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Inclusive COVID-19 Responses of Cities in the Americas
Cities around the world, however, are stepping up to protect their most vulnerable residents. Initiatives vary from providing free access to health care and direct cash assistance, to placing moratoriums on evictions and rent hikes, and ensuring that all public outreach materials on prevention of COVID-19 are multilingual.
Join a conversation with Ms. Gillian Triggs, UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Ms. Vittoria Zanuso, Executive Director Mayors Migration Council (MMC), and representatives of cities in the Americas on 30 July 2020 from 10:00-11:00 am EDT to hear more about how cities are implementing inclusive COVID-19 responses.
World Humanitarian Day
On World Humanitarian Day (WHD) August 19, the world commemorates humanitarian workers killed and injured in the course of their work, and we honour all aid and health workers who continue, despite the odds, to provide life-saving support and protection to people most in need.
This year World Humanitarian Day comes as the world continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, which so far has killed and infected many, and with a sharp rise in caseloads in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean over recent months. Aid workers are overcoming unprecedented access hurdles to assist people in humanitarian crises in 54 countries, as well as in a further nine countries which have been catapulted into humanitarian need by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This day was designated in memory of the 19 August 2003 bomb attack on the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq, killing 22 people, including the chief humanitarian in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello. In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly formalized the day as World Humanitarian Day.
This is the eleventh year that we mark World Humanitarian Day. Since August 19, 2003, we remember all the humanitarians have been killed, injured, detained, kidnapped or otherwise prevented from carrying out their life-saving duties.
High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges 2020
The Dialogue will take place virtually on 21 October, 4 & 18 November, 2 & 9 December.
The theme of this year's Dialogue is “Protection and Resilience in Pandemics”.
The Dialogue will focus on the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for the protection and resilience of refugees and people who are internally displaced and stateless.
Participants will reflect upon how to address the pressing protection and solutions questions that have emerged, building upon the international refugee protection regime and principles and arrangements set out in the Global Compact on Refugees.
More information in the Concept note
71st Session of the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner's Programme
The 71 session of the UNHCR Executive committee will take place in Geneva from 5-9 October 2020.