The world commemorate World Humanitarian Day (WHD) every year on August 19. The date is assigned to mark the fatal attack to United Nations (UN) Headquarters in Baghdad in 2003. The World Humanitarian Day then designate as the day to pay tribute to aid workers around the globe who risk their lives in humanitarian service. It is also the day to raise awareness and advocate for a more humane world. A day of global solidarity.
Today humanitarian worker facing more danger, as the world become more violent. According to a website for aid worker security, on 2015 there are 1293 humanitarian worker kidnapped, injured and even killed doing their job at the most unpredictable area in the world. The dedication perform by humanitarian worker deserve a tribute and brings back the hope that everyone deserve aid impartial for their condition.
This year WHD, follows up on one of the most crucial moments in the humanitarian action history: the World Humanitarian Summit (23 to 24 May in Istanbul). During the Summit, world leaders came together to declare their collective support for the new Agenda for Humanity. Highlighting 5 core areas of action and commit to bold action to reduce suffering and deliver better aid for the millions of people in need of humanitarian assistance. The 5 Core of action are:
1. End and Prevent Conflict.
2. Respect Rules of War.
3. Leave No One Behind.
4. Work Differently to End Need
5. Invest in Humanity
Under the theme of ‘One Humanity’, a chance to once again come together re-commit the implementation of Humanitarian Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action (http://didrrn.net/resources.html) endorsed by the UN at World Humanitarian Summit 2016 in Istanbul. One Humanity also speaks about shared human experiences and create a common responsibility to demand action for the most vulnerable and at risk of being left behind.
On this year World Humanitarian Day, should be highlighted on being inclusive, that humanitarian action accessible for all in the principle of Leave No One Behind (Core 3); with 130 million people around the world who need humanitarian assistance to survive. Lifting barriers persons with disabilities are facing in accessing relief, protection and recovery support and ensuring that their participation in the development, planning and implementation humanitarian programs without discrimination. That each person has the primary duty to protect its own population from grave and sustained violations of human rights, as well as from the consequences of humanitarian crisis, whether natural or man-made.
#ShareHumanity this means, everyone should make effort that persons with disabilities can access emergency relief services as easily as anyone else. It also equally important to consult with persons with disabilities when planning response. Because Inclusion not only targeted persons with disabilities –everyone is reached; but making sure earnestly marginalised groups are part of this.
Article provided by: Anggiasari Puji Aryati
Communication Coordinator DiDRRN