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19-Aug-2019 00:02:09
Marking World Humanitarian Day on its tenth anniversary, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Ursula Mueller said that “as respect for the laws of war weaken around the world, aid workers are increasingly vulnerable when they are more needed than ever before.” UNIFEED
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 19 AUGUST 2019, NEW YORK CITY
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RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

19 AUGUST 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, ASG Ursula Mueller at the dais
3. Med shot, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Ursula Mueller, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Relief Coordinator:
“As respect for the laws of war weaken around the world, aid workers are increasingly vulnerable when they are more needed than ever before. Last year was the worst for violence against aid workers in five years, and the second worst on record overall.”
5. Med shot, journalists
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Ursula Mueller, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Relief Coordinator:
“So far in 2019, some 156 aid workers have been attacked on the job, with 57 killed, 59 wounded, and 40 kidnaped. But even among these risks, over half a million professional humanitarian workers work every day to protect, save, and improve the lives of tens of millions of vulnerable people.”
7. Med shot, journalist
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Ursula Mueller, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Relief Coordinator:
“We have risk mitigation systems in place, and it’s absolutely crucial to abide by these principles of neutrality, and to advocate that humanitarian assistance is based on these humanitarian principles which are universally recognized.”
9. Med shot, journalists
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Ursula Mueller, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Relief Coordinator:
“Gender parity is a first step. We need to get to gender equality, and we need to have more women also in leadership positions. If you look across the humanitarian sector, you look at international NGOs, and you still find a lot of men in leadership positions. So, women need to be included from the needs assessment to the programming cycle, to the delivery, but also in the decision-making.”
11. Med shot, journalists
12. Wide shot, end of presser
STORYLINE
Marking World Humanitarian Day on its tenth anniversary, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Ursula Mueller today (19 Aug) said that “as respect for the laws of war weaken around the world, aid workers are increasingly vulnerable when they are more needed than ever before.”

Mueller noted that 2018 “was the worst for violence against aid workers in five years, and the second worst on record overall.” Last year there we 405 attacks on aid workers, including 131 killed, 144 wounded, and 130 kidnapped.

So far in 2019, Mueller said, “some 156 aid workers have been attacked on the job, with 57 killed, 59 wounded, and 40 kidnaped.” Even among these risks, she added, “over half a million professional humanitarian workers work every day to protect, save, and improve the lives of tens of millions of vulnerable people.”

The humanitarian official noted that risk mitigation systems are in place but stressed that “it’s absolutely crucial to abide by these principles of neutrality, and to advocate that humanitarian assistance is based on these humanitarian principles which are universally recognized.”

This year, the UN is honouring the contribution of tens of thousands of women humanitarian aid workers who provide life-saving support to vulnerable people caught up in crises in some of the world’s most dangerous places.

Mueller said, “gender parity is a first step. We need to get to gender equality, and we need to have more women also in leadership positions. If you look across the humanitarian sector, you look at international NGOs, and you still find a lot of men in leadership positions. So, women need to be included from the needs assessment to the programming cycle, to the delivery, but also in the decision-making.”

The day is commemorated each year on 19 August, the date back in 2003 when the UN headquarters in Baghdad was targeted by a large terrorist truck bomb, killing 22 people, including Sergio Vieira de Mello, the UN’s top representative in Iraq.
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