22 August 2012
WORLD HUMANITARIAN DAY - Melbourne Celebration 2012
Join us to celebrate this year’s United Nations World Humanitarian Day with a public forum to discuss Australia’s contribution to humanitarian efforts worldwide and pay tribute to Australian aid workers. The forum is held in partnership with AusAID, UNHCR, Oxfam Australia, Australian Red Cross, RedR and Humanitarian Crisis Hub.
World Humanitarian Day is a celebration of people helping people. It encourages us to reflect on our own lives and what more we as individuals, communities and governments can do to help those enduring conflict, disaster and hardship.
Guest speakers include:
• Catherine Walker, First Assistant Director General of Humanitarian & Stabilisation Division, AusAID
• Richard Towle, Regional Representative, UNHCR, Regional Office for Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific
• Bob Handby, Water and Sanitation Manager, Australian Red Cross
• Alan McLean, CEO, RedR Australia
• Meg Quartermaine, Humanitarian Operations Manager, Oxfam Australia
• Beth Eggleston, Humanitarian Advocacy Coordinator, Oxfam Australia
Date: Wednesday 22 August
Time: 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Venue: BMW Edge, Federation Square Melbourne
Free event. RSVP Essential.
About World Humanitarian Day
Find out more about how you can get involved and show your support for World Humanitarian Day 2012 at http://www.whd-iwashere.org/
Every year on August 19th, World Humanitarian Day recognizes those who face danger and adversity to help others. August 19th is the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, which killed 22 people. Each year the United Nations honors those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and pays tribute to those who continue to help people around the world, regardless of who they are and where they are.
Every day we see and hear images and stories of pain and suffering in our own neighborhoods and in countries far away. But we also find acts of kindness, great and small. World Humanitarian Day is a global celebration of people helping people.