On 19 August we celebrate the world humanitarian day, devoted to all the operators working in the humanitarian sector and especially to those who lost life in the field; it is an opportunity to acknowledge the activity of those who face adversities and difficulties in order to help others. This day was chosen in order to commemorate the victims of the terroristic attack to the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, on 19 August 2003.
This year the international humanitarian day is part of a broad context dedicated to the humanitarian sector. In June the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) launched the campaign #WithRefugees to stimulate a global commitment for refugees’ rights, especially given the historical moment we are living in. On 23 and 24 May the first World Humanitarian Summit, decided by UN Secretary General, took place with the aim of inspiring and encourage actions in support of humanity and universal values and to suggest concrete actions to prepare countries and communities to get ready to face humanitarian crisis with resilience and through good practices. Among the 192 countries belonging to the UN, 177 were represented at the summit. The Philippine delegation shared its experience in the field of Disaster and Risk Reduction Management, underlining the long history of humanitarian assistance in the Philippines, a country ready to offer assistance, not only to receive it.
On this day Kito Onlus staff wants to recall the words of Corazon Juliano Soliman, head of the Philippine delegation, recognizing the necessity to “call on all to put people at the heart of the Agenda for Humanity, uphold their dignity and empower them so that no one is left behind”.