As the global aid community marked World Humanitarian Day on Thursday, UN chief António Guterres paid tribute to all those who help people in need and urged support for the day’s #TheHumanRace campaign, which aims to protect the most vulnerable people from the climate emergency.
“Humanitarian workers are here to help the world’s most vulnerable people when disaster strikes”, the Secretary-General said.
“But around the world, aid workers face growing threats. In the past 20 years, shootings, kidnappings, and other attacks on humanitarian organizations have increased tenfold. This year alone, at least 72 humanitarian workers have been killed in conflict zones.”
This year’s campaign for World Humanitarian Day – #TheHumanRace – underscores how climate extremes are wreeaking havoc across the world and overwhelming frontline responders. Mr. Guterres warned that the climate emergency “is a race we are losing. But it’s a race we can and must win.” More