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World Humanitarian Day Briefing by UN Resident Coordinator, Papua New Guinea

IMG_4398 (1)On the 23 August to celebrate World Humanitarian Day UNIC Canberra organised a Diplomatic briefing via Webex by the UN Resident Coordinator, Papua New Guinea, Mr Roy Trivedy.

The briefing was focused on the El Nino climate pattern over the last year, its impact on Papua New Guinea and the corresponding humanitarian efforts to assist communities.

Beginning his briefing, Mr Trivedy said that the El Nino brought with it severe drought and frosts which was catastrophic for a country like Papua New Guinea which has 80 percent of its population heavily reliant of subsistence agriculture.

He explained the various impacts of the El Nino and how communities struggled to cope. One main issue was the lack of rainfall which resulted in the rivers and rainwater catchments drying up leading to a drastic decrease in access to clean water for drinking, cooking and washing. And where communities were reliant on waterways for transport the drop in water level caused difficulties in accessing markets, he said.

In addition to these problems drought created food shortages and food insecurity as food gardens wouldn’t grow – resulting in some communities having to rely on wild crops and berries which is generally regarded as famine food, he added.

World Humanitarian Day celebration in Canberra


Panellists and Speakers at World Humanitarian Day event in CanberraWorld Humanitarian Day, a day for celebrating the world’s humanitarians was celebrated at Parliament House in Canberra on the 19th of August with a focus on the stories behind the headlines. Ms. Melissa Parke, Co-Chair of the Australia-UN Parliamentary Group and Federal Member for Fremantle opened the proceedings and welcomed everyone Continue reading

World Humanitarian Day: Become a Messenger of Humanity

World Humanitarian Day is a time to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. This year the UN invites you to be a Messenger of Humanity and stand up for humanity by amplifying a generation’s call for a better world! Continue reading

World Humanitarian Day 2013 in the Asia Pacific

Indonesians share their ideas about what the world needs more at World Humanitarian Day 2013 in Jakarta. Credit: OCHAAid workers often risk their lives to do the work most of us would shy away from. From Iraq to Syria, Libya to Somalia, thousands of men and women work tirelessly each day in the face of insurmountable danger and some have lost their lives in the course of duty. Paying tribute to their spirit, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) and humanitarian actors Continue reading

Security Council considers protection of civilians in armed conflict and stronger peacekeeping mandates

A wide view of the Security Council open debate on protection of civilians in armed conflict. 19 August 2013 New York, United NationsDespite recent strides in strengthening the ability of the United Nations to protect civilians, conflicts around the world were still characterized by a “prevailing disrespect” for the core principles of international humanitarian law, top officials warned the Security Council today. Briefing the Council ahead of a Continue reading

Today is World Humanitarian Day, turn words into aid!

World Humanitarian Day 2013This year the UN and its humanitarian partners are launching a ground-breaking campaign called The world needs more… This is a first-of-its-kind project that will quite literally turn words into aid. World Humanitarian Day is a time to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. The day was designated by the General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq. 19 August, 2013 marks 10 years since that tragic event, which claimed Continue reading

World Humanitarian Day video nominated for major award

10 August 2012: The video for the song "I Was Here" has been nominated for an MTV Video Music Award. Credit: Parkwood EntertainmentThe music video produced as the centrepiece of the 2012 World Humanitarian Day campaign has been nominated for an MTV Video Music Award for Best Video With a Social Message. The video for the song ‘I Was Here’, performed by Beyoncé and penned by songwriter Diane Warren, was filmed in the UN General Assembly Hall in front of a live audience. It has been viewed more than 21 million times. Continue reading