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World Bank approves financing worth $1.02 billion using three different financing instruments

Islamabad, June 22, 2016 (PPI-OT): The World Bank approved financing worth $1.02 billion using three different financing instruments on Tuesday. The approved financing will support the deepening of Pakistan’s economic […]

Punjab Presents A Balanced Provincial Budget Of Rs. 1681 Billion

Provincial Minister for Finance Dr. Ayesha Ghaus Pasha today presented a balanced provincial budget of Rs. 1681 billion 41 crore for financial year 2016-17. Addressing Punjab Assembly, Ayesha Ghaus Pasha said that education, health, agriculture, water …

New Budget Reflects Commitment Of Government For Uplift Of Health Sector: Salman Rafique

Advisor on Health Kh. Salman Rafique has said that new provincial budget is development-oriented and no burden of taxes has been put on the people. He said that 43 percent more funds have been allocated for health sector in the new budget compared to l…

Ashrawi Lauds Work of Human Rights Watch

PLO Executive Committee Member Hanan Ashrawi met with representatives from Human Rights Watch (HRW), including Executive Director of the Middle East and North Africa Division Sarah Leah Whitson and Israel/Palestine Director Sari Bashi, at the PLO Headq…

Secretary Kerry’s Call With Former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

The following is attributable on the record to Spokesperson John Kirby:Secretary Kerry spoke yesterday with former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero to welcome efforts he is leading, alongside former Dominican President Leonel Fernand…

WHS: ‘We need to solve humanitarian crises together,’ says UNESCO envoy Forest Whitaker

On the opening day of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, the Special Envoy of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Forest Whitaker, called on individuals, governments and international organizations to act collectively to improve humanitarian action and invest more in development aid.

“We are facing a humanitarian crisis of unprecedented magnitude in the history of the planet,” the Academy Award-winning actor said in an interview with the UN News Centre on one of the terraces of the venue in Turkish city, which hosts the Summit through tomorrow evening.

“One of the Summit slogans is: ‘A common humanity shared responsibilities,’ and I think that’s what we need to achieve today,” said Mr. Whitaker, who is also the founder of Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative, as well as one of the eminent personalities chosen by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to advocate on behalf of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Special Envoy urged the international community to build on the work of the Summit, convened by the Secretary-General to ensure that humanity – people’s safety, dignity and the right to thrive – are placed at the heart of global decision-making, to transform humanitarian aid to development assistance.

“I talked to many people [during the first day], and we hope that a number of proposals concerning education, conflict and poverty will tackle these problems,” said Mr. Whitaker.

“I hope that this Summit will help raise awareness that we need to solve these problems together, both at the level of NGOs [non-governmental organizations], government agencies and individuals. Together, we can find solutions to some of the problems we face on the planet,” he stressed.

Earlier in the day, Mr. Whitaker took part in the Summit’s opening ceremony, where he addressed delegations just after a former child soldier from Uganda, Victor Ochen.

“I talked with Victor Ochen. He spoke of our humanity, of being human [] and we are concerned about the fate of other human beings. I always try to remain aware that what affects others affects me too,” explained Mr. Whitaker. “This is what people are trying to achieve all over the world. They thought [the problems] were [far away] from them, but those problems arrived at their doors.”

For example, he noted the situation of refugees, emphasizing that some 60 million people are currently displaced worldwide. “These people must have a place to go. This affects us all,” he said.

Mr. Whitaker said he hopes this first-ever UN World Humanitarian Summit will help individuals to realize that they are not disconnected from the dramas faced by the world’s most vulnerable people. “These problems and sufferings also affect our lives,” he said.

Source: UN News Centre