The United Nations Country Team Statement on World Humanitarian Day on 19 August
Dushanbe, 17 August 2012 – the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Tajikistan joins the world in commemorating the World Humanitarian Day and takes this opportunity to pay homage to humanitarian aid workers in Tajikistan and beyond who lost their lives while helping people in need. Today, we also thank all humanitarians who carry on their dignified mission in the name of those who are suffering.
World Humanitarian Day is a global celebration of humanity and the spirit of people helping people. In 2008, the UN General Assembly designated 19 August as World Humanitarian Day to raise public awareness of humanitarian assistance worldwide, recognize people who risk their lives to help people in need, wherever they are, and to mark the day in 2003 when 22 people lost their lives in an attack on the UN offices in Baghdad.
The UNCT in Tajikistan remembers the aid workers who lost their lives in Tajikistan serving the cause of peace and providing help to people in need. During the 1992-1997 civil war in Tajikistan, the United Nations Mission of Observers in Tajikistan (UNMOT) suffered seven fatalities, including three military observers and four civilian staff. On World Humanitarian Day, we pay tribute to these selfless people and their families, and celebrate the work of all humanitarians in Tajikistan and the world.
The UN in Tajikistan continues to serve to save lives and alleviate suffering wherever it is found. We respond to dire situations caused by either natural disasters or human activity. When a disaster strikes, together with humanitarian partners, we quickly gauge the scope of the emergency and provide necessary humanitarian assistance to people suffering. As an example, UN agencies in Tajikistan supported the most vulnerable people throughout the country who suffered from the harsh winter of 2011-2012 and other natural disasters this spring. The UN in Tajikistan will continue to help the people of Tajikistan and support the Government, all the while strictly observing the principles of humanity, impartiality, independence and neutrality.
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