Volunteers and Humanitarian stakeholders uphold the spirit of humanity: UNIC Dhaka, OCHA & ASA Univ. Celebrated World Humanitarian Day 2014

Dhaka, 19 August 2014: This year UN is focusing on Humanitarian Heroes, who are committed to make a difference. UN Secretary General has also stated in his message that we need to honour the brave humanitarians who risk their lives to save others. In commemoration of World Humanitarian Day, UNIC Dhaka, UN OCHA and ASA University jointly organized a seminar and interactive session at the University auditorium on 19 August 2014. In their speeches, the speakers remembered those heroes who sacrificed their life for humanitarian causes at home and abroad.

Mr. Gerson Brandao, Senior Humanitarian Affairs Advisor, UNOCHA spoke on various aspects of humanitarian affairs as Chief Guest while Vice-Chancellor of ASA University Prof. Dr. Dalem Chandra Barman presided over the event. Officer-in-Charge of UNIC Dhaka M. Moniruzzaman delivered a speech focusing on the importance of the Day. He also read-out UN Secretary-General’s Message on the Day.

Secretary-General of Bangladesh Red Crescent Society Mr. Mozharul Huq, Senior Staff Officer of Fire Service & Civil Defense Mr. Muhammad Mamun and Humanitarian Program Manager of OXFAM Mrs Murshida Akhter delivered their presentation focusing on humanitarian issues including their involvement during disaster and natural calamity. Two youth volunteers shared their practical working experience and contribution during the Rana
Plaza collapse. The participating students took part in the open discussion and raised different issues relating to the theme of the Day. They also have put a number of suggestions to respective authority to address man-made and natural disasters. Around 200 participants including UN staff members were present in the event.