17 August 2012 | General
World Humanitarian Day

Every day humanitarian aid workers help millions of people around the world. World Humanitarian Day is celebrated on 19 August 2012 – it is a global celebration of the spirit of people helping people. Two COST Actions in the COST Domain for Individuals, Societies, Cultures and Health (ISCH) are of great significance to humanitarian issues.

Millions of people each year are affected by natural disasters, conflict and other emergencies. It is recognised that disasters disproportionately affect lower income countries, the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.

World Humanitarian Day encourages us to recognise the outstanding efforts of those people who face dangerous situations and adverse conditions in order to help those in need, and to honour those who have lost their lives in humanitarian service. 

The theme of this year’s celebrations is ‘I Was Here’: it is about making your mark by doing something good, somewhere, for someone else. 

COST Action IS1201 ‘Disaster Bioethics: addressing ethical issues triggered by disasters‘ has just been initiated within the COST domain for Individuals, Societies, Cultures and Health (ISCH). The goal of this research network is to gather and analyse knowledge of the ethical issues and challenges involved in disasters. Through careful examination of the ethical dilemmas associated with disaster relief, the Action aims to provide published resources and training materials, which address disaster ethics. These will greatly assist humanitarian organisations and policy makers in disaster risk-reduction and management. 

COST Action IS1107 ‘European Network for Conflict Research (ENCoRe)’ was instigated as a direct result of the recent conflicts in both the Middle East and North Africa. This COST Action aims at building a new network, ENCoRe, charged with coordinating and accelerating the construction and maintenance of conflict datasets. The goal is to create an integrated online portal, which will allow all stakeholders – researchers and policy-makers – to both analyse and predict the outbreak and course of conflict processes around the world.

Join COST in celebrating the amazing and selfless efforts of our global humanitarian aid workers.