World Humanitarian Day Commemoration

With a very emotive act the World Humanitarian Day was celebrated on Friday, August 19, at the Miraflores salon of the Holiday Inn Hotel inside the City of Knowledge.

The ceremony, which had the objective of raising consciousness on what it means to be a humanitarian, started with the words of the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System, Una McCauley, who reminded the attendants that there has never been a year without a humanitarian crisis.

Dr. Manuel Zambrano, Executive Director of the Integral Security Program of the Ministry of Security, recognized the labor of all the people in the world that are now bringing humanitarian help.  Besides, he emphasized the act slogan “helping each other” and thanked the people that make a real effort on a day-to-day basis in order to make this world a better place.

The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) presented a video about the earthquake in Haiti in January 2010.  The video showed the catastrophic situation that the country is facing and how WSPA dedicated its efforts to protect animal life and therefore, among other things, bringing happiness to young children affected by the catastrophe.

The event continued with a discussion group “I am a humanitarian worker” in which real heroes like Gerardo Huertas of WSPA, Reyes Jiménez and Eriberto Chávez of SINAPROC, Juan Sacristán of Doctors without Borders and Carlos Melendez of the WFP, participated.  Everyone agreed that dedicating their lives to humanitarian aid is a very complicated job but one that is necessary, gratifying and positive.

The event ended with words of Gerard Gómez, Chief of OCHA, who spoke about the situation that humanitarians are facing and how humanitarian aid has become more dangerous. Furthermore, he summoned a minute of silence for all the partners who have died by carrying out their duties and remembered all the people who lost their lives in the terrorist attack of the United Nations headquarters in Iraq, on August 19, 2003.

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