Training helps military and humanitarian actors to better understand each others' roles: AmosListen /
"Raising awareness of today's crucial humanitarian issues, including the continued need for protection of civilians and aid workers, is one of the best ways we can pay tribute to those who have lost their lives while helping others and reflect the spirit of humanitarian work," UN Humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said as she wrapped up a two-day visit to Brazil.
During a visit to Brazil's Peacekeeping Training Centre (CCOPAB) to discuss humanitarian civil-military coordination, Ms. Amos noted that "Through training we can bring together military and humanitarian actors to better understand each other's roles and responsibilities". She said "This is vital in complex situations where civilians are caught in the middle of violent conflict and need protection".
Ms. Amos also spoke to students and staff at Rio's Pontifical Catholic University about the challenges facing the humanitarian community, including the need for a more inclusive humanitarian response system and the need to guard against the politicization of aid.
Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos took part in a series of events that commemorated the humanitarian legacy of the late Brazilian national Sérgio Vieira de Mello.
This year, World Humanitarian Day had special significance in Brazil since 19 August marked the tenth anniversary of the attack on the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, which killed 22 UN and aid agency workers, including Sérgio Vieira de Mello, the then Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Iraq.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.