Written by Tharushan Fernando
15 Oct, 2015 | 8:09 pm
Day two of the World Humanitarian Summit Global Consultation got underway in Geneva, Switzerland. Thursday’s session focussed on resilience, partnerships and finance.
The Capital Maharaja Organisation Limited was invited by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, to be represented at the Global Consultation
Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan, a Global Maternal and Newborn Health Advocate addressed a panel discussion today on Creating Modern Reliable Response Arrangements.
Global Maternal and Newborn Health Advocate, Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan noted:
Something has gone horribly wrong, our success should be evidenced by our own redundancy, our unemployment with all individual needs met, rights upheld, dignity fulfilled with peace and goodwill between and towards all.
Instead, we are overwhelmed, under-funded, targeted and employed in a booming growth industry, and in every sphere and sector we have to change how we work and with whom we work.
She also stated:
Multiple international standards define those rights, emergency obstetric care, essential newborn care, access to contraceptives and clinical management of rape. And yet these interventions remain among the most poorly funded components of humanitarian response.
She also stated:
If rights alone fail to persuade us to act as we should, then let us be hard- nosed pragmatists.
Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Jan Eliasson stated that:
“Our world is confronting huge, almost uncontrollable human disasters. You know the numbers, 100 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance and at least 60 million people are forced to flee from their homes or their countries. These are global challenges which demand global responses and solidarity. Particularly on Syria now, when we have a Winter coming, we feel that very very strongly. But we have no choice, we do what we can to find political solutions. Sometimes, the UN Security Council does not cooperate, like in the Syria case, but if they don’t find these solutions, we have to deal with the human situation as it is and it is not a pretty picture. The numbers of afflicted people are overwhelming but let us remember that they are not numbers. Sometimes I feel frustration, talking always about numbers, these are men, women and children enduring searing suffering and pain.”
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Swiss Confederation, Didier Burkhalter noted that:
“Humanitarian action is about children, men and women. Victims, refugees and displaced people are people like you and I. They have their individual needs, wishes, dreams, we should listen to their voices and choices. This sounds very obvious but it is not. Humanitarian organisations have to become more responsive and accountable toward affected populations. Ladies and gentlemen and dear friends, no refugee wants to stay a refugee, no survivor of sexual violence wants to be a victim of rape and every child in this world, prevented from going to school, wants to return to their classrooms as quickly as possible.”
Group Director of The Capital Maharaja Organisation Limited,Chevaan Daniel speaking at the summit stated:
“Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous speech where he spoke of the mountain top said, I have been to the mountain. What did he mean, when he said I have been to the mountain top and seen what is possible, I’ve seen what can happen, I have seen what we can do. I just got the sense that all of us working together, doing what we are doing, we were on a journey to that mountain top. And maybe we cannot see what is on the other side yet, but we are certainly on our way. We need to initiate action starting today, it is very very important that each of us understand this.”
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