, adding that the 17 SDGs offer a 15-year plan to reduce need and vulnerability, promote a world of peace, dignity and opportunity for all.

Earlier this year, 9,000 participants gathered in Istanbul, Turkey, for the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit.

At the Summit, world leaders had expressed their commitment to transform the lives of people living in conflict, disaster and acute vulnerability, and they rallied behind the "Agenda for Humanity" and its pledge to leave no one behind.
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19 august 2016 15:32:13

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