Commissioner Georgieva welcomes the annual resolution of the United Nation's ‘Safety and security of humanitarian personnel and protection of the United Nations personnel’. The resolution – drafted with the active contribution of the European Union – has been adopted today by consensus at the UN General Assembly. It calls upon all parties involved in armed conflict to refrain from abducting, hostage-taking and kidnapping humanitarian personnel.
Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva said: ‘This year's UN resolution on the safety and security of humanitarian workers is an important reminder that we need to work together with our partners to increase the security of their courageous staff, who are committed to maintaining a lifeline to the victims of disasters around the world.
‘We need to have the same strong commitment to making sure that they feel safe and secure enough to perform what is one of the most dangerous jobs in today's world. I am pleased that this year's resolution specifically refers to the kidnapping and hostage-taking of humanitarian personnel. This has been another difficult year for all of us who are concerned about the increasingly squeezed space in which they carry out their vital work. But we will and must continue to defend our principles of humanity, impartially, neutrality and independence which help to create the secure environment in which humanitarian workers feel safe doing their job.’
Aid workers are increasingly targeted, which hampers the provision of humanitarian aid to the people who need it. The adoption of today's resolution will hopefully contribute to the eradication of this problem.