World Humanitarian Day: Collective endeavours to deliver effective assistance
“It takes a village to raise a child. Similarly, it takes a village to support a person in a humanitarian crisis.” is the slogan of this year’s World Humanitarian Day, which is being observed today. Given the scale of humanitarian crises around the world, World Humanitarian Day aims to raise awareness about the importance of collective efforts to help people affected by humanitarian crises.
The United Nations (UN) General Assembly declared 19 August World Humanitarian Day, dedicated both to people requiring help and humanitarian workers, who in the midst of conflicts, wars and violence face dangers every day and against all odds provide assistance to those in need.
Therefore, this year’s campaign places at the forefront humanitarian workers who, day in day out, provide much-needed assistance, working in difficult circumstances and often putting their own lives on the line. Through collective efforts and with the support of aid organisations, they save lives, deliver urgent health care, food and drinking water, shelter and other forms of assistance. This is the reason why the #itTakesAVillage hashtag is being used this year to remind us of the importance of working together to deliver fast and effective help to all people in need.
Slovenia stresses the importance of collective endeavours to assist all people affected by crises. In doing so, it is vital to ensure respect for international humanitarian law and humanitarian principles, which form the basis for effective action. Slovenia focuses its efforts on providing assistance to countries and people at the heart of humanitarian crises – in 2022 to Ukraine, Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan, sub-Saharan Africa countries, and other countries facing sudden, protracted or forgotten humanitarian crises. Due to the growing needs around the world, Slovenia has delivered more humanitarian aid in the first seven months of 2022 than in the whole of 2021.
Slovenia provides assistance through international organisations, particularly the UN system, and through the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. In addition, Slovenia also provides humanitarian and post-conflict assistance through the ITF - Enhancing Human Security, Administration of the Republic of Slovenia for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief, NGOs and other institutions.