World Humanitarian Day 2012

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) speaks with Beyoncé during rehearsals in the General Assembly Hall for the recording of the song, “I Was Here.” UN Photo/Mark Garten

For World Humanitarian Day, UN flags power of individual action to spark global change

17 August 2012 –

Ahead of World Humanitarian Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has highlighted the power of individual actions to spark global changes, and praised the work of humanitarian workers who provide assistance to vulnerable people around the world.“This year’s World Humanitarian Day presents an historic opportunity to bring together one billion people from around the world to advance a powerful and proactive idea: people helping people,” Mr. Ban said in his message marking the Day, which falls on 19 August.

“From international efforts to avert a hunger crisis in West Africa to urgent assistance to civilians in Syria, to a single good deed from one neighbour to the next, the spirit of people helping people improves conditions for all,” Mr. Ban said. “That is the best way to honour the many fallen aid workers we mourn today, and to celebrate the efforts of others who carry on their noble mission by rushing assistance to those who are suffering.”

The General Assembly proclaimed 19 August as World Humanitarian Day in 2008 to commemorate the 2003 Canal Hotel bombing in Baghdad, Iraq, which claimed the lives of 22 UN staff members, including the world body’s top envoy to the Middle Eastern country, Sergio Vieira de Mello, and wounded more than 150 people.

The Day aims to honour those who have lost their lives in humanitarian service and those who continue to bring assistance and relief to millions, in addition to drawing attention to humanitarian needs worldwide and the importance of international cooperation in meeting those needs.

For this year’s observance, the UN has launched a global campaign, entitled ‘I Was Here,’ to engage one billion people through social media so they can pledge a humanitarian action, however big or small, and share their individual actions with others through an interactive website, www.whd-iwashere.org.

“Individual actions may seem small, but collectively they will reverberate around the world, generating unstoppable momentum for a better future,” Mr. Ban said.

Organized by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the campaign is supported by US performing artist Beyoncé Knowles, who along with songwriter Diane Warren, donated the “I Was Here” song to the campaign, recently filming a video clip for the song at the General Assembly Hall at UN Headquarters in New York.

The video will premiere on the Day, with displays on big screens in the cities of Dubai, Geneva, Addis Ababa, as well as in New York City’s Times Square, among other locales.

“‘I Was Here’ says I want to leave my footprints in the sands of time, and that is leaving our mark on the world,” Ms. Knowles said in a special joint interview conducted at the UN Television studios with US journalist Anderson Cooper. “We all want to know that our life meant something and that we did something for someone else, and that we spread positivity no matter how big or how small.”

In the same interview, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, said that the Day would help to spread a message of hope and raise awareness of the millions of people helping others around the world.

“This is a day that is both a commemoration, because there are a lot of people who lost their lives trying to help people, but it is also a celebration of the things that people do,” she said. “There is an amazing amount that people do every single day that goes unrecognized.”

For the entire article: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=42698&Cr=humanitarian&Cr1=

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Beyoncé – World Humanitarian Day 2012 Campaign Message

Published on Aug 3, 2012 by WorldHumanitarianDay

Help the world take notice and register at http://www.whd-iwashere.org

World Humanitarian Day  – August 19, 2012

Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, First Lady Michelle Obama and others support the global campaign for World Humanitarian Day

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  1. CR says:

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.

    The Obama family attended mass at St. John’s Episcopal Church at Layfayette Sq, Washington, DC

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  2. CR says:

    World Humanitarian Day 2012

    17 August 2012 un.org

    Ahead of World Humanitarian Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has highlighted the power of individual actions to spark global changes, and praised the work of humanitarian workers who provide assistance to vulnerable people around the world.“This year’s World Humanitarian Day presents an historic opportunity to bring together one billion people from around the world to advance a powerful and proactive idea: people helping people,” Mr. Ban said in his message marking the Day, which falls on 19 August.

    “From international efforts to avert a hunger crisis in West Africa to urgent assistance to civilians in Syria, to a single good deed from one neighbour to the next, the spirit of people helping people improves conditions for all,” Mr. Ban said. “That is the best way to honour the many fallen aid workers we mourn today, and to celebrate the efforts of others who carry on their noble mission by rushing assistance to those who are suffering.”

    The General Assembly proclaimed 19 August as World Humanitarian Day in 2008 to commemorate the 2003 Canal Hotel bombing in Baghdad, Iraq, which claimed the lives of 22 UN staff members, including the world body’s top envoy to the Middle Eastern country, Sergio Vieira de Mello, and wounded more than 150 people.

    The Day aims to honour those who have lost their lives in humanitarian service and those who continue to bring assistance and relief to millions, in addition to drawing attention to humanitarian needs worldwide and the importance of international cooperation in meeting those needs.

    For this year’s observance, the UN has launched a global campaign, entitled ‘I Was Here,’ to engage one billion people through social media so they can pledge a humanitarian action, however big or small, and share their individual actions with others through an interactive website, http://www.whd-iwashere.org.

    “Individual actions may seem small, but collectively they will reverberate around the world, generating unstoppable momentum for a better future,” Mr. Ban said.

    Organized by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the campaign is supported by US performing artist Beyoncé Knowles, who along with songwriter Diane Warren, donated the “I Was Here” song to the campaign, recently filming a video clip for the song at the General Assembly Hall at UN Headquarters in New York.

    The video will premiere on the Day, with displays on big screens in the cities of Dubai, Geneva, Addis Ababa, as well as in New York City’s Times Square, among other locales.

    “‘I Was Here’ says I want to leave my footprints in the sands of time, and that is leaving our mark on the world,” Ms. Knowles said in a special joint interview conducted at the UN Television studios with US journalist Anderson Cooper. “We all want to know that our life meant something and that we did something for someone else, and that we spread positivity no matter how big or how small.”

    In the same interview, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, said that the Day would help to spread a message of hope and raise awareness of the millions of people helping others around the world.

    “This is a day that is both a commemoration, because there are a lot of people who lost their lives trying to help people, but it is also a celebration of the things that people do,” she said. “There is an amazing amount that people do every single day that goes unrecognized.”

    For the entire article: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=42698&Cr=humanitarian&Cr1=

    • CR says:

      UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: World Humanitarian Day 2012 — I WAS HERE

      Published on Aug 2, 2012 by WorldHumanitarianDay
      1 DAY, 1 WORLD, 1 MESSAGE

      Help the world take notice and register at http://www.whd-iwashere.org

      In celebration of World Humanitarian Day, we are challenging people the world over to join together and commit to doing one act — simply something good, somewhere, for someone else.

      To make their mark on the world and say ‘I WAS HERE’.

      • CR says:

        World Humanitarian Day
        اليوم العالمي للإنسانية

        Published on Aug 18, 2012 by CreativeSoulCH

        مجلة ريحانة وبالتعاون مع منظمه الآمم المتحده
        تقدم

        فلاش اليوم العالمي للإنسانية

        D.O.P: Sadiq Alsamak
        Directed by: Ali Alnajjar

        Close your eyes. Open your heart.

    • CR says:

      Beyoncé – World Humanitarian Day 2012 Campaign Message

      Published on Aug 3, 2012 by WorldHumanitarianDay

      Help the world take notice and register at http://www.whd-iwashere.org

    • CR says:

      Beyoncé Joins Campaign for Humanitarian Workers

      August 2012 http://iipdigital.usembassy.gov

      One of the biggest stars in U.S. pop music — Beyoncé — is lending her voice to promote World Humanitarian Day August 19. Beyoncé has joined the United Nations in a campaign it is calling “I was here,” seeking to win commitments from 1 billion people that they will perform some act, large or small, to help someone on World Humanitarian Day.

      “One day, one message, 1 billion people taking action for each other,” Beyoncé says in an online video promoting the campaign.

      Beyoncé will also be giving an August 19 New York performance to publicize World Humanitarian Day, an annual recognition for thousands of humanitarian workers who care for people harmed by natural disasters, conflicts or other emergencies.

      The United Nations has a website to offer suggestions on how people might help, linking the public to such agencies as the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the U.N. Refugee Agency. Private groups, such as Mercy Corps and the International Rescue Committee, are also partners.

      • CR says:

        Bieber, Gaga, Obama join Beyonce for campaign

        8/18/12 Associated Press – 1 hr 12 mins ago

        NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Michelle Obama are giving a helping hand to Beyonce.

        Obama and the pop stars have signed on to support Beyonce and the global campaign for World Humanitarian Day, which is Sunday.

        The campaign asks that on Sunday people help others through such acts as making sandwiches for the homeless or volunteering at a local charity. The goal is to share 1 billion messages of hope.

        A representative for Beyonce says that Bieber, Gaga, Obama, Rihanna, Shakira, Jay-Z, Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin and others will participate.

        Beyonce performed her song “I Was Here” at the United Nations in New York last week to promote World Humanitarian Day. The performance was taped and the music video will debut Sunday. The song is from her latest album “4.”

  3. CR says:

    World Humanitarian Day: Celebrating the Spirit of People Helping People

    Aug 19, 2012 Posted by Anne C. Richard – state.gov

    Today we mark the fourth annual World Humanitarian Day. The United Nations created this day to honor those who have lost their lives in humanitarian service or serve in risky humanitarian endeavors. Earlier this year, I visited the UN offices in Baghdad and saw the memorial to the 22 people who lost their lives in an attack on this date in 2003.

    There is humanitarian need throughout the world, and so you will find these workers on nearly every continent saving lives, relieving suffering and striving to protect vulnerable people.

    Who are today’s humanitarians? Whereas once caring amateurs made up the ranks of humanitarian organizations, the field has undergone a professionalization. The people doing the best work have years of experience or schooling in public health and medicine, water and sanitation engineering, shelter construction, HIV/AIDS prevention, women’s reproductive health, human rights, and protection of rights of the displaced.

    Humanitarians design programs to resolve, and not spark, problems. They seek to adhere to established international standards. They take steps to prevent violence and corruption. In the best circumstances, they speak the local languages and appreciate the local culture. They speak on behalf of the powerless or facilitate aid recipients speaking up for themselves.

    For more: http://blogs.state.gov/index.php/entires/world_humanitarian_day_people_helping_people/

    • CR says:

      August 19, 2012

      Statement by the Press Secretary on World Humanitarian Day

      On this fourth annual World Humanitarian Day, the United States joins the international community in honoring the courage and commitment of the dedicated aid workers who devote their lives to serving their fellow human beings, regardless of who they are and where they are, often in extremely dangerous circumstances.

      From Syria to the Sahel, Yemen to Sudan, the eastern Horn of Africa to the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, these unarmed aid workers risk their lives to provide life-saving assistance to millions of men, women and children. When disaster strikes, local and international humanitarians are often the first on the scene.

      Today we also honor the memory of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while in service to others. In the past fifteen years, more than 1,000 humanitarian workers have lost their lives while helping innocent civilians in times of conflict and suffering. Since last August, 272 aid workers have been killed, injured or kidnapped. As armed groups increasingly target humanitarians, the United States condemns any effort to harm aid workers and demands that they be given the access they need to reach those in need and save lives.

  4. CR says:

    President Obama: “We’ve Come Too Far to Turn Back Now.”

    Published on Aug 18, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom
    Help build this campaign: http://OFA.BO/nHAK2p

    Four years ago as I had the privilege to travel all across this country and meet Americans from all walks of life.

    I decided nobody else should have to endure the heartbreak of a broken health care system. No one in the wealthiest nation on earth should go broke because they get sick.

    Nobody should have to tell their daughters or sons the decisions they can and cannot make for themselves are constrained because of some politicians in Washington.

    And thanks to you we’ve made a difference in people’s lives. Thanks to you there are folks that I meet today who have gotten care and their cancer’s been caught. And they’ve got treatment. And they are living full lives and it happened because of you.

    We’ve come too far to turn back now. We’ve got too much work to do to implement health care. We’ve got too much work to do to create good jobs.

    We’ve got too many teachers that we’ve got to hire. We’ve got too many schools that we’ve got to rebuild. We’ve got too many students who still need affordable higher education.

    There’s more homegrown energy to generate. There more troops that we’ve got to bring home.

    There more doors of opportunity we’ve got to open to anybody who is willing to work hard and walk through those doors.

    We’ve got to keep building an economy where no matter what you look like or where you come from, you can make it here if you try.

    And you can leave something behind for the next generation, that’s what at stake right now Colorado. That’s why I’m running for President of the United States of America.

    That’s why I’m asking for your vote. I still believe in you. And if you still believe in me, and if you’re willing to stand with me, and knock on some doors with me, and make some phone calls with me, and talk to your neighbor and friends about what’s at stake—we will win this election. We will finish what we started.

    And we’ll remind the world why America is the greatest nation on earth.

    God bless you and God bless the United States of America.

  5. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Fantastic topic, CR.

  6. CR says:

    LET’S SEE

    President Obama is battling the problems of the US.

    First Lady Michelle is helping our military, people in need and encouraging people to choose a healthier lifestyle.

    Oh and what is Mitt Romney doinng?…..CLOSING DOWN ANOTHER COMPANY THROUGH A TAKE-OVER probably for his financial gain

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    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      When he’s not busy saying he totally 100% supports the Ryan budget, or that he has no intention of implementing the Ryan budget because he has his own, or that he can’t tell anyone what his budget is but we should trust him that it’s awesome and there’s ice cream in it.

  7. CR says:

    August 18, 2012

    Statement by the President on the Occasion of Eid-al-Fitr

    Michelle and I extend our warmest wishes to Muslim communities in the United States and around the world as they celebrate Eid-al-Fitr. For Muslims, Ramadan has been a time of fasting, prayer and spiritual renewal. These past four weeks have also been a time to serve the less fortunate — a reminder of the obligations that people of all faiths have to each other.

    In the United States, Eid-al-Fitr speaks to the truth that communities of faith — including Muslim Americans — enrich our national life, strengthen our democracy and uphold our freedoms, including the freedom of religion. That is why the we stand with people of all faiths, in the United States and around the world, in protecting and advancing this universal human right.

    On behalf of the American people, we congratulate Muslim Americans and Muslims around the world on this joyous day. Eid Mubarak.

  8. CR says:

    Sunday talk show tip sheet

    8/17/12 4:33 PM EDT By LEIGH MUNSIL – POLITICO44
    (Democratic excerpts only)

    With renewed focus on taxes in the presidential campaign, anti-tax activist Grover Norquist makes the rounds on this Sunday’s television talk shows, along with key advisers and surrogates for President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney…

    CBS also has Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), one of the president’s earliest stalwart backers, and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a Romney supporter.
    ABC also has Deputy Obama Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter and Romney senior campaign adviser Kevin Madden, as well as members of the House and Senate budget committees – Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.).

    NBC’s “Meet the Press,” meanwhile, hosts the chairmen of the Democratic and Republican governors associations – Democrat Martin O’Malley of Maryland and Republican Bob McDonnell of Virginia. And Ted Cruz, the tea party favorite who just won the Republican Senate nomination in Texas, joins the network’s political roundtable…

    And “Fox News Sunday” features former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, now a senior adviser to the Obama reelection campaign, and Ed Gillespie, still another senior Romney adviser.

    Univision’s “Al Punto” has Sen. Bob Menéndez, (D-N.J.), who is rescheduled from last Sunday because of Romney’s announcement of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as his vice presidential running mate.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0812/79843.html?hp=r2

  9. CR says:

    Obamas go to church

    8/19/12 11:20 AM EDT POLITICO44

    The Obama family attended mass at St. John’s Episcopal Church at Layfayette Sq this morning. The first family walked to the church from the White House.

  10. CR says:

    Good Sunday morning everyone. Today is the South County Annual BBQ Fundraiser. HOPE that you have a good day!

  11. CR says:

    Please join me in lighting a candle for our President, First Family and the Nation.

    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  12. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Good and HOPEful Sunday and happy World Humanitarian Day, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

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