The UN in Jordan Commemorates World Humanitarian Day 2017

(Amman, 21 August 2017) – On Sunday, the UN in Jordan marked World Humanitarian Day 2017 granting four humanitarian excellence awards to humanitarian workers for their exemplary commitment on four thematic areas: Inclusion of People with Disabilities, Working Together, Innovation in Humanitarian Action, and Youth Empowerment. The official ceremony, held at the Landmark Hotel in Amman, was attended by humanitarians, senior government officials and members of the international and local communities.

In August, the UN in Jordan launched a call inviting humanitarian workers in the country and local initiatives to submit stories and photos from the field portraying their daily work within the community. Awards were given to the Jordan Paramedic Society Project Team for the thematic area of ‘Working Together’, to Reem Nayaz from Reclaim Childhood in the category of ‘Youth Empowerment’, to UNICEF Jordan’s Time Bank Team for their series on ‘Innovation in Humanitarian Action’, and to Izdehar Abdel Razek for his work on ‘Inclusion of People with Disabilities’.

During his welcoming remarks, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Jordan, Anders Pedersen, reiterated the UN’s commitment to support Jordan not only in the provision of effective and efficient humanitarian operations, but also in strengthening the humanitarian and development nexus. “For the UN in Jordan, this means we need to have a more coordinated humanitarian response that also supports the country in its longer-term sustainable development while ensuring its acceleration towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals”, Pedersen said.

The Director of International Relations and International Organizations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates H.E. Leena Al-Hadid attended the ceremony as guest of honor and highlighted that “in Jordan we firmly believe that our humanitarian duty comes from our deep values, warm hospitality, and humanity, which are characteristics intrenched in our culture. Even though we lose a lot in our host communities, it continues to be very much our culture of giving. This does not come soley from our feeling of obligation, Jordan has received one wave of refugees after the other, not out of its legal obligation, but rather out of its moral obligation”. Al-Hadid continued: “the support of the international community is crucial in sharing the burden and taking on its responsibility, because more can be achieved for the good of all, refugees and host communities alike”.

The Acting Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis Ramesh Rajasingham commended the generosity and contribution of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, as well as other countries in the region, in hosting millions of Syrian refugees. He expressed that the UN and international community “remain determined to continue to advocate in all possible fora the recognition of a principled humanitarian assistance by international and local organizations and actors”.

This year, globally, World Humanitarian Day brings everyone together to reaffirm that civilians caught in conflict and humanitarian workers are #NotATarget, and to demand global action to protect them.

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World Humanitarian Day (WHD) was designated by the UN General Assembly in 2008 to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 brutal bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq. Every year on 19 August, the world commemorates and recognizes humanitarian aid workers who risk their lives on the front lines in humanitarian service around the world.

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