Today on World Humanitarian Day, UK Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant calls for more action.
Tens of millions of people are in desperate need of humanitarian help through no fault of their own. They lack the basics to survive, like food, water, or shelter. Many have to flee their homes because of conflict, persecution, or environmental damage. They travel many miles under stressful and harsh conditions, sometimes crossing borders to seek safety in the only places they know – shelters, humanitarian aid camps, safe havens, or a caring friend or family’s home.
On World Humanitarian Day, we should think about those in dire need.
The world needs more action. History shows that large-scale human suffering can pose a serious threat to international peace and security, causing each of us to be less safe. In this, the UN Security Council must play its part and take action to address the root causes of conflicts which give rise to humanitarian emergencies in the first place.
You too must act. Get involved in the issues important to you and help bring a resolution to crises large or small. Show that you care about what’s happening in the world around you. Join the World Humanitarian Day conversation on worldhumanitarianday.org or on social media with #WHD2013. Give your thoughts on what you think our world needs.
Read Ambassador Lyall Grant’s full statement.