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World Humanitarian Day 2017: Civilians are #NotATarget

Press Release, 19 August 2017: World Humanitarian Day (WHD), held every year on 19 August, pays tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service and rallies support for people affected by crises around the world.

Around the world, conflict is exacting a massive toll on people’s lives. Trapped in wars that are not of their making, millions of civilians are forced to hide or run for their lives. Children are taken out of school, families are displaced from their homes, and communities are torn apart, while the world is not doing enough to stop their suffering. At the same time, health and aid workers – who risk their lives to care for people affected by violence – are increasingly being targeted.

For WHD 2017, humanitarian partners are coming together to reaffirm that civilians caught in conflict are #NotATarget. Through a global online campaign, people around the world will raise their voices to advocate for those most vulnerable in war zones and demand that world leaders do everything in their power to protect civilians in conflict. Continue reading

Share Humanity: Stand #UnitedwithUNNamibia against the drought

Drought ImageWindhoek, 19 August 2016 – World Humanitarian Day, commemorated each year on 19 August, is a time to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. Due to the drought’s far-reaching impacts warranting specialized humanitarian intervention, the United Nations System in Namibia (UN Namibia) is encouraging the Namibian public to #ShareHumanity by standing #UnitedwithUNNamibia against the drought.

Humanitarian and development partners estimate that over 52 million people will be food insecure in East and Southern African countries, and that this number could rise. Drought poses a growing threat to Sub-Saharan African populations due to a combination of factors, including population growth, higher exposure to hazards, increased socio-economic and environmental vulnerability in poorest countries, as well as increased frequency, intensity and duration of droughts, also exacerbated by climate change. Continue reading

#UnitedwithUNNamibia SDG Countdown to World Humanitarian Day

SDGs 1- #UnitedwithUNNamibiaIn commemoration of World Humanitarian Day, the UN System in Namibia will work towards highlighting the importance of humanitarian work by generating publicity and awareness through the use of mass communication, namely social media, print media and broadcast media.

Most importantly, to motivate continued humanitarian work in Namibia, both from stakeholders as well as the broader public, UNIC Windhoek will implement a social media campaign for UN Namibia which highlights the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Each day, one SDG will be featured with the aim of educating the public about pertinent issues facing Namibia and how sustainable development can be achieved. The campaign will also encourage the public to work towards sustainability on a personal level by being #UnitedwithUNNamibia. Continue reading