Aug 20, Colombo: Commemorating the World Humanitarian Day on Monday (19) the United Nations in Sri Lanka has called for more action and less talk.
World Humanitarian Day was commemorated in Sri Lanka yesterday by the United Nations and the broader humanitarian community together with the Government of Sri Lanka, members of the diplomatic corps and the people of Sri Lanka at the UN compound. Senior government officials, heads of missions, heads of UN agencies and INGOs attended the event.
Subinay Nandy, Humanitarian and UN Resident Coordinator for Sri Lanka has said that this year the focus of the World Humanitarian Day campaign in Sri Lanka was on action.
"It is time for less talk and more action," he emphasized.
Nandy noted that the humanitarian community together with the Government of Sri Lanka provided timely action to resettle over 480,000 IDPs within four years from the end of armed conflict in 2009 and provided necessary humanitarian and early recovery assistance.
S.B. Divaratne, Secretary to the Presidential Task Force for Resettlement, Development and Security particularly commended the contribution and teamwork by the humanitarian relief workers, international community and donors "with absolute gratefulness" for assisting the Government of Sri Lanka in providing speedy recovery and resettlement for the people affected by the armed conflict and natural disasters.
He anticipates continuing and strengthening that team effort through conducting a joint needs assessment to identify the residual humanitarian needs in the country.
Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne, Founder of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement of Sri Lanka emphasized that "helping others to mitigate their suffering would ultimately help us to overcome our own suffering". He elaborated that the world needs more "positive and constructive action filled with compassion, love, care and humanity to help others".
The World Humanitarian Day honours those who have lost their lives in humanitarian service and those who continue to bring assistance and relief to millions. The Day also seeks to remind the global community of the humanitarian needs worldwide and the importance of international cooperation in meeting these needs.