MANAGUA – The United Nations System in Nicaragua and its partner organizations held a forum entitled “From Words to Actions” and an informative fair during the celebration of World Humanitarian Day to promote the work and actions that the humanitarian community carries out in the country.
This event took place at the Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería (UNI), on Tuesday, 20 August from 8:30 in the morning, in the main auditorium of the Pedro Aráuz Palacios Campus, which is located in Villa Progreso. The event was opened to all citizens, including doctors, faculty members, students and representatives of organizations and institutions working in the field of humanitarian response. Among the representatives who participated in the activities were members of the National System of Prevention, Mitigation and Attention to Disasters (SINAPRED), Civil Defense, UN Agencies, and university students, among others.
This year, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) launched the campaign “The World Needs More_________.” To join, participants need to visit www.worldhumanitarianday.org ,through which people will be able to choose words that are related to humanitarian work, such as school feeding, food, water, shelter, support, love, coordination, humanity, peace, solidarity, among others.
Once participants choose the words and share them via social networks and text messaging, they will unlock cash contributions made by private companies and philanthropies around the world. All the money that is raised will be used for humanitarian assistance operations carried by the United Nations agencies and its partner organizations, which help to 73 million people around the world affected by conflicts, natural disasters, and crisis stemming from poverty, inequality, and underdevelopment.
Humanitarian Work in Nicaragua
Twenty-two agencies, programmes, and specialized funds make up the United Nations System in Nicaragua, whose mission is to support the country in achieving an integral development to ensure better living conditions and the respect for human rights for the Nicaraguan people.
Among the main activities undertaken by the United Nations System there is the development of join strategies to respond immediately to affected population in emergency situations such as floods caused by heavy rains, tropical depression and hurricanes. Moreover, the UN takes actions to strength the national capacities in the prevention and response for any emergency; to organize emergency drills of natural disasters, and training workshops; to support the Government of Nicaragua in the coordination of the Humanitarian Network and the sectorial groups, among others.
In 2010 the United Nations, together with the Government of Nicaragua, established the Humanitarian Network for Natural Disaster Response of Nicaragua, integrated by 52 public institutions, agencies of the United Nations - which have an Emergency Technical Team (UNETE) –national and international NGOs, universities and aid agencies that work in the field of humanitarian labor.
Among its main functions, the Humanitarian Network has to strengthen the SINAPRED’s leadership and capacity for Humanitarian response. It also has to work along with humanitarian agencies in order to respond to any emergency and disaster, since cooperation helps to respond in a more effective and articulated manner to emergency situations that occur in the country.
About World Humanitarian Day
In December 2008, the United Nations General Assembly declared 19 August as World Humanitarian Day to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the attack against the UN headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq. That day, 22 humanitarian workers lost their lives.
The purpose of conducting this celebration every year to draw attention to humanitarians needs that people has to face, and highlight the importance of international cooperation to meet those needs. This celebration also pays tribute to those who lost their lives doing humanitarian service, and those who continue giving assistance and relief to millions of people around the world.