2 August 2012, New York: International star Beyoncé, the United Nations and humanitarian aid organizations are launching a global campaign today to shine a spotlight on humanitarian work and encourage people around the world to get involved by doing something good for others. World Humanitarian Day is a global day to celebrate humanity and the spirit of people helping people. The World Humanitarian Day music video for Beyoncé’s song “I Was Here” will be filmed in the UN General Assembly Hall in New York in front of a live audience. It will be released globally on 19 August. Beyoncé and songwriter Diane Warren are donating the video to the campaign. “World Humanitarian Day celebrates humanitarian work,” said Valerie...
CERF CERF provides US$2.6 million for Syrian refugees in Iraq
18 October 2012: Thousands of Syrians have fled their homes in search of safety and humanitarian assistance in neighbouring countries. An estimated 34,000 Syrian asylum seekers are currently hosted in Iraq. This number is expected to increase if the security situation in Syria continues to deteriorate. The UN and cooperating partners estimate that up to 60,000 Syrians may need protection and assistance in Iraq by the end of the year.
In response, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated US$2.6 million to help five UN agencies assist Syrian refugees in Iraq.
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has received approximately $750,000 to construct schools, train teachers, provide educational and safe spaces for women and children, and ensure health care and water and sanitation facilities for 4,000 refugees.