Archive for September 22nd, 2012

22/09/2012

‘Governments Satisfy Themselves With Empty Statements and Insincere Pledges’ To Help Syrian People

Human Wrongs Watch

“There is basically no explanation other than hypocrisy… the outpouring of ostentatious sympathy for the Syrian people’s plight should prompt equally pressing action on the ground. But the fact is that our governments satisfy themselves with empty statements and insincere pledges.”

Syrian refugees | United Nations

By IRIN– Few humanitarian crises receive the attention and engagement of the world that Syria has. States – on both sides of the conflict – have clamoured loudly about the deplorable humanitarian situation there.

Yet, as the head of operations of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent put it at the end of July: “Nobody is really putting his hand in his pocket and putting his money where his mouth is.”

While funding has picked up in recent weeks, UN appeals for more than US$541 million to help Syrians in need inside the country, as well as Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries, are currently 40 percent funded. (The appeals have been revised and increased several times).

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22/09/2012

Mr. Ban Rings a ‘Peace Bell’ for the ‘Total Cessation of Hostilities Around the Globe’

Human Wrongs Watch

From the traditional ringing of the Peace Bell at its Headquarters in New York to the front lines of the world’s flashpoints where its peacekeepers are contributing to efforts to resolve conflicts, the United Nations marked on 21 September the International Day of Peace with a call for a total cessation of hostilities around the globe.

Ban Ki-moon rings the Peace Bell at the annual ceremony marking the International Day of Peace. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

“In this tense global climate, we need a message of tolerance, dialogue, cooperation and harmony to resonate across the world,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said as he rang the Peace Bell cast from pennies donated by children from 60 nations, the UN reported.

A gift from Japan that hangs from a wooden beam in a garden in front of UN Headquarters, the Peace Bell has tolled every year in a solemn call for peace since 1981, when the General Assembly established the Day to coincide with its opening session every September.

The theme of this year’s observance is: Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future.

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