Statement from Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme
ROME - Today 19 August is World Humanitarian Day, a day when the world commemorates those who risk their lives to bring humanitarian assistance to vulnerable people in need.
Despite the many dangers that we face, in many places where we and other humanitarians work, our staff remain committed in the line of duty, sometimes at great personal risk, and in the name of those humanitarian principles that we uphold and share.
In WFP we are marking the day across the world with a minute’s reflection, to remember those who lost their lives in the courageous work to deliver food assistance to those in greatest need.
Let us continue to celebrate the ideals, values and motivation that drive our humanitarian will and mission.
Amid the tragedy of conflict and the ravages of drought, from Syria to Southern Africa, we must continue to assist those in need, day in, day out.
Today, we recognize that our shared humanity demands urgent action and partnership in reaching the millions of people affected by crisis and who have no guarantee of their next meal.
Today, we call for greater global action to end hunger and deliver on the promise of our shared humanity. The people we serve need our support now more than ever.
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