World Humanitarian Day

 

August 19 is designated as World Humanitarian Day by the United Nations General Assembly as part of a Swedish-sponsored GA Resolution on the Strengthening of the Coordination of Emergency Assistance of the United Nations. The day commemorates the tragic loss of Vieira de Mello and his 21 colleagues along with all humanitarian personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice while relieving the suffering of victims of humanitarian crises.

The day keeps the spirit of humanitarian efforts alive while offering the rationalist outlook for adopting the notion of an ethical stance to emphasize the value of human beings, individually and collectively. Humanitarianism reflects a democratic and ethical affirmation that human beings have the right and responsibility to give meaning and shape to their own lives. Humanitarian vision stands for the building of a more humane society.

World Humanitarian Day 2017 campaigns with the theme ‘Not A Target’ and dedicates the day to recognize humanitarian personnel and others who have lost their lives working for humanitarian causes. It marks the day on which the then Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Iraq, Sérgio Vieira de Mello and 21 of his colleagues were killed in the bombing of the UN Headquarters in Baghdad.

Around the world, conflict is exacting a massive toll on people’s lives. Trapped in wars that are not of their making, millions of civilians are forced to hide or run for their lives. Children are taken out of school, families are displaced from their homes, and communities are torn apart, while the world is not doing enough to stop their suffering. At the same time, health and aid workers – who risk their lives to care for people affected by violence – are increasingly being targeted.

For WHD 2017, humanitarian partners are coming together to reaffirm that civilians caught in conflict are #NotATarget. Through a global online campaign featuring an innovative partnership with Facebook Live, together with events held around the world, voices are being raised to advocate for those most vulnerable in war zones, and demand that world leaders do everything their power to protect civilians in conflict.

This campaign follows on the UN Secretary-General’s report on protection of civilians, which was launched earlier this year. Laying out his ‘path to protection’, the Secretary-General calls for enhanced respect for international humanitarian and human rights law, and protection of civilians, including humanitarian and medical workers as well as civilian infrastructure. World Humanitarian Day 19 August, 2017 pays tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to rally support for people affected by crises around the world.

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World Happiness Day

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Don’t Worry – Be Happy

March 20, 2017, World Happiness Day perhaps made us all smile wondering what this was all about. International Day of Happiness celebrated throughout the world on the 20th of March was founded by United Nations adviser Jayme Illien when all 193 member states of the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopting the resolution. First celebrated in 2013, this fun day was established to remind that the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal.

It is not a bad idea to set aside a day to be happy about all things we may take for granted. Things like good health, friends and families to go back to each day. Not many of us perhaps know that neighboring Sikkim has established a Gross National Happiness index. They did this way back in the seventies. When their annual per capita income was about $2,300, they believed that material wealth, measured by GDP was not a meaningful measurement of human happiness!

United Nations suggest that the day be celebrated in “an appropriate manner, including through education and public awareness-raising activities.” You may do little things to make each other happy. According to the UN, we can all help achieve these aims with simple actions like turning off unnecessary lights, riding a bike or walking, and speaking up against social injustice and harassment.

Or you may try simple things like enjoying your favorite music, do a good deed, treat yourself, and enjoy a nice conversation. It may also be a day when you decide to be free of digital devices! And to enjoy the fresh air, green grass and blue skies. A simple invigorating walk might have your endorphin rising. Perhaps it’s a day to remind us all that it is the simple things that really make us happy. Or that small joys are always around us – just reach out for them. Keep smiling!

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Joy on Your Fingertips

For a Better World – Millennium Development Goals

Millennium Development Goals

Millennium Development Goals

Millennium Development Goals or MDGs are time-bound, quantified targets the world had set for itself. The goals addressed extreme poverty, hunger, disease, lack of shelter and to promote gender equality, education and environmental sustainability. It was in 2000 that 189 nations pledged to free the world from such debilitating deprivations. The pledge was converted into 8 MDGs that were to be achieved by 2015.

In September 2010 the world connected again to recommit itself to accelerate these goals. Presently the UN agenda too rests on these MDGs and the target is to reduce by half the proportion of people without access to basic sanitation by 2015. The UN Millennium Campaign since 2002 supported and inspired people from around the world to take action for the MDGs.

While some countries made remarkable efforts in achieving health-related targets others have lagged behind. The countries making the least progress were actually affected by economic hardship or conflict. However targets are yet being adhered to and the 8 MDGs ranging from cutting extreme poverty by half, restricting HIV/AIDS and providing primary education are all target bound until 2015.

The blueprint for action agreeable to all countries received support from leading development institutions. These agencies spurred the process with their exceptional assistance so that targets could be achieved. The UN itself works with governments and allied partners to keep up the momentum. In fact health related targets were hand-held by World Health Organization to support efforts for achieving targets. WHO helped in developing health policies for governments to align priorities and track progress as also to disseminate data to plan spending patterns.

The Indian government too chalked out its 12th Five-Year Plan in conjunction with MDG targets to achieve faster and sustainable results. It brought about inclusive growth by incorporating the MDG working frame. This further ratified the potential for prioritized action on the MDG agenda. The ‘Millennium Development Goals (MDG) India Country Report-2014′ captures India’s progress that will be achieved by 2015. 2014, being the penultimate year for the efforts proved significant in realistically assessing progress.

All progress towards reaching these goals have seen mixed results. Despite unforeseen setbacks the reduction in poverty and increased access to health, education, technology and other essential services in many countries’ have been made into a reality. Of particular note is the work undertaken on AIDS that saw dramatic leveling off and decline. The world now looks ahead to the new set of goals established for 2016-2030.

End Poverty & Deprivation

End Poverty & Deprivation

Preparedness Training for Youth Employability – Celebrating World Population Day

Preparedness Training for Youth Employability – Celebrating World Population Day

 

YuvaConnect Training

Dr Amol Deshmukh Handing over Training Certificates

World Population Day is observed on July 11, around the world to create awareness about population growth and related issues. UNO has declared 2014 World Population Day theme as: Investing in Young People. It is a call for investments in support of the largest-ever generation of youth. As the world population edges on we stand at the threshold of 1.8 billion young people who are shaping social and economic realities, challenging norms and values, and building the foundation of the world’s future.

Youth has profound implications for development and all opportunities are to be given to them that have implications on sustainability, access to health services and youth empowerment. HERD Foundation has since inception continued to invest in youth. Our YuvaConnect initiative has been consistently involved with youth from rural areas who have been accorded membership to help them participate in various initiatives like Employable Education, Healthcare, Training and Development.

The Arvindbabu Employment Fair organized by HERD Foundation on January 18, 2014 had 10,297 youth from Nagpur City as also the adjoining rural areas of Parseoni, Saoner, Katol, Bhandara and more. This initiative was a runaway success that brought job opportunities to the door steps of the youth of Nagpur District. The employment fair received a whopping 15911 registrations from prospective job seekers. A total of 4700 vacancies were on offer by more than 40 ‘A’ listed companies. These companies offered placement to 1552 applicants on the spot with job-offer letters furnished there and then.

The fair catered to all types of jobs for undergraduates, graduates and post graduates. Also suitable positions were on offer for high school pass and college drop outs. Spelling out appropriate possibilities for employment options, the fair offered hope and optimism for job-seekers who moved about with smiles and anticipation for transforming their lives. Our entire focus after the job fair was on trainings for youth to prepare them for employability. YuvaConnect has been hand-holding the youth of our areas to invest in young people to take on future course of actions charted out in compliance with their interests and qualifications.

Yet too many young people continue to grapple with joblessness, inequality with their urban counterparts and lack skills for employability like presentation, interview preparation and so on. HERD Foundation reaches out to rural youth in a bid to prepare them better to improve upon their collective potential. This 2014 World Population Day we pledge our support for continued investments for the largest-ever generation of youth.

Employment Fair

JOB FAIR January 18, 2014